BJP sure of break­ing poll jinx in Ra­jasthan

The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Not­with­stand­ing pre­dic­tions of most of the opin­ion polls, the BJP is con­fi­dent of break­ing the elec­toral jinx in Ra­jasthan and re­tain­ing power in this ‘ desert state,’ which will go to polls on De­cem­ber 7. The cen­tral elec­tion com­mit­tee ( CEC) of the BJP is likely to meet on Sun­day to fi­nalise can­di­dates for the state, where the main Op­po­si­tion Con­gress’s main charges against the Va­sundhra Raje led gov­ern­ment are cor­rup­tion and fail­ing to de­liver on last poll promises. The BJP had won 163 seats of the to­tal 200 seats in 2013.

While the Con­gress has been pro­ject­ing a united face in this poll bound state, feed­back reach­ing the saf­fron camp sug­gests that the is­sue of the chief min­is­te­rial face in the op­po­si­tion camp could ben­e­fit the BJP. While the BJP is con­test­ing the polls un­der the lead­er­ship of Ms Raje, two se­nior Con­gress lead­ers - for­mer chief min­is­ter and party stal­wart Ashok Gehlot and for­mer Union min­is­ter Sachin Pi­lot - are said to be fron­trun­ners for the top post if the BJP fails to re­tain power.

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