CM Raje, Gehlot, Pilot cast votes; all hope­ful of vic­tory

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Chief minister Va­sund­hara Raje, All In­dia Congress Com­mit­tee gen­eral sec­re­tary Ashok Gehlot and state Congress chief Sachin Pilot on Fri­day cast their votes and ex­pressed con­fi­dence that their par­ties would form the next gov­ern­ment in Ra­jasthan.

Raje went to the spe­cially made Pink booth, manned by all women staff, at the com­mu­nity cen­tre of Hous­ing Board Colony in Jha­lawar dis­trict and cast her vote at 8.38.

“This is de­vel­op­ment vote; so peo­ple will come out and vote for de­vel­op­ment which was done in the last 5-year ten­ure of the BJ­Pled state gov­ern­ment,” Raje told me­dia per­sons.

Com­ment­ing on Lok­tantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Ya­dav’s ‘fat’ re­mark, Raje said, “I feel in­sulted and it is a dis­grace to all women.”

She added, “One needs to keep one’s lan­guage in control… And I think to set an ex­am­ple for fu­ture it is very im­por­tant that the EC takes cog­ni­sance of things like this, so that peo­ple do not re­peat some­thing sim­i­lar in the fu­ture.”

State Congress pres­i­dent Sachin Pilot cast his vote at Gaur Vipra sec­ondary school in Jaulpura, Jaipur. He said he was con­fi­dent that peo­ple’s bless­ings and man­date would be with the Congress. “In the new gov­ern­ment, we will ful­fil our prom­ise of loan waiver for farm­ers, em­ploy­ment. It will be a peo­ple’s gov­ern­ment. The present gov­ern­ment is set to go, as it is an ar­ro­gant and haughty gov­ern­ment.”

AICC gen­eral sec­re­tary and for­mer chief minister Ashok Gehlot said Congress will form the gov­ern­ment in the state. When asked by re­porters if he would be­come chief minister if Congress comes to power, Gehlot said “I have an­swered the ques­tion many times. The only thing in my mind and mind of all the lead­ers is that the Congress flag in Ra­jasthan and Delhi will be strong. We had come to 21 seats in the last elec­tions. There­fore, it is not im­por­tant for us to get a post.”

He said the coun­try needs Congress. “We all have the duty that the Congress comes to power. The high com­mand gives me the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Ra­jasthan or Delhi, I am ready for any re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Gehlot said. Gehlot, along with his fam­ily mem­bers, cast votes at the Vardhman Jain school gov­ern­ment in his con­stituency Sar­darpura.

JAIPUR:

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CM Va­sund­hara Raje casts vote at a polling booth in Jhalara­p­atan con­stituency.

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Ex-chief minister Ashok Gehlot, along with fam­ily mem­bers, ar­rives to cast his vote in Jodh­pur.

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