CM Raje, Gehlot, Pilot cast votes; all hopeful of victory
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.
CM Vasundhara Raje casts vote at a polling booth in Jhalarapatan constituency.
Ex-chief minister Ashok Gehlot, along with family members, arrives to cast his vote in Jodhpur.