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2023 Rajasthan Assembly elections | Lokniti-CSDS post-poll study

Rajasthan’s trend of picking alternate parties continued with the victory of the BJP

December 06, 2023 12:45 pm | Updated December 12, 2023 04:43 pm IST

Former Rajasthan Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Vice-President Vasundhara Raje poses for a picture with supporters as they celebrate the party’s victory in the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly elections and lead in Chhattisgarh, on December 3, 2023

Former Rajasthan Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Vice-President Vasundhara Raje poses for a picture with supporters as they celebrate the party’s victory in the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly elections and lead in Chhattisgarh, on December 3, 2023 | Photo Credit: ANI

The Opposition BJP wrested power from the Congress in Rajasthan on Sunday by obtaining a clear majority and emerging as the single largest party past the halfway mark in the closely fought Assembly election. The BJP won 115 of the 199 seats contested while the Congress was at a distant second with 69 seats.

The desert State has maintained its tradition of voting out the incumbent government during the last three decades in the election results. The BJP’s victory also came as a setback to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who was expecting to beat the anti-incumbency trend with his welfare schemes, social security measures, and seven guarantees promised to the electorate.

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