Rajasthan state assembly elections that were held on Friday, December 7 will decide who will be elected as the next Chief Minister. The counting of votes will start by 8 am on Tuesday, December 11.
The state has followed a trend of not voting for the same party for two consecutive terms for the past 20 years.
The incumbent Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is adamant on holding her position, while the Congress body formed by Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot are on a full drive to oust the ruling party.
With over 2,000 candidates contesting over 199 seats in the 200-member Rajasthan state Assembly, the election results will decide the fate of the former princely state.
Sachin Pilot reaches Khasa Kothi to meet Congress observer Venugopal
Sachin Pilot reaches at Khasa Kothi to meet Congress observer K.C. Venugopal, Rajasthan in-charge Avinash Pande and four other in-charges.
The senior leader of Congress Ashok Gehlot will also attend the meet.
Congress legislative party meeting will be held tomorrow in Jaipur
The Congress legislative party meeting to be held tomorrow morning in Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan.
BJP faces criticism within the party
The election result trends indicates that the BJP can hardly hold its ground in the state assembly elections. The BJP is facing criticizations from its own members due to the failure of the party and for their election strategy.
Vasundhara Raje, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot won from their respective constituencies
The main focus of the Rajasthan assembly elections were on the incumbent BJP Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and the top leaders of Congress, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.
All the three senior candidates have won from their respective constituencies in the state.
Vasundhara Raje won from Jhalarapatan constituency.
Sachin Pilot won from Tonk constituency and Ashok Gehlot won from Sardarpura constituency.
It is time for the BJP to introspect, says Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay raut
Shiv Sena spokesperson and the Rajya Sabha lawmaker of the party, Sanjay Raut said that the trends reflect how the BJP's victory has been halted in the states of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
"This is a clear message and it is the time for us to introspect," Raut told reporters in the Parliament Complex.
Majority mark of 101 seats crossed by Congress
Congress crossed the majority mark leading with 101 seats leaving BJP with a total of 71 seats and BSP with 4 seats, according to the official data.
Rahul Gandhi to decide the next CM
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and the party's MLAs will decide on who will become the next Chief Minister of Rajasthan, said Sachin Pilot
Pilot recalled that exactly one year ago Rahul Gandhi became the president of the party and this victory is a gift to him, he said.
Atmosphere of fear in the country as BJP is arrogant says, Pilot
"There is an atmosphere of fear in the country. BJP is muzzling voices. This is not the kind of democracy we want," said Sachin Pilot.
"The mandate is against the BJP as they were arrogant," he added.
Sachin Pilot welcomes anti-BJP parties to support Congress
Sachin Pilot during a press conference said that "We are moving towards a full majority and I am sure it will be clear once final numbers are in, but still we welcome all like-minded and anti-BJP parties to support us and we are in touch", said
Congress victory in Rajasthan will be a gift for Rahul gandhi, says Sachn Pilot
Election trends show a clear victory for Rajasthan. The state Congress chief Sachin Pilot said that this victory of Congress in the state will be a gift to the party President Rahul Gandhi.
'People voted against BJP", says Mamata Banerjee
"People voted against BJP. This is people's verdict, the victory of democracy over injustice," says Mamata Banerjee, reports PTI
Congress confident of winning Rajasthan assembly elections
Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot expressed their confidence over the victory of Congress in the state.
Pilot told media that, Congress will form the government with a complete majority in Rajasthan and from the reports, we are getting we seem to be heading to form the government in all the three states.
The confident Ashok Gehlot of Congress says, "Don't worry. Congress will form the government in Rajasthan for sure."
Ministers who are trailing in the state assembly elections
The ministers who are trailing in the state assembly elections are Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria (Udaipur)
Younus Khan, Transport Minister representing Tonk constituency
Arun Chaturvedi, Social Justice Minister representing Civil Lines constituency
Kalicharan, Health Minister representing Malvia Nagar constituency
Rampratap, Water Resources Minister representing Hanumangarh constituency
Prabhu Lal Saini, Agriculture Minister representing Anta constituency
Srichand Kriplani, Minister of Housing and Urban Development representing Nimbahera constituency
Surendra Pal Singh, Mines Minister representing Karanpura constituency
Otaram Devasi, Minister of Gaupalan department representing Sirohi constituency
Rajpal Singh, Industry Minister representing Jhotwara constituency
Kiran Maheshwari, Higher Education Minister representing Rajsamand constituency
Ajay Singh, Cooperative Minister representing Degana constituency
Commonwealth gold medallist Krishna Poonia leading by 646 votes
Krishna Poonia, Congress candidate and discus throw gold medallist in the 2010 Commonwealth Games is leading in the Sadulpur constituency by 646 votes, reports PTI.
Kailash Meghwal leads in Shahpura by 3,411 votes
Rajasthan Assembly Speaker Kailash Meghwal leads by 3,411 votes in Bhilwara's Shahpura seat.
Congress leading with 93 seats in the assembly elections
According to the latest trends, Congress is leading with 93 seats on 46.5 per cent vote count.
BJP is still behind with 75 seats with a vote count of 37.5 per cent and BSP stands with 3 seats on a vote count of 1.5 per cent.
Ajay Singh trailing by a margin of 1,311 votes in Degana
Rajasthan's Cooperative Minister Ajay Singh trailing by a margin of 1,311 votes in Degana seat, according to PTI.
Kataria trailing in Udaipur seat
Rajasthan's Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria trailing in Udaipur seat with a margin of 330 votes, reports PTI.
Vasundhara Raje leading by 8,845 votes in Jhalrapatan
CM Vasundhara Raje (BJP) representing Jhalrapatan constituency is leading by 8,845 votes.
Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot (Congress) are leading in their representative constituencies. Gehlot representing Sardarpura constituency is leading by 5,112 votes and Pilot is leading by 5295 votes from Tonk constituency.
CM Vasundhara Raje visits Tripurasundari temple
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje visited the Tripurasundari temple in Banswara district on Tuesday as the counting of votes have started in Rajasthan.
She will be praying till the announcement of results, an official said, reports IANS.
Congress is leading closer to the majority mark
Congress is leading in the Rajasthan state assembly elections and heading closer towards the majority mark with 86 out of 100 seats.
Congress has a high chance of winning in the elections and continuing the states voting trend.
BJP takes early lead in 5 constituencies
BJP candidates take an early lead in Anupgarh, Reodar, Bali, Pali, Masuda and Pindwara-Abu.
Congress is surging ahead in Pokaran and Jayal.
Congress leading with 36.2% votes
Congress is leading in Rajasthan with 36.2 per cent with a vote count of 8,187, according to official data. BJP is behind at 35.2 per cent votes with a vote count of 7,953.
51 out of 200 seats are declared in the state. 101 needed for majority.
Sachin Pilot is leading in Tonk constituency
Congress chief and candidate Sachin Pilot is leading from Tonk constituency.
Pilot had earlier expressed his confidence about the Congress party's win in Rajasthan.
Congress begins celebrations
The Congress party members have started celebrations in the state.
The party workers are celebrating outside the residence of the Congress candidate and former Member of Parliament (MP) Sachin Pilot on the early gains.
Early trends shows Congress lead in Rajasthan
Compared to the 2013 elections conducted in Rajasthan, Congress is leading in the state with 26 votes in the early gains which is a change of 20+ seats.
And BJP is still behind with 9 votes.
Congress leading in the state
In Rajasthan, Congress is leading with 12 votes in the state leaving BJP behind with 5 votes.
The counting has begun in Rajasthan
The much-awaited counting of votes has started in Rajasthan.
The counting in the other four states, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh has also started.
35 vote counting centres in Rajasthan, results will be telecasted at public places
The government has deployed nearly 20,000 staff for the counting of votes in the state of Rajasthan.
The Chief Election Officer (CEO) Anand Kumar said that the counting of votes will take place at 35 centres in the state including two centres in Jodhpur and Jaipur. The counting process in the state will begin with postal ballots and then Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), he added.
For the first time, the election results and trends will be telecasted at public places in the state through 350 LED screens.
Congress in a comfort zone according to the exit polls
Most of the exit poll predictions had put Congress in a comfort zone.
According to the exit polls, With 100 being the majority mark, Congress might be able to win the elections without many complications in Rajasthan.
The fate of the state will be decided shortly
The fate of Rajasthan's 2,274 electoral candidates, of which 189 are women, will be decided by the state's 4.74 crore electorate.
74.21 per cent of the total people turned up to vote for the state assembly elections held on December 7.