21 June, 2021

Interpreting The Verdict: What Led To BJP's Defeat In Rajasthan

The Congress could have done better as the BJP’s fortunes in Rajasthan were already ­diminishing

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(From right) Congress leaders Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot and K.C. Venugopal
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Interpreting The Verdict: What Led To BJP's Defeat In Rajasthan

While the assembly election result in Rajasthan once again followed the routine oscillation pattern with the Congress scoring an overall win over the BJP, the victory in itself was rather underwhelming. The Congress and its allies just about managed to scrape past the halfway mark, winning merely 100 seats and securing a vote share of 39.8 per cent, which was just a percentage point more than the BJP (see Table 1). To its credit however, the Congress has polled its highest vote share in assembly elections since 2003.

Besides effecting a truce between its two stalwarts, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, the Congress also worked out an arrangement with the RLD, the LJD and the NCP, leaving five seats for them. RLD won one seat, while others drew a blank. Independents and others have retained their usual strength in the state legislature.

The BSP ended up doubling its seat tally to six—though, without significantly improving its vote share—and the...

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