24 October, 2020

Shifting Dunes

Gehlot is stunned by his defeat. But the victorious BJP is probably even more so Updates

P. Lashkari
Shifting Dunes
In the end, it did not turn out to be the predicted battle royale between the BJP and the ruling Congress. In what turned out to be a rippling BJP campaign that tore the heart out of a disjointed Congress one, the Maharani of Dholpur and BJP chief minister-aspirant, Vasundhararaje, did what even the BJP strongman from Rajasthan, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, failed to achieve—a clear majority in the state assembly. The BJP has proved all pollsters wrong.

The saffron blow has been all-encompassing. While Vasundhararaje herself rode triumphant, defeating the widow of Rajesh Pilot, Rama, from Jhalarpatan by a convincing 27,000-plus margin, nearly all prominent BJP nominees were elected by significant margins as results started pouring in from Sri Ganganagar, Jaisalmer, Suratgarh and other constituencies. The Congress' situation was in sharp contrast. The two deputy CMs, Kamla Beniwal and Banwari Lal Bairwa, were defeated—as was state home minister Gulab Singh Shaktavat. Besides, ministers like Taiyyab Hussain, Shanti Dharival, Rajendra Chowdhary, Khet Singh Rathore, Ramkishan...


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