Rajasthan Exit Polls 2023: The conclusion of the rigorous electoral season in Telangana signifies the wrap-up of voting in one of the five states that participated in this month’s elections. Mizoram and Chhattisgarh initiated the last round of assembly elections before the pivotal Lok Sabha elections next year. Chhattisgarh’s two-phase assembly elections aligned with Mizoram’s on November 7 and later with Madhya Pradesh’s on November 17. Rajasthan, however, conducted its assembly elections in a single phase on November 25.
The intense campaign period saw the Congress emphasizing the achievements of the Ashok Gehlot government and banking on the assurance of seven guarantees. In contrast, the BJP targeted the Congress on issues like crimes against women, appeasement, corruption, and paper leaks.
Now, with the 2023 assembly elections in these five states concluding today, focus shifts to the exit poll results, aiming to gauge voter sentiment and anticipate the future of political parties. Within Rajasthan’s electoral landscape, Sardarpura, Tonk, Jhalarapatan, Nathdwara, Jhunjhunu, Jhotwara, Kota North, and Churu emerge as significant seats hosting strategic contests and political maneuvering.
For instance, Sardarpura, a Congress stronghold linked with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s political legacy, faces a challenge from BJP’s Mahendra Singh Rathore. In Tonk, Sachin Pilot, a rival of Gehlot, contests against BJP’s Ajit Singh Mehta. Tonk witnessed a closely fought battle in 2018, resulting in Pilot’s victory against Yoonus Khan.
Elsewhere, in Jhalarapatan, former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje aims to maintain her winning streak since 2003. Jhotwara witnesses a showdown between former Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and Congress’ Abhishek Choudhary, a seat won by Congress in 2018. Nathdwara presents another key contest with BJP’s Vishwaraj Singh Mewar challenging Congress veteran CP Joshi, the current speaker of the Rajasthan assembly.
As anticipation builds, exit poll results are set to broadcast after 5:30 pm today, offering preliminary insights. The actual counting of votes is scheduled for December 3, marking the real climax of the 2023 Rajasthan assembly elections.
Several exit polls have made projections
Times Now ETG predicts BJP to secure 108 to 128 seats, while Congress is estimated to win 56 to 72 seats. Jan Ki Baat suggests BJP could win 100 to 122 seats, with Congress securing 62 to 85 seats. CVoter projection forecasts BJP to lead with 104 seats, with Congress securing 81 seats. The remaining seats are expected to be claimed by smaller parties or independents.
With the 200-member Rajasthan assembly, any party or coalition crossing the halfway mark of 100 seats will be positioned to form the government in the state.