BJP decimates Congress in Rajasthan polls, forcing Chief Minister Gehlot to step down
In a dramatic development, Ashok Gehlot resigned as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) comfortable victory in the November 25 polls. As the counting concluded, the BJP emerged with a commanding lead of 115 seats, surpassing the majority mark and leaving Congress trailing with only 70 seats.
Gehlot’s Shocking Exit Amidst Election Results
After nearly 11 hours of vote counting, Gehlot visited Governor Kalraj Mishra to submit his resignation. The Congress party’s defeat was described as “shocking” by Gehlot, who acknowledged their failure in effectively communicating their policies and governance to the public.
BJP’s Dominance in Rajasthan’s Political Landscape
The election results showed a clear dominance by the BJP, with the party securing all 115 seats it contested. The Congress, on the other hand, faced a significant setback, managing to win only 69 seats. Other parties and independents also made their presence felt in the election.
Gehlot’s Reflections and Advice to the New Government
Accepting defeat, Gehlot wished the new government well and advised them to build on the initiatives started by his administration. He emphasized the importance of continuing policies like the Old Pension Scheme for the benefit of the public.
Congress to Analyze Election Setback
Gehlot also announced that the Congress would closely examine the reasons behind their defeat. He dismissed the notion that introducing new faces would have altered the election outcome, pointing out similar losses in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Internal Strife and Its Impact on Congress
The infighting between Gehlot and his ousted deputy Sachin Pilot was seen as a crucial factor in Congress’s poor performance. Despite their efforts to show unity, the ongoing internal tensions within the party appeared to have significantly affected its election prospects.
Gehlot’s Commitment to Public Service
Despite the loss, Gehlot affirmed his dedication to serving the people, stating his intention to continue working for the public, irrespective of holding an official position.