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What do numbers say?

Rajasthan had thrown a fractured mandate in the last assembly elections. But, Congress with 96 legislators in a house of 200 came close to the magic figure of 101, and Ashok Gehlot effortlessly got an invite from Raj Bhawan to form the government.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2013 16:41 IST

Rajasthan, typically known for delivering clear verdicts, had thrown a fractured mandate in the last assembly elections.

In 2008, as the Congress with 96 legislators in a house of 200 came close to the magic figure of 101, Ashok Gehlot effortlessly got an invite from Raj Bhawan to form the government.

The six BSP legislators had sent in their support letters to Gehlot much before Mayawati could congratulate them on his victory.

Prior to that the state had faced a fractured verdict way back in 1993, when the BJP fell short of six members and in 1990, when the BJP, with the highest tally, had ended at 85 (it was then in alliance with Janata Dal).

CPM leader Atul Kumar Anjan says, “The Congress bought BSP MLAs to form the government or else they were short of simple majority even in 2008.”

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