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Assembly elections 2023 Highlights: Rajasthan set to go for polls tomorrow

Assembly elections 2023 Highlights: All eyes on Rajasthan and Telangana which will vote on November 25 and 30, respectively.
Bharatpur [Rajasthan], Nov 22 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting for the Rajasthan Assembly elections, at Nadbai, in Bharatpur on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Bharatpur [Rajasthan], Nov 22 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting for the Rajasthan Assembly elections, at Nadbai, in Bharatpur on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

Assembly elections 2023 Highlights: Welcome to the live blog for the assembly elections in five states - Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Mizoram. Rajasthan on Thursday witnessed the final campaign push by all political parties and the silence period in the desert state has kicked in before it goes to polls on November 25. The BJP is hoping to dislodge the Congress from all the 200 assembly seats, whereas, the Congress is looking to break the decades-long ‘revolving door’ trend in the state....Read More

The month-long poll battle will come to rest with single-phase voting in Telangana on November 30. The state with 119 assembly seats will witness a three-cornered battle in a bipolar contest between K Chandrashekar Rao-led ruling Bharat Rashtriya Samithi (BRS) and the Congress after the BJP hoped in the fray in gusto following an initial lull of disinterest by the saffron party.

Voters in the other three states out of five – Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram – have already exercised their franchise. The results for all the states will be declared on December 3.

Stay tuned as we navigate through the twists and turns of these assembly elections.

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Nov 24, 2023 10:59 PM IST

Kharge exudes confidence over Cong win in Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh, Telangana

AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday expressed confidence that his party would win the assembly polls in the states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. "Election will be held in Rajasthan tomorrow. We are winning that. We are winning in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and also in Telangana," he said.

Nov 24, 2023 10:12 PM IST

Rajasthan assembly polls 2023: A look at key constituencies, contestants

Polling will be held in 199 out of 200 constituencies from 7 am to 6 pm, while the counting of votes will be taken up on December 3.

Due to the death of the Congress candidate in Sriganganagar's Karanpur seat, Gurmeet Singh Koonar, who is also the sitting MLA, the election in this constituency has been adjourned.

A total of 5,26,90,146 voters will decide the fate of 1,875 candidates, including 183 female contestants, at a total of 51,507 polling stations in the assembly constituencies.

Among the constituencies, all eyes will be on Sardarpura, Tonk, Jhalarapatan, Nathdwara, Jhunjhunu, Jhotwara, and Churu among others.

Sardarpura is on the list of key constituencies as Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has won this seat since 1998. The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded Mahendra Singh Rathore from the Congress' bastion.

Nov 24, 2023 9:54 PM IST

KCR indulged in scams worth thousands of crores: Amit Shah

Amit Shah, who addressed an election rally at Armoor and later held roadshows, accused the chief minister of corruption to the tune of thousands of crores of rupees, and said KCR should not rest easy, thinking nothing would be done about it. "KCR, don't sleep soundly, your time is over," Shah said, adding, "Whatever scams were done, the BJP government will investigate and send those who indulged in corruption behind bars."

Nov 24, 2023 8:43 PM IST

"BRS govt includes biggest liars and corrupt people": Meenakshi Lekhi in Telangana

Meenakshi Lekhi told ANI, "BRS government is the government of the biggest liars and corrupt. It was TRS earlier. The actual branding is that of KCR. They may rebrand but everyone knows how they have looted and destroyed the state. Now, those who loot will go to jail and action will be taken against them."

She further said that it was times before that ED used to sit like a puppet. But now it has the liberty to go to places where there has been loot.

Nov 24, 2023 6:39 PM IST

‘People will get rid of corrupt govt in Rajasthan tomorrow’: Anurag Thakur

A day ahead of the Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Friday exuded confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party will form its government.

"Voting is going to take place in Rajasthan tomorrow, and I have full faith that the state will get rid of a government that is corrupt, discriminates against the youth, and makes false promises. Lotus will bloom again there," Thakur said.

Nov 24, 2023 5:49 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi is indulging in petty politics: Diya Kumari

On Congress MP Rahul Gandhi's recent remarks on PM Modi, BJP MP and candidate from Vidhyadhar Nagar, Diya Kumari says, "This is very unfortunate that he is making such remarks. He is indulging in petty politics and saying immature things. In this time and era, nobody even likes to listen to such things. Prime Minister is a constitutional position. Saying such things for him is disgusting politics. Rahul Gandhi keeps doing such things. This too has been added to that list. I think he can stoop to any level. Leaders of that party can stoop to any level to form a government and get votes..."

Nov 24, 2023 5:48 PM IST

All of us, the people of Rajasthan, must vote to decide the progress: Om Birla

Ahead of Rajasthan elections tomorrow, Lok Sabha Speaker and BJP MP from Kota, Om Birla said, "...This is a big opportunity when we will come together and democratically elect a government. We have the right to vote. All of us, the people of Rajasthan, must vote to decide the progress, development and direction of the state..."

Nov 24, 2023 5:36 PM IST

Congress will get overwhelming victory in Telangana: Karti Chidambaram

On Telangana Assembly elections, Congress MP Karti Chidambaram said to ANI, "It is very clear that Congress will get overwhelming victory in Telangana and form a govt on his own. The people will vote for change, and the change is going to be Congress."

Nov 24, 2023 5:36 PM IST

Rajasthan to buck trend of alternating govt this time: Sachin Pilot

Former Deputy Chief Minister of the state, Pilot in a video message which was posted by Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on X, urged people to elect the Congress government to the power to 'maintain the progress of the state'.

"Rajasthan Assembly elections are going to be held on November 25. We have conducted several campaigns in the run-up to the polls and the feedback and response from the public suggest that Congress is going to form the government in the state with full majority. The tradition of the alternate governance of BJP and Congress will change this time and once again people will vote for Congress," Pilot said.

Nov 24, 2023 5:32 PM IST

BRS govt is nearing its expiry date, says Priyanka Gandhi

Addressing a poll rally at Palakurthy, Priyanka Gandhi alleged that women faced violent crimes in Telangana and that the state government has not taken steps to ensure their safety. Vadra said the Congress party has a plan for Telangana and vision to strengthen the youth of the state to make them stand on their own feet. She also charged the state government with corruption and not living up to the expectation of the people. “Injustice is being meted out to youth, women, and farmers. The KCR government, which has been ruling for the past 10 years, is nearing its expiry date...” she said.

Nov 24, 2023 5:27 PM IST

BJP were trying to topple our government: Ashok Gehlot

Hours before polling in Rajasthan, CM Ashok Gehlot in Jodhpur said to ANI, "They (BJP) were trying to topple our government. It is a sin to topple an elected government. The public will take revenge for this. There is an undercurrent in favour of Congress."

Nov 24, 2023 5:23 PM IST

There's a strong undercurrent in favour of Congress: Rajasthan CM Gehlot

Speaking to ANI a day before Rajasthan polls for the Assembly in a single phase, CM Gehlot said, "There is a strong undercurrent in favour of the Congress in Rajasthan. I have sensed as much while campaigning across the state. There is a pro-incumbency wave. Villages that previously voted in favour of the BJP are now turning to the Congress after deriving the benefits of our schemes and policies. I believe that this undercurrent and pro-incumbency will ensure the victory of many of our candidates, who many felt might not win. If this undercurrent works in our favour, we will form the government."

Nov 24, 2023 5:13 PM IST

Rajasthan set to go for poll tomorrow

The 200 assembly constituencies of Rajasthan are all set to cast their votes on Saturday after a high-decibel campaign by the parties that ended on Thursday with Congress focusing on the schemes of the Ashok Gehlot government, and BJP cornering the Congress on issues such as crime against women, appeasement, corruption and paper leak.

Polling will be held from 7 am to 6 pm in 199 out of 200 constituencies amid tight security arrangements.

The state with 51,756 polling stations comprises around 52,538,659 voters- of whom -27,358,965 are men and 25,179,694 are women. Around 2,220,913 are also all set to cast their votes this election. According to the election commission, 61,021 elderly and specially-abled people have already cast their votes through home voting, in the state's first attempt for such a facility.

Nov 24, 2023 4:45 PM IST

CM will be made from the backward class: Amit Shah in Telangana

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in Telangana, "We have made a lot of promises. One of them is that the CM will be made from the backward class. We will end the Muslim reservation & give reservations to SC, ST & OBC. We have also promised vertical reservation to the Madiga community. We have also promised four gas cylinders free of cost in a year to the poor women of the state. We will form a committee & punish those who are responsible for corruption..."

Nov 24, 2023 4:27 PM IST

Rajnath Singh attacks BRS govt over corruption in Telangana, says no corruption in BJP-ruled states

ttacking the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led BRS government in Telangana over its alleged corruption and family rule, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said no one can make allegations of corruption in BJP-ruled states.

"After the BRS government was formed, corruption rose sharply in Telangana. You must be watching that there is an inquiry also going on against this government. There are corruption charges against his (KCR) family members,” he said, addressing an election meeting in Medchal.

Nov 24, 2023 4:21 PM IST

We will provide you 2 lakh jobs: Priyanka Gandhi in Telangana

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, "The way your papers are getting leaked these days, we want to roll out a job calendar to solve the issue. We will provide you 2 lakh jobs, the way we got it in Rajasthan and under the job calendar, it will get fixed that when your exam is held, when the results will get out and when the notice for the paper is going to be released. Students will get aid of 5 lakh and in every district, we want to make international level schools."

Nov 24, 2023 4:01 PM IST

Six royal family members from BJP and Congress in Rajasthan poll arena

"Mai thansu dur nahi" (I am not far from you)- the most popular slogan of Jodhpur's 28-year-old King Hanwant Singh Rathore, won the hearts of the people across the Marwar in 1952, leading his new political party Akhil Bharatiya Ramrajya Parishad swiping around 30 out of 33 seats in the region in the very first state assembly poll post-independence.

In the same year, the Bikaner King Karni Singh Bahadur also stepped into the Parliament, winning the Bikaner constituency as an independent candidate.

Cooch Behar's princess of the Narayan dynasty and the queen of Jaipur Gayatri Devi, in 1962, also contested in the Lok Sabha election as a candidate of the Swatantra Party and remained a three-time MP from the seat.

Despite the royal families losing their ruling rights after the independence, Rajasthan- which has always been synonymous with the valourous tales of the blue blood in history- continued being strongly influenced by the erstwhile kings and queens in the modern democratic era.

According to a member of the Rajput organisation Pratap Foundation, Mahaveer Singh Sarvadi, "The association of the members of around 18 royal families of the state with the major political parties has always played a crucial role in the poll arena as most of them remained successful in building a pro-people image in society irrespective of any caste and community."

Nov 24, 2023 3:23 PM IST

I am feeling very proud after coming here: Priyanka Gandhi in Telangana

"I am feeling very proud after coming here. Particularly after seeing that a young, energetic woman candidate is contesting the election here," says Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi addressing an election rally in Palakurthy in Telangana.

Nov 24, 2023 3:08 PM IST

KCR indulged in scams worth thousands of crores, alleges Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said the BJP, if elected to power, would investigate and send those who indulged in corruption behind bars.

Addressing an election rally at Armoor, he alleged that KCR indulged in corruption worth thousands of crores of rupees and that he should not feel nothing is going to happen about it.

"KCR indulged in scams worth thousands of crores. KCR feels nothing will happen. KCR, don't have sound sleep. Your time is over. Whatever scams that were done, the BJP government will investigate and send those who indulged in corruption behind bars," he said.

Nov 24, 2023 2:39 PM IST

If the BJP forms its government here, then it it will be 'Telangana First': Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, "We all say 'state first' while BRS says 'family first'. I want to tell you all that if the BJP forms its government here, then it won't be 'family first', it will be 'Telangana First'."

Nov 24, 2023 2:12 PM IST

Will give jobs on merit to 2.5 lakh youth in Telangana: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, addressing an election rally in Telangana's Nizamabad, said, "In the last seven years, exam papers in six categories under TSPSC were leaked. We have decided that we will give jobs on merit to 2.5 lakh youth in Telangana. The accused in the paper leaks case will be put behind bars."

Nov 24, 2023 1:38 PM IST

Assembly election 2023 Live: Union minister takes ‘jobless’ jab at Rahul Gandhi

"Rahul Gandhi is frustrated and jealous. He thinks that only his family has the right to govern the country. He is sitting jobless since last one decade. He is facing a case for looting the country's assets. He has no words other than abusing the PM. This shows his feudal mindset. He is intolerant," Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.

Nov 24, 2023 12:28 PM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: ‘Can sense Congress wave,’ Rajasthan CM reiterates confidence on poll victory

“There is an undercurrent in Rajasthan. I can sense that there is a Congress wave in the state. Villages that supported BJP previously are now talking about the schemes that we launched,” Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said ahead of the polling on November 25.

Nov 24, 2023 11:58 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: 17 booked for sharing polling photos on social media

A total of 17 persons have been booked by Madhya Pradesh police for taking polling photos during the time when the state went to polls and sharing them on social media in Vidisha district.According to the FIR copy, the case was registered following the complaint of Additional Returning Officer (ARO) Sanjay Chourasia (48) at Sironj police station in the district on Wednesday evening (November 22) for violating the rules and regulations of the election commission. The case was registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 188 and section 128 of Representation of the People Act.

Nov 24, 2023 11:08 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: Gehlot shares Sachin Pilot's video message after PM Modi's ‘infighting’ jab

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday shared a video post on X (formerly Twitter) of Congress leader Sachin Pilot urging people to vote for his party in the upcoming assembly election, putting to rest speculations of an intra-party dispute between both the senior leaders in the state. This comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, campaigning for the upcoming Rajasthan assembly election, took an indirect dig at both leaders referring to the power tussle between them. Read more

Nov 24, 2023 10:15 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: ‘Telangana’s social fabric is different', says BRS' K Kavitha

“Politics doesn't run on the basis of religion here. The social fabric of Telangana is different. The concern here is just development. Even if the concern is about reservation, it's dependent on the financial status of people. We always give recommendations for reservation on the basis of the financial status of people. So, both parties (Congress and BJP) are trying to polarise people by picking unnecessary issues. They can't make impossible promises and betray people as they have come to know the tendencies of both parties...Why doesn't Congress give pension in Rajasthan and make promises about it here,” BRS MP K Kavitha said.

Nov 24, 2023 10:10 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: Rahul Gandhi to address rally in Telangana's Jukkal

As the poll campaigns in Rajasthan had a high-decibel ending on Thursday, political parties have now shifted their focus to Telangana. Apart from the ruling BRS' campaigns in different parts of the state, the Congress is also set to address rallies today. Senior leader Rahul Gandhi to visit Jukkal to attend a campaign and Karnataka deputy CM DK Shivakumar will be in Kamareddy to campaign for the party’s candidate A Revanth Reddy.

Nov 24, 2023 9:17 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: What is the ‘golden triangle’ strategy for Rajasthan?

  1. There is good reason to believe that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is hoping to create a golden triangle of politics involving Delhi, Agra (Uttar Pradesh) and Jaipur (Rajasthan) in these Rajasthan elections.
  2. This triangle includes Narendra Modi at the Centre (Delhi), Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh), and the Rajasthan version of Yogi Adityanath, Mahanth Balaknath, a Lok Sabha MP from Alwar, who is contesting the 2023 elections from Tijara assembly constituency (AC).
  3. To understand what could be a “golden triangle” strategy, however, it is useful to study the subregional analysis of the 2018 assembly elections in Rajasthan. Read more
Nov 24, 2023 8:28 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: BJP may play spoiler for BRS, Congress

  1. The BJP, according to ground reports, could throw surprises on at least 15-20 assembly constituencies in Telangana, especially the urban pockets in northern Telangana, by playing spoiler for the BRS and the Congress.
  2. A senior Telangana BJP leader, seeking anonymity, said the party had generated a lot of euphoria among the people and the cadre till mid-2023, when former state BJP president Bandi Sanjay undertook padayatra in the name of “Praja Sangrama Yatra” across the state.
  3. But post-Karnataka assembly elections in May 2023, the party seemed to lose its momentum and conceded the ground to the Congress. The replacement of Bandi Sanjay with Kishan Reddy has further demoralised the party cadre, the leader said. Read more
Nov 24, 2023 7:47 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: ‘As long as I’m alive…', KCR promises to keep Telangana secular

Hitting out at the Congress over ‘frequent communal riots’ in the Telangana region (while it was part of united Andhra Pradesh) during its reign, chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao said that upholding secularism is one of the main principles of his party, BRS.

“In 10 years of our rule, not even once there was a curfew nor there was a riot…As long as KCR is alive the Telangana state will remain a secular state. We are a secular state and we will be a secular state. It is our party's principal. The Telangana Ganga-Jamuna Tehzeeb is an example to the whole country and we have to maintain that,” KCR said.

Nov 24, 2023 7:25 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: Supriya Sule comes in support of Rahul Gandhi on EC notice

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule came in support of her allied INDIA bloc colleague and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi after he was served a show cause notice by the Election Commission of India (ECI) over his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election rally in Rajasthan.

"Rahul Gandhi is a strong and honest leader. I am confident that he will give a dignified and honest answer. He is a fighter. He can afford to be fearless because he is honest," Sule said, adding that there are several examples where the BJP remarked against Rahul Gandhi's family, including his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru and grandmother Indira Gandhi. “So, now if he speaks something, why is there a need to feel bad?” Read more

Nov 24, 2023 7:13 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: Remarks against PM Modi ‘hyped’, says Khage

After the Election Commission of India (ECI) served a show cause notice to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, party chief Mallikarjun Kharge said the whole remarks issue was hyped up in view of the upcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan and Telangana.

"The ECI can send the notice. There is no issue with it. This whole remark issue has been reiterated and hyped up in the face of the elections. We will respond to their notice," he said during a media briefing earlier.

Nov 24, 2023 10:15 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: ‘Telangana’s social fabric is different', says BRS' K Kavitha

“Politics doesn't run on the basis of religion here. The social fabric of Telangana is different. The concern here is just development. Even if the concern is about reservation, it's dependent on the financial status of people. We always give recommendations for reservation on the basis of the financial status of people. So, both parties (Congress and BJP) are trying to polarise people by picking unnecessary issues. They can't make impossible promises and betray people as they have come to know the tendencies of both parties...Why doesn't Congress give pension in Rajasthan and make promises about it here,” BRS MP K Kavitha said.

Nov 24, 2023 10:10 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: Rahul Gandhi to address rally in Telangana's Jukkal

As the poll campaigns in Rajasthan had a high-decibel ending on Thursday, political parties have now shifted their focus to Telangana. Apart from the ruling BRS' campaigns in different parts of the state, the Congress is also set to address rallies today. Senior leader Rahul Gandhi to visit Jukkal to attend a campaign and Karnataka deputy CM DK Shivakumar will be in Kamareddy to campaign for the party’s candidate A Revanth Reddy.

Nov 24, 2023 9:17 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: What is the ‘golden triangle’ strategy for Rajasthan?

  1. There is good reason to believe that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is hoping to create a golden triangle of politics involving Delhi, Agra (Uttar Pradesh) and Jaipur (Rajasthan) in these Rajasthan elections.
  2. This triangle includes Narendra Modi at the Centre (Delhi), Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh), and the Rajasthan version of Yogi Adityanath, Mahanth Balaknath, a Lok Sabha MP from Alwar, who is contesting the 2023 elections from Tijara assembly constituency (AC).
  3. To understand what could be a “golden triangle” strategy, however, it is useful to study the subregional analysis of the 2018 assembly elections in Rajasthan. Read more
Nov 24, 2023 8:28 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: BJP may play spoiler for BRS, Congress

  1. The BJP, according to ground reports, could throw surprises on at least 15-20 assembly constituencies in Telangana, especially the urban pockets in northern Telangana, by playing spoiler for the BRS and the Congress.
  2. A senior Telangana BJP leader, seeking anonymity, said the party had generated a lot of euphoria among the people and the cadre till mid-2023, when former state BJP president Bandi Sanjay undertook padayatra in the name of “Praja Sangrama Yatra” across the state.
  3. But post-Karnataka assembly elections in May 2023, the party seemed to lose its momentum and conceded the ground to the Congress. The replacement of Bandi Sanjay with Kishan Reddy has further demoralised the party cadre, the leader said. Read more
Nov 24, 2023 7:47 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: ‘As long as I’m alive…', KCR promises to keep Telangana secular

Hitting out at the Congress over ‘frequent communal riots’ in the Telangana region (while it was part of united Andhra Pradesh) during its reign, chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao said that upholding secularism is one of the main principles of his party, BRS.

“In 10 years of our rule, not even once there was a curfew nor there was a riot…As long as KCR is alive the Telangana state will remain a secular state. We are a secular state and we will be a secular state. It is our party's principal. The Telangana Ganga-Jamuna Tehzeeb is an example to the whole country and we have to maintain that,” KCR said.

Nov 24, 2023 7:25 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: Supriya Sule comes in support of Rahul Gandhi on EC notice

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule came in support of her allied INDIA bloc colleague and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi after he was served a show cause notice by the Election Commission of India (ECI) over his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election rally in Rajasthan.

"Rahul Gandhi is a strong and honest leader. I am confident that he will give a dignified and honest answer. He is a fighter. He can afford to be fearless because he is honest," Sule said, adding that there are several examples where the BJP remarked against Rahul Gandhi's family, including his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru and grandmother Indira Gandhi. “So, now if he speaks something, why is there a need to feel bad?” Read more

Nov 24, 2023 7:13 AM IST

Assembly elections 2023 Live: Remarks against PM Modi ‘hyped’, says Khage

After the Election Commission of India (ECI) served a show cause notice to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, party chief Mallikarjun Kharge said the whole remarks issue was hyped up in view of the upcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan and Telangana.

"The ECI can send the notice. There is no issue with it. This whole remark issue has been reiterated and hyped up in the face of the elections. We will respond to their notice," he said during a media briefing earlier.