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Rajasthan Election Result 2018 LIVE: Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot To Meet Rahul Gandhi Tomorrow

Rajasthan Election Results: The focus in Rajasthan is now on who would be the Congress choice for chief minister between two-time Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and the party's state unit president Sachin Pilot.

Rajasthan Election Result 2018 LIVE: Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot To Meet Rahul Gandhi Tomorrow

Rajasthan Election Result 2018: Top leaders of the Congress will meet today.

New Delhi:

Congress made a stunning comeback in Rajasthan winning 99 of 199 seats. Top leaders of the Congress will meet today to discuss and decide who will be the next chief minister of Rajasthan. Sources in the party say Ashok Gehlot has emerged as the front-runner for the post. Another popular choice for Rajasthan's next chief minister is Sachin Pilot. Rajasthan has a 200-member assembly, but polling on Alwar's Ramgarh constituency was postponed following the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate. In 2013, the BJP won 163 seats and the Congress 21. With 101 seats this time, the Congress has had a significant rise of 80 seats. The drop for the BJP was massive too - going down 89 seats when compared with the previous assembly polls.

Here are the LIVE updates on the Rajasthan Election Result 2018 and Congress' meet to decide the next chief minister:

Dec 12, 2018 21:48 (IST)
"It is normal procedure to give feedback to observers, then the observers go to the Congress president. It has always been policy of the Congress to give feedback. Congress party has staked its claim to form government in Rajasthan," said Sachin Pilot, while he left Jaipur for Delhi to meet Rahul Gandhi.

"See what happens," said Sachin Pilot, on being asked if he will become chief minister.
Dec 12, 2018 21:23 (IST)
AICC observers for Rajasthan KC Venugopal, General Secretary Avinash Pandey and Secretary Incharges will reach Delhi tonight and meet Congress President Rahul Gandhi at his residence tomorrow at 10 am, according to news agency ANI
Dec 12, 2018 20:26 (IST)
Rajasthan Election Results 2018: Yogi Adityanath says "people spread lies" in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh

"In Madhya Pradesh & Rajasthan people tried to spread lies but despite that, we put up a good fight under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership. The support that people gave us makes the fight ahead easier," said Yogi Adityanath.
Dec 12, 2018 19:50 (IST)
Rajasthan Results 2018: Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot to leave for Delhi and meet Rahul Gandhi

After meeting with Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh, Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot will leave for Delhi to meet Rahul Gandhi for breakfast tomorrow.
Dec 12, 2018 19:37 (IST)
Rajasthan Election Results 2018: Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot and other Congress leaders arrive

Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot and other Congress leaders have reached the Governor's House in Rajasthan capital Jaipur to stake claim to form government, according to news agency ANI.

Dec 12, 2018 19:31 (IST)
Election Results 2018: Congress leaders head to Rajsthan Governor's residence to stake claim

Congress lawmakers end meeting and leave for Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh's residence to stake claim to form government there.

Dec 12, 2018 14:48 (IST)
A Congress delegation will meet Governor Kalyan Singh at 7 pm today to stake claim on government in Rajasthan.

"The governor has given an appointment to a Congress delegation at 7 PM today," Raj Bhawan sources said.
Dec 12, 2018 14:09 (IST)
Rajasthan's "Kaun Banega Chief Minister" Stars Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot
Elections done and a victory in the bag, the Congress in Rajasthan today proceeds to its next challenge -- who will be chief minister, old warhorse Ashok Gehlot or state party chief Sachin Pilot. The Congress is the largest party in Rajasthan with 99 seats -- one short of a majority -- and the BJP stopped at 73. The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), an ally of the Congress, won one seat. Together, they have 100 seats, which is the majority mark.

Rajasthan's 'Kaun Banega Chief Minister' Stars Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot
Dec 12, 2018 14:06 (IST)
Rajasthan Congress legislature party passes resolution asking Rahul Gandhi to pick next Chief Minister. reports news agency PTI
Dec 12, 2018 12:54 (IST)

Sachin Pilot, one of the chief ministership hopefuls of the Congress party in Rajasthan, on Wednesday, informed that the decision on the position will be taken today by party president Rahul Gandhi and other leaders of the party. 

"Whatever the MLAs have to say they will say in the meeting and final decision is left to the Congress president and other party leaders. We will take a call today," Mr Pilot told reporters in Jaipur.

Along with Mr Pilot, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot is also a contender for the top post in the state.
Dec 12, 2018 12:44 (IST)
Amit Shah Should Apologise For 'Hold By Collar' Remark, Says Ashok Gehlot

Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held a meeting with six Independent candidates in an attempt to stitch an alliance to form government in the state at his resident in Jaipur this morning.

Speaking to ANI Mr Gehlot stated, "Congress will make the final announcement in the evening."

He also added that "the opinions and sentiments of every MLAs will be taken into account The decision of the high command will ultimately be followed".
Dec 12, 2018 10:42 (IST)

BSP Chief Mayawati announces support To Congress in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan.

  • We fought these elections to ensure that the BJP does not come back to power. While BSP has performed well, we did not do as well as we had thought.
  • Our aim is to keep the BJP out of power. And that is why we have decided to support the Congress in Madhya Pradesh.
  • We have decided to support the Congress in Rajasthan as well.
Dec 12, 2018 09:44 (IST)
Ashok Gehlot, 'Magician' At Heart, Could Become Rajasthan Chief Minister

Ashok Gehlot:
  • He didn't make the Congress disappear altogether from Rajasthan and, in any case, the party's good showing in the assembly polls wasn't a solo act.
  • At a conjurors' convention in 2015 - which he inaugurated by performing a little trick of his own - the veteran told the audience he would have followed his magician father's footstep had he not joined politics.
  • In his early years as a politician, Mr Gehlot headed the Rajasthan unit of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and was later seen as a staunch loyalist of the Gandhi family.
  • Some in the party called him "gilli billi", a tag which referred to his past when he performed magic as an assistant to his father Laxman Singh Daksh on his tours.
  • Sometimes called "Rajasthan's Gandhi" for his simple lifestyle and mass connect, Mr Gehlot has been chief minister twice earlier.
  • The first stint was in 1998-2003 and the second ended in 2013, with the Bharatiya Janata Party's Vasundhara Raje succeeding him each time.

Dec 12, 2018 09:41 (IST)
Sachin Pilot: Leader Who Ensured Congress Comeback After 2013 Defeat

Sachin Pilot:
  • He may not become the Chief Minister in Rajasthan if the party chooses to appoint the older, more experienced Ashok Gehlot, but the urbane politician, equally at home in a village as in the debating room of an English news channel, has more than earned his electoral stripes, say party leaders.
  • Mr Pilot has undoubtedly helped steer the Congress from the depths of defeat in 2013 and has helped the party come closer to a victory in Rajasthan.
  • To Mr Pilot goes the credit of ensuring that his party came back to power in Rajasthan, in keeping with the 'revolving door' tradition of voters (alternately choosing the BJP and the Congress).
  • In 2013, when the Congress faced its worst defeat, winning just 21 seats against the BJP's 163, party President Rahul Gandhi handed the reins of the state to the next gen leader, a two-time parliamentarian and son of former leader Rajesh Pilot who died in 2000 in a road accident in Dausa. Mr Pilot, who served as minister in the UPA government in different capacities, accepted the challenge and refocused his attention from national politics to state level challenges.
Dec 12, 2018 09:39 (IST)
Sources in the party say Ashok Gehlot has emerged as the front-runner for the post. Another popular choice for Rajasthan's next chief minister is Sachin Pilot.
Dec 12, 2018 09:37 (IST)
  • With Congress set to form governments in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and locked in a close fight in Madhya Pradesh, party president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the selection of chief ministers in the three states will be done "smoothly".
  • Mr Gandhi also said that the party effectively "ironed out" tensions among the leaders within the party in various states ahead of the elections.
  • He also said that all the leaders worked unitedly which helped the party emerged victorious in three Hindi heartland states.