"Not In Race For Chief Minister Post, But...": Rajasthan BJP Chief

Speaking to media persons here on Friday, CP Joshi also exuded his confidence in the party winning the assembly elections in Rajasthan.

'Not In Race For Chief Minister Post, But...': Rajasthan BJP Chief

"BJP will form government in Rajasthan with full majority on December 3."

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajasthan President CP Joshi has said that he is not in the race for the chief minister's post in Rajasthan, but will be the first person to garland the one who will hold the position if his party forms the government in the state.

Speaking to media persons here on Friday, Mr Joshi also exuded his confidence in the party winning the assembly elections in Rajasthan.

"BJP will form government in Rajasthan with full majority on December 3. I am not in the race for CM, but will garland the person who will become the CM of the state," he said.

After exit polls aired by major television networks for the five states predicted that the BJP will form the government in Rajasthan, ousting Congress from power, CP Joshi has said, "BJP will win more than 135 seats while Congress will remain below 50."

The exit polls reinforced the perception of a hard contest in Rajasthan, with differences in their prediction of the winner in the crucial Hindi heartland state that has a nearly three-decade tradition of not repeating an incumbent government.

While three exit polls predicted the BJP to be the clear winner, two others showed Congress was ahead in the sweepstakes to form the next government in the state.

The exit poll predictions showed that "others" including smaller parties and independents could play a crucial role in the formation of the government when the results are announced on December 3. Rajasthan went to the polls on 199 of 200 assembly seats on November 25.

The Congress government in the state led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot unleashed a series of populist schemes closer to the assembly election to ward off the challenge from the BJP.

According to India Today-Axis My India poll, Congress is poised to get 86-106 seats in Rajasthan with 42 per cent votes and BJP 80-100 seats with 41 per cent vote support. Others are poised to seven per cent votes and 9-18 seats.

India TV-CNX poll predicted 94-104 seats for Congress with 43 per cent votes and 80-90 seats for BJP with 42 per cent vote share. It said 'others' are expected to get 15 per cent votes and 14-18 seats.

Times Now-ETG poll gave 56-72 seats to Congress with 38.98 per cent vote share, 108-128 to BJP with 41.88 per cent votes and others expected to get 13-21 seats with a sizeable 19.14 per cent vote share.

The Jan Ki Baat poll gave 100-122 seats to BJP with vote share of 44 per cent, 62-85 seats to Congress with a vote share of 41 per cent and predicted that others will get 15 per cent votes and 14-15 seats.

The P-Marq poll said BJP will win 105-125 seats in Rajasthan with 42.2 per cent vote share and Congress 69-81 seats with 39.7 per cent votes. It said others are poised to get 5-15 seats with 18.1 per cent vote, it said.

Counting in four other states that went to the polls this month will also take place on December 3. The polls, held months before the Lok Sabha polls, are crucial for BJP and Congress for various reasons.

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