11 Oct 2023

Rajasthan Election 2023: CM Ashok Gehlot Said This On BJP Giving Tickets To MPs

Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He said that PM Modi keeps visiting the states again and again. After the elections, will PM Modi come and open colleges and build roads here? BJP gave assembly tickets to MPs, it means BJP has accepted defeat.

Addressing a rally in Churu, Gehlot said, “BJP is not able to decide any face here, they gave tickets to 9 MPs and I consider this as their biggest failure. It means they have accepted defeat and are therefore fielding MPs.”

It is noteworthy that BJP on Monday released its first list of 41 candidates for the assembly elections in Rajasthan, which also includes the names of seven sitting MPs. Of these, six are members of the Lok Sabha, while one is a member of the Rajya Sabha.

No anti-incumbency

On Tuesday, the Congress asserted that there was no prevalent sentiment of anti-incumbency against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan. The party expressed its determination to challenge the customary pattern of alternating governments in the desert state. 

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi conveyed this message following a meeting of the party's screening committee for Rajasthan, which he chaired, attended by state leaders.

Gogoi also accused the BJP of nominating its Members of Parliament (MPs) for the state assembly elections due to concerns about losing in the upcoming 2024 parliamentary polls,.

Tradition will be broken

"For many years, there has been a tradition in Rajasthan where the government changes every five years. However, this time, we have closely observed that there is no prevailing anti-incumbency sentiment against the government and the chief minister," remarked Gogoi. 

He added, "This time, the tradition is set to be broken, which is why the BJP appears apprehensive. They have fielded their MPs in the assembly polls, despite significant opposition, as they are aware they may not succeed in the Lok Sabha polls again."

Chief Minister Gehlot, who is striving to secure another term in the state, also met with former party chief Sonia Gandhi and the party's treasurer Ajay Maken. Gehlot, who had attended the Congress Working Committee meeting in the national capital on Monday, departed for Rajasthan later in the afternoon.

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