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Sachin Pilot meets Ahmed Patel amid INC’s fear of losing Rajasthan

After Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that the BJP is trying to grab power in the state by bribing MLAs, the state Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot reached Delhi with at least eight of his loyalist MLAs and is expected to talk to the party leadership about the developing crisis in government.

Media cofirmed from leaders of both sides that Pilot came to Delhi and had a special one on one meeting with senior leader Ahmed Patel to discuss this issue. In the meeting, Pilot told the senior leader known to be a close aide of party president, Sonia Gandhi, that his differences with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had gone too far.

“There were a long list of grievances that he spoke about,’’ said one leader aware of developments. However, it is unclear if there was any follow-up action to that meeting. Pilot also met other senior leaders like general secretary in charge of organisation, KC Venugopal.

The two leaders have had a rivalry that’s well known in party circles. When INC won the 2018 elections by 107 in the 200 strong assembly, the fight between the two factions came to the fore as Pilot refused to sit back after having worked as the state president and claiming the victory as part of his efforts. Gehlot dug in his heels as well and finally then party chief Rahul Gandhi found a middle path where he made Pilot the deputy chief minister.

However, as one leader pointed out, this turned out to be more on paper than in reality.

“The deputy chief minister had limited powers and wouldn’t be consulted on any decisions in the state. Most of the times he found out about cabinet decisions from media reports,’’ said one leader who didn’t want to be identified.

While it is unclear what emerged from the Delhi meeting, as both Ahmed Patel and Sachin Pilot were unavailable for comments, senior leaders are now speaking out. INC MP and former minister Kapil Sibal tweeted, “Worried for our party. Will we wake up only after the horses have bolted from our stables?’’

However, The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has maintained that it has no role in trying to topple the Gehlot government in Rajasthan and the allegations made by the chief minister are an attempt to deflect from the party’s own failings.

“No meetings have taken place between Sachin Pilot and the BJP leadership. Everyone knows there are problems between the CM and the deputy CM, but they are trying to pin the blame on the BJP,” said a party leader in Delhi. Several other party leaders also asserted that the BJP is not engineering any defections.

On whether the party will stake claim to forming the government if a faction of Congress MLAs does break away, a second leader said, “The outcome will depend on what decision the Congress high command takes. The BJP will only take whatever decisions are required once there is a decision from the Congress’ side.”

There has been speculation that deputy chief minister Pilot, along with 25 other MLAs, will either join the BJP or float his own party that could seek support from the BJP. In the 200-member state assembly, the BJP has 72 MLAs and the half-way mark is 101. The Congress has 107 MLAs and also enjoys support from 12 independents and five from other parties.

“The numbers are critical. The BJP is confident that if a re-election happens in the state it will win with a comfortable majority. However, those who will join and seek re-election have to be equally confident of retaining their seats,” said the second functionary.

A Rajasthan based leader said the party is also wary of having a situation similar to Madhya Pradesh, where internal bickering has intensified after the CM Shivraj Singh government accommodated Congress rebels in his cabinet.

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Pilot reaches Kota hospital to pinch Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is now on the target of a leader of his own party. With the case of death of 107 children in Kota in December 2019 and so far in January as his ruse, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot visited the JK Lon Hospital today. He met the families of children who died during treatment in the hospital. Pilot targeted his own government during the visit, saying responsibility for the deaths must be fixed.

Rejecting the logic of the chief minister that fewer children had died in the hospital than casualty under the old government, Pilot said, “It has been 13 months since we came into government. Blaming the old governments will not work. The government’s stand is not satisfactory.”

Pilot, while talking to reporters, said, “We do not have to get caught in the figures. Let us take the discussion out of the data trap. It is not acceptable to those who have lost their children. When the mother who has kept her baby for nine months in the womb finds her child dead, she alone knows the pain. We have to convince people that we will not accept such occurrences any more. We have to fix responsibility. If so many children have died, there must have been some shortcoming.”

This statement of Pilot spells trouble for the INC government. Chief Minister Gehlot’s statements on this entire matter have been disputed, which the opposition has termed as irresponsible. The statement of Pilot will give the opposition more ammo to fire at Gehlot. This is not the first time that there has been a rift between Gehlot and Pilot. The duo shares a love-hate relationship since the day Gehlot was made the chief minister and Pilot his deputy.

From the archives

Chief Minister Gehlot had tweeted about the death of children, saying, “Government statistics on the death of children in JK Lon Hospital in Kota show that 963 children died this year while in the year 2015, as many as 1,260 children lost their lives. The figure was 1,193 in 2016 when the state was ruled by the BJP; 1005 children died in 2018.”

But the deputy chief minister said, “We do not want to get caught in the data trap.”

INC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, “I have taken account of the issue and a Congress team has gone there to get more information on the matter.”

Gandhi-Vadra also responded to the BSP chief’s comment on this. She said Mayawati too must meet the victims.

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Pilot responsible for my son Vaibhav’s defeat: Gehlot

Rajasthan: After the Congress’s defeat in the Lok Sabha election, it’s time for allegations and counter-allegations in the party’s rank and file. If Congress president Rahul Gandhi stated ironically that the leaders of the party were campaigning for their sons, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot now says the party’s State president Sachin Pilot should take responsibility for the defeat of his son Vaibhav Gehlot.

Gehlot Sr said during an interview with ABP News, “Sachin Pilot said we would win with a big majority. He said our Jodhpur Lok Sabha seat had six MLAs who had done good publicity there. Now he should take the responsibility for the defeat at least in Jodhpur.”

Vaibhav, son of the Rajasthan chief minister, lost the Jodhpur seat by 2.7 lakh votes. BJP’s Gajendra Singh Shekhawat defeated him.

Gehlot Sr addressed a lot of rallies in his Assembly area to ensure his son’s victory. His detractors say the Rajasthan chief minister ignored other constituencies in the State.

Changing tack soon in the interview soon, Gehlot Sr then attributed the loss of his son’s constituency and that in the rest of Rajasthan was the “responsibility of all, whether it is the president of State Congress or the chief minister”. The defeat on such a large scale is beyond understanding, he added.

The Rajasthan chief minister said about the party president’s complaint, anything that is said within the party should be left there.

Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and State Congress president Sachin Pilot has said he is surprised by what Gehlot said but refused to say anything further on the issue. An associate of Pilot said that Gehlot had lost his own polling booth by 400 votes despite having been the chief minister of Rajasthan thrice, an MLA four times and an MP from Jodhpur five times.

Strife between two of the top Congress leaders in Rajasthan is a reality now. Before this, they had fought over the post of the chief minister after winning the Assembly election last year. Sirf News had predicted this fallout in March:

क्या सचिन पायलट अशोक गहलोत के बेटे को आगे बढ़ने देंगे?

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Rahul Gandhi’s resignation threat pays off; leaders fall over one another to dissuade him

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi is firm on his decision to resign. According to sources, he has clearly told the party leaders that for the post of the president some other option has to be found. But the party wants to dissuade him, the prospect for which is getting bleaker by the hour.

Another CWC meeting will be convened in four days, where Congress politicians would mull over Rahul’s ‘replacement’.

Beeline of leaders to dissuade Rahul

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi and Congress spokesman Randeep S Surjewala went to the residence of Rahul Gandhi to make him change his decision.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, leaders KC Venugopal and Pramod Tiwari have each paid a visit to Rahul Gandhi. Gehlot had had a 45-minute meeting with the party president, as has been expected since yesterday.

Rajya Sabha MP from Congress Pramod Tiwari, after meeting Priyanka Gandhi, said on Tuesday that Rahul Gandhi should not resign. He said this was no time to resign. The Congress, he said, should rather concentrate on making a fresh start.

RJD leader Manoj Jha said this would be Rahul’s own decision. “But I believe that the role of the opposition to play the role of a chowkidar (watchdog) has begun and we are playing resignation-resignation!” he said, adding, “We must not fail those who have trusted us.”

Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth, who entered politics tentatively two years ago, has said that Rahul Gandhi should prove himself instead of resigning. The opposition is as important as the government in a democracy, he added.

RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav has said that Rahul’s offer of resignation is suicidal. The only goal of the opposition parties was to remove the BJP but it failed to make this a national debate, he said. The result of one election in a multi-dimensional and diverse country like India can never change the truth, Yadav added.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has said that Rahul Gandhi is the most suitable person to take the party out of the present crisis after the Lok Sabha election. Tharoor said that this was not the time to nurse the wounds; the Congress will have to prepare for the upcoming elections to be held in the States.

Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said it is unlikely that Rahul Gandhi would change his mind though he wanted the dynasty to remain the president of the Congress. Gogoi added that Rahul was not happy with some senior party leaders. He said that the party president wanted them to work hard but they did not fulfil his expectations.

Sources say that the Congress is now coming to terms with the “insistence” of Rahul Gandhi on his resignation and that the prospects of a new Congress president are now real. Of course, the candidate for the party presidency has to be approved by Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra, the sources added.

This implies that the Congress will now bear the look of the UPA government, where the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the nominal head while the person who had forwarded his candidacy, alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, was the real head.

Sources have told Sirf News that Rahul Gandhi has instructed party leaders to choose their new president within a month.

Congress is currently struggling to save its government from the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka. In the Lok Sabha election, the Congress has lost not only nationwide but also the Nehru-Gandhi family bastion of Amethi.

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क्या सचिन पायलट अशोक गहलोत के बेटे को आगे बढ़ने देंगे?

जयपुर — आगामी लोकसभा चुनावों के लिए कांग्रेस उम्मीदवारों की पहली सूची की घोषणा करने के साथ ही राजस्थान के मुख्यमंत्री अशोक गहलोत के बेटे वैभव की चुनावी शुरुआत की अटकलें जोर पकड़ रही हैं।

पार्टी के अंदरूनी सूत्रों ने कहा कि वर्तमान में एक राज्य इकाई के महासचिव वैभव गहलोत की अपने शहर जोधपुर या जालोर-सिरोही लोकसभा क्षेत्र से चुनाव लड़ने की संभावना है क्योंकि संबंधित जिला कांग्रेस समितियों ने उनकी उम्मीदवारी का समर्थन करते हुए प्रस्ताव प्राप्त किए हैं।

एक अन्य अनुकूल सीट टोंक-स्वाई माधोपुर संसदीय क्षेत्र हो सकती है जहां से 2009 के लोकसभा चुनाव के दौरान वैभव गहलोत का नाम सुझाया गया था।

अगर अशोक गहलोत का सिरोही में हालिया जनसभा में दिए गए बयान की मानें तो वैभव को जालोर-सिरोही सीट से मैदान में उतारा जा सकता है।

सिरोही दौरे के दौरान मुख्यमंत्री ने कहा था उन्हें पता है कि वैभव का नाम चर्चे में है। “पांच साल पहले मेरी इच्छा थी कि वह जालोर-सिरोही से चुनाव लड़े। लेकिन किसी कारण से उसे टिकट नहीं मिल सका… पर हमने प्रचार किया था और मैं जालोर भी आया था।,” उन्होंने सिरोही में कहा था।

हालांकि अशोक गहलोत ने स्पष्ट किया कि टिकट वितरण पर अंतिम निर्णय कांग्रेस हाई कमान द्वारा लिया जाएगा। उन्होंने कहा, “हम कांग्रेस के वफादार सैनिक हैं। अगर राहुल गांधी किसी और उम्मीदवार को चुनते हैं तो आप सभी से अनुरोध है कि आप उस उम्मीदवार में भी वैभव गहलोत को ही देखें।”

बाद में एक संवाददाता सम्मेलन में मुख्यमंत्री ने कहा कि अगर यह उनके हाथों में होता तो वे वैभव को 10 साल पहले ही चुनाव लड़ने का मौका दे चुके होते।

अशोक गहलोत ने कहा, “वह (वैभव) एक पार्टी कार्यकर्ता है, उससे पूछें कि वह कहाँ से चुनाव लडेगा और पार्टी से पूछें कि वह कहाँ से उसे मैदान में उतारेंगे।”

एक समय पर राजस्थान कांग्रेस के प्रमुख और उप-मुख्यमंत्री सचिन पायलट भी वैभव गहलोत की उम्मीदवारी का समर्थन करते दिखाई दिए थे। जनवरी में पायलट ने कहा था कि वैभव गहलोत लंबे समय से पार्टी में सक्रिय हैं। उन्हें अतीत में कुछ कारणों के कारण अवसर (चुनाव लड़ने के लिए) नहीं मिला होगा। लेकिन यह हमारी कोशिश होगी कि उनकी तरह के उम्मीदवार को आगे बढ़ने का मौका दें। पार्टी का फोकस युवाओं पर है और उन्हें मौका देने का प्रयास किया जाएगा।”

हालांकि 5 मार्च को पायलट ने कहा था कि कांग्रेस की राय है कि वर्तमान सांसद, विधायक, ऐसे उम्मीदवार जो अतीत में चुनाव हार गए थे और पार्टी के नेताओं के परिवार के सदस्यों के अलावा अन्य उम्मीदवारों को ढूंढना बेहतर होगा। उन्होंने कहा कि पार्टी कार्यकर्ताओं और लोगों की पसंद और उम्मीदवारों के जीतने की क्षमता पर विचार किया जाएगा।

राजस्थान में 29 अप्रैल और 6 मई को दो चरणों में मतदान होगा।

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Sachin to co-pilot Rajasthan; Congress chooses Ashok Gehlot as CM

New Delhi: The Congress on Friday named Ashok Gehlot Rajasthan next chief minister and Sachin Pilot his deputy after party president Rahul Gandhi successfully brokered peace between the veteran leader and his younger colleague over several rounds of discussions lasting more than two days.

Congress observer to the state KC Venugopal made the announcement at a media briefing here, ending the suspense over who would be appointed chief minister of the state — experienced hand Gehlot, who will be chief minister for a third stint, or the Pradesh Congress Committee chief who is credited for being instrumental in the party’s turnaround in the desert state.

Addressing the press conference, Gehlot, 67, thanked Gandhi for giving him the opportunity to serve the people of the state for the third time and promised that he and Pilot will give “good governance”.

Pilot, 41, exuded confidence that Congress’ good electoral performance will continue, saying the party will get a big mandate in 2019 polls and form government at the Centre also.

“Mera aur Ashok Gehlotji ka jaadu puri tarah chal gaya hai (Gehlot and I worked our magic in the state),” Pilot said.

The Congress went from 21 seats against the BJP’s 163 in 2013 to getting 99 seats (plus one of the Rashtriya Lok Dal) in the assembly elections the votes for which were counted on Tuesday.

Pilot said the party’s manifesto will be implemented immediately. He had put up stiff resistance and had staked his own claim for the top post, it is learnt.

Referring to Gehlot’s ‘kaun banega crorepati’ quip to a question on who will be CM at a press conference last month, Pilot jokingly said, “Who would have known that instead of one there will be two ‘crorepatis’.”

Venugopal said details of the oath-taking ceremony would be decided after meeting Governor Kalyan Singh in Jaipur on Friday evening. Both Gehlot and Pilot would be present at the meeting. They will arrive in Jaipur from New Delhi and will go to the Raj Bhawan to hand over the list of MLAs, sources in Jaipur added.

Gandhi met Gehlot and Pilot thrice since Thursday. Hectic discussions were held between top party leaders, including Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on the selection of chief ministers for Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Senior party leaders Venugopal, Avinash Pande and Jitendra Singh were also present during the meeting Friday.

According to Congress leaders, leaders should not challenge the high command and accept the decision once MLAs in the state have authorised Gandhi to take a call.

Pilot was apparently not on board on Gehlot’s name, which delayed the announcement.

Eventually, Gandhi successfully brokered peace with the CM-deputy CM compromise formula.

“The united colours of Rajasthan,” Gandhi tweeted Friday afternoon along with a photograph in which the three leaders were seen in a jovial mood.

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Polling underway in Rajasthan and Telangana

Jaipur/Hyderabad: Polling began Friday morning for 199 Assembly seats out of the 200 in Rajasthan, a key State which the BJP is fighting to retain.

According to an official spokesperson, polling began at 8 AM in all the 51,687 booths set up across the State.

Polling also began amid elaborate arrangements in all 119 Assembly constituencies in Telangana on Friday morning.

Voting began at 7 AM and will conclude at 5 PM, except in 13 constituencies classified as Left Wing Extremist-affected, where the process ends at 4 PM itself.

In Rajasthan, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje (Jhalrapatan), Congress state president Sachin Pilot (Tonk), former chief minister Ashok Gehlot (Sardarpura) are among the 2,274 candidates in the fray.

The election in Ramgarh constituency of Alwar district was put off following the death of Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Laxman Singh.

Raje, who is the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, is fighting against veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh in Jhalrapatan, the constituency she has represented since 2003. Manvendra Singh switched to Congress just before the election. She had won 63 per cent of the votes cast in 2013, winning the seat by a margin of 60,896.

Tonk, with a sizeable Muslim population, is a keenly-watched contest between Sachin Pilot and BJP candidate and Rajasthan Transport Minister Yoonus Khan, who is the saffron party’s only Muslim face in the elections.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had initially fielded sitting MLA Ajit Singh Mehta in Tonk. But in a change of strategy, the party dropped him and sent Khan to take on Pilot.

This is a maiden Assembly election for Pilot, a two-time MP who is seen as a chief ministerial possibility if the Congress wins. He has represented Dausa and Ajmer Lok Sabha constituencies in the past.

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who is also seen as a chief ministerial candidate for the Congress, is contesting from Sardarpura, a constituency he now represents. Gehlot has been the Rajasthan chief minister twice.

In the current House, the BJP has 160 seats and the Congress 25.

In Telangana, over 2.80 crore electorate are eligible to exercise their franchise in the State, which has a total of 32,815 polling stations. More than 1.50 lakh polling officials, including reserve staff, are on duty.

Campaigning by political parties came to an end at 5 PM Wednesday.

Additional DG ( Law and order) Jitender Thursday said that about one lakh security personnel, including 25,000 central paramilitary forces and 20,000 from other states, are engaged in poll duties.

A senior police official said security was beefed up at bordering areas which were identified as Left Wing Extremist-affected regions.

The Assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, but the House was dissolved prematurely on 6 September as per a recommendation by the State cabinet.

The Congress has stitched together the ‘Prajakutami’ (People’s Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the Communist Party of India (CPI), to take on the ruling TRS, which is led by caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR).

The TRS, seeking a second term in office, is going alone, as also the BJP.

It is to be seen if TRS president and Caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s gamble to opt for early elections pays off.

While KCR was, without doubt, the star campaigner for TRS, the Congress and the BJP fielded their bigwigs for campaigning which turned out to be a shrill one.

For the Congress, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and party President Rahul Gandhi addressed election rallies. The BJP relied on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party president Amit Shah.

Rahul Gandhi also addressed joint meetings with TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

“We will win 100 seats,” Rao repeatedly said in campaign meetings.

The BJP, which won five seats in alliance with the TDP in the last elections in 2014, said it ensured that there is a triangular fight in Telangana this time.

Meanwhile, state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar Thursday said as many as 446 flying squads were in operation in the state to swing into action if any irregularity was reported and 448 static surveillance teams would also keep a watch on the situation. They would wait in the wings to take action, he said.

Besides, 224 video-surveillance teams and 133 video-viewing teams were pressed into service. There were 126 assistant expenditure observers and 123 accounting teams.

For the first time, the Election Commission is using Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in Telangana.

As many as 1821 candidates, including a transgender, are in the fray.

The results will be out on 11 December, along with those from the other four states which saw Assembly elections in the past few weeks.

The outcome of the elections in Rajasthan, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram is expected to set the tone for the Lok Sabha contest next year.

 

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Javadekar dismisses differences among BJP leaders in Rajasthan

New Delhi: Dismissing reports of differences among BJP leaders in Rajasthan as a “communication gap” that has been sorted out, the party’s election in-charge for the State Prakash Javadekar says the entire unit in the poll-bound state is behind Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

The senior Union minister also asserted that the combination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charisma and BJP chief Amit Shah’s political strategy is the party’s biggest strength in the upcoming Assembly polls.

Rajasthan is scheduled to go to the polls in a single phase on 7 December. The counting of votes for all 200 constituencies will take place on 11 December.

Asked about Congress’ criticism that there are differences within the BJP’s State unit, Javadekar said that all is well.

“There were no differences as such. There was only a communication gap and now everything has been sorted out. The entire state unit is working overtime to ensure BJP’s victory and is unitedly behind Vasundharaji, who is the most popular leader in the State,” he asserted.

Javadekar’s comments follow Congress state chief Sachin Pilot’s claim that there were “differences” between Raje and Shah and the two rarely shared a stage.

“Whenever Amit Shah comes, Vasundhara Raje goes somewhere else. They are not ready to be present in the same district,” Pilot said recently.

The minister also emphasised that the BJP has an edge as compared to the Congress. While the ruling party is clear about its leader, who is acceptable to all sections of the society, whereas Congress is a divided house, he said.

“We are clear about our leadership and the entire party is united behind her. But the Congress is in a dilemma and there is huge infighting in the opposition party between the Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot camps,” Javadekar said.

This is Javadekar’s second assignment this year. He was earlier appointed as in-charge of Assembly elections in Karnataka, where the BJP emerged as the single largest party.

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Supreme Court dismisses pleas for random verification of VVPAT in MP, Rajasthan polls

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea for random verification of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail(VVPAT) machines in the upcoming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The top court refused to interfere in the matter and said there were “no loopholes in the current mechanism of the Election Commission”.

The court was ruling on pleas by Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot seeking VVPAT verification in at least 10% randomly selected polling stations in each Assembly constituency/segment to ensure free and fair elections.

Alleging large-scale duplication of voters in the two poll-bound states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the plea also sought fresh guidelines for the operation of VVPAT machines, mock polls and recounting, quality of thermal paper and printing, the collection of paper trails and storage and unique identification numbers on VVPAT.

Congress leaders  Kamal Nath and Sachin Pilot have filed petitions over fake or duplicate identities in voter list for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan State Assembly elections.

The bench had reserved its verdict after concluded the hearing of the pleas during which senior lawyers Kapil Sibal and Vikas Singh traded charges over the conduct of the polls.

A bench of justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said: “We have dismissed these petitions”.

The apex court had reserved its verdict on 8 October on the plea of leaders alleging duplication of voters in the list and sought a proper redressal of grievances to ensure free and fair elections.

It was alleged that as per a survey, in Madhya Pradesh there were over 60 lakh fake voters and similarly, in Rajasthan, there were over 41 lakh duplicate voters.

In Rajasthan, the poll panels have added 71 lakh, new voters, the plea said, adding that directions be given to remove inconsistencies and conduct free and fair elections.

Polls in Madhya Pradesh will be held on 28 November 28 and in Rajasthan on 7 December.

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भाजपा ने जनादेश का अपमान किया है — पायलट

जयपुर—राजस्थान में आगामी विधानसभा चुनाव में जन समर्थन जुटाने के लिये कांग्रेस ने आज उदयपुर संभाग से ‘संकल्प रैली’ का आगाज किया। प्रदेश कांग्रेस कमेटी के अध्यक्ष सचिन पायलट और अन्य कांग्रेस नेताओं ने चित्तौडगढ़ जिले के सांवलिया में संकल्प रैली को सम्बोधित करते हुए विश्वास जताया कि प्रदेश में पार्टी आगामी विधानसभा चुनाव में जीत दर्ज कर सरकार बनायेगी।

पायलट ने जनसभा को संबोधित करते हुए कहा कि प्रदेश की जनता ने विश्वास जताकर पूर्ण बहुमत देकर भाजपा को सेवा का अवसर दिया था लेकिन पिछले साढ़े चार वर्षों में जिस तरह का कार्यकाल भाजपा सरकार का रहा है उससे यह साफ है कि भाजपा ने जनादेश का अपमान किया है।

उन्होंने कहा कि जिस भारी संख्या में आज यहॉं कांग्रेस को समर्थन मिला हैं, उससे स्पष्ट हो गया है कि भाजपा सरकार को उखाड़ फेंकने के लिए जनता ने अपना मन बना लिया है।

पायलट ने कहा कि आज इस संकल्प रैली में जो जन सैलाब उमड़ा है उसने भाजपा सरकार की आंखे खोलने का काम किया है। उन्होंने कहा,‘‘हम सब कांग्रेस के नेता संकल्प लेते हैं कि प्रदेश की जनता को भाजपा सरकार की तानाशाही तथा कुशासन से मुक्त करायेंगे।’’ उन्होंने कहा कि आज फिर संघर्ष का समय आ गया है क्योंकि पिछले चुनावों में भाजपा ने बड़े-बड़े वादे कर जनता को गुमराह किया है।

उन्होंने कहा कि प्रदेश की वर्तमान स्थिति को देखते हुए मुख्यमंत्री को गौरव यात्रा नहीं, पश्चाताप यात्रा निकालकर प्रदेश की जनता से वादाखिलाफी के लिए माफी मांगनी चाहिए। पायलट ने कहा कि प्रतिदिन कांग्रेस मीडिया के जरिये मुख्यमंत्री से एक सवाल पूछ रही है, लेकिन जवाब उनके पास नहीं है।

उन्होंने कहा कि जनता की गाढ़ी कमाई से भाजपा सरकार भव्य आयोजन तो कर रही है, लेकिन उन सभाओं में जनता को कोई दिलचस्पी ही नहीं है। उन्होंने कहा कि जनता समझ चुकी है कि ये झूठे वादों की सरकार है जिसको जनता की पीड़ा से कोई सरोकार नहीं है।

उन्होंने कहा, ‘‘आज इस मंच से हम सब कांग्रेस के नेता संकल्प लेते हैं कि प्रदेश की जनता को भाजपा सरकार की तानाशाही तथा कुशासन से मुक्त करायेंगे।’’ इस मौके पर अखिल भारतीय कांग्रेस कमेटी के महासचिव एवं पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री अशोक गहलोत ने कहा कि राज्य की मुख्यमंत्री ने साढ़े चार वर्षों तक जनता को चेहरा नहीं दिखाया और अब गौरव यात्रा के जरिये प्रदेश में घूम-घूम कर वोट मांग रही है, लेकिन जनता समझ चुकी है कि यह भाजपा सरकार जनविरोधी है और हम यहां से संकल्प लेकर जायेंगे कि इस भाजपा सरकार को उखाड़ फेकेंगे।

अखिल भारतीय कांग्रेस कमेटी के महासचिव एवं राजस्थान प्रभारी अविनाश पाण्डे ने कहा कि इस संकल्प रैली में जनता का जो अपार समर्थन देखने को मिला है, उससे स्पष्ट हो गया है कि राजस्थान की जनता ने भाजपा सरकार के कुशासन को उखाड़ फेंकने का मन बना लिया है।