Rajasthan Election News
April 24, 2014 03:00 PM
29 per cent turnout till 11:30AM: Rajasthan
In the second round of polling in the state, about 29% turnout was recorded till 11.30 AM today. 29.11% was recorded in the Tonk-Sawaimadhopur constituency, 25.57% in Karauli-Dholpur, and 27.29% in Bharatpur.
April 24, 2014 12:51 PM
LS elections underway in Rajasthan today
The balloting is being conducted in Rajasthan today for five parliamentary seats in the second and final round of polling in the state. In this phase, a strong electorate of over 80 lakh voters will elect 5 MPs out of 81 candidates.
April 17, 2014 03:11 PM
37.46% voter turnout till 2 PM: Rajasthan
As per media reports, 37.46 per cent of 34 million electors practiced their right to vote till 2 PM today in 20 parliamentary constituencies in Rajasthan.
April 17, 2014 02:44 PM
30% turnout in Chhattisgarh till 11 AM
As per media reports, 30 per cent voters cast their ballot in Chhattisgarh in the first four hours of polling. The state had recorded 15 per cent turnout till 9 AM today.
April 17, 2014 01:51 PM
Over 30% voters cast their vote in Rajasthan till 12
As per media reports, more than 30 per cent voter turnout was registered in the Lok Sabha polls in Rajasthan till noon today.
April 17, 2014 12:02 PM
LS Polls: 13.74% turnout till 10 AM in Rajasthan
As per media reports, the first day of polling in Rajasthan for 20 LS seats of the state recorded 13.74 per cent polling till 10 AM on Thursday.
April 17, 2014 10:09 AM
LS Election: Balloting begins in Rajasthan
As per media reports, voting process has begun in Rajasthan today for the 20 parliamentary seats of the state.
March 30, 2014 10:20 PM
No nomination filed for 2nd phase of Lok Sabha polls
The Election Commission announced that there was no filing of nomination held on Saturday for the 2nd phase of the Lok Sabha polls to be held on April 24 in five parliamentary constituencies.
March 30, 2014 10:20 PM
Jaswant Singh expelled
BJP today expelled Jaswant Singh from the party for six years. Jaswant Singh has filed his nomination from Barmer constituency, as an independent.
March 24, 2014 04:18 PM
Jaswant Singh to contest as an independent candidate
Senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh has decided to contest the general election from Barmer in Rajasthan. He will be contesting as an independent candidate, following the BJP's selection of Col. Sonaram Choudhury as its candidate from the same constituency. Singh feels that the BJP has disrespected the wish of the people of Barmer by not selecting him.
Rajasthan Lok Sabha Elections 2014
Rajasthan is located in the western parts of India and is the largest state in terms of area. The state was created on 1 November 1956, and since then has played a crucial role in national politics.
The state has 25 parliamentary constituencies of which Ganganagar, Bikaner, Bharatpur and Karauli-Dholpur are reserved for the Scheduled Caste, and Udaipur and Banswara are reserved for the Scheduled Tribe. Barmer is the largest parliamentary constituency in Rajasthan and second largest constituency in India. Some important parliamentary constituencies in the state are Dausa, Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Kota. The state sends ten members to the Rajya Sabha.
The state legislative assembly is unicameral. In 1952, the total number of members was 160. Currently it is 200.
Rajasthan sends 25 members to the lower house of the Parliament or Lok Sabha.
The national political parties which have their presence in Rajasthan are:
- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
- Indian National Congress (INC)
- Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)]
- Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
Rajasthan also has a number of regional political parties:
- Indian National Lok Dal
- Janata Dal (United)
- Lok Jan Shakti Party
- Rajasthan Samajik Nyaya Manch
The election history of Rajasthan has been dominated by the Congress party and the BJP. From 1949 to 1977, INC was in power. Till 1962, its stronghold in Rajasthan was unchallenged. However since then, Janata Party, Swatantra Party and later BJP have challenged this dominance. In 1977, riding on the post-emergency anti-Congress sentiment, Janata Party led by Bhairon Singh Shekhawat assumed power.
After Indira Gandhi's assassination in 1984, Congress regained popularity in 1985. In 1990, BJP won the elections but President's rule was declared in the state in 1992 after the demolition of the Babri Masjid. Since 1993, BJP and INC have been forming government alternately; with BJP winning 1993, 2003 and the recent 2013 elections, while Congress had won the 1998 and 2008 elections.
In the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party was dominant till 1971. But its fortune plummeted in 1977 and 1984. The BJP made its presence felt in the 1984 elections. However, 1989 elections was a watershed for the party as it won all 25 seats. In 1991 and 1999 elections, BJP lost some grounds but made a comeback in 2004 by winning 21 seats while INC got just four seats. In 2009 however, the electoral fortunes of the two parties reversed. INC won 20 seats while BJP won only four.
Major Political Personalities
2014 general elections will see major political parties contesting against each other in Rajasthan. The BJP and INC are expected to declare their candidates soon while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has already announced its candidates. Some important MPs of the 15th Lok Sabha from Rajasthan include:
: He is an MP from the Bhilwara constituency and is the former minister of Railway and Road Transport and Highways. Encouraged by Mohan Lal Sukhadia to join politics, he started his career as a student leader and is a four-time MLA from Nathdwara.
: He is the son of late Congress leader Rajesh Pilot and represents Ajmer in the Lok Sabha. Appointed at the age of 26, he was the youngest MP. He is the Minister of Corporate Affairs and a member of the Lok Sabha's Standing Committee on Home Affairs and Member of the Consultative Committee in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Dr. Girija Vyas
: She is an MP from Chittorgarh and the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. She was first elected as an MP in 1991, and has also served as the President of the National Commission of Women.
Chandresh Kumari Katoch
: She is the MP from Jodhpur and is the Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Culture. She began her political career as an MLA from Himachal Pradesh and was the President of the All India Mahila Congress from 1999 to 2003.
: He is the son of Rajasthan's Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and represents Jhalawar-Baran constituency. He is a member of the Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture department since 2007.
Some famous politicians from the state are:
Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
: He was the Chief Minister of Rajasthan three times and was also the 11th Vice President of India. He was the first non-Congress Chief Minister of Rajasthan.
Mohan Lal Sukhadia
: A politician from the INC, he was the Chief Minister of Rajasthan for 17 years from 1954 to 1971.He is considered as the founder of modern Rajasthan. He has also been appointed as the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
: He is a politician from the INC and is a former Chief Minister of Rajasthan. He served as the Governor of Bihar and is currently the Governor of Haryana.
: He was a major Gurjar leader and represented the Dausa constituency in the Lok Sabha. He won his first Lok Sabha elections in 1980 and has held important portfolios like Surface Transport, Telecommunications and Internal Security.
: He is a politician of the INC and is an ex-IFS officer, having represented the country in various UN Committees. He also served as a Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry. He won his first election in 1984 from the Bharatpur constituency.
: He is a politician from the BJP and has held portfolios like Finance, Defense and External Affairs during the NDA regime. He was the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha from 2004 to 2009.
: She was the Rajmata of Jaipur. She fought elections from the Swatantra Party from Jaipur in 1962 and won with the largest margin in electoral history. She was an MP till 1971.
: She is the first female Chief Minister of Rajasthan and is currently the incumbent. She was an MP of the Lok Sabha from 1989 to 2003 and has held ministerial positions in External Affairs and Small Scale Industries.
: He has been appointed as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan for two terms consecutively, from 1998 to 2003 and 2003 to 2013. He started his career as a student leader and won his first elections to Lok Sabha in 1980.
Opinion Polls 2014
The parliamentary elections 2014 in Rajasthan are expected to be a battle between the BJP and INC. In the 15th Lok Sabha, the INC bagged 20 out of 25 seats while the BJP got just four. However, this year, the opinion polls predict a reversal of fortunes for the two rivals. BJP is expected to win 20 or more seats while INC may have to settle for five or less seats. Other parties may win one to three seats.
No. of PCs : 25
No. of Polling Days : 2
Polling Dates : 17 April (Phase 5), 24 April (Phase 6)
No. of Polling Stations : 47223
No. of Polling Station locations : 34711
Total Electors : 4,07,26,177 (as on 6th January 2014)
Women Electors : 47.33%
Poll Expenditure Limit per Candidate : Rs. 70 lakhs
|Major issues and concerns
Water crisis : In the 2011-12 session, Rs. 330 crore was sanctioned for the state to develop water facilities, but only Rs. 25 crore was utilised for the assigned project.
Farmers' condition : To improve the situation of the farmers, new schemes must be implemented. The government must provide loan to the farmers at low interest rates to ensure their financial security.
Industrial sector : Following the Annual Survey of Industries of 2010-11, the state of Rajasthan holds merely 3% factories of the country. The number of large-scale as well as small-scale industries in the state is declining.
Rural Development, Basic amenities
Rajasthan Parliamentary Constituency Winners 2009
|PC No.||PC Name||Category||Winning Candidate||Gender||Party||Total Votes|
|1||Ganganagar||(SC)||Bharat Ram Meghwal||M||INC||476554|
|2||Bikaner||(SC)||Arjun Ram Meghwal||M||BJP||244537|
|3||Churu||GEN||Ram Singh Kaswan||M||BJP||376708|
|4||Jhunjhunu||GEN||Sheesh Ram Ola||M||INC||306330|
|6||Jaipur Rural||GEN||Lal Chand Kataria||M||INC||278266|
|10||Karauli-Dholpur||(SC)||Khiladi Lal Bairwa||M||INC||215810|
|11||Dausa||(ST)||Kirodi Lal Meena||M||IND||433666|
|12||Tonk-Sawai Madhopur||GEN||Namo Narain Meena||M||INC||375572|
|14||Nagaur||GEN||Dr. Jyoti Mirdha||F||INC||333261|
|15||Pali||GEN||Badri Ram Jakhar||M||INC||387604|
|19||Udaipur||(ST)||Raghuvir Singh Meena||M||INC||411510|
|21||Chittorgarh||GEN||Dr. Girija Vyas||F||INC||399663|
|22||Rajsamand||GEN||Gopal Singh Shekhawat||M||INC||294451|
|23||Bhilwara||GEN||Dr. C. P. Joshi||M||INC||413128|
||Parliamentary Constituencies in Rajasthan
Last Updated on : April 21, 2014
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