Jaipur, Nov 10 : With the date of start of process of elections for constituting the 15th Rajasthan state assembly two days away, political activities in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the principal opposition Indian National Congress have picked up.
The election process for filling the 200 seats in the House will begin on Monday with issuance of the notification and start of filing the nominations. The submission of the papers will continue till November 19, scrutiny will be carried out the next day and November 22 is set for the deadline for withdrawals.
On December 7, the single-phased polling in all the 200 constituencies would take place.The announcement of the mandate will take place four days later, along with Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Mizoram.
Keeping in view the election schedule, the selection of candidates has become the top priority for all parties, as barring the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Aam Aadmi Party, no other political outfit has so far declared names of their candidates.
The leadership of the ruling BJP, as well as the rival Congress, have been occupied for several days, with deliberations on the panels of their respective ticket aspirants, prepared by the district and state level functionaries.
While the members of the core committee of the BJP were in discussion with the central leadership in New Delhi on Saturday, the screening committee members of the Congress were also holding prolonged rounds of deliberations on the tentative proposals for each and every seat.
On Friday too, the Congress leaders held informal deliberations. However, AICC General Secretary and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and PCC President Sachin Pilot could not attend the consultations.
Now the BJP central election committee is expected to meet on Sunday in the national capital to discuss and approve the names for the first list of nominees which could be released on the same day or on Monday.
Congress CEC will meet as per the availability of the party chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday or so and no list is expected to be released before Monday.
In the meantime, AAP, that is trying to create a political space for itself in this desert state has already declared candidates in 78 seats.
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati-led BSP has also released two lists of a total of 17 candidates so far.
The Communist Party of India, an ally in the newly floated non-BJP non-Congress third front, held a meeting of its state committee in the state capital here on Saturday to discuss various poll related issues, a party functionary said.
The Left party has finalised names of nominees on 18--19 seats but deferred the release of the list until November 13 or 14 to facilitate more discussion with other front partners, he said.
Communist Party of India Marxist, Janata Dal (Secular) and other parties are yet to take a call on their respective nominees and the constituencies.
While the ruling BJP has been facing an uphill task to defend its towering tally of 163 seats, that it won amid strong Modi wave in December 2013 elections, their traditional rival Congress--in upbeat moods-, has apparently posed a serious challenge before the saffron brigade to retain power.
In 2013, the BJP had won 163 seats in the 200-member House, pushing the Congress to 21, the all time low for it. Independents (seven) and other parties had a tally of 16 seats.
Now as per the present party wise position in the House, the BJP holds 160 seats, Congress 25, BSP and National Union of Zamindaran Party(NUZP) (two-each), National Peoples’ Party (one), Independents-(seven) and vacant seats(three). (UNI)