As it has become clear from the election results that BJP is returning to power in Rajasthan by maintaining the tradition. According to the Election Commission data at 5 pm, BJP is standing at the score of 115 while Congress’ tally has been attacked at 69. It has become clear that the next government will be formed by the saffron party but the answer to who will be its head is yet to be found.
Another special thing was seen in these election results where 7 independent candidates have also achieved success. Most of them are BJP rebels. Most of these candidates are staunch supporters of former CM Vasundhara Raje and have been denied tickets by the BJP central leadership.
The 7 rebels who won this election are: Hanumangarh to Ganeshraj Bansal Yunus Khan from Didwana Chandrabhan Singh Akya from Chittorgarh
Ravindra Singh Bhati from Shio
Jeeva Ram Chaudhary from Sanchore
Ashok Kumar Kothari from Bhilwara
Dr. Ritu Banawat from Bayana
Rajasthan has had a tradition of electing independents since 1993. 28 in 1993, 14 in 1998, 24 in 2003, 26 in 2008, 16 in 2013 and 27 in 2018 independents were elected. In the last election, most of the independent MLAs had supported Congress CM Ashok. Gehlot had taken their help twice in keeping his government intact – once in 2020 when Deputy CM Sachin Pilot rebelled against Mr Gehlot and second in September 2022 when the party’s central leadership wanted to choose Mr Gehlot for the post of Congress President which paved the way for Pilot as CM.
BJP high command had not given ticket to Yunus Khan, considered a staunch supporter of Vasundhara Raje, from Didwana, after which he rebelled and fought the election and has now won the election. Similarly, Chandrabhan Singh Aakya from Chittorgarh who had rebelled against the BJP candidate Narpat Singh Rajvi, (son in law of former vice President Bhairo Singh Shekhawat) contested the elections and has won for the third time in a row. BJP had given ticket to Narpat Singh Rajvi who earlier contested from the Vidyadhar Nagar seat of Jaipur Former Sanchore MLA Jeevaram Chaudhary has registered as an independent candidate. The party had cut off his ticket and sent Devji Patel, a minister in the Modi government, to contest elections here. In Shiv, the party had also refused to give ticket to Ravindra Singh Bhati, the student union president of Jai Narayan University Jodhpur, who had joined the party just a few days before the elections.
Many faces in the race for the post of Chief Minister have also won the elections, in which former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who won the election from Jhalrapatan, is at the forefront. Diya Kumari won from Vidyadhar Nagar seat, Baba Balak Nath won from Tijara, Kirori Lal Meena won from Sawai Madhopur and Rajvardhan Singh Rathod won from Jhotwara.