The Congress has contested the polls under Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot's leadership. (File)
Rajasthan is set to follow its tradition of throwing out the incumbent government according to the poll of exit polls on Friday, after the end of voting for five state elections. The results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telagana and Mizoram will be announced on Tuesday December 11.
An aggregate of exit polls gives the BJP 78 of 199 seats in Rajasthan and the Congress, 112. Any party has to win 101 to form government in the state.
For over two decades, the desert state has been a "revolving door"; it has thrown out the party in power.
Besides anti-incumbency, the BJP suffered a series of high-profile exits before the elections, including its founder-member Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh, who is directly challenging Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje of the BJP in her constituency Jhalrapatan, which she has on thrice.
If the Congress wins, it will be forced to confront an issue it has been putting off for months – its chief ministerial candidate.
The party's old warhorse Ashok Gehlot, a former Rajasthan chief minister, has a rival for the top post – state Congress chief Sachin Pilot.
They both are contesting the polls held today.
"The high command will decide who will be Chief Minister," Ashok Gehlot told NDTV, calling questions on the top job "hypothetical".
Last month, they addressed a joint press conference to announce that both would fight the polls.
Who among the two would contest the election had been the subject of much speculation as both were seen as the Congress's candidates for chief minister.
The party was seen to be reluctant to field either of them, if only to avoid the inevitable tussle for the Chief Minister's post.
Sachin Pilot was minister in the Manmohan Singh government but lost the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Ajmer. Earlier this year, he did not contest the by-elections for the seat, which the Congress won by a huge margin.
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