New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Dec 11: It was not very difficult to predict Rajasthan's fortunes in the state assembly elections as the trend is always that of anti-incumbency. So it should not have been very difficult for the Congress to grab success as the problems were not very teething. But indeed, Congress has made a mess in the state instead. The win should have been very comfortable. Thankfully the Congress leadership stepped in at the right time and the differences between veteran Congress leader Ashok Gehlot and youth icon Sachin Pilot. The party played safe and the chief minister face was not projected. Here are the 10 takeaways from the state:
1. The Congress started on a strong footing as it knew it would reap success due to anti-incumbency.2. The in-fighting in Congress in the state did not portend well for the fortunes of the Congress party.3. There was a lot of resentment against the Vasundhara Raje government and not necessarily against the Modi government.4. Rajasthan recorded a voter turnout of 74.21% as people turned out to exercise their franchise in large numbers on December 7. Polling was held for 199 of the 200 seats of the state Assembly – election to the Ramgarh seat in Alwar was postponed following the death of Bahujan Samaj Party’s candidate Laxman Singh.5. The Vasundhara Raje-led government had been fighting a tight anti-incumbency race – Rajasthan has voted out the party in power every five years over the last two decades.6. Rajasthan has witnessed a 25-year trend of alternating between the Congress and the BJP every five years. No party has had a consecutive term in Rajasthan since 1998.7. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who was also the CM from 2003 to 2008, was looking to break this cycle by being re-elected for a second term in this year's Rajasthan assembly election.8. In the current Rajasthan assembly, the BJP has 160 seats while the Congress has 25.9. Finally BJP was unable to buck anti-incumbency and an increasingly aggressive Opposition to return to power.10. The Congress, which has conducted a fierce campaign across the state over the past several months, was hopeful to wrest power from Vasundhara Raje, but it failed.