Rajasthan: Hard work did not pay off, says Gehlot after Congress defeat

Gehlot also said that the result was unexpected

Rajasthan Assembly elections 2023 Senior Congress leader and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot addresses the media at AICC Hq., in New Delhi | PTI

After Congress suffering a big blow in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that the mandate given by the people was accepted by his party. According to the Election Commission, BJP had won 49 seats, while Congress was able to secure only 23 till the latest update at 4:50 pm.

BJP is leading in 62 seats, while Congress in 42 as the counting progresses.

“This is an unexpected result for everyone. This defeat shows that we were not completely successful in taking our plans, laws and innovations to the public,” said Gehlot.

Gehlot also added that despite working hard his party was not successful, it shouldn’t mean that the coming government should not work hard.

“I wish the new government all the best. My advice to him is that despite working hard, we were not successful, it does not mean that he should not work after coming to the government,” Gehlot.

He also said that the schemes started by his government including the OPS, Chiranjeevi and other developmental projects should be taken forward. “All the schemes including OPS, Chiranjeevi and the pace of development that we have given to Rajasthan in these five years should be taken forward,” he said.

I thank all the Congress workers who worked hard in this election and express my gratitude to all the voters who believed in us, Gehlot added.

Gehlot, Brijendra Ola, Vishvendra Singh and Mahendra Jeet Singh Malvia are among the Congress candidates who are leading, whereas Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal and assembly Speaker C. P. Joshi are trailing.

Congress leader and former deputy CM Sachin Pilot won Tonk seat by a margin of 29,237 votes. Pilot had defeated BJP's Ajit Singh Mehta.

Among the BJP candidates leading were Baba Balaknath from Tijara, Kirodi Meena from Sawai Madhopur and Mahant Pratap Puri from Pokaran. 

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