Rajasthan: Bypolls for two assembly seats in Vallabhnagar and Dhariawad are set to take place on Saturday, with the election seen as a litmus test for the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government's performance. In both assembly constituencies, voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 638 polling booths, with the results being counted on November 2.
Though the number of constituencies going to bypolls is unimportant in terms of the government's stability, the results will send a message across the state about the government's performance, which was threatened last year by a rebellion led by then-deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and 18 MLAs. Gehlot had urged voters to vote for Congress in Tuesday's election rallies, claiming that it was necessary to strengthen the government.
Despite visible dissension over the leadership issue, Gehlot and his former deputy Pilot put on a united front by flying together in a helicopter with AICC general secretary in-charge for Rajasthan Ajay Maken and PCC chief Govind Singh Dotasra to address rallies in both constituencies during the party candidates' nomination filing. Both leaders travelled together and shared the stage for the second time since the crisis last year. Both parties' leaders camped out in the districts, leaving no stone unturned in their electioneering.