Jaipur: The Rajasthan Assembly, consisting of 200 members, is gearing up for an upcoming electoral showdown where every seat is up for grabs. The Election Commission (EC) has officially announced that the voting day is scheduled for November 23, 2023. Counting of the votes will take place on December 3, with results being promptly declared on the same day. The entire electoral process is set to conclude well before December 5, according to the EC's timeline.
The EC plans to issue the gazette notification for these elections on October 30, 2023. Prospective candidates have until November 6, 2023, to submit their nominations, with the scrutiny of these nominations slated for November 7, 2023. Candidates may opt to withdraw from the race until November 9.
It's not just Rajasthan; other states such as Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh are also poised for their own electoral contests. The Election Commission has indicated that a total of 1.77 lakh polling stations will be established across all these states. Furthermore, the EC is set to establish 940 inter-state border check posts in these five states to monitor and curb the influx of illicit liquor, cash, freebies, and drugs during the electoral process.
As the political landscape heats up, various parties are ready to compete for power in Rajasthan. The Congress party is determined to hold onto its position in the state, while the BJP is gearing up to challenge the Ashok Gehlot-led government. Alongside these two major contenders, several other national and regional political parties are expected to throw their hats into the ring.
The Bahujan Samaj Party, the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP), and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) are among the parties anticipated to participate in the Rajasthan elections. Notably, the RLP was founded by Hanuman Beniwal, a prominent leader from the Jat community.
These elections in all five states hold immense significance as they occur just months ahead of the 2024 General Elections, making them a pivotal precursor to the larger political landscape in India.