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Rajasthan: Congress stakes claim to form government; party MLAs authorise Rahul Gandhi to decide on CM

With 99 seats, in Rajasthan, the Congress has emerged as the single-largest party, though they are one seat short of a majority.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: December 13, 2018 1:28 IST ]
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A Congress party delegation on Wednesday met Governor Kalyan Singh to stake claim to form the next government in Rajasthan. 

Meanwhile, in the state, Congress is undecided whether to pick Sachin Pilot or Ashok Gehlot as the CM. The decision is likely to come on Thursday. Both are the frontrunners for the coveted post. The decision is left on the Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

After a series of meetings at the Pradesh Congress Committee office in the state capital Jaipur, the delegation comprising Pilot, Gehlot and other Congress leaders reached the Governor's House.

To elect their leader, the newly elected MLAs from across the state had come to attend the meeting. However, no consensus could be reached on Wednesday. Supports of both Gehlot and Pilot are strongly backing their leaders.

After a meeting with the Governor, Pilot and Gehlot will leave for Delhi to meet Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday, reported news agency IANS.

With 99 seats, in Rajasthan, the Congress has emerged as the single-largest party, though they are one seat short of a majority.

Rashtriya Lok Dal, Congress’ pre-poll alliance partner has won one seat and together, both have managed to get 100 seats, which makes for the majority mark. 

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In the Assembly elections held in Rajasthan on December 7 for 199 seats out of 200, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party gained 73 seats. Following the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh, poll in Ramgarh constituency was countermanded.

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