The Congress party on Thursday released its first list of 152 candidates for the December 7 Rajasthan assembly elections. The grand-old-party has fielded former chief minister Ashok Gehlot from Sardarpura and state party president Sachin Pilot from Tonk seat.
Earlier on Wednesday, both Pilot and Gehlot had announced their candidature and exuded confidence about dethroning the Vasundhara Raje-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state.
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Former National Commission for Women chief Girija Vyas will contest from Udaipur, while senior party leader C P Joshi will be party nominee from the Nathdwara assembly seat.
The Leader of Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly, Rameshwar Lal Dudi, is the Congress's candidate from the Nokha assembly seat.
AICC Secretary Harish Chaudhary will contest the polls from the Baytoo seat.
Former BJP MP Harish Meena, who had switched over to the Congress on Wednesday, has been fielded from Deoli Uniara.
The party's central election committee General Secretary Mukul Wasnik released the list after hectic deliberations with senior state leaders and the party leadership.
Sources said the list was reportedly delayed over differences on distribution of party tickets.
Assembly elections in Rajasthan are scheduled to be held in single phase on December 7, 2018. In the last elections in 2013, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won a majority in the 200-seat Rajasthan Assembly.
Results for Rajasthan Assembly elections 2018 will be declared on December 11 along with results of Assembly elections in four other states - Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram.
The tenure of Rajasthan Assembly ends on January 20, 2019.
The last date for filing of nominations is November 19 and scrutiny of nominations will be on November 20, 2018.
Last date for withdrawal of candidature is November 22, 2018.
Voting will take place on December 7 and counting of votes is scheduled for December 11, 2018.
As per the Election Commission, the election process must be completed before December 13, 2018.
While the main contest in Rajasthan is between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and other smaller parties are also eyeing a good share of seats.
There are 34 SC and 25 ST seats out of the total 200 seats in Rajasthan Assembly.