Assembly election in Rajasthan will be held in single phase on December 7 and results will be declared on December, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat announced during a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday.
With the announcement, the model code of conduct came into force in the state.
The term of the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, where the Bharatiya Janata Party is in power, expires on January 20, 2019.
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Rajasthan will witness a direct contest between the ruling BJP and the Congress. The Congress is hoping to return to power in the state uprooting Vasundhara Raje Scindia government.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has toured the states on several occasions in the past few months. Sachin Pilot, a leader considered to be close to Rahul Gandhi, has exrepressed confidence of his party returing to power in his home state.
The dates of Assembly elections were announced on a day when PM Modi addressed a rally in Ajmer.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the opposition party of practising vote bank politics and dividing people to get into power.
The prime minister made the charge at a rally here just ahead of the announcement of assembly election dates for Rajasthan and four other states in November and December. He asked people not to let the Congress get into power again.
Modi said vote bank politics is not limited to elections now.
Political parties which do vote bank politics divide the bureaucracy when they are in power and this badly affects governance, he said.
"They allocate the budget as per vote bank politics and therefore overall development does not happen," PM Modi he said at the meeting which marked the end of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's state-wide political 'yatra'.