Voting has begun in Rajasthan’s 129 civic bodies under the new rule whereby, for the first time, the candidates, had to submit affidavits that none of their family members defecated in open.
These civic body elections are taking place a day after the BJP registered phenomenal success in Madhya Pradesh’s municipal corporation polls.
More than 37 lakh eligible voters, about 18 lakh of them women, will exercise their rights to select local representatives from over 10,000 candidates. Results of today’s elections will be out on 20 August.
Like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan’s chief minister. Vasundhara Raje Scindia too has been facing the heat on corruption charges. She’s been accused of being involved in financial dealings with the former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate for money laundering.
Analysts say that the results of these elections will be very important for Scindia. MP’s chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, also embroiled into Vyapam scam, had on Sunday described his party’s success in civic body polls as an approval of his popularity among voters.
Congress, led by its young leader Sachin Pilot, too would like to see the outcome of his ‘efforts to rebuild’ the party in the state, where the BJP had won all parliamentary seats in the 2014 elections. In the last civic polls, Congress had managed to increase its vote share, but it’s hoping to wrest some civic bodies from the BJP this time around.