The fate of chief minister Ashok Gehlot and other nine contestants in Jodhpur district will be known when counting of votes for the Assembly elections takes place on Sunday. The counting would start at 8 am amid tight security cover.
The election department has made elaborate preparations for vote counting at 10 centres for 10 constituencies in the district.
Though the exit polls, after the elections, have predicted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bagging majority of seats, however, no one is in a position to claim anything confidently. Amid rumours, the voters of the district are also waiting for the Assembly election results.
Political pundits are keenly awaiting the result of Sardarpura constituency of the district where, for the first time after former ruler of Marwar Hanuwant Singh, a Rajput candidate was fielded by BJP against chief minister Ashok Gehlot on his home turf.
Though exit polls after the elections predicted a near rout for Congress and a good showing for BJP, CM Ashok Gehlot appeared confident of a comfortable majority owing to the several flagship popular schemes during his five-year term in office. He was also sure of winning against BJP’s Rajput candidate Shambhu Singh Khetasar from home turf of Sardarpur in Jodhpur district.
Besides Sardarpura, other seats which are keenly watched are Luni and Osian constituencies. On Luni seat, 82-year-old Amri Devi, mother of Malkhan Singh who is accused in Bhanwari Devi murder case, is contesting.
The BJP had fielded Joga Ram Patel against Amri Devi on this seat.
In Osian constituency, Leela Maderna, wife of another accused Mahipal Maderna, is contesting. Here, the BJP had fielded Bhera Ram against Leela Maderna.
In the meantime, BJP candidates in the desert district are hoping that Modi-factor coupled with Centre’s anti-incumbency would help them win the poll battle.