Rajasthan Election 2023: A Tale of Anti-Incumbency and Political Upheaval

BJP achieves easy victory in Rajasthan

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Vaishavi Arulla

The Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2023 witnessed a significant political shift. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged victorious, securing a comfortable majority with 115 out of 199 seats. The Indian National Congress (INC), led by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, faced a crushing defeat with only 69 seats, losing power after five years. Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) managed to secure only 2 seats.

“Under the leadership of PM Modi, we fought this Rajasthan election and the people of Rajasthan supported us...We congratulate all the party workers who worked for the last 5 years and we express our gratitude to the people of Rajasthan,” - said BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh. While Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge said, “Congress' performance in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan assembly polls disappointing.”

Anti-Incumbency: A Major Factor

A wave of anti-incumbency against the INC government played a crucial role in the BJP's victory. The INC government was plagued by allegations of corruption, misgovernance, and a failure to address the state's pressing issues. Unemployment, agrarian distress, and rising crime rates were some of the key concerns that voters expressed. Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat commented, “The 'magic' has concluded, and Rajasthan has broken free from the influence of the magician. Voters have chosen in favour of women's dignity and the well-being of the underprivileged."

BJP's Campaign and Promises

The BJP's campaign capitalised on the anti-incumbency sentiment and focused on the issues that mattered to voters. The party promised a more stable, efficient, and development-oriented government. Vasundhara Raje, the charismatic BJP leader, spearheaded the campaign, connecting with voters and addressing their concerns.

INC's Internal Divisions and Factionalism

The INC's internal divisions and factionalism contributed to its defeat. The rivalry between Chief Minister Gehlot and former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot weakened the party's unity and alienated voters. The INC's failure to address the concerns of its core supporters, such as farmers and minorities, further eroded its support base.

Significance of BJP's Victory

The BJP's victory in the Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2023 holds significant implications for the state's future. The party's focus on development and economic growth will likely bring about positive changes in Rajasthan. The BJP's strong central leadership could raise concerns about the state's autonomy.


The 2023 Rajasthan election results underscore the power of anti-incumbency and good governance. The BJP's victory is a testament to the people's desire for change. It remains to be seen how the BJP will address the state's challenges and fulfil its promises to the people of Rajasthan.

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