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Congress contemplates dropping ministers and MLAs in Rajasthan elections

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Shillong, September 28: As the crucial assembly elections draw nearer in Rajasthan, the Congress is considering the possibility of excluding several ministers and incumbent MLAs from the polls, according to sources.

Party insiders reveal that an internal assessment by the Congress has detected anti-incumbency sentiment against many of its ministers and sitting MLAs.

This assessment report, prepared by the team of party strategist Sunil Kanugolu, has identified numerous issues and brought them to the attention of the party leadership.

The report by Kanugolu’s team has pinpointed approximately 50 constituencies where sitting MLAs and ministers face strong anti-incumbency sentiment, making their chances of winning the elections appear slim.

As per IANS, in light of these findings, the party is contemplating the removal of several ministers and MLAs in the upcoming elections.

However, the final decision rests with the party’s central election committee (CEC), which will convene to determine the candidates for Rajasthan.

The party had previously stated its intention to release the list of candidates for Rajasthan in September.

Gaurav Gogoi, Chairman of Rajasthan’s Screening Committee, had previously indicated that candidate selection would be based on their chances of winning.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had also launched several pro-people initiatives ahead of the assembly elections in the state. Additionally, several senior leaders, including party Chief Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi, have visited the state for campaigning.

The BJP, despite losing power in the 2018 assembly elections, is determined to make a comeback in the desert state and is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to secure victory.

Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President Nadda recently held meetings with senior party leaders in the state to strategize for the assembly elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also made visits to the state to campaign for the party.

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