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|February 11, 1998||
It's Congress vs BJP again in Rajasthan
The battle in Rajasthan, as usual, is between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The outcome of the last six Lok Sabha polls underlines this.
The Janata Party -- which incorporated the BJP's earlier incarnation, the Jan Sangh -- mustered as many as 24 seats in the 25 constituency state in 1977. However, the severe in-fighting in different non-Congress parties which ruled the Centre had its effects in the subsequent two polls, and the BJP failed to clinch a single seat.
The Congress, on the other hand, claimed 18 seats in 1980 and 25 in 1984. A BJP-Janata Dal combine prevented it from gaining even one seat during the 1989 poll. However, parity prevailed in the last two elections, held within five years -- in 1991 and 1996 -- when the two parties shared the honour with almost identical number of seats under their belt.
Following are the Lok Sabha poll details in Rajasthan:
Note: Cong = Congress; BJP = Bharatiya Janata Party; DDP = Doordarshi Party; SWA = Swatantra Party; SJP = Samajwadi Party; LKD = Lok Dal; Cong-U = Congress-Urs; JD = Janata Dal; CPM = Communist Party of India; Indp = Independent.
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