Rajasthan Political Background
Rajasthan, ever called “Land of Kings” came under the control of British rule in the 18th century and fell for integration process during 1948 to 1956, Post-independence; it lost its glorious historic political background and became a conglomeration of various heterogeneous groups. Now Rajasthan has 33 districts and the most predominant party of that time, Indian National Congress became the first party to rule the state. Mr. Heera Lal Shastri took the charge as first Chief Minister of Rajasthan.
Political Parties in Rajasthan
National parties: Indian National Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party, Communist Party of India, Marxist, Bahujan Samaj Party, Communist Party of India, Nationalist Congress Party.
Regional parties: Indian National Lok Dal, Janata Dal (United), Janata Dal (Secular), Rashtriya Lok Dal, All India Forward Blocs, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (Liberation), Samajwadi Party, Shiv Sena, Lok Janshakti Party, Rajasthan Samajik Nyaya Manch.
The Legislation of the State has a unicameral lawmaking body.
State Legislative Assembly
The Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha or the Legislative Assembly was formed in 1952 and is situated in the capital city of Jaipur. There is a total number of 200 MLAs and 200 seats are there, of which 33 are reserved for Scheduled Caste and 24 for the Scheduled Tribes. The tenure of the Vidhan Sabha is for 5 years.
Rajasthan Lok Sabha Election 2014 – An Overview
In Lok Sabha 2014 elections, BJP had a major victory in all 25 seats. Indian National Congress who won in the previous election lost badly to BJP this time. Vasundhara Raje Scindia became the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. BJP lost in bye-elections of August 2014 in three seats out of all four seats and INC grabbed all three seats this time.
The upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2014 would witness keen political twists and turns. BJP has an eye on most of the seats once again but is cautious about the bye-elections 2019 results. While Congress MLAs would leave no stone unturned to grab maximum seats; there is doubt about an interesting twist as it’s never easy to win bye-elections against a ruling party.