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Real reason why Rahul Gandhi doesn’t want to declare CM candidates for state elections

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The CM face is the critical X-factor in winning elections. Why doesn’t Rahul Gandhi get it?

Rajasthan is a foregone conclusion. A Congress victory in the state will not necessarily mean the BJP will do poorly in the Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan. The Rajasthani voter’s verdict now and in May 2019 is likely to be very different.

Rajasthan’s elections are always somewhat boring because voters have internalised the idea that they must change their state government every five years. Like some law of nature. Even a taxi driver in Jaipur will tell you how they like to turn the roti around every now and then lest it burns.

The Rajasthan results will be better analysed for the scale of the Congress victory. What’s the big deal winning Rajasthan with just a few seats above the majority mark when it’s your turn to rule the state anyway?

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What’s likely to prevent a clean sweep in the state is the Congress party’s inability to decide who the chief minister will be. The tussle between Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot is such that the election seems to be between them. If the Congress had declared a CM candidate well in advance and done the campaign around him, we would have been looking at a clean sweep.

Again, the reason why the BJP’s defeat in Rajasthan is certain is because........

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