Modi wave sweeping Rajasthan

New Delhi: Modi wave seems to be sweeping Rajasthan with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leading in 24 out of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state as counting of votes progressed on Thursday.

This is a major debacle for the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress, which had managed to form government in the state a few months back, stoking hopes of a better performance in the parliamentary elections.

As per the trends shown by the Election Commission (EC) till 1 p.m., BJP candidates were leading in 24 constituencies while the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) nominee was ahead on one seat. The RLP is an ally of the BJP.

The latest trends point to a landslide victory for the BJP in the desert state, a repeat of 2014 when it swept all the 25 seats in Rajasthan riding the Modi wave.

After the rout in the 2014 general elections, the Congress had managed to win two seats — Ajmer and Alwar — in the bye-polls held last year. But the current trends show that it is unlikely that the Congress will be able to hold on to even those two seats.