JAIPUR: The forthcoming presidential election is giving sleepless nights to Congress leaders in Rajasthan, even though the party's central leadership is confident of UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee's victory. On the other, apprehending cross-voting in the elections, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is gearing up to grapple with the situation.

The Assembly, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha seat statistics from the state are in favour of the Congress-led UPA candidate, but the infighting within the ruling party that has been intensifying since early this year has raised doubts about 'possible' cross-voting happening on the D-day.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot who managed to save his chair after being embroiled in a few controversies convinced the party high command in New Delhi that he was keeping an eye over the situation.  Congress General Secretary Mukul Wasnik is also in regular touch with Party MLAs of the state.
During Rajya Sabha polls, six Congress MLAs had cross-voted by defying party whip. A minister of the state was also involved in this act but party high command had not taken action against the errant MLAs as the government has a very thin majority in the state assembly.
As per statistics, 117 MLAs are supporting Pranab Mukherjee while 81 MLAs seem to be supporting PA Sangama, the candidate of BJP led opposition.
Meanwhile, Pranab Mukherjee is looking as a strong contender for the post.



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