India, Dec. 7 -- Caste equations that once dominated elections in Rajasthan seem to have given ground, at least in the coming elections, to two other factors - development, and anti-incumbency against the Vasundhara Raje-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

The Rajputs have traditionally been BJP supporters and their bete noir, the Jats, have backed the Congress; The tribal community, the Meenas, have been with the BJP and the cattle herders, the Gujjars, with the Congress. The Meghwal community and Muslims have traditionally aligned together, but have swung towards both parties.

These castes dominate the electoral landscape of Rajasthan and constitute about 70% of the total 42 million voters in the state.

"Caste plays its part...