India, Dec. 7 -- Rajasthan has a habit of ousting the old and electing the new every five years. On the eve of assembly elections in the state, it's difficult to say whether history will repeat itself or the state will make a break with the past and give the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a second successive term in power.

The high-voltage campaigns led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi did energise their party cadre. Evidence was sparse, however, of their rhetoric, often directed against each other, swaying voters or making them switch sides.

Barring to a section of the urban intelligentsia, the controversies over the purchase of Rafale jet fighters and AgustaWestland helicopters may have made little sen...