Congress wins Alwar, Ajmer, Mandalgarh in Rajasthan bypolls: How BJP, Vasundhara Raje got a reality check

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New Delhi | Published: February 1, 2018 3:48:58 PM

Rajasthan By-election results 2018: The results of Rajasthan by-elections brought a tough luck for the BJP Rajasthan with the party losing all the three seats. This comes even after a high-octance election campaign by the state chief minister Vasundhara Raje.

Rajasthan By-election results 2018: Congress roars in BJP's 'bastion', makes a clean sweepRajasthan By-election results 2018: Congress roars in BJP’s ‘bastion’, makes a clean sweep

Rajasthan By-election results 2018: Maybe the writing was on the wall for the BJP. On a day, when the BJP leaders are congratulating the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for presenting a “pro-poor budget”, the party suffered a massive setback in Rajasthan. Last year (September 28), the Congress had given a blow to the BJP, beating the saffron party by 13-12 in the Panchayat elections. Earlier, this year (January 15) amid a row over Padmaavat movie, nearly a dozen Rajput organisations had extended its support to the Congress. And now, Congress has clean-sweeped the by-elections held for the constituencies of Ajmer, Alwar, and Mandalgarh. The results are no less than a big set back to incumbent Vasundhara Raje government ahead of the state assembly elections scheduled to be held later this year.

To BJP’s dismay, in all the three constituencies, the Congress defeated them with a substantial vote margin. Apart from Mandalgarh, BJP couldn’t take lead even once in Ajmer and Alwar during counting. After the victory of the Congress became clear, party’s state chief Sachin Pilot said, “Vasundhara ji and her government have been totally rejected by people.” Pilot, who is leading an aggressive campaign against the BJP in the state, even asked for the resignation of the Rajasthan Chief Minister, saying she should take the moral responsibility of the defeat.

The most worrying part for the BJP is that the by-elections covered 17 Assembly constituencies of Rajasthan and the BJP trailed in all of them. This comes even after the bigwigs of the BJP, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah visited Rajasthan ahead of the by-elections. State chief minister Vasundhara Raje also led a high-octane campaign in Ajmer and Alwar. However, all efforts by the BJP seemed to have failed to translate into votes.

It is worth mentioning here that during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress finished for a duck. Thereby, today’s achievement becomes even bigger for the party. The by-polls were necessitated after the death of three BJP leaders – Sanwarlal Jat from Ajmer, Mahant Chand Nath Yogi from Alwar, and MLA Kirti Kumari from Mandalgarh.

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