Rajasthan bypolls: In the wake of crushing defeats in Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats and Mandalgarh assembly constituency, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje termed the results as a “wake-up” call for the BJP government in the state. She said this while addressing a gathering of BJP’s Legislature Party at the Vidhan Sabha. Raje said that the party was reviewing why such a situation arose even after so much development was carried out in the state. However, she exhorted BJP MLAs not to get disheartened by the results and start preparing for the assembly elections scheduled to be held later this year. BJP chief Ashok Parnami has dubbed the result as an “alarm”. Parnami has also said that the roots of Lotus are not so weak and that they are analysing the results. Lotus is the BJP’s party symbol.
Congress’s Raghu Sharma and Dr Karan Singh Yadav won the Ajmer Lok Sabha, Alwar Lok Sabha seats respectively last week. Vivek Dhakar had emerged as victorious in Mandalgarh Vidhan Sabha seat. All the bypoll results were declared on February 1. The mandate has rejuvenated the Congress. Whom not many were expecting to make a comeback so soon. Party state unit chief Sachin Pilot had lauded the results saying that these have busted the “myth” of the BJP being an election-winning machine and sent out a message that its “jumlebaazi” (rhetoric) will not work. “The fact that they were forced to make a so-called pro-farmer budget shows that the agrarian distress all over India is having its impact and the BJP will have to pay a heavy price for it,” Pilot further said.
The leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Rameshwar Dudi has even demanded Raje’s resignation. Dudi also said the results of the bypolls in Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats and the Mandalgarh Assembly seat showed that the “Modi factor” would not work. “We will corner the government and mount pressure for the loan waiver. If the government does not write off the loans, the Congress will do so after forming the government,” he said. The Congress leader said his party would corner the Raje government on a range of issues including those related to the youth, employees and others. He said disappointment and resentment prevailed among people as they felt betrayed by the BJP government.