In an impressive performance today Congress won all three seats on which the by-elections were conducted in Rajasthan. All the two Lok Sabha seats and 1 assembly seat were previously owned by BJP. Boasting over victory, Rajasthan Congress Chief Sachin Pilot said that its emphatic victory which people have given to the party. Speaking to ANI, Pilot thanked people for the victory and took a jibe on BJP. The Congress leader said that these election results will have impact beyond Rajasthan as BJP’s ‘Jumlebaazi’ means politics of words only, is not acceptable to people. He added that BJP’s politics of division and venom is not acceptable to people.
Early today, slamming the BJP government in Rajasthan, Pilot said,“After failing to appease voters over religion, the BJP tried polarising them over caste…It is a victory of people, party workers and all leaders.”
The Rajasthan by-elections results have been a disappointment for BJP. In Alwar, Congress candidate Karan Singh Yadav won by defeating Jaswant Yadav from the BJP. In Ajmer, Congress’ Raghu Sharma defeated BJP candidate Ram Swaroop Lamba. In Mandalgarh Congress candidate Vivek Dhakad won by defeating his nearest rival, a BJP candidate, by nearly 13,000 votes. After the 11th round of counting, 41-year-old Dhakad surged ahead of BJP candidate Shakti Singh Hada, who was leading in initial trends, and emerged as the winner. The BJP had won all the 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state in 2014 general elections. The Congress winning three of them today is definitely an indication that upcoming state assembly polls this year and general elections in 2019 will not be a walk in the park for the saffron party.
Recognising setback to BJP, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today congratulated winning candidates from Congress. On Twitter, Raje wrote that she welcomed the victorious candidates to this celebration of democracy. Her tweet reads: “Our efforts shall continue and we will keep the welfare of the people of #Rajasthan at the forefront, as Democracy is ultimately for and of the people. I congratulate the winning candidates and welcome them to this celebration of Democracy. #JaiJaiRajasthan.”