Rajasthan Zila Parishad, Panchayat Samiti election result 2018: The BJP has outperformed the ruling Congress in the bypolls to Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti in Rajasthan. Bypolls to elect one member for Zila Parishad seat of Alwar and 13 members for Panchayat Samiti of Bhilwara, Churu, Dausa, Dholpur, Kota, Nagaur, Pali and Sikar were held on October 27.
The counting was done on Sunday with BJP winning the Alwar Zila Parishad seat and seven out of 13 Panchayat Samiti seats. The Congress won five Panchayat Samiti seats. While BJP members in three Panchayat Samiti were declared unopposed, the Congress won one Panchayat Samiti in a similar fashion.
According to the state Election Commission, EVMs were used in the bypolls that went off peacefully.
The bypolls were earlier slated for October 27 but was postponed due to assembly election that saw Congress dethroning the BJP government headed by Vasundhara Raje.
The win comes after BJP lost to Congress in assembly polls. The outcome has made BJP optimist about doing well in the Lok Sabha polls. Former CM Vasundhara Raje tweeted that people had lost faith in Congress in just 20 days because it has failed to keep any of their promises.
पंचायत राज संस्थाओं के उपचुनावों में @BJP4Rajasthan प्रत्याशियों को विजयी बनाने के लिए सभी मतदाताओं का हार्दिक आभार। ये नतीजे बता रहे हैं कि नई सरकार जनता के विश्वास पर खरा नहीं उतरी इसलिए महज 20 दिन में ही लोगों का मोहभंग हो गया और उन्हें भाजपा सरकार याद आने लगी है।
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) December 30, 2018
Meanwhile, the newly formed Congress government headed by Ashok Gehlot on Saturday took a key decision by abolishing the condition of minimum educational qualification for candidates to contest polls to local bodies.
Earlier, a candidate had to obtain matriculation for contesting municipal elections. For sarpanch post, the minimum qualification was Class 8 and in tribal reserved areas Class 5. Also for Zila Parishad, Panchayat Samiti, passing Class 10 was the minimum educational qualification.
Prior to the polls, the Congress had promised to review the condition of educational qualification for these polls. The government said that decision was taken considering the constitutional right of every individual to take part in the democratic process.