Tonk Assembly seat result: Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Sachin Pilot has won the Tonk assembly constituency, defeating BJP's Yoonus Khan.
Tonk Assembly seat result: Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Sachin Pilot has won the Tonk assembly constituency, defeating BJP’s only Muslim candidate in the state and Transport Minister Yoonus Khan. It was the first assembly elections for 41-year old Pilot, a two-time Member of Parliament, and he defeated Khan with a margin of 54,179 votes on the Muslim-dominated seat.
Pilot had so far successfully contested Lok Sabha polls in 2004 and 2009. He had served as Union minister in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet between 2012 and 2014.
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The BSP had fielded Mohammed Ali against Pilot. Son of late Union minister Rajesh Pilot, Sachin had many responsibilities in the state. Besides securing a win for himself in Muslim-dominated Tonk, he was also tasked by the party in his party’s quest to overpower the ruling BJP.
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Tonk Assembly seat has a little over 50,000 Muslim voters who are traditionally seen as the Congress’ core vote-bank. The seat has 30,000 Gujjars, 35,000 SC, 15,000 Mali community and around 30,000 Gujjars voters.
The Congress has emerged victorious from this seat only twice — in 1998 and 2008. Incidentally, on both these occasions, the candidates were Muslim.