Rajasthan Bypolls Results: Cong Wins 2 Seats, Leads on 1

06 February, 2018, 14:36 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Even in the Assembly elections in 2013, the BJP had won 163 seats in Rajasthan and the Congress 21.

Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Wednesday claimed that the ruling BJP government had lost in all three bypolls seats in Rajasthan as it had not banned Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmaavat" in the state. While the average difference in Ajmer's assembly segments between Congress and BJP was over 10,000 votes, things were worse for BJP in Alwar, where the average margin was about 25,000 votes.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suffered a humiliating defeat in the by-elections to the Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha seats and Mandalgarh Vidhan Sabha seat in Rajasthan. Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha bodies electorate saw a turnout of 65.2% and 61.86% while the Mandalgarh Assembly situate enrolled a much higher 78.78% as voting in the bypolls on Monday. "People of India have risen and the writing is on the wall, for the current dispensation to mend their way or perish", the chief minister said in a statement on Thursday. Proud of each and every one of you. Congress candidate Goutam Bose finished a distant fourth and forfeited his deposit in Noapara, which the party won in the 2016 Assembly polls in alliance with the Left Front.

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The three victories for the Congress and the significant winning margins in the two Lok Sabha constituencies is likely to set off alarm bells in the BJP camp ahead of the Assembly election which will be held in Rajasthan by the end of the year. Congress's Vivek Bhakad won the assembly seat by 12976 votes.

Crucially, for the BJP, which faces re-election in 10 months, the Congress led in all 17 Assembly seats where polling was held (eight each in the two Parliamentary constituencies and the Assembly seat).

Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a laudatory tweet said, "Well done Rajasthan Congress!"

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Meanwhile, elated Congress Party leaders congratulated each other over their victory. In Alwar, after 82 per cent of the vote count done with, Karan Singh Yadav of the Congress was leading by 144,914 votes.

Congress, the primary opposition party in the state, was the main electoral challenger to the BJP in this round of the polls. "People are disappointed with the BJP and false assurances given by its leaders". He garnered 70,146 votes, defeating Hada by 12,976 votes. Around the time dates for these by-polls were announced, the question on everybody's mind was who would lead the Congress against Vasundhara Raje.

In the Uluberia parliamentary constituency, TMC's Sajda Ahmed won by over 474,000 votes. The BJP candidate came second with 38,711 votes, while the CPI (M) candidate was slightly behind at third spot with 35,497 votes.

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