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Congress sweeps Rajasthan bypolls

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Published : Feb 2, 2018, 5:16 am IST
Updated : Feb 2, 2018, 5:16 am IST

The defeat coming just 10 months before Assembly elections is also a personal setback for chief minister Vasundhara Raje.

Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot and Congress candidate Raghu Sharma flash victory sign in Ajmer on Thursday after the latter’s victory in Ajmer byelection. (Photo: PTI)
 Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot and Congress candidate Raghu Sharma flash victory sign in Ajmer on Thursday after the latter’s victory in Ajmer byelection. (Photo: PTI)

Jaipur: The Congress on Thursday wrested Mandalgarh Assembly seat and secured a massive victory in Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan byelections, dealing a huge blow to BJP national president Amit Shah’s dream of making the party invincible in the state. All three seats were previously held by the ruling BJP.

The defeat coming just 10 months before Assembly elections is also a personal setback for chief minister Vasundhara Raje.

She single-handedly ran the campaign, made frequent visits even before poll dates were announced and held closed-door meetings with people on caste lines and went on spree to announce sops and lay foundation stones. Yet the ruling party not just failed to retain a single seat, clearly suggesting a huge anti-incumbency against her government. The Congress, led by young state chief Sachin Pilot has been able to use it to its advantage. What must be heartening for the 40-year-old leader is that the party known for strong rural base is now also gaining in urban areas as shown by the latest results.

In Mandalgarh, the BJP candidate Shakti Singh Hada lost by nearly 13,000 votes in three-cornered contest where Congress rebel Gopal Malviya took over 40,000 votes.

On Ajmer seat, the BJP failed to cash in on sympathy wave as Ramswaroop Lamba lost by more than 84,000 votes just six months after his father Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat’s death who had won this seat from PCC chief Sachin Pilot by 1.71 lakh votes in 2014.

Similarly, difference between Congress candidate Dr Karan Singh Yadav and BJP’s Dr Jaswant Yadav is close to 2 lakh votes in Alwar.

Tags: rajasthan bypolls, vasundhara raje, amit shah
Location: India, Rajasthan, Jaipur