Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

BJP stunned, as Congress sweeps Rajasthan Bypolls

Visuals from outside vote counting center in Ajmer Rajasthan By Elections 2018 Results LIVE Updates: Congress continue his leads in Rajasthan, TMC starts celebration on Noapara
Andrew Cummings | 06 February, 2018, 14:36

Mandalgadh Assembly seat, Congress leading by 2012 votes, Congress candidate Vivek Dhakar is leading with 45011, BJPs' Shakti Singh gets 42999.

In 2014, Pilot had lost the Ajmer seat by a margin of 1,71,983 votes in the Lok Sabha election.

The bypolls in the 3 Rajasthan constituencies were made necessary by the death of the sitting BJP lawmakers.

Will the results trigger a rethink on simultaneous polls?

In a major turnaround, Congress has convincingly won the Mandalgarh Assembly seat after initially trailing at the second spot in Rajasthan bye-elections.

Ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre, the social fabric of Rajasthan has seen a violent change. In Alwar and Ajmer Congress bagged 58% and 52% of the vote respectively against 40% for the BJP in both places. BJP lost Alwar by more 1.9 lac votes, and Ajmer by more than 80 thousand.

Meanwhile, elated Congress Party leaders congratulated each other over their victory. In the three seats for which the by-polls have been held, the Congress has already won and is leading in the remaining two seats as the counting is in progress. Dhakar recorded an easy win by defeating BJP's Shakti Singh Hada by nearly 13,000 votes.

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Reacting to the humiliating defeat in bypolls, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday advised state BJP leaders and workers to work harder.

"I have spoken to the chief minister".

Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a laudatory tweet said, "Well done Rajasthan Congress!" "Young people have realised that the politics of polarisation doesn't work", he said. Ajmer MP Sanwar Lal Jat passed away on August 9 last, while Alwar MP Mahant Chand Nath died on September 17 past year following a prolonged illness.

The Mandalgarh bypoll was necessitated after the demise of BJP MLA Kirti Kumari.

The BJP suffered a devastating blow as it faced a complete rout in five byelections held in Rajasthan and West Bengal. Congress Candidate Raghu Sharma won the Ajmer Parliamentary seat by 84 thousand 414 votes. With the collapse of the Left Front vote bank, it is the BJP that is emerging as a challenger.

In Uluberia, the BJP surprised everyone by taking an early lead, but eventually TMC candidate Sajda Ahmed surged ahead and registered an emphatic win by a margin of 4,74,023 votes against Anupam Mallik of the BJP, who got 2,93,046 votes.

In Bengal, the TMC's Sunil Singh has now won Noapara seat by 63,018 votes. Congress lead by 22651 votes. After the 11th round of counting, Dhakad surged ahead of BJP candidate Shakti Singh Hada, who was leading in initial trends, and emerged as the victor.

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