Congress trounces BJP in Rajasthan bypolls

He congratulated his Rajasthan counterpart Sachin Pilot, AICC observer Avinash Pande and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot for the Congress victory in the state.

Thursday also saw verdicts come in for two byelection seats, one Lok Sabha and one assembly, in West Bengal. It had strategised raising the tally of seats to 180 in the assembly polls due this year end. In Alwar, where the BJP had stepped up the communal rhetoric in a bid to polarise the electorate, the Congress was careful in not getting into the "Hindu-Muslim trap" and keeping the focus on development. He said that the party will analyze the reasons of defeat. Even in the Assembly elections in 2013, the BJP had won 163 seats in Rajasthan and the Congress 21. "The BJP takes pride in doing this but have not done it in Rajasthan". The party has yet to settle its primary leadership question. "Collective efforts of all leaders are towards that", he said.

Currently, Congress candidate Raghu Sharma is with 2,26,832 votes, and BJP candidate Ramswaroop Lamba trailing behind with 1,84,247.

Apart from Rajasthan, BJP had to face major defeat in West Bengal as well where TMC candidates won on both Uluberia Lok Sabha and Noapara Assembly seat.

Asked if the mandate was against the Raje government or the BJP-led government at the Centre, Pilot said, "You can not segregate".

"Governance has failed in Rajasthan".

Congress trounces BJP in Rajasthan bypolls

The Gujarati asmitha that helped BJP in the second phase of the Gujarat polls will not be a factor in Rajasthan. "I am taking responsibility for the defeat".

"The results are a testament to the fact that the people of the state have rejected the anti-people, anti-farmer, anti-youth policies of the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government", Mr Pilot said.

BJP also lost the by-elections to the lone assembly seat to the Congress despite an independent candidate polling more than 30 thousand votes in a triangular fight.

Congratulations to the people of Rajasthan for breaking the arrogance of the Modi government.

Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot and other party leaders celebrate their by-elections victory at party headquarters in Jaipur.

There was a time when BJP had made winning a habit but that time appears to be drawing to a close.

  • Leroy Wright