Congress will come back in Rajasthan: Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan Bypolls: Ajmer Records 65.33% Polling, Alwar Registers 62% Voter Turnout, Mandalgarh - 80%

After the 11th round of counting, 41-year-old Dhakad surged ahead of BJP candidate Shakti Singh Hada, who was leading in initial trends, and emerged as the victor.

According to the Election Commission, Mr Dhakad bagged 70,146 votes while Mr Hada got 57,170 votes. Here the party's candidate Raghu Sharma won by a margin of over 80,000 votes. 42 Candidates have competed in Rajasthan By-poll for the sake of 3 seats. When he did not contest in Ajmer - his old constituency - there was speculation that Pilot was scared.

The BJP's huge defeat, just one week after the Vasundhra Raje government failed to implement the Supreme Court order that called for the screening of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat in the interest of freedom of speech and expression, has raised questions as to whether the two events were connected.

The fact that Raje personally campaigned in the bypolls, spending weeks on the trot in the constituencies, means she can not escape responsibility for the defeat.

In a massive jolt to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government ahead of the state polls later this year, the Congress on Thursday swept all three bypolls in Rajasthan - Ajmer, Alwar (Lok Sabha seats) and Mandalgarh (Assembly seats).

If the current trends hold, Modi and Shah will have to prepare for a dip in those numbers.




The results are a shot in the arm for Congress's Rajasthan chief Sachin Pilot who took the job soon after the 2014 drubbing, marking a generational shift in the party. Proud of each and every one of your.

We will definitely raise issue of people's mandate against the BJP during the budget session and try to corner it.

In a major setback for the BJP, the Congress on Thursday wrested Alwar Lok Sabha seat from the BJP. The BJP's vote share fell by 6% in these constituencies put together compared to the 2013 Vidhan Sabha elections.

Bye-elections in one assembly and two Lok Sabha seats were held in Rajasthan on Monday. He said that the party will analyze the reasons of defeat.

In the Noapara bypoll, necessitated by the death of Congress legislator Madhusudan Ghose, the TMC's Sunil Singh won with more than 63,000 votes over his nearest rival Sandip Banerjee of the BJP.

Another former MP Bhanwar Jitendra Singh also played a key role in Yadav's victory, especially in weaning away a section of the Rajput community from the BJP. Congress candidate Goutam Bose finished a distant fourth and his deposit was forfeited. After the tenth round, Congress's Vivek Bhakad polls 31,882 votes. In a poor show, the Congress was fourth in both the constituencies.

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