A astonishing result to BJP party with lost the by-elections to both the Lok Sabha seats in Alwar and Ajmer, and the Mandalgarh assembly seat, to a resurgent Congress. Even in West Bengal, where BJP was hoping to win and put down the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) but in the by-election to the Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency and Noapara assembly constituency, the saffron party only managed to finish second to TMC, whose candidates won with comfortable margins.
Well done Rajasthan Congress! Proud of each and every one of you. This is a rejection of the BJP by the people of Rajasthan.#RajasthanByPolls
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 1, 2018
A huge set back to BJP where they loss in the two Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan and as for the Mandalgarh assembly seat, though the party candidate was initially leading here, he later fell behind the Congress candidate by a large margin and lost. All three seats had fallen vacant after the death of their BJP representatives.
The Rajasthan’s elections were fought in the backdrop of the Padmavat Controversy which had enraged the Rajput community, which had accused the BJP of not doing enough to stall the release of the movie.
In Ajmer, where the community has about two lakh members, Raghu Sharma of the Congress defeated former Union minister Sanwarlal’s son Ramswaroop Lamba of the BJP by 84,414 votes. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP had won this seat by nearly 1.72 lakh votes so its loss of support has been amplified by this result.
While in Alwar, Karan Singh Yadav of the Congress defeated Rajasthan’s labour minister Jaswant Singh Yadav of the BJP by a huge margin of 196,496 votes. This seat was won by BJP by nearly 2.84 lakh votes in 2014. In fact, in both these constituencies the Congress candidates have got best results from the beginning.
In the Mandalgarh assembly by-election, Vivek Dhakad of the Congress defeated Shakti Singh Hada of the BJP by 12,976 votes. While Dhakar polled a total of 70,146 votes, Hada managed only 57,170.
Former Rajasthan CM Ashok Ghelot says, “today’s trends can be seen as precursor to not just state assembly polls later this year but also next Lok Sabha polls and the Vasundhara Raje government hasn’t done anything the past four years.”
Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot, said the “trends show that the people have given their blessings to the Congress and have rejected the Vasundhara Raje government and its policies.” In a comment on the divisive politics being played by the right wing groups, he also noted that “young people have realised that the politics of polarisation doesn’t work.”
In the Uluberia Lok Sabha constituency, TMC candidate Sajda Ahmed defeated Anupam Mallick of the BJP by 4,74,023 votes to retain the seat for the party. While Ahmed polled 76,7219 votes, Mallick got 293,018. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate was pushed to the third spot and polled 1,38,792 votes.
The result was more or less similar in Noapara assembly constituency, where TMC won by a huge margin and the TMC candidate Sunil Singh won by a margin of 63,018 as he polled nearly 54% of all the votes cast. The BJP candidate came second with 38,711 votes, while the CPI(M) candidate was slightly behind at third spot with 35,497 votes. Congress came fourth with 10,527 votes.