The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan appeared set to get a hold on the panchayati raj in the Rajasthan despite a relatively good showing by the Congress.
A victory in the rural polls will complete the party’s total sway over the state, leaving the Vasundhara Raje government to focus on governance.
Till the report was filed, the BJP had managed to win 203 of the 1,014 zila parishad wards with the Congress trailing with 158. Counting of votes began at 8am on Thursday.
Out of 6,236 seats in 295 panchayat samitis, the BJP won 1,163, while the Congress managed to win 873, independents cornered 162, the BSP 14 and the CPI (M) 3.
Counting of votes for zila parishad and panchayat samiti polls began at 8am on Thursday at all the 33 district headquarters amid tight security.
The elections were held to elect 1,014 ward members of Zila Parishad and 6,236 members of Panchayat Samiti in three phases.
While the BJP has got a majority in 10 zila parishads— Baran, Chittorgarh, Jhalawar, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand, Sirohi, Tonk, Churu, Dholpur and Dungarpur, the Congress won a majority in Bundi, Dausa, Jaisalmer, Karauli, Kota and Sawai Madhopur.
The final picture of the panchayati raj is likely to emerge late on Thursday after all the results are declared, officials said.
The elections for pramukh and pradhan will be held on February 7 and of deputy pramukh and deputy pradhan on February 8.