Opposition Congress clinched a majority of posts in by-election for zila parishad and panchayat samiti, results for which were declared on Sunday.
The party won 13 posts of 24 panchayat samiti seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) settled for seven. Independents won three seats and one was cornered by the Bahujan Samaj Party. Candidates in four seats were elected unopposed. Voting for the by-polls was held on Friday.
Of the six seats for zila parishad members, four were bagged by the Congress – in Ajmer, Baran, Jaisalmer and Karoli – and one each was bagged by the BJP and BSP in Dungarpur and Dholpur respectively.
Similarly, out of the seven municipality wards, three were won by independent candidates, two each by the Congress and the BJP whose candidates were elected unopposed.
Commenting on the by-poll results, state Congress chief Sachin Pilot said of the total 37 seats in urban and rural areas that went to polls, 19 were won by the Congress and the BJP managed to bag only 10.
Resentment against the government is increasing as the BJP has insulted the mandate by promoting inflation, corruption and suppression of weaker sections, he said.
“The BJP even lost in the chief minister’s home constituency–Dholpur– which shows that people are not happy with the government’s working.”
Pilot further said that trust of people in Congress is increasing and the by-poll results were a reflection of that. “People are fully prepared to ensure a Congress victory in the next Lok Sabha and assembly polls,” he said.
State BJP chief Ashok Parnami said the Congress has only retained the seats that they had earlier won and sought to know what exactly they gained.
“These are by-elections and they have retained their seats, but have lost panchayat samiti member seats in Shahbad, Gudamalani and Bandikui that were earlier held by them,” he said.