After facing rout in assembly and Lok Sabha polls, win on three assembly seats out of four in the by-polls has given the Congress enough reason to smile.
An upbeat state Congress President Sachin Pilot said, “In no time has a party with such a huge majority in independent India been outrightly rejected in straight eight months.” He added that all four seats which went into polls were with the BJP and questioned the reason as to what had happened in such a short span that they lost three of the four seats. “This raises question on the BJP’s leadership and their need to introspect,” he added.
An upbeat pilot said the ruling party deputed 38 MLAs and four ministers in Nasirabad but people rejected them. The government machinery was misused, election code of conduct violated on all the seats. “I must salute the democracy as despite all circumstances the people supported Congress. The credit of victory goes to our workers and leaders,” he said.
He said the results are an indication in themselves that in nine months the BJP has failed to fulfil the commitments and promises they had made before the polls. The BJP is working arrogantly. The result reflects the mood of the people.
Hitting at chief minister Vasundhara Raje, he said the chief minister was working with arrogance. “47 departments are with her, cabinet has not been expanded yet and no Brahmin leader has been made a cabinet minister. The BJP has always made attempts to kill Jat leadership, be it Subhash Mehria or Jaswant Singh, as Rajput leader. Just to promote an individual you are cutting the rest, whereas we have always promoted leaders,” he said.
Speaking on the victory, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said despite such a majority the government did nothing in 10 months. “All welfare schemes like free medicine, test and pension etc. were scrapped. The situation is such that people do not understand what they (BJP) are doing,” he added.
He said Bharatpur was the first district where the government under ‘Sarkar Apke Dwar’ programme visited-Weir constituency comes under it but they lost there too which shows what work they are doing.
Hitting at Raje, he said even a section of BJP leaders and workers are unhappy with her. “BJP leaders wanted that Congress should win three seats not two, so that their voice could be heard by Raje. This defeat is of the government, BJP and arrogance and ego of chief minister.”
Gehlot also demanded probe on misuse of government machinery and action on officials who allowed such violations.
AICC secretary and state party incharge Mirza Irshad Baig, who played a major role from behind, said this is a clear cut reaction of common people against the Raje government and administration. The anger of people is against the stopping of pro-people welfare schemes. “Congress won as we unitedly contested and selected the right candidates,” he added.