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Ahead of Rajasthan assembly polls, boost for Congress as it wins Mandalgarh seat

Vivek Dhakad surged ahead of BJP candidate Shakti Singh Hada by 13,000 votes.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2018 14:40 IST
Press Trust of India, Jaipur
‪Indian National Congress‬,‪Rajasthan‬,‪Bharatiya Janata Party‬
Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot said on Thursday chief minister Vasundhara Raje should resign on moral grounds.

Congress candidate Vivek Dhakad won the Mandalgarh assembly seat by defeating his nearest rival, a BJP candidate, by nearly 13,000 votes, on Thursday. (Live updates)

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

Dhakad garnered 70,146 votes, defeating Hada by 12,976 votes. Hada had secured 57,170 votes, Election Commission sources said.

Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot said chief minister Vasundhara Raje should resign on moral grounds.

“After failing to appease voters over religion, the BJP tried polarising over caste...It is a victory of people, party workers and all leaders,” he said at a press conference.

Bypoll on the seat was necessitated after death of BJP MLA Kirti Kumari.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 14:35 IST