After Gujarat high, Congress wins big in Rajasthan local bodies, bags 26 of 45 seats
The BJP could not retain even one of the four zila parishad seats —Banswara, Bhilwara, Jalore and Karauli.jaipur Updated: Dec 20, 2017 09:54 IST
Congress in Rajasthan Tuesday got a reason to rejoice winning all the four zila parishad, 16 of the 27 panchayat samiti seats and six urban local body seats, for which bypolls were held recently.
This comes a day after the party registered a significant improvement in its tally in Gujarat, where assembly election results were declared Monday.
The ruling BJP in Rajasthan could win only 10 panchayat samiti seats, but performed a little better in urban local body where it won seven wards — one more than Congress.
The ruling party also could not retain even a single of the four zila parishad seats —Banswara, Bhilwara, Jalore and Karauli.
The bypolls to 27 panchayat samitis of 19 districts, 14 nagar palikas of 13 districts and four zila parishads were held on December 17. One seat each of the panchayat samiti and the nagar palika (municipality) went to independent candidates.
State Congress president Sachin Pilot said the results show that the days of BJP government in the state are numbered. “The countdown to their fall has begun,” he said.
Pilot said Congress won three out of four assembly by-elections (Weir, Nasirabad, Surajgarh and Kota) after the 2013 state polls. The party’s tally in the Assembly is 24. BJP has 160 MLAs.
He said the state government was working against the sentiments of people. “The government has ignored people for last four years,” he added.
State BJP president Ashok Parnami, however, sought to water down the Congress euphoria. “Results have come out to be equal for both parties. These are small elections and are related to local candidates and equation,” he said.
Parnami said of 27 panchayat samiti seats, BJP lost three, but gained one in municipality. The Congress, he said, gained only one in Zila Parishad. “There are many seats such as Chhabra, Siwana, Lalsot, Manoharthana, Deedwana and Beawar, which were with Congress but where BJP candidates have won,” he added.
Earlier in October 2017, Congress won 13 and BJP 12 in the panchayati raj institution by-elections.
Prior to that, bypolls to the panchayat and civic bodies were held in August and December in 2016. In the elections to 24 panchayat samiti member seats held in August, Congress won 13, while BJP got seven. Three seats went to independent candidates and BSP got one. Similarly, of the six Zila Parishad member seats, four went to Congress and one each to BJP and BSP. Of seven municipality wards that went to bypolls, Congress and BJP won two seats each while three were won by independent candidates.
Similarly, in December 2016, the state had witnessed bypolls to 3 zila parishad seats, 10 municipal seats and 24 panchayat samiti seats. In the closely fought elections on the total 37 seats, BJP had won 19, Congress 14 and Independent candidates got four seats.