Alwar: In what came as shot in the arm for the upbeat Congress in Rajasthan, its candidate Shafia Zubair won the Ramgarh Assembly constituency by-election of Wednesday.

Zubair won the seat with a margin of 12,228 votes. She garnered a total of 83,311 votes against BJP’s Sukhwant Singh who garnered 71,083 votes. BSP candidate and former union minister Natwar Singh’s Son, Jagat Singh, was third. He secured 24,856 votes, they said.

Expressing happiness over the victory, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “I’m happy that people took a well meditated step. They’ve taken right decision. I thank them and express my gratitude. They’ve given a message at a time when it was much needed. It’ll encourage the party ahead of Lok Sabha election.”

The victory has led the Congress touch the 100-mark in the 200-member House, reducing its dependence on support from other non-BJP parties.

The election to the assembly seat could not be held along with other constituencies due to the death of the BSP candidate ahead of December 7 Rajasthan elections.

Polling on the seat was deferred owing to a fatal heart attack suffered by BSP candidate Laxman Singh on November 29. The Election Commission then decided to conduct the polling along with the Jind by-elections on January 28.

Ramgarh had witnessed a voter turnout of 79.12 per cent on polling day, well over the 74.21 per cent count for the assembly elections. The constituency has over 2.35 lakh eligible voters.