New Delhi, February 1: The Congress took a massive lead in both Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats. According to trends, the main Opposition party in Rajasthan is leading by over 30,000 votes from the seats as counting for bypoll is underway. Even on the Mandalgarh Assembly constituency, the Congress is leading by over 2,000 votes. Also Read - Shatabdi Roy Meets Mamata's Nephew Abhishek Banerjee, Says She Is Not Leaving TMC
Rajasthan Congress Committee President Sachin Pilot criss-crossed all the three constituencies wooing voters. “Initial trends from Rajasthan bypolls are a mandate against the government. I hope our leads will increase even more. Vasundhara ji and her government have been totally rejected by people,” Pilot said. Also Read - Subhra Kundu, Wife of Rose Valley Group Chief Gautam Kundu, Arrested By CBI
“No one can beat Congress if party leaders and workers fight the elections together,” said former chief minister Ashok Gehlot. He added that the people of Rajasthan are angry with the BJP. Also Read - Karnataka: Is BJP Planning to End Taluk Panchayat? Congress Questions State's Intention
All the three seats fell vacant after the death of Ajmer MP Sanwar Lal Jat, Alwar MP Chand Nath and Mandalgarh MLA Kirti Kumari, who all were from the BJP. (Also read: Rajasthan and West Bengal Bypoll Results: Catch All The Live Updates Here)
The voting took place on Monday with Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha constituencies having witnessed a voter turnout of 65.2 and 61.86 per cent, respectively. The Mandalgarh Assembly seat registered 78.78 per cent polling.
A total of 42 candidates are in the fray for the bypolls to the three seats. In Alwar, Jaswant Singh Yadav of BJP and Karan Singh Yadav of the Congress have contested the election, while Raghu Sharma of the Congress and BJP’s Ram Swaroop Lamba locked horns in Ajmer. In Mandalgarh, BJP’s Shakti Singh Hada and Congress’s Vivek Dhakad poised for a tough fight.
The elections assume significance as the state will go to polls later this year. The election results may also define the fate of the Vasundhara Raje government which will face anti-incumbency.
In the recently held local body byelections in 26 different districts in December 2017, Congress won all the four Zila Parishad seats. Out of 27 Panchayat Samiti, Congress won 16, BJP 10 and Independent 1. And 14 Municipal wards saw both Congress and BJP winning seven each.