Jaipur/Kolkata, February 1: The Bharatiya Janata Party suffered defeat on all the five seats that went to polls in Rajasthan and West Bengal. While the Congress routed BJP from two Lok Sabha seats and an Assembly constituency in Rajasthan, the Trinamool Congress won the polls in West Bengal.
The Congress defeated BJP in both Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats with a huge margin, thus, increasing its tally in the Lower House to 48. The Congress also defeated BJP in the Mandalgarh Assembly constituency by over 12,000 votes. Congress’s Raghu Sharma defeated BJP’s Ramswaroop Lamba by 80,059 votes in Ajmer seat. In Alwar seat, Congress’s Karan Singh Yadav defeated Jaswant Singh Yadav by 1,94,905 votes. Congress candidate Vivek Dhakar won the Mandalgarh Assembly seat by 12,976 votes.
The election results assume significance as Rajasthan will go to polls later this year. The election results may also set the tone for the upcoming polls in which the Vasundhara Raje government will face anti-incumbency. The BJP government came to power with a huge mandate in 2013 Assembly elections.
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. A total of 42 candidates are in the fray for the bypolls to the three seats.
In West Bengal, TMC won Uluberia Lok Sabha seat and Noapara Assembly seat. TMC candidate Sajda Ahmed defeated Congress’s Anupam Mallick by 4,74,023 votes in Uluberia and Noapara candidate Sunil Singh gained victory by a margin of 63,000 votes.
The election in Uluberia was necessitated after the death of sitting TMC MP Sultan Ahmed and in Noapara following the demise of Congress MLA Madhusudan Ghose.
In 2016, TMC bagged 211 out of the 295 seats in West Bengal Assembly elections. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the party had won 34 out of the 44 Parliamentary seats in West Bengal.