JAIPUR: Narendra Modi led ruling BJP faces a big setback as the opposition party The Congress on Thursday swept Rajasthan bypolls winning the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats and Mandalgarh Assembly seats by massive margins.
By evening, Vasundhara-led BJP government conceded defeat. Taking to Twitter, the state chief minister wrote in Hindi that she accepts people's verdict and party cadets need to work hard.
Congress candidate Vivek Dhakar won Mandalgarh Assembly seat while party leaders Dr. Karan Singh Yadav and Raghu Sharma are set to win Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha seats respectively.
The results of by-polls has come has a major jolt to Vasundhara Raje-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state, which is eyeing a second term in the upcoming Assembly elections scheduled to be held later this year.
Meanwhile, Congress candidate Rahul Gandhi <link> also took Twitter:
Calling results are a precursor to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in a series of tweet congratulated party members.
The voting for the seats was held on Monday, January 29, 2018. A total of 42 candidates in fray for three seats in Rajasthan. The by-elections on all the three Rajasthan seats were necessitated after the sudden death of BJP MPs Sanwarlal Jat from Ajmer, Mahant Chand Nath Yogi from Alwar, and MLA Kirti Kumari from Mandalgarh.