Reacting to the humiliating defeat in bypolls, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday advised state BJP leaders and workers to work harder.
“We have worked tirelessly over the years, with the people of #Rajasthan as our centre of attention and shall work harder, with renewed fervour and dedication, taking our beautiful State to new heights,” Raje said.
With Assembly polls due later this year, BJP suffered a major setback in Rajasthan as Congress snatched two Parliamentary and one Assembly seat from the ruling party in by-elections.
Congress won Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha seats and taken back Bhilwara’s Mandalgarh assembly constituency.
In Alwar, Congress’s Karan Singh Yadav defeated BJP’s Jaswant Singh Yadav by 196,496 votes.
In Ajmer, Congress candidate Ragu Sharma defeated BJP’s Ram Swaroop Lamba won by 84,414 votes. Sharma garnered 611514 votes against Lamba’s 527100.
Reacting to party’s victory, Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Well done Rajasthan Congress! Proud of each and every one of you. This is a rejection of the BJP by the people of Rajasthan.”
Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Sachin Pilot demanded Vasundhara Raje’s resignation on moral ground after the defeat and said that the result was a mandate against her govt’s policies.
Apart from Rajasthan, BJP had to face major defeat in West Bengal as well where TMC candidates won on both Uluberia Lok Sabha and Noapara Assembly seat.