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Cong beats BJP in Rajasthan by-polls; Padmaavat blamed: Top 10 developments

The stunned BJP came in for severe drubbing in Rajasthan where it is eyeing a second straight term

BS Web Team/Agencies  |  Jaipur 

Cong beats BJP in Rajasthan by-polls; Padmaavat blamed: Top 10 developments
Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee President Sachin Pilot

In a spectacular showing, the on Thursday stole the show in Rajasthan by wresting the Mandalgarh Assembly as well as the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats from the ruling by huge margins, triggering wild celebrations.

activists burst firecrackers and danced to drum beats outside the party office here as Vivek Dhakar trounced Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Shakti Singh Hada by 12,976 votes in Mandalgarh. The stunned came in for severe drubbing in Rajasthan where it is eyeing a second straight term

1. Who defeated who in Rajasthan bypoll

Karan Singh Yadav in Alwar defeated Jaswant Singh Yadav of the by a whopping 196,496 votes while in Ajmer worsted the BJP's Ramswaroop Lamba by 84,414 votes. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the did not win a single seat in Rajasthan. secured 611,514 votes against the 527,100 of Lamba. Karan Singh Yadav notched 642,416 votes against 445,920 secured by the BJP's Jaswant Singh. Dhakar got 70,146 votes while Hada secured 57,170 in the by-election held on January 29, officials said.

2. Why were Rajasthan by-polls held?

The election in Mandalgarh followed the death of BJP MLA Kirti Kumari due to in August last year. The elections to the Lok Sabha constituencies were necessitated by the deaths of (Ajmer) and Mahant Chand Nath Yogi (Alwar).

3. Number of candidates in Rajasthan by-polls

A total of 42 candidates were in the fray in the three seats, all of which were held by the BJP. There were 23 contestants in Ajmer and 11 in Alwar.

4. Raje must resign, says Sachin Pilot

With Assembly elections scheduled later this year in Rajasthan, Congress leaders insisted that the verdict was a rejection of the BJP.

Congress leader and former union minister demanded Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje's resignation on moral grounds.

"It is a victory for people, party workers and all leaders," Pilot told the media.

"Young people in this country have realized that the of polarization doesn't work," he said. "The high-handedness and arrogance (of the BJP) has been rejected while people have put their trust in Congress president "

5. Rajasthan by-poll result a precursor to 2019 General elections

Congress leader and former said the results were a precursor to the 2019 "This by-election is a vote against BJP's divisive "

He took a dig at the BJP government in the state, saying apart from changing the names of Congress-era schemes, the had done nothing concrete for the people in the past four years she has ruled the country's largest state.

"Unemployment is hurting the youth. Today's trends can be seen as precursor to not just state Assembly polls later this year but also to the next Lok Sabha polls," Gehlot said.

6. BJP concedes defeat

The BJP conceded defeat. As the election results became known, the BJP office wore a deserted look.

Speaking to the media, Ashok Parnami told reporters: "We respect the people's mandate and we will analyse the reasons for our defeat. I am taking responsibility for the defeat.

7. Karni Sena blames 'Padmaavat' for BJP's defeat

Rajput Karni Sena Chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Thursday claimed that the (BJP) had lost in all three bypolls seats in Rajasthan as it had not banned Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' in the state.

Kalvi, who protested the release of controversial movie 'Padmaavat' said, "For the first time ever in candidates from ruling party did not win. Padmaavat was not banned so it took the shape of outrage which was evident on 29th January and its result came today. I would suggest Prime Minister to ban it, it is the only solution."

8. People of Rajasthan have rejected BJP: Rahul Gandhi

In a tweet, congratulated the party workers in Rajasthan.

"Well done Rajasthan Congress! Proud of each and every one of you. This is a rejection of the BJP by the people of Rajasthan," Gandhi said.

8. TMC sweeps West Bengal bypolls

Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress quelled the BJP challenge in West Bengal with ease as its candidates won the Uluberia Lok Sabha and Noapara Assembly seats, trouncing their nearest saffron party rivals.

9. sportingly accepts defeat

Congratulating the Congress Party for winning the Mandalgarh Assembly seat, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje on Thursday vowed to continue working for the welfare of the people.

Raje however, took responsibility for Bharatiya Janata Party's defeat in the bypolls and said that she accepted the verdict of the people.

10. Meanwhile, Jaitley presented the 'election Budget'

In a bid to woo farmers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raised MSP for farmers. However, the government failed to deliver anything impressive for the middle class.

The opposition reacted sharply to the government's proposed budget with Congress leader P. Chidambaram saying Jaitley had failed the fiscal consolidation test that will have "serious consequences" on the economic growth rate.

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First Published: Fri, February 02 2018. 07:22 IST