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Bypolls in Rajasthan will mark BJP's downswing: Pilot

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Sachin Pilot today accused the ruling of reneging on promises made to people and exuded confidence that electors will defeat it in the January 29 bypolls, which would mark the saffron party's "downswing".

Addressing a rally after candidate filed nomination for the bypoll to seat, he claimed has realised that the people have lost faith in the and hence trying every possible trick to "hoodwink" the voters for retaining power.

Apart from Ajmer, bye-elections will also be held in Alwar constituency and segment the same day. The bypolls are being held due to deaths of MP Sanwar Lal Jat, and Mandalgarh Kirti Kumari (all of BJP) last year.

"People of the state have made up their mind to oust the with the bypolls marking the beginning of its fall. The bypoll not bring any change in governments at the state and Centre, but will send a message across the country that the BJP's downswing has begun," Pilot told the gathering.

Hailing "huge support" of people, he charged the BJP with blocking development of constituency over the last four years of its rule in the state.

Launching a frontal attack on the ruling BJP, the state alleged that the opened the "in a hurry eyeing the by-elections".

"The BJP government has only been claiming credit for the works carried out by the earlier Congress-led governments," he claimed.

The further alleged that the saffron party "did not respect" the historic mandate people gave to it and the electors are finding themselves cheated as BJP governments started taking "anti-people" decisions after showing dreams of "achhe din" (good days).

"Forget undertaking developmental activities, the BJP has wrapped up schemes launched by the Congress regime, proving it is not bothered about the state's development," Pilot said.

Hitting out at BJP leaders for allegedly not showing up in the constituency after the saffron party came to power in the state four years ago, the Congress accused Raje of doling out sops to "hoodwink people and win election".

"The BJP will use all possible tricks to win the bypoll," he said.

Pilot targeted the BJP also on issues of loan waiver to farmers, alleged increasing crime rate, atrocities on women and Dalits, unemployment among other things.

Former Ashok Gehlot, All India Congress Committee general secretaries and C P Joshi were among the leaders who addressed the rally.

minister Sanwarlal Jat's son Ramswaroop Lamba is in the race for the Ajmer seat on BJP ticket.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 20:46 IST