Congress wrests Mandalgarh Assembly seat in Rajasthan from BJP

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Even in the Assembly elections in 2013, the BJP had won 163 seats in Rajasthan and the Congress 21. During the campaign, its candidate Jaswant Yadav argued that Hindus should vote for him and those who are Muslim should support the Congress.

After facing back to back defeats, the Congress has finally something to cheer about as it wrestled the Mandalgarh Assembly as well as the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats from the ruling BJP in Rajasthan by huge margins.

Of the 8 assembly segments in each of the Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha constituencies BJP legislators represent 14 - seven each. Proud of each and every one of your.

This is a resounding turnaround by the Congress which lost miserably to BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Soon after this landslide triumph, Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot demanded chief minister Vasundhara Raje's resignation on moral grounds. This could have a major bearing on BJP national president Amit Shah's dream of bagging at least half the seats in the state in the next Lok Sabha polls. Incumbent Trinamool Congress (TMC) won both seats by substantial margins. All three seats were held by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) earlier.

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"The results are a testament to the fact that the people of the state have rejected the anti-people, anti-farmer, anti-youth policies of the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government", Mr Pilot said.

Congress, the primary opposition party in the state, was the main electoral challenger to the BJP in this round of the polls. And in Alwar, Congress' Karan Singh Yadav had beaten BJP's Jaswant Singh Yadav by almost two lakh votes. This time, Congress's firebrand leader Raghu Sharma defeated BJP's Ramswaroop Lamba by over 84,000 votes. Since it has lost in both Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies, it is hard to say if the verdict against the Centre or the state government.

The BJP lost Ajmer North by 6,975 votes, Ajmer South by 13,070 votes.

Rajasthan, like Gujarat, had given the BJP a clean sweep in the 2014 parliamentary polls. While Ahmed polled 76,7219 votes, Mallick got 293,018.

Beyond the infighting, recent developments have turned many in the state against Raje and the mood seems to have been reflected in the massive swing towards the Congress candidates in the bye-polls. In both, the BJP came a distant second.

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