Rajasthan bypolls results: Sachin Pilot soars, Vasundhara Raje tumbles, for now

Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot with party leader Raghu Sharma who won from Ajmer on Thursday

In a major setback for the BJP, the Congress on Thursday wrested Alwar Lok Sabha seat from the BJP. BJP came second followed by CPI-M and Congress. Trinamool Congress's Sajda Ahmed received a record mandate of 7,67,219 votes.

Both sides had campaigned intensely for the bypolls which were held on January 29.

Earlier on Thursday, Congress had also won Mandalgarh assembly seat, which too had gone for by-polls.

Incidentally, under Pilot, the Congress has also won a majority of seats in the by-elections to zila parishads, panchayat samitis and municipal wards in Rajasthan. "After failing to appease voters over religion, the BJP tried polarising over caste.It is a victory of people, party workers and all leaders", he said at a press conference.

The Congress is rapidly gaining ground in Rajasthan with its young turk Sachin Pilot in the driver's seat. Proud of each and every one of your.

Chief Minister Mukul Sangma congratulated the people of Rajasthan on "giving a fitting reply to the divisive forces". He congratulated his Rajasthan counterpart Sachin Pilot, AICC observer Avinash Pande and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot for the Congress victory in the state. Unemployment is hurting the youth. It will set the tone for the Rajasthan state assembly elections at the end of the year.

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In Bengal, the TMC's Sunil Singh has now won Noapara seat by 63,018 votes.

While the Congress steered clear of defending free speech, the BJP failed to rein in the Rajput Karni Sena, the fringe group that has led a violent agitation against the movie.

As for the Mandalgarh assembly seat, though the party candidate was initially leading here, he later fell behind the Congress candidate by a large margin and lost. Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha bodies electorate saw a turnout of 65.2% and 61.86% while the Mandalgarh Assembly situate enrolled a much higher 78.78% as voting in the bypolls on Monday.

State labour minister Jaswant Yadav, holding the cabinet rank, himself was fielded by the party from Alwar parliamentary constituency. The party maintains an unassailable lead in Ajmer Lok Sabha constituencies. In Alwar and Ajmer Congress bagged 58% and 52% of the vote respectively against 40% for the BJP in both places. All three had been held by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Congress - 108161, BJP- 85510. Kishangarh - Congress ahead with 1023 votes.

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