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Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje
Raje had led the party to a three-fourth majority in the last State poll and Rajasthan has delivered a flawless score for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2014 General Election with all 25 seats from the State going to its kitty. In Mandalgarh, the Congress candidate won with almost 13,000 more votes than their BJP counterpart.
In Rajasthan, BJP's rout in Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha seats has emboldened Raje's detractors within the party.
Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, "This bypoll is vote against BJP's divisive politics". Proud of each and every one of you.
The results are a shot in the arm for Congress's Rajasthan chief Sachin Pilot who took the job soon after the 2014 drubbing, marking a generational shift in the party.
The Gujarati asmitha that helped BJP in the second phase of the Gujarat polls will not be a factor in Rajasthan.
Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats have eight Vidhan Sabha segments each, and along with Mandalgarh Assembly seat, make for 17 out of 200 Assembly seats in Rajasthan, representing 8.5 per cent of the Assembly. Incumbent Trinamool Congress (TMC) won both seats by substantial margins. The blow was severe for Ms Raje as the three seats were held by the BJP, including Ajmer, which the BJP had won by over 1.5 lakh votes.
In Mandalgarh, the Congress established a narrow lead of 3282 votes, party leader Vivek Dhakar securing 55,782 votes.
He insisted that the verdict was a rejection of the BJP. This time, Congress's firebrand leader Raghu Sharma defeated BJP's Ramswaroop Lamba by over 84,000 votes. The Congress has sketched a strategy to corner Raje government on all fronts including BJP's debacle in Ajmer, Alwar and Mandalgarh bypolls which its termed a mandate against the policies of the government.
Meanwhile, elated Congress Party leaders congratulated each other over their victory. BJP's Jaswant Singh Yadav gets 1,33,289 votes.
Congress, the primary opposition party in the state, was the main electoral challenger to the BJP in this round of the polls. Only here the party wrested the seat from the Congress which had allied with the Left in the last assembly elections and bagged this seat.
The result was more or less similar in Noapara assembly constituency, where TMC won by a huge margin. "In the next few months we will over come our shortcomings", said BJP functionary Gopal Shetty.
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