Another Jolt For BJP in Rajasthan, Fares Poorly In Local Bodies’ Bypolls

Another Jolt For BJP in Rajasthan, Fares Poorly In Local Bodies’ BypollsRajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in Jaipur. (Himanshu Vyas/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continued to suffer setback in Rajasthan with the Congress winning a majority of local bodies seats for which byelections were held recently.

The Press Trust of India reported that the Congress won four of the six zila parishad seats, 12 of the 20 panchayat samiti seats and four of the six municipal seats.

Congress victories come on the heels of its victories last month in byelections to two Lok Sabha seats and a vacant Assembly constituency.

BJP won one zilla parishad seat, eight panchayat samiti seats and two municipal body seats. The remainder were won by independent candidates.

Rajasthan Congress Committee President Sachin Pilot said the results were indications of a certain defeat of the BJP in the Assembly elections due later this year. Pilot claimed that the voting percentage of the Congress has increased in all elections since Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia assumed power in 2013.

Commenting on the recent defeats in the Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections, the Chief Minister said it was a wake-up call.