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Rajasthan civic polls: BJP wins, but setback for Vasundhara Raje

In Dholpur, the Congress camp was excited owing to these “moral victories” despite conceding the lead to the BJP.

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur |
August 21, 2015 12:00:31 am
Rajasthan civic polls, civic polls rajasthan, Rajasthan civic bodies election, Vasundhara Raje, Chief minister Vasundhara Raje, Rajasthan news, india news, nation news Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje suffered an embarrassment on her home turf.

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party registered an impressive win in municipal elections in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje suffered an embarrassment on her home turf and son Dushyant Singh’s parliamentary constituency Jhalawar, with the Congress winning most seats there.

Elections results for the 129 civic bodies—including the Ajmer municipal corporation, 15 municipal councils, and 113 municipalities—that went to poll on Monday, were announced on Thursday.

Out of the total 3351 wards, BJP won 1435 while the Congress won 1162. Independents, mostly rebels from both parties stunned with a massive 702 seat haul.

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The NCP won 19, the BSP 16 while the CPI and CPI-M could manage only 5 and 1 seat respectively.

A major talking point in the state was the impressive upset by Janata Sena led by BJP rebel and independent MLA Randhir Singh Bhindar.

The Janata Sena won 17 out of 20 seats while the Congress won the rest. Bjp candidates lost their security deposit on 17 seats.

Of the 113 municipalities, BJP won 62, leaving the Congress with 25. Independents won 17 while nine had hung assemblies. BJP also won the Ajmer municipal corporation, cornering 31 out of 60 seats.

The Congress fared better in municipal councils winning 8 out of the 15 councils. The BJP won four, two had hung assemblies and one went to an independent.

Set back for Raje

However, despite the BJP’s better performance in municipalities, what drew popular attention was the party’s debacle in Jhalawar, Jhalrapatan and Dholpur—all key regions associated with Raje and her son Dushyant Singh.

The Congress won the municipal councils in Jhalawar and Baran—which is the parliamentary constituency of Dushyant Singh.

In Jhalawar, it won 22 out of 35 wards, while in Jhalrapatan—Raje’s assembly seat—Congress cornered 15 out of 25 seats.

In Dholpur, out of 45 seats, Congress trumped the BJP with 21 seats against 15. The Bsp won four seats and five went to independents.

The Congress camp was excited owing to these “moral victories” despite conceding the lead to the BJP.

“The BJP’s loss in Vasundhara Raje and Dushyant Singh’s home turf shows that people are fed up with the ruling party’s mal-governance,” RPCC chief Sachin Pilot said.

“Our vote share has increased while the BJP’s has fallen. The people have appreciated our hard work,” he said.

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje thanked the people of Rajasthan for “reposing their faith” in “Sushasan” or good governance.

“Like always, this victory also belongs to the people and the BJP workers. Thanks for this unprecedented verdict,” Raje tweeted.

Senior cabinet minister Kali Charan Saraf said people had voted for the BJP’s good governance and development agenda.

“It is a big loss for Congress and Sachin Pilot,” he said.

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