After Wins Gujarat Heart, Cong Seals Majority In Rajasthan Local Bodies


Jaipur: Congress in Rajasthan Tuesday got a reason to rejoice winning all the four zila parishad, 16 of the 27 panchayat samiti seats and six urban local body seats, for which bypolls were held recently. This comes a day after the party registered a significant improvement in its tally in Gujarat, where assembly election results were declared Monday.

The ruling BJP in Rajasthan could win only 10 panchayat samiti seats, but performed a little better in urban local body where it won seven wards — one more than Congress. The ruling party also could not retain even a single of the four zila parishad seats —Banswara, Bhilwara, Jalore and Karauli.

The seats in various rural and urban local bodies had fallen vacant in Udaipur, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Banswara, Dausa, Sriganganagar, Pratapgarh, Nagaur, Baran and other districts. Congress candidate Rajendra Patidar won by a margin of 3,178 votes for the Zila Parishad seat in Banswara.

Jubilant over the party’s victory in the by-polls, Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said the BJP’s days were “numbered” in Rajasthan and its countdown had begun. “The Congress gave a tough fight to BJP in Gujarat. The Rajasthan government has completely neglected the people in both rural and urban areas during the last four years,” he said.

The bypolls to 27 panchayat samitis of 19 districts, 14 nagar palikas of 13 districts and four zila parishads were held on December 17. One seat each of the panchayat samiti and the nagar palika (municipality) went to independent candidates.