BJP Dominates Urban Body Bypolls in Rajasthan: Wins 8 Seats, Cong 4, Independents 2
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has emerged victorious in the bypolls of urban local bodies in Rajasthan held recently. The party won eight seats, while Congress secured just four and two were won by independent candidates. The bypolls were held in 15 wards across six municipal councils–Banswara, Dungarpur, Bikaner, Hanumangarh, Nagaur, and Sujangarh–which saw a voter turnout of 65 percent.
BJP also won the chairperson seat in Hanumangarh Municipal Council. The party’s Mohan Lal won the seat defeating Congress’s candidate Rajni Choudhary. BJP also won the vice-chairman seats in Nagaur and Banswara councils.
The results of the bypolls come as a shot in the arm for the BJP as they gear up for the upcoming 2023 Assembly elections in the state. The party has performed remarkably well in Rajasthan recently, having won the byelections for three assembly seats and a Panchayat Samiti seat in September last year.
On the other hand, the Congress has been struggling to maintain a strong foothold in the state. The party has been grappling with internal rifts and leadership issues. The Congress’s poor performance in the bypolls is a further dent to its image in the state. The results also come as a setback for the state’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot who has been under pressure from party colleagues to deliver better governance and results.
The bypolls were held following the resignation of several councillors after the BJP won the 2021 municipal polls. The BJP won a majority of the municipal councils and corporations in the state, including the state capital Jaipur.
In the bypolls, the BJP fielded candidates in all the wards, while Congress contested 13 wards and independents contested two. The bypolls saw a high-pitched battle between the two parties with top leaders from both BJP and Congress campaigning extensively in the run-up to the polls.
In conclusion, the BJP’s sweeping victory in the urban body bypolls in Rajasthan is a clear indication of the party’s growing clout in the state. The party’s dominant performance in recent polls is a testament to its effective political campaigns and commendable governance. Congress, on the other hand, needs to introspect and reevaluate its position in the state to have a viable chance at winning the upcoming state assembly elections.