The Trinamool Congress also won the "Noapara" Assembly constituency while the BJP's candidate suffered defeat by a margin of over 60,000 votes. In 2014, BJP's Mahant Chand Nath had defeated Congress's Jitendra Singh, scion of the former Alwar royal family, by a margin of more than 2.83 lakh votes.
Congress's Vivek Dhakar wins the Mandalgarh assembly seat. Even so, the results of the Rajasthan byelections would have jolted the ruling BJP. This, despite the fact that the BJP had fielded a Jat while the Congress had fielded a Brahmin. "This is the start of the end of BJP in the state". "They are so dumb, they are speaking against us", he said. At present, it is exclusively banking on the anti-BJP vote to put itself back in harness. Voting was held on January 29. It had launched its campaign by inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the Barmer refinery project, which, incidentally, had been already inaugurated by the previous Congress government. "By-polls were called after the death of BJP lawmakers in the three seats". Its leaders must realise that people had trusted the party by providing it a clear majority of its own in the Lok Sabha. Rajasthan farmers have been on the boil with the fading All India Kisan Sabha witnessing a revival and leading a mammoth rally into Jaipur that forced the government to concede a farm loan waiver. "Hat's off to the hard work put in by all Congress workers, leaders, volunteers and well wishers".
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Reacting to party's victory, Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "Well done Rajasthan Congress!" It comes as a shot in the arm for the Congress in general, and Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot in particular. Proud of each and every one of you.
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In Rajasthan, the elections were fought in the backdrop of the Padmavaat controversy which had enraged the Rajput community, which had accused the BJP of not doing enough to stall the release of the movie. He added, "Since these elections for parliamentary seats were held after "notebandi" and GST, it is a mandate against the BJP government at Centre too". That was the BJP's best ever performance in the assembly polls. He claimed that the victory of the Congress is the result of the outrage of people who were upset that the BJP didn't take the initiatives to ban Sanjay Leela Bhansali film Padmaavat.
With today's win, the Congress's strength in the Lok Sabha has gone up to 48. The stage, therefore, is set for the state polls this year, with the BJP on the defensive and Raje's leadership under question on one hand, and the momentum and morale with the Congress on the other.
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