Blow to BJP in bypolls; Cong wins all 3 in Rajasthan and TMC win both seats in WB
- Team PT
Blow to BJP in bypolls; Cong wins all 3 in Rajasthan and TMC win both seats in WB



ON A DAY, when the BJP leaders are congratulating the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for presenting a "pro-poor budget”, the party suffered a massive setback in Rajasthan and West Bengal.

Delivering a major blow to the ruling BJP ahead of several state elections and the national polls next year, the Congress today won an assembly seat (Mandalgarh) in Rajasthan and raced to victory in two parliamentary seats, Ajmer and Alwar, bypolls.
 
Both the ruling BJP and the Congress prepped for the by-polls as they would for a full election, with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Congress leader Sachin Pilot campaigning hard.
 
This is turning out to be a massive blow to the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in Rajasthan that is headed for Assembly elections in a few months. Meanwhile in Bengal, the Trinamool Congress won in both the Noapara assembly seat and Uluberia Parliamentary seats.  These five constituencies went to polls on January 29.
 
"We are going to study the reasons, but bypolls don't reflect the full picture," said BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya.

In Rajasthan, in the high-voltage run-up to the by-polls, the Congress also accused the BJP of trying to polarize voters and doing nothing to stop attacks on Muslims in incidents mostly linked to cow vigilantes.

Sachin Pilot said today's polls mark his party's comeback trail in a big state at an important point in national politics.
 
To BJP’s dismay, in all the three constituencies, the Congress defeated them with a substantial vote margin. Apart from Mandalgarh, BJP couldn’t take lead even once in Ajmer and Alwar during counting. After the victory of the Congress became clear, party’s state chief Sachin Pilot said, "Vasundhara ji and her government have been totally rejected by people.” Pilot, who is leading an aggressive campaign against the BJP in the state, even asked for the resignation of the Rajasthan Chief Minister, saying she should take the moral responsibility of the defeat.
 

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