Bypolls results: Counting in Rajasthan, West Bengal begins, security beefed up

Aaron Brown
February 5, 2018

Ajmer Lok Sabha Constituency, Congress leading by 24256.

She has also traditionally had a somewhat hard relationship with the party leadership in Delhi. "This is a rejection of the BJP by the people of Rajasthan", Gandhi wrote on Twitter. The drubbing is significant for several reasons.

Results in the Noapara assembly seat, where the TMC candidate won with a margin of around 60,000 votes, suggest that the BJP might actually be able to claw its way into the principal opposition space, though it will be dwarfed by Banerjee's massive popularity. It should worry the BJP because this is an early sign that repeating its sw- eep of north and west India may not be possible. Kishangarh - Congress ahead with 1023 votes.

Three, the BJP had stretched its every sinew in the election. "I would suggest Prime Minister to ban it, it is the only solution".

"A huge victory for the people of Rajasthan". He had also tried to strike an emotional chord with the Rajputs by invoking the names of their heroes.

Today it is Rajasthan.Tomorrow, it will be the entire country. The chief minister herself made many trips and concluded the campaign with road shows.

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Chief Minister Mukul Sangma congratulated the people of Rajasthan on "giving a fitting reply to the divisive forces".

Four, the BJP tried everything from Hindutva to sympathy. It must be remembered that Alwar has been the epicenter of several attacks on Muslims by cow vigilantes, such as the lynching of Pehlu Khan previous year.

In Ajmer, the biggest margin in an assembly seat was in Kekri, where the Congress defeated BJP by 34,790 votes. BJP insiders admit that the situation is pretty grim and they are anxious about the demonstration effect this "feel-bad" mood may have on the two other BJP-ruled States of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh which also go the polls later this year and where the incumbents, Shivraj Chauhan and Raman Singh respectively, have served multiple terms as Chief Minister.

In the Alwar Lok Sabha constituency, it is a clash of the Yadavs. In the 2014 parliament election the BJP had won in all the 25 constituencies.

In Alwar, Congress increases its lead over BJP to 39,246 votes.

Sharma is a Congress veteran. That he has dumped his former mentor and become Pilot's follower could be a metaphor for the Congress. "The Congress party has performed quite well in the Rajasthan by-polls and after this overwhelming mandate it is our responsibility to perform better", he said while interacting with media. While counting is still underway, Congress members were quick to call their lead as the voter's voice.

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