Local poll wins perk up Cong in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Dec 20: The Congress Party is in an upbeat mood. After giving a close fight to the BJP in Gujarat, the party has won all the four zila parishad seats as well as 16 of the 27 panchayat samiti seats and six nagar palika seats in Rajasthan, for which by-elections were held recently.
The ruling BJP had to remain content with 10 panchayat samiti seats although it won seven nagar palika wards in Rajasthan.
The BJP could not win even a single of the four zila parishad seats that it held, according to the State Election Commission.
The by-elections for 27 panchayat samitis of 19 districts, 14 nagar palikas of 12 districts and four zila parishads were held on December 17.
Congress state president Sachin Pilot said the results reflect the mood of the people in Rajasthan and that the countdown for the BJP in Rajasthan has begun. He predicted a similar result in the upcoming by-elections for the two parliamentary seats of Alwar and Ajmer as well as the Mandalgarh Assembly seat.
By-elections on all the three seats have been necessitated due to sudden death of two BJP parliamentarians and a BJP legislator.
The party also lost two nagar palika wards in Baran district.

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