The Congress on Tuesday won performed well in local body elections in 26 districts of Rajasthan. The party won on 27 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won on 17 seats.
The elections were held for Zila Parishad, Panchayat and municipal wards seats in both rural and urban areas of Rajasthan.
Congress state president Sachin Pilot took to Twitter to claim that the party had received “huge support” in the local elections.
Final results are out.
Huge support for the cong both in rural and urban areas of Rajasthan in the local body by elections in 26 different districts:
Zila parishad seats :total 4
Panchayat samiti :total 27
Municipal wards :total 14
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) December 19, 2017
The Congress won all the four zila parishad seats and also 16 of the 27 panchayat samiti seats and six nagar palika seats, for which bypolls were held.
The ruling BJP had to remain content with 10 panchayat samiti seats although it won seven nagar palika wards.
The saffron party could not retain even a single of the four zila parishad seats that it held, according to the State Election Commission.
The bypolls for 27 panchayat samitis of 19 districts, 14 nagar palikas of 12 districts and four zila parishads were held on December 17.
"The results of the local bodies bypoll has proved that the countdown for the BJP in Rajasthan has begun. Congress has expressed the feelings of the people in the last four years and they have trust in the party," Pilot said.
He predicted a similar result in the upcoming bypolls for the two parliamentary seats of Alwar and Ajmer and Mandalgarh Assembly seat.
Bypolls on all the three seats have been necessitated due to sudden demise of two of the ruling BJP's parliamentarians and a BJP legislator.
The civic by-election results are a setback for the BJP as it lost two nagar palika wards in Baran district, which is a strong hold of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's MP son Dushyant Singh.
However, state BJP spokesperson, Anand Sharma said that the result was good for the party as it has grabbed several seats earlier held by the Congress.
In August, opposition Congress had won 19 out of the total 37 seats in bypolls to urban local bodies and panchayati raj institutions while the ruling BJP had got ten.