After failing to win even a single seat in the recently held Lok Sabha poll, the ruling Congress in Rajasthan performed very well in the panchayat samiti and zila parishad bypolls, held in 26 of 33 districts in the state. The bypolls were held on June 30.
Of the 74 panchayat samiti seats, the results of which were declared on Tuesday, the Congress managed to win 39, while BJP ended at second place with 29 seats. Six seats were won by independent candidates. A total of 15 candidates, including eight from the Congress, two from the BJP and five independents were elected unopposed.
In the zila parishad bypolls, the Congress bagged seven of the nine seats, while the BJP managed to claim only one seat. The remaining one seat was won by an independent candidate. No candidate contested from Jhadol panchayat samiti in Udaipur and the seat remained vacant. The names of elected 48 sarpanches from 22 districts were announced by Election Commission in the evening.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed happiness over the results and thanked the Congress leaders and workers for the emphatic performance of the party.
आज आए पंचायती राज उपचुनावों के नतीजे सुखद हैं।
मतदाताओं का आभार और कांग्रेस पार्टी के पदाधिकारी, कार्यकर्ता एवम विजयी उम्मीदवारों को बधाई।#Rajasthan
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) July 2, 2019
State Congress president and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot also welcomed the results, saying by voting for the Congress people had once again shown their faith in the grand old party. "It marks the reposing of the faith of people in the Congress Party. Bypolls were conducted across the state. I thank all party workers and supporters," he said.
जिला परिषद उपचुनावों मे 9 जिला परिषद सदस्यो मे से कांग्रेस के 7 प्रत्याशियों व पंचायत राज उपचुनावो मे 75 पंचायत समिति सदस्यो मे से कांग्रेस के 39 प्रत्याशियो को जीत हासिल करने पर हार्दिक बधाई एवं उज्ज्वल भविष्य की शुभकामनाएं। जनता ने एक बार फिर कांग्रेस के प्रति विश्वास जताया है। pic.twitter.com/W87g0vhiEJ
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) July 2, 2019
Pilot said that the Congress will also win the upcoming local bodies elections in the state. It is to be noted that Congress had faced defeat on all 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan in 2019 Lok Sabha election.