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Rajasthan: BJP outperforms Congress in Panchayat bypolls

Former CM Vasundhara Raje has the new Congress government has failed to gain the people's trust and the panchayat bypoll results are a testimony to that.

Soon after losing to Congress in the recently concluded assembly elections, BJP i Rajasthan has won 8 out of 13 seats in the municipal elections. The BJP has won a Zilla Parishad seat in Alwar and won seven out of 13 Panchayat Samiti seats in the recently conducted bypolls. The results were declared yesterday.

The bypolls were held on one Zila Parishad seat of Alwar and 13 members for Panchayat Samiti of Bhilwara, Churu, Dausa, Dholpur, Kota, Nagaur, Pali and Sikar. According to India Today, BJP grabbed the Zila Parishad seat from Alwar, and also bagged 7 seats of Panchayat Samiti of Mandalgarh in Bhilwara, Bidasar in Churu, Lawan in Dausa, Merta in Nagaur and Jaitaran in Pali. Congress won 5 Panchayat Samiti seats out of which three seats came from Bari in Dholpur district and Ladpura in Kota, while an Independent won one seat.

Former Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje slammed Congress government and alleged that the misgovernance on behalf of Congress government has led to its defeat in the polls.

“I thank all the voters who have voted for BJP candidates in the panchayat bypolls. The results clearly show that the new government of Rajasthan has lost credibility in 20 days of coming to power.” Raje tweeted.

Prior to elections, there was a provision that disallowed candidates from contesting in local bodies, if they don’t hold minimum education qualifications. However, the provision was abolished on Saturday by CM. The earlier provision made it compulsory that that candidate contesting in Zila Parishad or Panchayat Samiti must have passed class 10. If the candidate is standing for sarpanch, the general category must have qualification up to class 8, and for SC/ST it was class 5.

The government claimed that the provision was against the constitutional right of individuals to contest elections and take part in the democratic process.

After CM Ashok Gehlot sworn-in as CM of Rajasthan, the state has witnessed a severe crisis of urea, that has lead to chaos among the farmer community of the state. This has also resulted in clashes between farmers and police.

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