Sympathy wave helped both the Congress and the BJP to retain the seats in the three bye-elections for the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly. The Congress regained the Sahara seat in Bhilwara district and Sujangarh (SC-Reserved) seat in Churu district while the BJP managed to regain the Rajsamand seat.
While Gayatri Devi, the widow of Kailash Trivedi, won the Sahara seat that was won by her husband in 2018, Manoj Meghwal son of Bhanwar Lal Meghwal won the Sujangarh seat that was won by his father.
Dipti Maheshwari of the BJP, the daughter of late Kiran Maheshwari whose death caused the bye-election, retained the seat won by her mother.
Both the parties chose to field the kin of the late MLAs to win the sympathy of the electorate and were successful in their strategies. Interestingly, all the winners contested elections for the first time.
Gayatri Devi won by a margin of 42,099 votes against his BJP rival Ratan Lal Jat. She secured 81,252 votes while Ratan Lal Jat could poll 39,052 votes only. The Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) candidate Badri Lal Jat secured 12,175 votes. Gayatri Devi got 57.82 per cent votes while the BJP candidate Ratan Lal could get only 27.82 per cent votes.
Dipti Maheshwari, a young housewife riding on a sympathy wave, won by a margin of 5,310 votes. Maheshwari secured 74,704 votes while her rival Tansukh Bohra of Congress could get 69,394 votes. Thus, Dipti Maheshwari got 49 per cent votes while Bohra got 46 per cent votes.
Manoj Meghwal defeated BJP’s Khema Ram Meghwal in the Sujangarh SC reserved seat by 35,551 votes. Manoj polled 79,253 votes while his rival from BJP could get 43,642 votes.
The RLP candidate Sohan Lal Naik got 32,210 votes. Manoj tested positive on Sunday and he could not attend the counting process. He is under quarantine at home and thanked the voters using social media after his victory.
Victory of development done by Congress
The victory of the Congress candidates silenced the detractors of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Gehlot congratulated both the Congress candidates for their victories.
Rajasthan Congress president Govind Singh Dotasara said that in the bye-elections the Congress secured 10 percent more votes than in the 2018 general elections. He said the victory of the Congress was a vote for the development done by the ruling party in the past two and a half years.
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