The Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan will have to face two bye-elections following the deaths of two of its Congress legislators.
After the death of Kailash Chandra Trivedi, the three-time MLA from Sahara in Bhilwara district, food minister Master Bhanwar Lal Meghwal passed away at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram. Meghwal was ailing since May this year with multiple problems from which he never recovered.
Meghwal represented the Sujangarh (SC) seat. He was cremated on Tuesday with full state honours. The state government had declared a holiday to mourn his death.
Bypolls will be challenging for Congress
The two bye-elections caused because of the death of two senior party leaders will be challenging for the ruling party. The recent election results in Bihar and the bye-elections in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh where the Congress failed to do much gives a hint that the BJP under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become stronger.
The ruling Congress in the state is jubilant with its success in the municipal corporation elections in the six civic bodies of the three major cities—Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota. After this success in the civic polls, the state election commission has announced civic polls in 42 civic bodies. The party is hopeful of doing well in the civic poll. But the two Assembly bypolls would be crucial for the ruling party and it will have to strive harder to retain the two seats.
Congress recently faced a political crisis in Rajasthan
Recently, the Rajasthan Congress was facing a political crisis and the state government was on the brink of a collapse when under the leadership of rebel Sachin Pilot, 22 Congress MLAs led the revolt against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
The political crisis had to be diffused with the personal interventions of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. Gehlot had sacked the deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and two cabinet ministers, Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena. The reshuffle of the Cabinet is long due, but because of the panchayat poll and the civic poll, it is unlikely to happen this year.
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