After Gujarat high, Congress wins big in Rajasthan local bodies: Bags 26 of 45 seats

Jaipur: Congress in Rajasthan Tuesday got a reason to rejoice winning all the four zila parishad, 16 of the 27 panchayat samiti seats and six urban local body seats, for which bypolls were held recently.
This comes a day after the party registered a significant improvement in its tally in Gujarat, where assembly election results were declared Monday.
The ruling BJP in Rajasthan could win only 10 panchayat samiti seats, but performed a little better in urban local body where it won seven wards — one more than Congress.
The ruling party also could not retain even a single of the four zila parishad seats —Banswara, Bhilwara, Jalore and Karauli.
The bypolls to 27 panchayat samitis of 19 districts, 14 nagar palikas of 13 districts and four zila parishads were held on December 17. One seat each of the panchayat samiti and the nagar palika (municipality) went to independent candidates.
State Congress president Sachin Pilot said the results show that the days of BJP government in the state are numbered. “The countdown to their fall has begun,” he said.
Pilot said Congress won three out of four assembly by-elections (Weir, Nasirabad, Surajgarh and Kota) after the 2013 state polls. The party’s tally in the Assembly is 24. BJP has 160 MLAs.

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