The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday conceded defeat in Rajasthan, where the Congress won the Mandalgarh Assembly seat and also bagged the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats.
Rajasthan BJP chief Ashok Parnami told reporters: “We respect the people’s mandate and we will analyse the reasons for our defeat. I am taking responsibility for the defeat.”
Congress President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and congratulated Rajasthan Congress.
“Well done Rajasthan Congress! Proud of each and every one of you. This is a rejection of the BJP by the people of Rajasthan,” the Gandhi scion wrote.
In a major turnaround, Congress has convincingly won the Mandalgarh Assembly seat after initially trailing at the second spot in Rajasthan bye-elections. Vivek Dhakar of the Congress, reportedly, won the seat by 11,136 votes.
Karan Singh Yadav of Congress, reportedly, won the Alwar Lok Sabha seat by 1.97 lakh votes.
The Congress candidate Raghu Sharma won the Ajmer by-elections by defeating Ramswaroop Lamba, Sanwarlal Jat’s son.
The elections were necessitated by the deaths of Sanwarlal Jat (Ajmer), Mahant Chand Nath Yogi (Alwar) and Kirti Kumari (Mandalgarh).