Giving a big blow to BJP, Congress has won all three seats in Rajasthan while Mamta’s Trinamool Congress bagged all two seats in Bengal in the by poll elections. While BJP has lost its face in Rajasthan, it has emerged as a runner-up in West Bengal by pushing the Left Front to third and Congress to the fourth position.
In Rajasthan, Congress has netted a 3/3 victory. Congress won Mandalgarh assembly seats, Alwar and Ajmer Parliament seats. Rahul Gandhi’s top lieutenants in Rajasthan - Sachin Pilot, CP Joshi and Jitendra Singh Bhanwar were behind these victories. The byelection result is considered as a major blow for Narendra Modi Government as NDA is gearing up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Apart from that, the result is turning out to be a massive blow to the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in Rajasthan that is headed for Assembly elections in a few months.
Meanwhile in Bengal, the Trinamool Congress won in both the Noapara assembly seat and Uluberia Parliamentary seat. In Noapara assembly seat, Trinamool won by a huge margin of 63,000 votes. Bagging 1, 01, 720 votes, Singh trumped CPIM and BJP in the region. Second in place in Noapara is BJP's Sandip Banerjee with 38,704 voters, and third is CPIM's Gargi Chatterjee with 35,490 votes. Meanwhile, in Uluberia Parliamentary seat TMC candidate Sajda Ahmed, wife of former TMC MP Sultan Ahmed, won.
“There is a tectonic shift in north India with these poll results I have spent all my time here to ensure we provide a tangible leadership. Young voters and farmer communities are back in the Congress fold," says Congress leader Sachin Pilot.
Rahul’s top lieutenants Sachin Pilot, CP Joshi and Jitendra Singh Bhanwar made an emphatic comeback in Rajasthan. With this victory in Rajasthan, Congress has understood that BJP is not invincible. The writing on the wall is clear: the results of Rajasthan also point to a strong anti-incumbency sentiment against both Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and the BJP at the centre. The anger of Rajputs against the ruling government is also considered as a big factor behind the victory.
Ashok Chavan who heads the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) said, “The process of the revival of the Congress has begun. The political environment in the country is changing rapidly and it is the beginning of the end of Narendra Modi government.”