Jaipur: The ruling Congress party registered sliding victory in Rajasthan rural panchayat polls, securing majority in four out of six zila parishad against rival BJP and bagging 670 of the 1,564 panchayat samiti seats on Saturday. The Congress has secured majority in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Dausa, while the BJP gained majority in Sirohi Zila Parishad.
In a boost for Congress the party successfully secured 670 panchayat samiti seats to BJP’s 551 in the rural polls held across six districts, reversing the 2015 result when the saffron party – then in government – had emerged victorious.
In the previous elections, BJP had won 584 out of 1,328 panchayat samiti seats, as against 1,564 that were at stake this time. It’s zila parishad tally the last time out was 100 to Congress’s 90. The pattern was repeated in the zila parishad elections, with Congress getting 99 and BJP 90 out of the 200 seats to which polls were held.
Eight Independents comprised the third largest block of winners in the panchayat samiti stakes with 290 seats, leaving Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) a distant fourth with just 40. BSP got 11 seats. As many as 290 panchayat samiti seats have been won by Independents.
Two panchayat samiti results hadn’t been declared till late in the night. The overall turnout across the three phases of polling in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bharatpur, Sawai Madhopur, Dausa and Sirohi districts was 64%. Elections were also held to the offices of six district pramukhs and deputy district pramukhs and 78 pradhans and up-pradhans.
The BJP also emerged as the single largest party in Bharatpur Zila Parishad but fell short of a clear majority. Independents and BSP members will play a crucial role in the formation of the zila parishad board in Bharatpur.