Rajasthan bypolls: Karni Sena blames 'Padmaavat' for BJP's defeat

Vasundhara-Sachin

Public supported our Sangharsh and voted against BJP.

"Initial trends show that the people have given their blessings to the Congress and have rejected the Vasundhara Raje government and its policies".

The Rajasthan results have a clear cut message for the BJP-get your act together, if subsequently benefits have to be reaped. This, despite the fact that the BJP had fielded a Jat while the Congress had fielded a Brahmin. The Karni Sena claims that several aspects of film, including the portrayal of the titular character of Rani Padmini by Deepika Padukone, tarnish the image of the warrior caste.

For BJP state prabhari Avinash Rai Khanna, the loss is a "shocker".

Karni Sena had demanded a ban on the period film, based on the life of a Rajput princess Padmavati.

Gehlot tweeted: "The countdown for the BJP at the national level has begun". "They are so dumb, they are speaking against us", he said. BJP's Jaswant Singh Yadav gets 1,33,289 votes.




BJP tried every trick in the book to win the bypolls but nothing seems to have worked for the saffron party. Voting was held on January 29. "It is the only solution", he said.

All three seats were with the BJP earlier. Compared to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP's vote share has fallen by 20% while the Congress' has increased by 24%.

"A huge victory for the people of Rajasthan". Rajasthan Congress Chief Sachin Pilot said Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje should resign on moral grounds.

Congress leaders P Chidambaram and Randeep Surjewala also congratulated the party leaders and people of the desert state for the stupendous victory of Congress. "People of Rajasthan have given their stamp on four years of Modi government and the budget presented by it". What ails the BJP is that it talks of "beyond the term objectives" and this is the reason for the gradual erosion of the people's belief in its programmes. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election the BJP made a complete sweep of Rajasthan, winning all 25 seats.

In the Mandalgarh assembly by-election, Vivek Dhakad of the Congress defeated Shakti Singh Hada of the BJP by 12,976 votes. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress is leading in both the seats. Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said he was proud of each of the partymen in the state, now under the BJP's rule.

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