BJP chronicled a strong victory in the Municipal by-poll elections by retaining Jaipur’s ward 68 yet again for the second time in a row.
BJP’s Shiv Kumar Soni defeated Congress contestant Uttam Chand Kumawat with a wide margin of 1366 votes.
In an official statement, Returning Officer and Assistant Collector, R K Meena said that ‘Soni received a total of 6343 votes while Kumwat came in at second position with 4977 votes.’
Meena also added that 13,632 of the 27,964 registered voters in the ward used the right of franchise.
The win helped BJP retain the seat that remained empty following the death of Ramesh Singh Chouhan. Analyzing Rajasthan University’s result, the by-poll elections upshot in a single ward, hints of a swing in the mood of urban voters towards BJP.
ABVP- BJP affiliated student body, won at three of four apex posts in RU elections held couple of weeks back in Jaipur. On the other hand, a mortified NSUI- a Congress affiliated students’ organization, managed to get only a single seat in the University elections.
However, the ruling party leaders discard the theory of the sudden mood swing of urban voters. “How can the result of a single ward, out of 77, establish the mood of the voters? It is wrong to jump on such conclusions,” said a congress councilor who wished not to be named.
The BJP meanwhile is quite happy with the result and is calling it a good omen to come back in power during the upcoming assembly elections. Three independent candidates had also contested the polls.