Congress wins Ramgarh by-election, touches 100 tally in Rajasthan

The Congress on Thursday won the Ramgarh Assembly seat in Rajasthan, taking its tally in the 200-person house to 100.

Congress candidate Shafia Khan won by a margin of 12,228 votes after polling 83,311 votes. Her nearest opponent, BJP’s Sukhwant Singh, got 71,083 votes.

Jagat Singh of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) came third with 24,856 votes.

AngladShafia Khan said: “This is a victory of the people. I congratulate the people for this victory.

“The BJP talks too much and does little. They closed the schools which we had started, they were biased in implementing the social welfare schemes and hence people wanted to come out of the polarized environment they had created.

“So people have voted unitedly for the Congress,” shafia added.

While she got 44.77 percent of all votes, the BJP’s vote share was 38.20 percent.

Overall, 241 votes went to NOTA (None of the Above).

Senior Congress leader Suresh Chaudhary stated: “The Congress has built its credibility amongst voters by fulfilling all its promises made in its manifesto. People in the state are fed up with the polarization prank being played by the BJP.

“This broad margin of victory speaks the story,” he said.

Counting of votes was held at the BabuShobharam Government Arts College in Alwar in between tight security, said Ramgarh Returning Officer Pankaj Sharma.

The election on this seat was scheduled on December 7 along with the rest of Rajasthan Assembly seats but was postponed after BSP candidate Laxman Singh died due to cardiac arrest.

Eventually, polling was held on January 28 with a high voter turnout.

There are 20 candidates in the fray but the major contest involved Shafia Khan, Sukhwant Singh, and Jagat Singh.

The Congress aimed to win the seat to hit a century mark in the 200-member House. This win will limit its dependency on anti-BJP parties.

For a simple majority on its own, the party needs 101 seats.