NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the Rajasthan bypoll results, Congress state unit chief Sachin Pilot said on Sunday the victory would also have a bearing on the upcoming elections in other states as the “myth” of the BJP being an election-winning machine has been busted. Pilot, who spearheaded the campaign on the ground in Rajasthan where bypolls were held in two Lok Sabha constituencies and one Assembly seat, said the election results had sent out a message to the BJP that its “jumlebaazi” (rhetoric) would not work.
He said the results had come at a time when the BJP was on the “back foot”. “The fact that they were forced to make a so-called pro farmer budget shows that the agrarian distress all over India is having its impact and the BJP will have to pay a heavy price for it,” Pilot said. The Congress put up a strong performance in Rajasthan, where its candidates wrested the Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha and Mandalgarh Assembly seats from the BJP by impressive margins last week.
Pilot claimed the tide was turning against the BJP and hailed Congress president Rahul Gandhi for taking on the BJP aggressively. “Every statement Rahul Gandhi makes at least 15 ministers start challenging that, which shows the nervousness in the BJP camp at the way Gandhi is attacking and aggressively campaigning,” he said. Gandhi had hailed the party’s Rajasthan unit for its impressive show, calling the outcome a “rejection” of the BJP by the people.