Civic poll results a vote of no confidence for BJP govt: Sachin Pilot
Jaipur, Aug 20: Terming the results of the 129 civic body polls in Rajasthan a "vote of no confidence" against the BJP government, state Congress president Sachin Pilot on Thursday said Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government has lost the moral right to govern.
Citing the reduction in vote share difference between Congress and BJP from 26 per cent in the Lok Sabha polls to 1 per cent now, Pilot expressed satisfaction over the party's performance, especially in Jhalawar, Baran and Dholpur, which are connected to Raje and her son Dushyant Singh.
"Nearly 64 per cent of the electorate voted against BJP in the civic polls which reflects that people are now going against the ruling party. BJP has lost moral right to govern," Pilot said, attributing BJP's setback in Jhalawar to the allegations of corruption against Raje for her links with former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi.
Congress won majority in two civic bodies in Jhalawar district represented by Raje in Assembly and her son Dushyant Singh in Lok Sabha, while BJP won three.
In Dholpur, Congress secured majority in all three civic bodies of Badi, Dholpur and Rajakhera. Raje belongs to the erstwhile royal family of Dholpur.
BJP also lost majority in Baran district's two civic bodies which falls in Parliamentary constituency of Dushyant.
"Congress won in the home turf of Chief Minister who is facing allegations of corruption. Voters have understood and are looking at Congress with hope," Pilot said at a press conference.
In Ajmer also, he said, BJP could not do well despite the fact that two ministers in the Rajasthan government and one Union Minister hail from there.
Accusing the BJP of misusing government machinery during elections, Pilot said despite all efforts, BJP failed to maintain its vote share which declined as compared to the Lok Sabha elections in which the party had won all the Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Pilot said he and other leaders raised the issue of corruption in the government during election rallies and meetings and voters gave their mandate accordingly.