Ramgarh: Congress candidate Shafia Zubair on Thursday defeated her rival Sawant Singh of BJP by a margin of 12,228 votes to win the Ramgarh assembly by-polls.
After 20 rounds of counting, the Congress candidate secured a total of 83,311 votes while the BJP’s Singh came second with 71,083 votes.
Addressing the media after the results, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “I’m happy that people took a well-meditated step. They have given a message at a time when it was much needed. It’ll encourage the party ahead of the Lok Sabha election.”
After winning the Ramgarh seat, the Congress tally has reached 100 in the 200-seat assembly constituency.
Talking to ANI, Zubair expressed her happiness over the win and said: “People know that we believe in working.
They have seen us working. This is the result of the hard work we have put in.”
On the issue of illegal cow slaughter, Zubair said, “We will set up a camp to educate people and it is the responsibility of the city administration to stop such illegal activities.”
A high voter turnout of 79.14 percent was recorded in Ramgarh constituency on the day of polling on January 28.
The by-poll was necessitated after the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh ahead of the December 7 Rajasthan election.
In the December state assembly polls, the Congress won 99 seats while BJP secured 73 seats. The BSP won six, RLTP three, and CPI (M) and BTP two each.