BJP sweeps Rajasthan local body elections

Congress flounders in both, Panchayat and Zilla Parishad elections


Panchayat Samiti and Zilla Parishad elections were held across Rajasthan in November-December 2020, and the BJP has dealt a body blow to the Congress that runs the state government winning in strongholds of Congress leader Sachin Pilot and state Congress chief Govind Singh Dostara.

Polls took place in Ajmer, Banswara, Barmer, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Churu, Dungarpur, Hanumangarh, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Jhalawar, Jhunjhunu, Nagaur, Pali, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand, Sikar, Tonk and Udaipur.

4,371 Panchayat Samiti seats went to polls and the BJP has won 1,989 seats so far. Congress is trailing behind with a tally of 1,852. The biggest blow came in Dostara’s backyard in Laxman Garh Panchayat Samiti where the BJP won 13 out of 25 seats.

Out of a total of 636 Zilla Parishad seats that went to polls, results have been declared for 635, with BJP winning 353 and Congress 252. CPI (M) won two seats and independents 18. BJP has made significant gains in Ajmer, Bhilwara, Chhitorgarh, Churu, Jhalawar, Rajsamand, Tonk and Udaipur.

Former BJP member Hanuman Beniwal who floated his own party Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) has emerged influential in Nagaur. RLP is a BJP ally. Meanwhile Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) has beaten both, BJP and Congress in Dungarpur.

BJP is losing no time in attributing the party’s victory to the confidence of farmer’s in Prime Minister Narendra Modi.




Congress meanwhile appears to have suffered due to infighting between senior party leaders, with some political watchers blaming the cold war between Sachin Pilot and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for the party’s poor performance.

Meanwhile, this victory is a shot in the arm for the BJP that has fared poorly in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra local body elections recently.


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