BJP surges in Rajasthan, Manju Sharma wins Jaipur in landslide

In a major victory, BJP’s Manju Sharma trounced her nearest rival by a staggering margin of 3,31,767 votes to clinch the prestigious Jaipur seat.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made significant gains in the desert state of Rajasthan in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. As per the latest trends, the party is leading in 13 out of the 24 parliamentary constituencies in the state.

In a major victory, BJP’s Manju Sharma trounced her nearest rival by a staggering margin of 3,31,767 votes to clinch the prestigious Jaipur seat. Sharma’s resounding win is seen as a personal setback for Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who had campaigned extensively on his home turf.

The Indian National Congress (INC), which currently holds the state government, is leading in only 8 seats as of now. This marks a significant shift from the 2019 polls when Congress had won 16 seats in the state.

Political analysts are attributing the BJP’s strong performance to a consolidation of Hindu votes, economic distress in rural areas, and perceived failures of the Gehlot government on governance issues like law and order.

However, the Congress is holding its ground in some of the regional bastions like Tonk, Karauli, and Bharatpur. The party is also leading in the Muslim-dominated Mewat region bordering Haryana.

As the counting enters its final phases, all eyes are on the two remaining seats of Udaipur and Pali where a tight contest is on between the two national parties.

Rajasthan has sprung a surprise for Congress by bucking the trend seen in other BJP-ruled states like Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, where the ruling party is heading for a near-sweep. The results will influence the balance of power in the state Legislative Assembly elections scheduled for late 2024.