After losing three hindi heartland states to the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party got a shot in the arm with the saffron party winning eight local body seats in recently held bypolls in different districts of Rajasthan, results of which were announced Sunday.
The Congress finished slightly behind the BJP in terms of seats with the grand old party bagging five seats.
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The BJP won one zila parishad seat in Alwar and seven out of 13 panchayat samiti seats. The Congress bagged five panchayat samiti seats while an Independent won unopposed on one seat in the bypolls held on December 28, the state election commission said.
The BJP candidates were declared winner unopposed on three panchayat samiti seats while the Congress also won one in the similar manner.
Bypolls for electing members of one zila parishad seat of Alwar and panchayat samiti of Bhilwara, Churu, Dausa, Dholpur, Kota, Nagaur, Pali and Sikar were notified by the commission earlier this month.
Voting for panchayati raj institutions had to take place on October 27 but was postponed due to state assembly election, in which the Congress ousted the BJP from power in the state.
EVMs were used for in the zila parishad and panchayat samiti bypolls.
(With inputs from PTI)