Congress' Century In Rajasthan, While BJP Wins In Haryana Seat: 10 Points

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Congress' Century In Rajasthan, While BJP Wins In Haryana Seat 

New Delhi: In the last polls, before the national elections, the Indian parties, BJP and Congress have each scored today.  The by-polls in Haryana's Jind, were won by the Bhartiya Janata Party, where the counting of votes was briefly stalled over protests and allegations of EVM or vote machine tampering. The Ramgarh election in Rajasthan, were won by the Congress, adding one more seat to its tally to touch the half-way mark of 100 in the 200-seat assembly. Saafiya Zubair, the Congress candidate won by a huge margin in Ramgarh. Krishan Middha from BJP won in Jind by over 12,000 votes.

Here's 10 Points: 

1. In Rajasthan, the Congress enjoys a simple majority along with one member from its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal.  In the 200-member assembly, the party's tally has reached 100, reducing the dependence on smaller parties.

2. The Ramgarh election was contested by  around 20 candidates. The elections in Ramgarh could not be held along with other constituencies due to the death of the BSP candidate Laxman Singh before the December 7 state polls.

3. The Bhartiya Janata Party has blamed the BSP's candidate Jagat Singh, the son of former Congress leader Natwar Singh, for the party's defeat. Jagat Singh had quit the BJP over not being allowed to contest the seat.

4. The Bhartiya Janata Party fielded a virtually unknown Sukhwant Singh.

5. Ramgarh saw a polarised campaign as incidents of cow vigilantism and the lynching of a Muslim man - Rakbar Khan - last year, during the BJP's rule, dominated the discourse.

6. In Jind, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, who is also the legislator from Kaithal, ended up as a poor number three.

7. Krishan Middha, the BJP candidate is the son of two-time lawmaker Hari Chan Middha, whose death is the reason the bypolls were held. Mr Middha polled in 50,566 votes.

8. The by-election was a test for not just the BJP and Congress but also the INLD and the new Jannayak Janata Party (JJP).

9. The initial round of the count was led by the JJP's Digvijay Chautala, before dropping to the second position. Digvijay Chautala is the younger son of Ajay Singh Chautala, who broke away from his father OM Prakash Chautala's INLD and floated his party in December.

10.  It is an important test for the Manohar Lal Khattar government, which rules the state of Haryana, ahead of the national election.