Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, a Union minister, asserted on Saturday that the outcome of the recent bypolls in Rajasthan will have no influence on the 2023 Assembly elections, and that the BJP will win a “thumping majority” in the state.
Shekhatwat, reacting to the party’s defeat in by-elections on two seats in Rajasthan, said the outcome of the by-elections should not be viewed as a reflection of the main assembly election.
“Those who are out of power do not need to be disappointed, and those who are in power do not need to be joyful,” he told reporters during his visit to Sikar on Saturday.
Shekhawat, a BJP MP from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur, stated that by-elections are contested under distinct conditions and that the outcomes will have no bearing on the assembly elections two years later.
The Union Jal Shakti minister claimed the “people of the state are sad and upset and feel cheated” because of the Ashok Gehlot regime.
The ruling Congress party in Rajasthan won by-elections to the state assembly seats of Vallabhnagar (Udaipur) and Dhariawad (Pratapgarh).
Shekhawat also chastised the state Congress government for refusing to lower the VAT on gasoline and diesel.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Gehlot stated on Tuesday that his administration will decrease VAT on petrol like other states, just hours after urging the Centre to slash excise duty even further, citing the Covid epidemic as a reason.
On November 3, the Centre reduced excise tax on petrol by Rs 5 per litre and diesel by Rs 10 per litre, providing relief to customers who have been hit by record-high retail fuel costs.
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