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Rajasthan minister Surendra Pal Singh loses Karanpur Assembly poll to Congress's Rupinder Singh Koonar

According to the Chief Electoral Office, Koonar bagged 94,950 votes while Singh got 83,667

Rajasthan minister Surendra Pal Singh loses Karanpur Assembly poll to Congress's Rupinder Singh Koonar

Rupinder Singh Koonar. Photo: Instagram/rubykooner.inc


Jaipur, December 8

Rajasthan state minister Surendra Pal Singh lost the Assembly election in the Karanpur constituency by a margin of 11,283 votes to his Congress rival on Monday, an embarrassing defeat for the BJP days after it assumed office in the state.

The BJP nominee was inducted into the Bhajanlal Sharma ministry on December 30, ahead of the polling on January 5. The minister of state (Independent charge) was later allocated Agriculture Marketing Board, Indira Gandhi Canal Department and Minority Affairs Department.

Under the rules, he has to get elected as an MLA within six months of his appointment as a minister.

According to the chief electoral office, Congress candidate Rupinder Singh Koonar bagged 94,950 votes as against Singh’s 83,667. There were 18 rounds of counting.

This is the second time Singh has faced defeat in Karanpur constituency. He was defeated by Koonar’s father Gurmeet Singh in the 2018 Rajasthan assembly elections.

The election for Karanpur Assembly seat was postponed this time due to the death of Congress candidate Gurmeet Singh. The Congress then fielded his son from the seat.

“I am thankful to the people of Karanpur who voted for me... even central ministers had come for campaigning (but) people rejected them and made democracy win,” Koonar told reporters after winning the election.

Congress leaders congratulated Koonar even before the final results came in.

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said the people of Karanpur have defeated the pride of the BJP.

“Hearty congratulations and best wishes to Congress candidate Shri Rupinder Singh Koonar for his victory in Srikaranpur. This victory is dedicated to the public service works done by the late Gurmeet Singh Koonar,” he said.

In a post on X, Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra said, “The public has taught a lesson to the BJP, which flouted the code of conduct and morality by making its candidate a minister during the elections.”            

When the constitutional institutions of the country forget their responsibilities, then justice is done in the public court. This mandate is a slap on the BJP’s “dictatorship and undemocratic policy”, he said.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said in a post on X, “The people of Karanpur have broken the arrogance of BJP. Congress candidate Shri Rupinder Singh Koonar has won from there.”     

“The arrogant leaders of BJP will have to understand that even if they make someone a ‘minister’, it is the people who make them ‘people’s representatives’,” Ramesh said.

Former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot also thanked voters of Karanpur for choosing the Congress.

“I am happy that the self-respecting people of Karanpur have expressed faith in the customs and ideology of the Congress and have chosen progress, prosperity and their secure future,” he said on X.

With Koonar’s victory, the number of Congress MLAs in the 200-member Rajasthan assembly has increased to 70.

The BJP had won 115 of the 199 seats that went to polls on November 25. Bhajanlal Sharma, a first-time MLA, was sworn in as the chief minister on December 15. 


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