CPM cashes in on farmers' fury, wins two seats in Rajasthan

CPM cashes in on farmers' fury, wins two seats in Rajasthan
While Balwan Singh Poonia defeated his BJP rival in Bhadra by 14,411 votes, Girdhari Lal won Dungargarh by 12,659 votes.
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Jaipur: The CPM has cut inroads into Rajasthan by winning two assembly seats. The party’s victory in Bhadra and Dungargarh assumes significance at a time when the BJP lost power in the state to the Congress. The CPM wrested both seats from the BJP.

While Balwan Singh Poonia defeated his BJP rival in Bhadra by 14,411 votes, Girdhari Lal won Dungargarh by 12,659 votes. BJP was pushed to the third position in Dungargarh.

Both the constituencies have been hotbeds of farmer agitations and left-wing militancy. The CPM can give itself a pat on the back for the most impressive show since 2008 when the party won three seats in the state assembly - Dhod, Danda Ramgarh and Anupgarh. The party drew a blank in 2013.

The CPM victory follows much footwork. The party had organised a slew of farmer agitations against the BJP governments in the state and the Centre. The party was at the forefront of a movement demanding a waiver of farm loans, slashing of electricity charges and the expansion of irrigation facilities. The agitators were successful in getting the government accept many of their demands.

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