The counting of by-elections for three seats in Rajasthan is ongoing and Congress has won the Mandalgarh seat and is holding a considerable lead in Ajmer and Alwar, just seven months before the Assembly elections in Rajasthan.

Rajasthan conducted by-polls for three seats including two parliamentary seats – Ajmer and Alwar and one assembly seat – Mandalgarh on Monday due to vacancies created by death of lawmakers holding the three seats. The elections were considered to be a litmus test for the Vasundhara Raje government right before the state elections and were seen as a preview of state elections due later this year. All three seats were held by BJP and the party was pretty confident, however the anguish and miff among the Rajput community against the state government over release of film Padmaavat claimed a chance for the Opposition to seize the three tests.

Three days after bypolls, the counting is ongoing and Congress with significant leads, seems to be all set to win its first seats in Rajasthan since it was wiped out for a duck in the 2014 national election. The party has already won the Mandalgarh assembly seat and is leading in Alwar and Ajmer. The Election Commission has already displayed the results for Mandalgarh seat and confirmed a victory for the Congress. In Alwar, Congress candidate Karan Singh Yadav was leading by 39,826 votes over his nearest rival, Jaswant Yadav from the BJP, after 15 rounds of counting and Yadav has garnered 1,63,489 votes. In Ajmer, Congress’ Raghu Sharma was maintaining a lead of 23,882 votes over BJP candidate Ram Swaroop Lamba.

The final results of the bypolls will display people’s preferences towards who they will vote in the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly Elections. The results will be declared for the Rajasthan by-election, as well as those for two seats in West Bengal will be declared today evening and will prove to be very crucial contest ahead of the state Assembly elections due later this year.