Aam Aadmi Party led by Aravind Kejriwal created sensation when it scored its first victory in political battle field. The party won major election battle when municipal chairman of Mangrol town in Rajasthan’s Baran district Ashok Jain, a national council member of the party, won the people’s confidence after municipal members of the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP forced him to face the electorate under the ‘Right to Recall’.
In a major shock to leading national parties and regional parties, Jain came out with flying colours on Friday as majority of the voters reposed confidence in him through electronic voting machines (EVMs). Every voter had to choose between two options – unoccupied chair and occupied chair – printed on the EVMs. On Wednesday, when the polling was held, 65.71% of the total 16,735 voters exercised their franchise at 21 polling centres.
Counting of votes was held on Friday following which Jain was declared elected by sub-divisional officer (SDO) Dhara Singh Meena, acting as returning officer. Of the 10, 998 valid votes polled 7243 electorate voted in favour of Jain’s continuance while 3755 wanted him removed (recall). This was the first ever public referendum in the state in accordance with the 2009 Act.