The Congress in Rajasthan on Tuesday registered massive victories in the recently-held elections to 49 municipal bodies, PTI reported. The party won 961 wards out of 2,105, while the Bharatiya Janata Party won 737.

Elections for 2,105 wards in 25 districts of the state were held on Saturday. Nearly 70% of the electorate had turned up to cast their votes and select from a total of 7,942 candidates.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) won three wards, the Nationalist Congress Party two, and the Bahujan Samaj Party won 16 wards.

The elections for the chairperson and deputy chairperson of the urban local bodies will be held on November 26 and 27. Before these elections, the BJP and the Congress controlled 21 of the 49 bodies each.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the results were as per the party’s expectations. “It is a matter of great jubilation that people have given us the mandate considering our government’s performance,” the Congress leader said. “We are progressing in the direction.”

State minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said the results were a “lesson” for the BJP. “People have rejected the BJP over issues like Article 370 and Ram temple,” he claimed.