In Delhi, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the results indicate that crores of rural people are in favour of agriculture reforms.
“This is a farmers' mandate and a vote for farm reforms,” he told reporters.
He said the results bucked a trend in Rajasthan
where in the panchayat elections
in 2010 and 2015, the party in power had won the rural government elections
Polling for the panchayat elections
was held on November 23 and 27, and December 1 and 5.
The results come just days before the Ashok Gehlot government completes two years in Rajasthan, and only months after it tackled a revolt among the Congress MLAs led by sacked deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot.
The Congress lost even in the home districts of ministers Govind Singh Dotasra, who is also the head of the party's state unit, Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana and Sports Minister Ashok Chandna.
In Sikar's Laxmangarh panchayat samiti, which comes under Dotasra's constituency, the BJP won 13 of the 25 seats while Congress got 11. An independent candidate also won.
In Chittorgarh's Nimbahera panchayat samiti, the BJP won 14 out of 17 seats, an embarrassment for minister Udai Lal Anjana.
Rajasthan Congress president Dotasra said his party will perform better in the next election.
“Many thanks to all the candidates for increasing the base of the party in the panchayat elections held in 21 districts of the state,” the Congress leader tweeted.
“These results motivate us to do better in future; Congress will do better in the upcoming elections by keeping good synergy between the government and the organisation,” he added.