Bypolls results 2016: No surprise across seven states, ruling parties hold sway

Demonetisation didn't influence BJP supporters as they voted for the party in Madhya Pradesh and Assam.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2016 7:23 pm
bypolls, by elections, by-elections, bjp, congress, tmc, trinamool congress, aiadmk, jayalalithaa, tamil nadu, latest news, indian express BJP and Trinamool Congress shared the honours by winning two Lok Sabha seats each, claiming it was a vindication of their stand on demonetisation.

There was no surprise in the Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections held on November 19 as the ruling parties in all six states and Puducherry retained their respective seats. Demonetisation didn’t influence BJP supporters as they voted for the party in Madhya Pradesh and Assam. Trinamool Congress too swept Tamluk and Coochbehar Lok Sabha constituencies and Monteswar assembly seat in West Bengal. In Tamil Nadu, AIADMK won all three seats while North East Democratic Alliance bagged the Hayuliang seat in Arunachal.

Here’s how the parties fared in by-elections

AIADMK wins all three seats, Jayalalithaa happy

The ruling AIADMK won all the three assembly by-elections in Tamil Nadu. In Aravakkurichi, AIADMK’s V. Senthil Balaji defeated DMK’s K.C. Palanisamy while at Thirupparankundram AIADMK’s A.K. Bose defeated DMK’s P. Saravanan. In Thanjavur, the AIADMK’s M. Rengasamy worsted DMK’s Anjugam Bhoopathy. After the results were announced, Jayalalithaa said the election victory while she was in hospital gave her limitless happiness and enthusiasm. “With this it is proved again that people are on my side,” Jayalalithaa said. Following the three victories, the AIADMK’s strength in the 234-member house goes up to 136 (including Speaker). The DMK has 89 members, the Congress eight and the Indian Union Muslim League one.

BJP wins both LS, Assembly seats in Assam

The ruling BJP won the by-poll to Lakhimpur Lok Sabha and Baithalangso Assembly seats in Assam defeating Congress, its nearest rival. Party candidate Pradan Barua won the Lakhaimpur Lok Sabha seat by a margin of 1,90,219 votes defeating his Congress’s Hema Prasanga Pegu by a convincing 1,90,219 votes. The seat was lying vacant after Sarbananda Sonowal quit it to contest the Majuli assembly seat in April this year and take on the reins of the state. Mansing Rongpi won the Baithalangso Assembly seat. Rongpi defeated his nearest Congress rival Ruponsing Ronghang by 16,600 votes. Rongpi garnered 72,160 votes, while Ronghang polled 55,560 votes.

BJP retains LS, Assembly seats in MP

The BJP retained Shahdol Lok Sabha and Nepanagar Assembly seats in the by-elections in Madhya Pradesh, defeating the Congress which had brought to the campaign the demonetisation issue alongwith local themes against the ruling party. In Shahdol(ST), BJP’s Gyan Singh defeated Himadri Singh of Congress by a comfortable margin of over 60,000 votes, belying the latter’s hopes of wresting the seat to add to the party’s tally in the Lok Sabha. Gyan Singh bagged 4,81,398 votes while his Congress rival polled 4,21,015 votes. The party also defended the Nepanagar Assembly seat where its contestant Manju Dadu trounced nearest Congress rival Antar Singh Barde by a margin of 42,198 votes. The ruling party sharply increased its winning margin in Nepanagar to 42,198 votes as against 22,178 in the 2013 Assembly polls.

TMC retains all three seats in Bengal

Trinamool Congress retained the two Lok Sabha seats and one assembly seat in West Bengal winning by massive margin. TMC candidate Dibyendu Adhikari won Tamluk Lok Sabha seat by defeating his nearest CPI(M) rival Mandira Panda by 4.97 lakh votes, up from 2.5 lakh votes in 2014. The party won the Coochbehar LS seat with its candidate Parthapratim Roy drubbing his nearest rival BJP’s Hemchandra Burman by a margin of 4.9 lakh votes and pushed Forward Bloc, a LF partner to the third position. In Monteswar assembly seat, Saikat Panja of TMC won the seat by a margin of 1.27 lakh votes over his nearest CPI(M) rival Md Osman Gani Sarkar. The CPI(M), Congress and BJP lost their deposits in the polls.

CPI-M wins both Assembly seats in Tripura

The ruling CPI-M in Tripura won the two Assembly seats, Barjala (SC) and Khowai, by defeating Congress and TMC candidates respecitively. CPI-M candidate Jhumu Sarkar trounced his nearest BJP rival Shistamohan Das by a margin of 3,374 votes in Barjala (SC) constituency. CPI-M secured 15,769 votes, while BJP garnered 12,395 votes. By-poll in the constituency was necessitated due to the resignation of Congress MLA Jitendra Sarkar in June last. In Khowai constituency, CPI-M candidate Biswajit Datta trounced his nearest TMC candidate Manoj Das by a margin of 16,047 votes. CPI-M secured 24810 votes and TMC 8763 votes.

BJP’s Dasanglu Pul shines in Arunachal

North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) candidate Dasanglu Pul of BJP won the Hayuliang Assembly by-poll after defeating her lone rival Yompi Kri, an Independent candidate, by 942 votes. Pul, who was contesting on a BJP ticket, polled 5,326 votes while Kri could secure 4,384 votes in the by-poll held on November 19. The winner is the youngest of three wives of former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul. The by-poll was necessitated due to his alleged suicide.

Narayanasamy wins Nellithope in Puducherry

Senior Congress leader and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy won the bypoll to the Nellithope Assembly constituency defeating AIADMK’s Om Sakthi Segar, by a margin of 11,144 votes. While Narayanasamy, whose victory was on expected lines, polled 18,709 votes out of the total 26,564 votes, Segar got 7,565 votes.

(With inputs from agencies)

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    prakash gotimukul
    Nov 23, 2016 at 8:38 am
    Only a IE which is blind can write such a headline, cannot see congress wiped out in am, Tripura, WB,TN. Some have recd votes in hundreds...............Cong mukt bharat round the corner. 11/12 is total of Non congress.lt;br/gt;Heading Shd be CONG ROUTED IN ALL STATES ALMOST EXCEPT ONE
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      MarG G
      Nov 22, 2016 at 5:09 pm
      I know what exactly would have SURPRISED IndianExpress, BJP losing at many places.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;But, you wish....lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Never gonna happen, no surprise there....
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        Stonecold
        Nov 22, 2016 at 5:38 pm
        These politicians and there deep rooted inferiority complex.lt;br/gt;Always trying hard to prove something
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          Mahesh
          Nov 23, 2016 at 7:38 am
          BJP DONE GREAT lt;br/gt;IN ALL SEATS BJP IS IN COMMANDING POSITION COMPARE TO PREVIOUS ONES
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            vijay
            Nov 23, 2016 at 5:01 am
            People like you are good for India because congress leadership draws comfort and courage for their flawed strategies from sycophants like you.lt;br/gt;Please keep up the good work because in the next election you would be lucky to win 4 seats even with one vote majority.lt;br/gt;P.S people like you are in a jam now because you are led by straw men who have no prospectus of ever coming back to power.But the misplaced loyalty or fear of banishment prevents you from doing something about it.You have got a tiger by the tail my friend.Good luck.
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              kumar
              Nov 23, 2016 at 8:43 am
              No surprise , thats for you - anti india brigade !lt;br/gt;you guys were expecting big blow for Modi after demonetization and it did not happen lt;br/gt;The normal Indians support it and they want a better tomorrow for India
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                Avi
                Nov 22, 2016 at 3:21 pm
                Just like Abraham Lincoln said, "you can fool some of the people all the time"
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                  Deeptanshu Verma
                  Nov 22, 2016 at 9:06 pm
                  No surprise? Weren't people claiming that demonetisation has brought tremendous suffering to public and is a major ber by Modi. So it seems that so far people do have trust in the Modi Govt, despite experiencing hardships as a result of the currency change. We will have to see how things go operationally over coming weeks, hopefully things will get better.
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