As bypoll results were declared across states on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, where the party won and retained seats. The prime minister also thanked people “for the continued faith in BJP and in the BJP’s unwavering focus on development and good governance.” The BJP made a clean sweep in the by-elections for Lakhimpur Lok Sabha and Baithalangso assembly constituency in Assam as party candidates Pradan Baruah and Mansingh Rongpi defeated their rivals in their respective constituencies. In Madhya Pradesh, the party retained Shahdol Lok Sabha and Nepanagar Assembly seats, defeating the Congress which had brought to the campaign the demonetisation issue along with local themes against the ruling party.
Meanwhile, former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul’s wife Dasanglu Pul of the BJP defeated her Congress rival Yompi Kri by a margin of 942 votes in Hayuliang LAC in Anjaw district, which had fallen vacant following the death of Kalikho Pul in August this year.
“BJP is fully committed to diligently serving the wonderful people of West Bengal,” PM Modi said, appreciating the efforts of BJP in the state. Trinamool Congress retained the two Lok Sabha seats and one assembly seat in West Bengal where bypoll was held on November 19 with its candidates winning by massive margin.
I thank people for the continued faith in BJP & in the BJP’s unwavering focus on development and good governance.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 22, 2016
The prime minister also congratulated the Tripura BJP workers for “an impressive performance in the bypolls”. He said, “Good to see BJP expanding its base in the Northeast.” In Tripura, the ruling CPI(M) snatched the Barjala constituency from the Congress with its candidate Jhumu Sarkar defeating his nearest rival Shristimohan Das (BJP) by a margin of 3,374 votes.