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Bypoll results tomorrow, stakes high for BJP

24 of these assembly seats were held by BJP and one each by its allies Apna Dal and TDP.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: September 15, 2014 5:14 pm

Counting of votes will be held on Tuesday in three Lok Sabha and 33 assembly constituencies spread across 10 states where bypolls were held on September 13, with stakes high for BJP.

The three Lok Sabha seats are in Vadodara (Gujarat), vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh) and Medak (Telangana) while 11 assembly constituencies are in UP, nine in Gujarat, four in Rajasthan, two in West Bengal, five in Northeastern states and one each in Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

24 of these assembly seats were held by BJP and one each by its allies Apna Dal and TDP.

After BJP’s near-total sweep of the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in Lok Sabha polls just four months ago, it is to be seen whether the party can retain its 10 seats. One seat was earlier with its ally Apna Dal.

Last month, the saffron party had received a jolt in assembly byelections suffering a 4-6 defeat at the hands of the RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance in Bihar and yielding two strongholds to Congress in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

Tomorrow’s bypoll results, seen as yet another test of Narendra Modi government’s popularity since it assumed power in May, are also important as BJP is preparing for polls in Haryana and Maharashtra next month where it hopes to oust the Congress.

Around 53 per cent votes were polled in the seats in UP, including Mainpuri vacated by Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. SP has fielded Tej Pratap Singh Yadav, the grandson of Mulayam’s elder brother and the challenge for it is not just to win the seat again but also to maintain the big margin.

The 11 assembly seats in UP, whose outcome may be a pointer to which way the political wind is blowing in the run up to 2017 assembly polls, are Saharanpur Nagar, Noida, Thakurdwara, Bijnor, Nighasan, Balha, Sirathu, Rohaniya, Hamirpur, Charkhari and Lucknow East.

In Rajasthan, it is a close contest between main opposition Congress and the ruling BJP, which would try to retain all four seats and maintain a tally of 163 in the House of 200. The four assembly seats in Rajasthan saw a voting figure of 66 per cent.

The counting of votes would begin in four district headquarters of Jhunjhunu, Ajmer, Kota and Bharatpur tomorrow at 0800 hrs, Chief Electoral Officer Govind Sharma said in Jaipur.

Trinamool Congress is hoping to retain two assembly seats of Basirhat Dakshin and Chowringhee in West Bengal in the face of Saradha chit fund scam that has already ensnared some of its leaders.

In Gujarat, Narendra Modi’s successor as chief minister Anandiben Patel is facing her first big test with the bypolls in Vadodara LS seat and in nine assembly constituencies, all held by BJP earlier.

It is the first election in Gujarat in more than 12 years that BJP fought without its star campaigner Modi.

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    RAZA
    Sep 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm
    @Kapil, Looks like you are jolted by joining of hands by ANTI-BJP and ANTI FASCIST, forces, soon BJP will be ERODED, in the rest of the country.
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      Jack Jack
      Sep 15, 2014 at 3:52 pm
      @Wasti. u talk such non sense. what is the alternate of BJP ? today. all parties. & bledy congress sonia . dont even get me started on that. & public is smart. BJP is here to stay. and so is HINDUTVA , not the one which "so called secular" media portrays. but the real HINDUTVA which takes all the people of this country ahead. MODI all the way. better ACCEPT it and do something positive for the country. Cheers
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        AP
        Sep 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm
        As usual IE shows its deep rooted bias against BJP. Why are stakes high for BJP? If anything stakes are high for other parties especially SP. If SP looses Mainpuri seat then where would they go? Author and IE have some shame...
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        1. Kapil Dev Suri
          Sep 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm
          IN ABOVE ARTICLE THE AUTHOR USED WORLD JOLT FOR BJP . IT IS NOT JOLT FOR BJP . BJP AS A SINGLE PARTY FETCHED FOUR SEATS AND REMAINING THREE PARTIES GOT SIX . WHAT IS THE RATIO. THE BJP OPPONENTS WERE SO AFRAID OF BJP THAT THOSE WHO WERE SEVER ENEMIES AND EXCHANGED BITTER INSULTING REMARKS AGAINST EACH OTHER HAVE TO MAKE UNHOLY ALLIANCE OUT OF TERROR OF BJP . MOREOVER THERE WAS NO POINT FOR PUBLIC TO GIVE SERIOUS THOUGHTS TO BYE ELECTION AS THESE RESULS WERE NOT GOING TO CHANGE THE EXISTING GOVERNMENTS .
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            madan gupta
            Sep 15, 2014 at 6:12 pm
            BIHAR, UTRAKHAND, WILL BE REPEATED.
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