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BJP wins Muzaffarnagar bypoll, Congress makes comeback in Deoband

In Muzaffarnagar, BJP candidate Kapil Deo won the by-election defeating Gaurav Swaroop of Samajwadi party, clearly benefiting from a polarised voter base.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Updated: February 17, 2016 8:44 am
Muzaffarnagar bypoll, BJP muzaffarnagar, uttar pradesh bypoll, congress deoband, samajwajwadi party bypoll, Congress workers celebrate outside the party office in Lucknow. (file photo)

In a set back to the ruling Samajwadi Party, the BJP and Congress won in two of the three assembly by-elections held in Uttar Pradesh.  The Congress made a surprise comeback in Deoband after a gap of 27 years by winning the Saharanpur Assembly seat and BJP won the Muzaffarnagar assembly seat. SP had to settle for Bikapur assembly seat in Faizabad.

Congress candidate from Deoband Mavia Ali, who was expelled from Samajwadi Party in 2011 for allegedly supporting Ghulam Mohd Vastanvi of Deoband, won by over 3,000 votes in Deoband defeating Meena Singh of Samajwadi Party.

READ: BJP win Muzaffarnagar bypoll: a victory for divisive politics?

Deputy District Election officer Deoband OP Verma informed that Mavia Ali got 51,012 votes, Meena Singh of SP got 47,453 votes, whereas Rampal Singh Pundir of BJP got 45,513 votes. The seat was won by Congress last in the 1989 assembly elections.

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In Muzaffarnagar, BJP candidate Kapil Deo won the by-election defeating Gaurav Swaroop of Samajwadi party, clearly benefiting from a polarised voter base.

Speaking to The Indian Express Manoj Kumar Singh, Deputy District Election Officer, Muzaffarnagar informed that while BJP candidate Kapil Deo got 65,378 votes, SP candidate Gaurav Swaroop got 58,026 votes, RLD candidate Mithlesh Pal got 14,673. Congress candidate Salman Saeed came fourth polling 10,561 votes.

District Magistrate Nikhil Kumar Shukla told The Indian Express that while the entire election has gone peacefully, he has put a ban on victory processions or celebratory firing in the district.

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Out of three assembly seats that went for by-polls in the state, BJP had put its entire focus on Muzaffarnagar, where its leaders with “Pro-hindutva image”, right from Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan, Member of Parliament Hukkum Singh, MLA Suresh Rana and Sangeet Som had campaigned. Most of these leaders were named in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riot-related cases for their inciting speeches. While Congress had fielded Salman Seed, who was also named in the 2013 riots related case allegedly for his inciting speech but he came fourth. Senior Congress leader Meira Kumar had campaigned for Saeed on his request hoping to get Scheduled Caste votes in his favour but that did not seem to have worked on this seat.

Deoband assembly seat fell vacant following the death of Samajwadi Party Minister Rajendra Singh Rana. His wife Meena Singh was given the party ticket for contesting the by-election. Whereas, Muzaffarnagar assembly seat had become vacant following death of Samajwadi Party Minister Chitranjan Swaroop but SP lost this seat as well.

The only respite for Samajwadi Party was its victory on Bikapur assembly seat in Faizabad. Samajwadi Party candidate Anand Sen defeated Rastriya Lok Dal candidate Munna Singh Chauhan on Bikapur seat. Ram Niwas Sharma, district election officer told The Indian Express that while SP candidate Anand Sen got 68,896 votes, RLD candidate Munna Singh Chauhan got 62,456 votes. BJP candidate on the seat Ram Krishna Tiwari got 11,933 votes, even AIMIM candidate got 11,857 votes. He said that Congress candidate on the seat, Asad Ahmad lost his deposit as well as he got merely about 2945 votes.

This seat had fell vacant following death of ruling Samajwadi Party MLA Mitrasen Yadav. Samajwadi Party had given ticket to Mitrasen’s son Anand Sen in the by-election.

It may be mentioned that AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, who had held his first rallies in Uttar Pradesh in Faizabad in favour of its Bikapur candidate had spoken in detail about welfare of Muslims and dalits.

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    John
    Feb 17, 2016 at 4:10 am
    I support the bjp and their programs..i am also very happy that they won in the bypolls but i disagree with the fanatics who want to spread hatred...i want bjp to win in the next election but for that the extremist position will have to be given up...
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      bitterhoney
      Feb 17, 2016 at 3:12 am
      Now country will witness naked dance of BJP goons on every street.
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      1. Drrkd Goel
        Feb 17, 2016 at 2:12 pm
        I seating in Vadodara knowing that the SP candidate though a Buniya will lost. In 2017 elections the SP will be out. As regard BJP, it depend how the BJP will prove to be a secular party. In 2007 elections the Muzaffar Nagar seat was with BJP, a Baniya. WHY? SP NOW GOING TO LOSS IN UP IN 2017 ELECTIONS.
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          sonu
          Feb 17, 2016 at 5:15 am
          with more than 56000 shakas 10 crore members n finances of around 60 billion$ rss has become largest n richest ngo in the world. such a service oriented organization is backbone of bjp. rss saving mother india from traitors. today trust of ppl towards rss has increased. more than 20 lac children study in its schools. ekal vidyalayas r wonders in tribal areas. hindu help line helps hindus in distress.rss ppl r dedicated n committed towards service of this land. its time they defeat anti national media congress n leftists..long live rss. rss ho akbar
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            sonu
            Feb 16, 2016 at 12:02 pm
            bjp won in mp Karnataka bihar n punjab. dear paid prestutes is it not a news?? bjp on victory path next am rss ka bhagwa fahraegs ram lala hum aenge mandir wahi banaenge
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