The bypoll results that came out on Tuesday suggest that there has been no backlash on parties over demonetisation. The results on Wednesday reflected parties won seats in their strongholds and were unable to make any significant inroads in other seats. Bypolls were conducted in 14 Assembly constituencies and 5 Lok Sabha constituencies across 7 states and one Union Territory on Saturday.
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The elections took place in Lok Sabha constituencies of Lakhimpur (Assam); Shahdol (Madhya Pradesh); and Coochbehar and Tamluk (West Bengal). Meanwhile Assembly elections were conducted in Hayuliang (Arunachal Pradesh); Nepanagar (Madhya Pradesh); Montestwar (West Bengal); Thiruparankundram (Tamil Nadu); Barjala and Khowai (both Tripura) and Nellithope (Puducherry).
While Mamata Banerjee claimed that the resounding victory of the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal was a revolt of voters against demonetisation, the party retained its Cooch Behar Lok Sabha seat–where it has always been strong. There was a 86.91 per cent voter turnout with the party polling 77.6 per cent of the votes. The party won the Cooch Behar Lok Sabha seat with a margin of over 4.13 lakh votes and the Tamluk constituency with a margin of over 4.97 lakh votes.
Bharatiya Janata Party claimed the lone seat up for grabs in Madhya Pradesh. It captured 60.3 per cent of the vote beating the Congress with a margin of over 42,000 votes. The party won the lone seat in Arunachal Pradesh as well claiming 54.2 per cent of the votes. It also claimed the seat in Assam with a margin of over 17,000 votes. The party claimed 53.8 per cent of the vote share.
Poll results in Tamil Nadu brought good news for Jayalalithaa as her AIADMK won all three seats with a total vote share of 54.6 per cent comfortably beating Karunanidhi’s DMK.
The Congress won Nellithope assembly seat in Pondicherry with a 69.6 per cent vote share.
In Tripura, Communist Party of India (Marxist) bagged both assembly seats of Barjala and Khowai with 55.7 per cent votes in their favour followed by the BJP with 20.5 per cent and AITC with 19.8 per cent.
In Maharashtra legislative council polls, the Congress and BJP won two seats a piece and the rest shared between NCP and Shiv Sena.