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Bypoll 2021 Results Highlights: TMC sweeps Bengal; cheer for Cong in Himachal, Rajasthan; BJP holds MP

Bypoll 2021 Results Highlights: A turnout of 50 per cent to 80 per cent was recorded during voting in the three Lok Sabha and 29 Assembly constituencies that went for by-elections on October 30.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 2, 2021 10:12:34 pm
TMC supporters celebrate as the party candidate Brajkishore Goswami is leading during the counting of votes of Santipur assembly constituency by-elections, in Nadia, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Bypolls 2021 Results Highlights: The results of all the bypolls held in 29 assembly seats and three Lok Sabha seats are in. The Trinamool Congress swept all four assembly seats in West Bengal with Udayan Guha winning the Dinhata seat, previously held by the BJP, by a margin of 1,63,005 votes.

Meanwhile, the Congress party swept the Himachal and Rajasthan bypolls. The party wrested the Mandi Lok Sabha seat from the BJP and won all three assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh. In Rajasthan, the party won both the Dhariawad and Vallabhnagar assembly constituencies with margins of 18,725 and 20,606 votes, respectively. It also reclaimed Madhya Pradesh’s Raigaon, a traditional BJP seat, after 31 years, besides bagging one seat each in Karnataka and Maharashtra. However, it lost Jobat, a reserved ST seat, and the Prithvipur assembly seat in MP to the BJP, which also retained its Khandwa Lok Sabha seat. The BJP-led alliance claimed victory in all five assembly seats in Assam. The saffron party also wrested Telangana’s Huzurabad from the ruling TRS, while securing a win in Karnataka’s Sindagi.

In Haryana’s Ellenabad, INLD’s Abhay Chautala bagged a win over BJP-JJP candidate in the backdrop of the ongoing farmers’ agitation. In Bihar, the ruling JD(U) retained both the Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur assembly seats. The Shiv Sena party secured the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha seat, with MP Sanjay Raut calling it a “giant leap towards Delhi.” Meanwhile, the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance clinched all three assembly seats, wresting Rajabala and Mawryngkneng seats from the Congress.

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Bypoll 2021 Results Highlights: Counting of votes in 3 Lok Sabha, 29 Assembly seats underway. The seats where Lok Sabha bypolls were held included Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. Follow latest updates here.

20:23 (IST)02 Nov 2021
BJP retains MP's Khandwa

The Bharatiya Janata Party has retained its Lok Sabha seat in Khandwa, the PTI reported. With this, the BJP has won in three of the four seats in Madhya Pradesh. It won Prithvipur with a margin of 15,678 votes and Jobat with 6,104. 

Meanwhile, Congress won in Raigaon, a traditional BJP seat, after 31 years.


20:11 (IST)02 Nov 2021
'Repeal farm laws, stop petrol loot': Congress tells PM Modi after bypoll results

Taking to Twitter, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala stated that BJP has lost at most places in direct contest with the Congress, including Rajasthan, Himachal, Karnataka and Maharashtra. He added that BJP has lost two of the three Lok Sabha seats in the fray -- Himachal's Mandi and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

"Modi ji, Shed arrogance! Repeal 3 Black Laws! Stop Petrol-Diesel-Gas Loot!" he tweeted, adding, "disdain for people's pain is harmful."

20:02 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Explained: Five reasons why Abhay Chautala won the Ellenabad bypoll

While the Ellenabad bypoll saw INLD’s Abhay Chautala return as MLA, the results, coming amid the farmers’ agitation, have thrown up some surprises, with the BJP-JJP alliance faring better than what many had predicted and the Congress dipping to a distant third.

We explain the reasons why INLD’s Chautala defeated them both.

Abhay Chautala’s resignation, farmers’ support to him

It was on January 27 this year that INLD’s lone MLA in Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Abhay Chautala, resigned, “listening to the appeal made by the farmers”, who had asked all MLAs of Haryana to resign if they were their “genuine well-wishers”. This move made a significant impact in the largely rural constituency, which is already considered a stronghold of the Chautala clan. Various SKM leaders campaigned in the constituency, but only asked the farmers to boycott the BJP-JJP nominee, not seeking votes for Abhay directly. 

Rural areas dominate the constituency

Ellenabad constituency has a total of 190 polling stations, of which 166 are in rural areas and 24 in urban areas. Read more

19:46 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Deglur bypolls | Congress wins by a margin of 41,933 in Maharashtra

Congress has won Maharashtra's Deglur, a reserved Schedule Caste seat, by a margin of 41,933 votes. INC's Antapurkar Jitesh Raosaheb secured 1,08,840 votes, while BJP's Sabne Subhash Pirajirao got 66,907.

19:41 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi celebrates win, says 'keep fighting hate'

Following his party's win in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, 'Every victory for the Congress is a victory of our party worker. Keep fighting hate. No fear!'

His party has also reclaimed Raigaon, a traditional BJP seat in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra's Deglur and Karnataka's Hanagal.

19:22 (IST)02 Nov 2021
BJP wrests Huzurabad from ruling TRS

The BJP wrested the Huzurabad Assembly seat from the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) with BJP’s Eatela Rajender defeating the TRS candidate with an impressive margin of 24,068. Rajender secured 1,06,780 votes against his TRS rival G Srinivas Yadav, who secured 82,712 votes. Whereas, the Congress was left far behind with just 3,012 votes. 

19:19 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Karnataka bypolls: Loss in home turf Hanagal puts CM Basavaraj Bommai’s leadership in question

A win and a loss in Karnataka byelection might not have affected the prospects of BJP but it has put Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s leadership in question as the party has faced an embarrassing defeat in his home district Haveri.

A win for BJP in Hanagal was crucial for Bommai to emerge as the tallest leader in Karnataka, especially after BS Yediyurappa had vacated the chief minister’s chair.

This was also the first election BJP fought with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai as its face. Bommai, along with at least 20 BJP ministers and MLAs, camped in Hanagal for several days and campaigned which clearly showed that a win there was crucial for the chief minister. Read more

19:10 (IST)02 Nov 2021
With the last round of counting underway, BJP maintains lead in Telagana's Huzurabad

The Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Eatala Rajender had secured a total of 1,01,732 votes in the second-last round of counting in the Huzurabad constituency. He currently has a lead of 22,735 votes over TRS candidate Gellu Srinivas Yadav, who has secured 78,997 votes so far, according the EC's website.

19:01 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Bihar bypolls: Ruling JD(U) clinches both Assembly seats

The ruling Janata Dal (United) has won both the assembly seats in Bihar. JD(U)'s Aman Bhushan Hajari won Kusheshwar Asthan over RJD's Ganesh Bharti by a margin of 12,695.

In Tarapur, Rajeev Kumar Singh won over RJD's Arun Kumar by a margin of 3,852 votes.

18:53 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Explained: Congress’s winning streak in Rajasthan Assembly bypolls

In the past one month, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has mentioned it more than once that he is confident of the Congress’s return to power in the 2023 Assembly elections.

In a state where, every five years the incumbent government has been consistently voted out in the last two decades, Gehlot’s statement does sound surprising. In fact, at the end of his previous term as the Chief Minister in 2013, the Congress was decimated to 21 seats in the state Assembly.

One of the reasons behind Gehlot’s pitch for a second-term is the performance of the Congress in Assembly by-elections in the past two years, wherein it has repeatedly outperformed the opposition BJP. This is significantly different from what was the case in bye-elections held between 2014 and 2018, when the Congress, then in opposition, had won the majority of the bye-elections. Read more

18:34 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Madhya Pradesh bypoll results boost for BJP, crucial Jobat seat among three wins

The results of Madhya Pradesh bypolls are all set to strengthen the ruling BJP in the state, with the saffron party having won two seats and leading on one other, among the four that saw voting. The biggest victory for the BJP is in Jobat in Alirajpur district, a reserved Schedule Tribe seat that the saffron party has wrestled from Congress.

Among the three other seats, including two Assembly seats of Prithvipur in Niwari, Raigaon in Satna and one Parliamentary seat of Khandwa, the saffron party has won in Prithvipur and is leading in Khandwa. The traditional BJP seat of Raigaon went to the Congress this time. Kaplana Verma won with a margin of 12,096 votes, securing the seat for the Congress after 31 years. Read more.

18:30 (IST)02 Nov 2021
HP Cong seeks CM Jai Ram Thakur's resignation, BJP says it will introspect causes of defeat

Invigorated by the victory in the bypolls to all three Assembly segments and the Mandi Lok Sabha seat, the opposition Congress on Tuesday demanded Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur's resignation while the BJP said it will introspect the causes of its defeat.

Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Kuldeep Singh Rathore sought the resignation of CM Jai Ram Thakur on moral grounds. "Thakur even failed to retain the BJP's seat in his home district Mandi," Rathore underscored. He described the bypolls as "semifinal" and exuded confidence that the Congress would win the Assembly elections scheduled for December next year.

On the other hand, CM Thakur alleged that some BJP workers operated against the party candidates. "Action will be taken against them," he said. (PTI)

18:11 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Assam bypoll | UPPL’s Jolen Daimary wins the Tamulpur Seat

UPPL’s Jolen Daimary has won the Tamulpur assembly seat by securing 86,678 votes. He won by a margin of 57,059 votes, defeating Ganesh Kachary, an independent candidate.

With this, all five seats in Assam have been won by BJP and it’s ally UPPL. The BJP has won Thowra, Bhabanipur and Mariani seats in Assam, while UPPL claimed victory in Gossaigaon and Tamulpur.

18:05 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Explained: 5 reasons why Congress has won Mandi Lok Sabha Seat

The electoral battle had revolved around the issue of price rise, with Congress' Pratibha Singh also invoking the memory of her husband, the popular former chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who passed away this summer.

Here are the factors that worked in favour of Pratibha Singh:

A SYMPATHY VOTE: Singh, 65, who had earlier entered Lok Sabha following the election of 2004 and a parliamentary byelection in 2013, had returned to the voters of Mandi seeking their support in the name of “Raja Saheb” Virbhadra Singh, a six-time, 21-year Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, five-time member of Lok Sabha, and a former minister in the Government of India. Virbhadra 87, died of post-Covid complications in July, and the vote for his wife was to a significant extent the “shradhanjali” of his supporters for him.

INFLATION: The issue of inflation played out in a big way during the campaign period with electors venting their anger over rising prices of fuel and essential commodities. In a state where everything has to be transported by road, the prices of diesel which been going up on a daily basis is impacting the budgets of the common man. Read more

17:58 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Meghalaya bypolls: Ruling NPP wins two assembly seats, UDP one

The National People's Party (NPP) wrested Rajabala and Mawryngkneng seats from the Congress, while the United Democratic Party, a partner in the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government, emerged victorious in Mawphlang, Chief Electoral Officer FR Kharkongor said.

17:50 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Congress sweeps Rajasthan bypolls

Congress candidate Preeti Shaktawat has won the Vallabhnagar Assembly seat by a margin of 20,606 votes. The party was earlier declared to have won the Dhariawad assembly seat with 18,725 votes.

17:39 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Rajasthan bypoll: Congress win stamp on state government's performance, says Dotasra

Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra on Tuesday said the results of the Assembly bypolls have indicated that his party's government in the state is doing a "good job" and will return to power in the 2023 elections. "This is a direct message that there is no anti-government wave and its popularity has increased. Our government is doing a good job and the Congress will form government in Rajasthan again in 2023," Dotasra said.

The Congress has bagged the Dhariwad Assembly seat in the state while it is leading in Vallabhnagar.

On the other hand, the BJP accepted defeat in the bypolls, with the party's state chief Satish Poonia saying it was "circumstantial" and depended on "local equations". (PTI)

17:27 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Congress leads in Maharashtra's Deglur

Congress's Jitesh Antapurkar is close to comfortably bagging the keenly faught Deglur assembly bypoll, leading by 39,400 votes over BJP's Subhash Sabane at the end of Round 27.

The bypoll was nessesitated by his father Raosaheb Antapurkar's death. 

17:19 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Congress wins Mandi Lok Sabha seat in Himachal

The Congress party has won the Mandi Lok Sabha seat in Himachal Pradesh. With this, the party has swept the bypolls, having won all three Assembly seats in the state as well. 

17:07 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Shiv Sena candidate Kalaben Delkar wins Dadra and Nagar Haveli LS bypoll

Shiv Sena candidate Kalaben Delkar, the wife of former independent MP late Mohan Delkar, won the by-election to the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabh seat.

MP Sanjay Raut hailed the victory as, "First step outside Maharashtra, giant leap towards Delhi via Dadra Nagar Haveli."

A turnout of 50 per cent to 80 per cent was recorded during voting in three Lok Sabha and 29 Assembly constituencies that went for by-elections. The assembly by-elections were held in five seats in Assam, four in West Bengal, three each in Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, two each in Bihar, Karnataka and Rajasthan and one seat each in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Mizoram and Telangana.

Out of the 29 Assembly seats, the BJP held power in six, the Congress had nine, while the rest were with regional parties. The three Lok Sabha seats --Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh-- had to go to bypolls after their sitting members died.

The results of the electoral battle, that witnessed close fights between several political heavyweights, will decide the fate of prominent candidates like INLD leader Abhay Chautala, who quit the Haryana assembly in protest against the three new central agri laws, Congress' Pratibha Singh, wife of late chief minister Virbhadra Singh, former national footballer Eugeneson Lyngdoh and ex-minister from Telangana Eatala Rajender.

In Haryana, 80 per cent voting was reported in the bypolls to the Ellenabad Assembly constituency, necessitated by the resignation of INLD leader Abhay Chautala as MLA.

Khandwa Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh, whose BJP MP Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan had died, saw a turnout of 63.88 per cent, while an around 64.60 per cent voting was recorded in the three Assembly seats.

In Assam, 69.60 per cent turnout was recorded in five assembly constituencies, namely Gossaigaon, Bhabanipur, Tamulpur, Mariani and Thowra seats till 5 pm.

A higher percentage of votes -- nearly 71 per cent -- were polled till 5 pm in West Bengal’s four assembly constituencies.

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