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Bypoll results: TMC reigns supreme in Bengal, mixed bag for Congress and BJP elsewhere

The results also consolidated Mamata Banerjee's position in West Bengal with TMC making a clean sweep of all the four seats to which bypolls were held.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 2, 2021 10:52:56 pm
TMCTrinamool Congress (TMC) activists celebrate in Nadia (PTI)

Bypolls in 13 states and one Union Territory have thrown up a mixed bag of results, with Congress making gains in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan while the saffron party and its allies performed well in Madhya Pradesh and the northeast. The results also consolidated Mamata Banerjee’s position in West Bengal with TMC making a clean sweep of all the four seats to which bypolls were held.

TMC wins all four seats in Bengal

The ruling Trinamool Congress beat its rivals by record margins, to romp home to a 4-0 clean sweep in by-elections held on October 30. The TMC wrested the Dinhata and Santipur seats in Coochbehar and Nadia districts respectively from the BJP by huge margins, to raise its tally to 215 in the 294-member West Bengal assembly.

The BJP, whose predecessor Jan Sangh was founded by Bengal’s Hindu Mahasabha leader Syama Prasad Mookerjee, saw its tally came down to 75 from an earlier 77. The ruling TMC also retained the Khardah and Gosaba assembly seats in North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas districts respectively by impressive margins.

The TMC, in total, bagged 75.02 per cent of the votes cast, whereas the BJP got some 14.48 per cent votes, in the four assembly segments.

NDA sweep all seats in northeast

The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) won the bypoll to the Tuirial assembly seat in Mizoram by securing 39.96 per cent of the total 14,561 votes polled, as per the Election Commission.

In Assam, the ruling BJP and its ally have won all the five Assembly constituencies — Gossaigaon, Tamulpur, Bhabanipur, Mariani and Thowra — that went to bypolls on October 30.

Congress turncoats Rupjyoti Kurmi and Sushanta Borgohain won the Mariani and Thowra constituencies respectively. Another BJP candidate Phanidhar Talukdar retained the Bhabanipur seat which he had earlier won on an AIUDF ticket.

Meanwhile, BJP ally UPPL’s Jiron Basumatary won the Gossaigaon (part of the Bodo Territorial Region).

In Meghalaya, the ruling party NPP won the Rajabala assembly constituency as its candidate Md. Abdus Saleh defeated his nearest opponent Hashina Yashmin Mondal of the Congress by a margin of over 1,900 votes, Chief Electoral Officer FR Kharkongor said.

The National People’s Party nominee secured 11,823 votes while Mondal got 9,897, he said. United Democratic Party’s Ashahel D Shira secured the third position with 7,247 votes, the CEO said. NPP’s Pyniaid Sing Syiem in Mawryngkneng is ahead of his nearest Congress rival Highlander Kharmalki with a margin of 1,816 votes.

INLD’s Abhay Singh Chautala wins in Ellenabad

INLD secretary general Abhay Singh Chautala won in the Ellenabad assembly constituency in Haryana by a margin of over 6,500 votes.

The bypoll was necessitated after Chautala in January resigned as the MLA from the seat in protest against three central farm laws and to stand in solidarity with the farmers who are protesting against these legislations since past one year.

While there are 19 candidates in the fray, most of whom are Independents, the main contest is between Chautala, Beniwal and JJP-backed BJP candidate Gobind Kanda.

JD(U) retains two seats in Bihar

The ruling JD(U) in Bihar on Tuesday retained both Tarapur and Kusheshwar Asthan seats, where bypolls were held on October 30.

In Tarapur, JD(U) candidate Rajiv Kumar Singh defeated his nearest rival of the RJD, Arun Kumar Sah, by a slender margin of less than 4,000 votes, according to the Election Commission. Singh polled 78,966 votes as against 75,145 of Sah.

Tarapur fell vacant following the death of JD(U) MLA Mewa Lal Chaudhary. The ruling party, earlier in the day, bagged the Kusheshwar Asthan seat by a comfortable margin of more than 12,000 votes.

Big gains for Congress in Himachal, Rajasthan

In Rajasthan, Congress candidates Nagraj Meena and Preeti Shaktawat won Dhariawad and Vallabhnagar assembly constituencies with margins of 18,725 and 20,606 votes, respectively.

Before the bypolls, the Dhariawad seat was represented by the BJP and Vallabhnagar by the Congress.

In a setback to the BJP in Himachal Pradesh, the opposition Congress won all three Assembly seats of Fatehpur, Arki and Jubbal-Kotkhai and the Mandi Lok Sabha seat.

In Mandi, former chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s wife Pratibha Singh defeated BJP’s Brigadier Khushal Thakur, a Kargil war hero.

Referring to Congress’s good performances in Himachal and Rajasthan, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Every victory for the Congress is a victory of our party worker. Keep fighting hate. No fear!”

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said the bypoll results show that BJP will suffer a heavy defeat in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls next year.

BJP snatches two seats from Cong in Madhya Pradesh

In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP snatched two assembly seats from Congress but lost a seat to the opposition party.

BJP lost the Raigoan (SC) seat by a margin of 12,290 votes to Congress. It, however, wrest the Prithvipur assembly seat from Congress by a margin of 15,687 votes.

The saffron party also snatched Jobat (ST) Assembly constituency from Congress with its candidate Sulochana Rawat defeating her nearest rival Mahesh Patel by a margin of 6,104 votes in the bypoll. Rawat received 68,949 votes and Patel 62,845, officials added.

Shiv Sena’s Kalaben Delkar wins in Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Shiv Sena candidate Kalaben Delkar, widow of late MP Mohan Delkar, has won the bypoll from the Dadra and Nagar Haveli (DNH), defeating BJP’s Mahesh Gavit and Congress candidate Mahesh Dhodi.

Delkar secured her win by a margin of 51,269 votes, marking the Shiv Sena’s first Lok Sabha victory outside Maharashtra.

The bypoll was necessitated after sitting MP Mohan Delkar was found dead in a Mumbai hotel in February this year.

Kalaben, 50, and son Abhinav joined the Shiv Sena along with their supporters in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray last month.

Karnataka: BJP wins in Sindagi, Congress in Hanagal

In Karnataka, BJP won in Sindagi while Congress candidate Srinivas Mane has emerged victorious in Hanagal.

The Hanagal bypoll was touted as a “prestige battle” for Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. This was also the first election BJP fought with 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.

Commenting on the results, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president DK Shivakumar said that the bypoll results are an indicator of the trend ahead of the 2023 assembly polls. “This is an indicator that Congress will come to power in 2023. We have been able to win the Hanagal constituency, despite it being in Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s home district and a lot of ministers and MLAs campaigning for several days.”

TRS stronghold goes to BJP in Telangana

BJP’s Eatala Rajender won the Huzurabad bypoll with a margin of 23,855 votes. According to the Election Commission website, the BJP polled 1,06,780 votes compared to 82,712 votes polled by TRS and 3,012 votes polled by the Congress party.

Congratulating Eatala Rajender, Union Tourism Minister G Kishen Reddy said people stood by the right candidate and the right party despite the TRS abusing the state government machinery.

(With PTI inputs)


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