West Bengal, Uttarakhand Bye-Election Results 2019 highlights: In a clean sweep, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) won the Kaliaganj, Karimpur and Kharagpur Sadar bye-elections on Thursday, in a boost to the ruling party ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections. This is the first time the TMC has won the Kaliaganj and Kharagpur Sadar seats. Meanwhile, the BJP has won the Pithoragarh seat in Uttarakhand by 3267 votes. The four seats went to polls on Monday.
The Kharagpur Sadar and Karimpur seats fell vacant after the Lok Sabha elections in May this year as the sitting MLAs were elected as MPs. A bypoll was necessitated in Kaliaganj in North Dinajpur district after the death of sitting Congress MLA Parmathanath Roy. The bypolls are seen as a litmus test for the Trinamool Congress and BJP ahead of the 2021 state Assembly elections.
The Pithoragarh bypoll was necessitated after the death of three-time MLA and former minister Prakash Pant. The BJP, which has fielded his wife Chandra Pant from the seat, hopes to gain from the sympathy factor over her main rival and Congress candidate Anju Lunthi.