Arjun Sharma | May 30, 2018 | 6 min read
In a major setback to the BJP, the saffron party and its allies were able to win just three out of four Lok Sabha and 10 Assembly seats where bypolls were held on May 28.
A good performance in the bypolls held across 11 states was crucial for the BJP as the byelections were being considered a referendum on BJP rule at the Centre. The results come close on the heels of the BJP’s defeat in Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The BJP’s performance on Lok Sabha seats was better than that on Assembly seats. BJP held three of four Lok Sabha seats that went to polls. While the BJP alliance retained two Lok Sabha seats - one in Maharashtra and another in Nagaland - it was unable to retain two others - Kairana in UP and in Maharashtra.
Lok Sabha seats
was perhaps the most closely watched constituency. defeat in has sparked calls for a united opposition or third front to stand against the saffron party in 2019 general elections. to was necessitated after the death of sitting BJP MP . In the constituency, BJP candidate lost to the (RLD) candidate who was backed by the Party (SP), the party (BSP) and the Congress in . defeated with a margin of nearly 50,000 votes. Soon after her win, told reporters that the BJP lost as it focused on stoking communal issues instead of development in the region.“Prime Minister Modi has nothing to say about the real issues in our country that include development,” said.
The in was held following the death of BJP MP . The constituency, which falls in the north region of , is reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST). had fielded , son of late BJP MP , who was defeated by , a Congress rebel, who won from the constituency by 29,572 votes. Elections in the constituency were marred by complaints of EVM tampering.
Another high-stake seat in was which was won by from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) with a comfortable margin of over 48,000 votes. The seat fell vacant after Nana resigned and joined the Congress. While polled a total of 4,42,213 votes, received 3,94,116 votes.
The fourth seat, , for which was held earlier this week, went in favour of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), a BJP ally in the state. in was necessitated after resignation of Rio from the . Rio is the current chief minister of the state.
The BJP’s performance in assembly seats that went to polls was quite dismal as it managed to win just one (in Uttarakhand). While the Congress bagged three seats - in Meghalaya, Karnataka and Punjab, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) won two in Jharkhand, and CPI (M), SP, RJD and Trinamool one each in Kerala, UP, Bihar and West Bengal, respectively.
It is in UP that the chink in armour is most visible. Months after losing and , the saffron party tasted defeat in both and . (RLD backed SP candidate) defeated by nearly 6,000 votes. The were held in following the demise of BJP MLA in a road accident.
Congress candidate won the seat by over 38,000 votes defeating greenhorn candidate . scored 82,745 votes while secured 43,944 votes. The third runner-up was AAP candidate Rattan , who lost his security deposit and polled only 1,900 votes. Buoyed by the win, Congress leader and Local Bodies Minister said that despite camping in , the SAD leadership failed to ensure victory for its candidate. by the lukewarm response to his party candidate, took to Twitter to attack the BJP. “Today’s results reflect that there is a lot of anger against the Modi government. Until now people were asking what is the option. Today, people are saying Modi in not an alternative. Remove him first,” he tweeted. assembly seat fell vacant after the sudden demise of five-time SAD MLA in February.
The only assembly seat that BJP retained was in in district where it had fielded the widow of Shah who was the MLA from the constituency. Political analysts attributed win by a slender margin of over 1,900 votes to sympathy wave for . The match was a closely fought one between the BJP and the Congress. Congress candidate Ram polled 23,756 votes as opposed to 25,737 polled by .
The opposition RJD won assembly seat by defeating ally JD(U) in . The result is a setback to chief minister Kumar who deserted the RJD and the Congress last year to team up with the BJP for a new coalition government in . candidate won the seat by over 41,000 votes. He was backed by and the Congress.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashvi Yadav held a press conference after the party’s victory and said that the JD(U) had lost as it fielded a candidate who was facing rape charges. Bypoll in the seat was also marred by allegations of EVM tampering and VVPAT snags. Repolling was conducted in many booths on Wednesday.
JMM retained both and seats in . In , defeated All Students Union (AJSU) chief and former state Deputy Chief Minister by 13,000 votes. is wife of Amit , who lost his assembly seat after being convicted and awarded a jail term in a criminal case. In , defeated AJSU candidate by 1,344 votes while nominee finished third on the seat.
The seat fell vacant after the two-time All India Congress (AITC) MLA died in February. husband from bagged 104,818 votes against 41,993 polled` by BJP candidate .
Congress nominee D , daughter of former chief minister , won the assembly seat in . The taken Congress tally to 21 seats, making it the single largest party in the state.
ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF)’s won the Assembly by a margin of over 20,956 votes defeating D of the United Democratic Front.
In Assembly constituency, Congress candidate registered a win. The seat fell vacant after the death of Congress MLA .
(With inputs from Kusum Arora, Jaideep Deogarhiya and Utsa Sarmin)
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