NEW DELHI :
FIVE months after its landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP onThursday won 17 Assembly seats in the bypolls held in 51 Assembly constituencies across 18 States. The Congress bagged 11 seats in byelections held on October 21. In Uttar Pradesh, where by-elections were held for 11 Assembly seats, the BJP won 7, its ally Apna Dal got 1, and the Samajwadi Party won 3 seats. The ruling BJP won the Gangoh, Iglas, Lucknow Cantt, Govind Nagar, Manikpur, Balha and Ghosi. The candidate of its ally Apna Dal won from Pratapgarh.
Samajwadi Party’s Tazeen Fatma, a Rajya Sabha member and wife of senior party leader and Lok Sabha member Azam Khan, won from the Rampur seat, defeating BJP’s Bharat Bhushan. Samajwadi Party’s Gaurav Kumar secured victory in Zaidpur seat, defeating BJP’s Ambrish, and the party’s Subhash Rai pipped the BSP’s ChhayaVerma to the post in Jalalpur. In Bihar, the Rashtriya Janata Dal won the Simri-Bakhtiarpur and Belhar seats, AIMIM’s Qamrul Hoda won in Kishanganj and ruling JD(U) in Nathnagar constituency. Independent Karnjeet Singh alias Vyas Singh won in Daraundha. InGujarat,thehomeStateofPrime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, 6 seats were at stake, out of which the BJP bagged Kheralu, Lunawada and Amraiwadi while theCongress won the remaining3-Tharad,Bayad and Radhanpur, where its candidate Raghubhai Meraj bhai Desai defeated Alpesh Thakor, wholefttheCongress tojoin the BJP. InAssam,theBJPwontheRatabari, Rangapara and Sonari seats in Assam while the All India United Demoratic Front won the Jania seat. The BJP won Martamrumtek (BL) andGangtok(BL)inSikkimwhilethe Sikkim Krantikari Morcha secured the Poklok Kamrang seat.
The BJP secured victory from Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala and Pachhad seats where ithad fielded Vishal Nehria and ReenaKashyap, respectively, defeating an Independent and Congress candidate.IndependentcandidateChakat Aboh won from Khonsa West constituency in Arunachal Pradesh’s defeating Independent candidate Azet Homtok by a margin of 1,887 votes. The Congress secured victory in three of the four seats in Punjab - Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal won in Phagwara defeating theBJP’s Rajesh Bagha, Indu Bala trumped the BJP’s Jangi Lal Mahajan in Mukerian and Ramdinder Singh Awla defeated the Shiromani Akali Dal’s Raj Singh in Jalalabad.
However, the party faced defeat in the Dakha seat, where its Sandeep Singh Sandhu lost to Akali Dal’s Manpreet Singh Ayali. In Rajasthan, Congress’s Rita Choudhary defeated BJP’s Sushila Singra from Mandawa seat but the partyfaceddefeatfromtheRashtriya Loktantrik Party in Khinwsar seat where Narayan Beniwal defeated its Harendra Midha. TheCongress registeredvictory in Chhattisgarh’s Chitrakot seat where Rajman Venjam defeated the BJP’s Lachhuram Kashyap. It also won Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua constituency where it fielded Kantilal Bhuria against BJP’s Bhanu Bhuria. The Congress also won two of the five seats inKerala -Vinod defeating Independent Manu Roy in Ernakulam and Shanimol Osman defeatedManuC.PulickaloftheCPIM in Aroor- while its ally, the Indian Union Muslim League’s M.C. Kamaruddin won the Manjeshwar seat, defeating the BJP’s Raveesh Thanthri Kuntar. The ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist secured victory in KonniandVattiyoorkavuseats,where its candidatesKUJenish Kumar and VKPrasanth defeated theCongress’ P Mohanraj and K Mohankumar, respectively.
The United Democratic Party’s Balajied Kupar Synrem won Meghalaya’s Shella seat, defeating Independent Grace Mary Kharpuri while the Biju Janata Dal retained Odisha’s Bijepur constituency with Rita Sahu defeating the BJP’s Sanat Kumar Gartia. Congress’s A Johnkumar defeated All India N R Congress’s Bouvaneswarane with a marginof7,170votesinPuducherry’s Kamaraj Nagar. AIADMK’s Muthamilselvan R and Narayanan V defeated DMK’s Pugazhenthi N in Vikravandi and Congress’s Manoharan R in Nanguneriseat,respectively,inTamil Nadu. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s Saidi Reddy Shanampudi defeated Congress’s Nalamada Padmavathi Reddy with a margin of 42,485 votes in Telangana’s Huzurnagar.