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2021 By-Election Results: Mixed bag for BJP; Congress sweeps Himachal, Rajasthan

While the results are not going to change the arithmetic in the state Assemblies, a victory would consolidate the ruling party in their respective states

Tuesday November 2, 2021 7:40 PM, ummid.com with inputs from Agencies

2021 By Election Result

New Delhi: The bypoll results of three Lok Sabha and 30 assembly constituencies appear to be a mixed bag for the BJP which won Assam but performed badly in Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana. BJP Himachal Pradesh unit feels that inflation is one of the reasons behind humiliating defeat in the bypolls.

In Himachal Pradesh bypolls, BJP lost all the three assembly constituencies and is trailing in one Lok Sabha seat to rival Congress. BJP and its alliance partner United People's Party Liberal (UPPL) won all the five seats in Assam. In Madhya Pradesh out of three assembly constituencies, the ruling BJP won two and Congress one.

"Dadra and Nagar Haveli elects Shiv Sena"

Of three Lok Sabha seats where bypolls were held on Sunday, Congress and BJP are leading in one constituency each, while which Shiv Sena has won one.

In the Mandi Lok Sabha seat of Himachal Pradesh, Congress candidate Pratibha Singh, the wife of late chief minister Virbhadra Singh, is leading against BJP's Kargil war hero Brigadier (Retd) Khushal Thakur.

BJP candidate in Khandwa Lok Sabha Gyaneshwar Patil is leading. In Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha constituency, Shiv Sena's Kalaben Mohanbhai Delkar has won the bypoll.

"Congress sweeps bypolls in Himachal"

The Congress won in by-polls of all three assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh -- Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki. In Jubbal-Kotkhai, saffron party rebel candidate Chetan Bragta, former head of party, Himachal Pradesh IT department and son of former minister of Himachal Pradesh Narendra Bragta, came second and BJP candidate Neelam Seraik was only able to secure 2,644 (4.67 per cent) from total 56,607 votes polled.

In Haryana, INLD'S Abhay Chautala has defeated ruling BJP's Gobind Kanda by securing 43.49 per cent votes in Ellenabad assembly constituency.


"TMC wins all 4 seats in West Bengal"

In the bypolls for four assembly constituencies of West Bengal, Trinamool Congress (TMC) won all the four seats which includes two seats on which BJP had won in state assembly polls held earlier this year. Bypolls were held in four seats - Dinhata, Santipur, Khardaha and Gosaba - in West Bengal.

Dinhata and Santipur constituencies were won by the BJP in assembly polls held earlier this year.

Nisith Pramanik and Jagannath Sarkar, BJP Lok Sabha members who chose to remain in Parliament, had vacated the seats. The Khardah and Gosaba assembly seats won by TMC fell vacant after the death of the legislator.

"Congress wins 2 seats in Rajasthan"

Congress also won both assembly constituencies of Rajasthan where bypolls were necessitated after the death of BJP MLA from Dhariawad, Gautam Lal Meena, and Congress MLA from Vallabhnagar, Gajendra Singh Shaktawat. BJP leader losing Dhariwad is a setback for the party and denying tickets to Meena's son is one of the reasons for the defeat and Vallabhnagar is a stronghold of Congress party which they retained.

In Karnataka, BJP and Congress won one seat each. In Andhra Pradesh YSR Congress Party won the leading Badvel assembly constituency. In Telangana, BJP's candidate and former minister in state government Eatala Rajender won. In Maharashtra Deglur assembly Congress is leading.

04:00 pm The early trends in the the by-polls to the three Lok Sabha seats and 29 Assembly constituencies have been encouraging for the Congress in the states of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka where the party has been better placed than the BJP.

Meanwhile the Trinamool Congress swept the four seats in West Bengal, while the BJP and allies have gained grounds in the northeast.

12:30 pm The ruling BJP is trailing the opposition Congress in Karnataka's prestigious Hanagal Assembly constituency in the first nine rounds of counting with 4,719 votes, However, the BJP is inching towards victory in Sindagi constituency with a clear lead of 20,761 ballots.

RJD is leading in Tarapur, while JD(U) candidate is ahead in Kusheshwar Asthan in Bihar as counting of votes cast in the October 30 bypolls is underway on Tuesday.

Andhra Pradesh's ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) was racing ahead to retain the Badvel Assembly seat as its candidate Dasari Sudha had taken a massive lead of over 60,000 in seven rounds of counting.

11: 30 am Kargil war hero Brigadier (retd) Khushal Thakur of the BJP is trailing with over 4,500 votes over his nearest rival Pratibha Singh of the Congress in the Mandi parliamentary seat in Himachal Pradesh. The Congress is also leading 02 Rajasthan assembly seats.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally United People's Party Liberal (UPPL) are leading in all the five Assam Assembly seats, election officials said on Tuesday.

11:15 am The RJD of Lalu Prasad Yadav is leading in the Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur Assembly seats in Bihar as counting of votes cast in the October 30 bypolls is underway on Tuesday.

Trinamool Congress is leading in all the four Assembly constituencies in West Bengal, early trends show.

10: 45 am The ruling National People's Party (NPP) candidate Pyniaid Sing Syiem and the United Democratic Party nominee Eugeneson Lyngdoh are leading over their Congress opponents in the Mawryngkneng and the Mawphlang Assembly seats of Meghalaya.

Congress candidates are leading in both seats of Rajasthan.

10:15 am The BJP is leading on all four seats - three Assembly and one Lok Sabha in Madhya Pradesh and 02 seats in Assam - after first round of counting of votes on Tuesday.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates Phanidhar Talukdar and Sushanta Borgohain are leading in the Bhabanipur and Thowra Assembly seats in Assam against their Congress and independent rivals as the counting of votes are underway on Tuesday in the five constituencies, officials said.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Phanidhar Talukdar is leading with 5,754 votes against Indian National Congress (INC) candidate Sailendra Nath Das who has secured 598 votes on Assam's Bhabanipur Assembly constituency, as per initial trends.

Initial trends at 10:00 am show Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate Subrata Mondal leading with 22,033 votes against Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Palash Rana who has secured 1,558 votes.

09:45 am Counting of votes for the by-polls in three Lok Sabha and 29 Assembly seats was underway on Tuesday.

"3 Lok Sabha and 29 Assembly seats"

The by-elections to the three Lok Sabha seats -- Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) and Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh) -- and the 29 assembly constituencies in Assam (five), West Bengal (four), Himachal Pradesh (three), Madhya Pradesh (three), Meghalaya (three), Rajasthan (two), Karnataka (two), Bihar (two) and Andhra Pradesh (one), Haryana (one), Maharashtra (one), Mizoram (one) and Telangana (one) were held on October 30.

While the results are not going to change the arithmetic in the state Assemblies, a victory would consolidate the ruling party in their respective states.

Some of the high profile candidates in the fray are Virbhadra Singh's wife Pratibha Singh, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala and former Telangana Minister Eatala Rajender.

Rebel Chetan Bragta, former head of BJP Himachal Pradesh IT department Aand son of former minister of Himachal Pradesh Narendra Bragta, is giving a tough contest to BJP candidate in Jubbal Kotkhai assembly constituency in Himachal Pradesh.

BJP Himachal Pradesh president Suresh Kumar Kashyap had told IANS that the party is going to win the Mandi Lok Sabha and three Assembly seats by a huge margin.

"People have seen the work of the BJP government at the Centre and state under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and they will vote to ensure victory of ABJP candidates in Himachal Pradesh," Kashyup said.

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