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By-elections: Trinamool wins in WB, INC gains in HP, NDA prevails in NE

By-elections in 13 states and one union territory have thrown up a mixed bag of results, mostly seeing the respective ruling parties' dominance

The ruling All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) has won all the four constituencies that went for by-elections, in each of which the BJP has ranked a distant second, expected from its disillusioned cadre whom the leaders of the opposition had abandoned in the face of violence perpetrated by activists of the state regime, beginning 3 May when the assembly election results were announced.

The AITC has won Dinhata with a margin of 1,64,089 votes, Santipur with a margin of 64,675 votes, Khardaha with a margin of 93,832 votes and Gosaba with a margin of 1,43,051 votes.

The results of the just concluded by-elections are much better for the BJP-led NDA in other parts of the country, though.

Going by the trends so far, by-elections in 13 states and one union territory have thrown up a mixed bag of results, with the leading in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan while the BJP and its allies performing well in Madhya Pradesh and the northeast. The results also consolidated AITC’s position in West Bengal, with the party all set to make a clean sweep of all the four seats to which by-elections were held.

By-elections in Madhya Pradesh, Northeast

The BJP is also at an advantage in Madhya Pradesh and states in the Northeast.

The BJP was leading in the Khandwa Lok Sabha constituency and three other Assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh as counting of votes for by-elections to the four seats was underway on Tuesday.

In the Khandwa Lok Sabha seat, BJP candidate Gyaneshwar Patil was leading by 14,365 votes over his rival Rajnarayan Singh Purni, the official said. In the Raigaon assembly seat (reserved for SC) in Satna district, BJP candidate Pratima Bagri was leading by 220 votes over the INC’s Kalpana Verma.

In the Prithvipur Assembly seat in Niwari district, BJP’s Shishupal Singh Yadav was ahead of his rival Nitendra Singh Rathore by 430 votes, while in Jobat (reserved for ST) seat of Alirajpur district, BJP’s Sulochana Rawat was leading by 1,956 votes over the INC’s Mahesh Patel, as per the latest trends.

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

The BJP won in Thowra and was leading along with its allies in four seats in Assam on Tuesday afternoon, as per the Election Commission. BJP candidate Sushanta Borgohain, who switched over from the INC, won the Thowra seat by a margin of 30,561 votes for a third term, the EC said.

BJP candidates Phanidhar Talukdar (Bhabanipur) and Rupjyoti Kurmi (Mariani) were leading by unassailable margins. BJP ally UPPL’s candidate Jiron Basumatary won the Gossaigaon seat (part of the Bodo Territorial Region) by a margin of 28,252 votes over the ’ss Jowel Tudu. Meanwhile, UPPL’s Jolen Daimary was leading in Tamulpur.

In the Thowra seat, BJP’s Borgohain bagged 54,956 votes, while his nearest rival Raijor Dal’s Dhaijya Konwar, who fought as an Independent, managed to get 24,395 votes. Borgohain, who had first become the MLA from Thowra constituency in Sivasagar district in 2011, resigned from the on 30 July, citing “changed internal political atmosphere” within the party.

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 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 the rival Highlander Kharmalki with a margin of 1,816 votes.

Haryana by-elections

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

The by-election was necessitated after Chautala resigned as the MLA from the seat in January — in protest against three farm reform laws and to stand in solidarity with the farmers who are protesting against these legislations for the past year.

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

Bihar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) on Tuesday retained the reserved Kusheshwar Asthan assembly seat, defeating the nearest rival, of Lalu Prasad’s RJD, by a comfortable margin of more than 12,000 votes.

JD(U)’s Aman Bhushan Hazari, the death of whose father had necessitated the by-election, polled 58,882 votes. RJD candidate Ganesh Bharti secured 47,184 votes.

Meanwhile, in Tarapur, where the by-election was necessitated by the death of Mewa Lal Chaudhary, JD(U) candidate Rajiv Kumar Singh is trailing behind RJD’s Arun Kumar Sah by a slender margin of fewer than 2,000 votes.

candidates are headed towards victory in Dhariawad and Vallabhnagar assembly constituencies of Rajasthan. According to the latest trends, Nagraj Meena is leading by a margin of 1,21,43 votes over BJP candidate Khet Singh Meena in Dhariawad while in Vallabhnagar, Preeti Shaktawat is ahead of Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) candidate Udailal Dangi by a margin of 6,501 votes.

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Shiv Sena candidate Kalaben Delkar, the wife of former independent MP late Mohan Delkar, took a decisive lead of over 15,000 votes as counting was underway on Tuesday for the by-election to the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha seat.

After the completion of 11 rounds of counting, Kalaben Delkar was leading by over 15,000 votes. She had so far received 44,723 votes, while her close rival, BJP candidate Mahesh Gavit, was trailing with 29,388 votes. Besides, the ’s Mahesh Dhodi got 1,947 votes so far, an Election Commission official said.

Himachal Pradesh

The INC has won the Mandi parliamentary seat and was leading in the assembly constituency of Arki whereas the BJP was leading in Fatehpur on Tuesday, according to available trends for by-elections in Himachal Pradesh. Independent candidate Chetan Singh Bragta is ahead in the Jubbal-Kotkhai assembly seat.

In the Mandi parliamentary seat, late chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s wife Pratibha Singh of the INC is leading with 5,920 votes over her nearest rival, Kargil war hero Brigadier (retd) Khushal Thakur of the BJP. After 12 rounds of counting in the Jubbal-Kotkhai assembly seat, Bragta is leading with 2,331 votes over his nearest rival Rohit Thakur (12,780) of the INC. BJP candidate Neelam Seraik has so far got only 1,753 votes.

Karnataka

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

Meanwhile, BJP candidate Eatala Rajender was leading over his nearest TRS rival Gellu Srinivas Yadav after three rounds of counting of votes in the Huzurabad in Telangana.

After completion of three rounds, Rajender was leading by 1,263 votes. While Rajender garnered 13,525 votes, Srinivas Yadav (TRS) secured 12,262 votes.

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