The BJP has fared poorly in by-polls held in four Lok Sabha and 14 assembly seats, results of which were declared today. Opposition-backed RLD candidate Tabassum Hasan defeated BJP’s Mriganka Singh by over 55,000 votes in the crucial Kairana Lok Sabha seat. The Samajwadi Party, on the other hand, won the Noorpur assembly by-poll by 6,211 votes.
The Congress won the much-hyped RR Nagar assembly constituency in Karnataka with party candidate Muniratna defeating his nearest BJP candidate by 41,162 votes.
The BJP, however, won the by-polls for the Palaghar Lok Sabha constituency with party candidate Rajendra Gavit defeating Shiv Sena’s Shriniwas Wanga by 29,572 votes. The BJP also won the Tharali assembly seat in Uttarakhand by a margin of over 1,900 votes.
In Bihar, the JD(U)-BJP alliance suffered a major setback with the RJD winning the Jokihat assembly by-poll by over 41,000 votes. The JMM won both Silli and Gomia assembly seats in by-polls held in the two assembly constituencies in Jharkhand.
The Congress won the Ampati assembly constituency in Meghalaya with Miani D Shira, daughter of former CM and Mukul Sangma, defeating her nearest NPP candidate by a margin of over 3,000 votes. By-elections were necessitated after Mukul Sangma, who had held the assembly constituency for five terms, vacated it after retaining Songsak, the second constituency he won in the elections held in February this year.
The Congress also won the Shahkot LAC in Punjab by margin of 38,802 votes.
On the other hand, in by-polls to the Nagaland Lok Sabha constituency, NDPP candidate Tokheho Yepthomi has extended his lead over the NPF candidate to over 1.6 lakh votes and is on the verge of getting elected to the lower house of Parliament.