BJP gets jolt in assembly by-polls, Nitish-Lalu alliance clicks in Bihar
NEW DELHI: Three months after its spectacular showing
in Lok Sabha polls, the BJP on Monday received a jolt in assembly by-elections
suffering a 4-6 defeat at the hands of the RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance in Bihar
and yielding two strongholds to Congress in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.
Honours were shared in Punjab where the ruling
Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress won one seat each. Out of the 18 seats in four
states for which bypolls were held on August 21, Congress and its allies won 10
while seven went to BJP and one to its ally SAD.
Bihar: BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain attributed the party’s poor showing
to “prevailing” factors in Bihar and said the state leaders would accept total
responsibility. The BJP, which had allied with JD(U) in 2010 elections and had
parted ways last year, managed to win only in Narkatiaganj, Banka, Hajipur, and
The results have come as a boost to the JD(U)
government, which enjoys a comfortable majority in Bihar Assembly.
Karnataka: In Karnataka, the ruling Congress received a shot in the arm when it
won two seats, including wresting the prestigious Bellary (Rural) from BJP
which managed to retain one constituency in the fiercely-fought August 21
In a blow to BJP, Congress’ NY Gopalakrishna trounced
BJP’s Obalesh by a margin of 33,104 votes in Bellary Rural, represented earlier
by B Sriramulu, who vacated the seat after becoming a Lok Sabha member.
In Shikaripura, BJP managed to retain the seat with BY
Raghavendra, son of party National Vice-President and former Chief Minister BS
Yeddyurappa, winning by a reduced margin of 6,430 votes against Congress’ HS
Congress retained its traditional stronghold of
Chikkodi-Sadalga, where its candidate Ganesh Prakash Hukkeri defeated BJP’s
Mahantesh Kavatagimath by 31,820 votes.
Punjab: In Punjab, the prestigious Patiala (urban) constituency was won by
Perneet Kaur, wife of former chief minister Amarinder Singh, who had vacated
the seat after winning the Lok Sabha election from Amritsar.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had made a stunning
debut in the state in the Lok Sabha polls winning four out of 13 seats in
Punjab, lost its deposit in Patiala (Urban).
The Talwandi Sabo Assembly seat was bagged by ruling
SAD whose candidate Jeet Mohinder Sidhu had deserted the Congress and quit as
MLA. Preneet, a three-time MP, was defeated by AAP’s Dharamvira Gandhi in the
Lok Sabha polls.
Madhya Pradesh: In Madhya Pradesh too, the BJP suffered a setback
when Congress wrested Bahoriband seat from it but the ruling party won two
others. Sourabh Singh, who joined Congress recently after quitting BSP, won by
a margin of 7977 votes in Bahoriband.
However, BJP wrested Vijayraghavgarh from Congress
whose candidate and former Mayor Brajendra Mishra lost by 53,397 votes to BJP’s
Pathak won the 2013 polls from Vijaraghavgarh seat on
a Congress ticket with a thin margin. He later joined BJP during Lok Sabha
polls following differences with senior Congress leaders.
BJP retained the Agar Assembly seat by a margin of
27,102 votes with its candidate Gopal Parmar defeating Congress’ Rajkumar Gore.
The bypoll was necessitated after sitting BJP MLA Manohar Untwal got elected as
MP from Dewas Lok Sabha seat.