New Delhi: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won Assembly bypolls in Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Assam on Thursday while it was leading in Rajasthan as results poured in for the nine seats where by-elections were held recently.
In Karnataka, the ruling Congress has won both the seats. Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP suffered a humiliating defeat in Delhi at the hands of its main rival, BJP.
By-elections were held in 10 Assembly constituencies in eight states on Sunday. Two seats each are in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh and one each in West Bengal, Assam, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Delhi.
The victory in the National Capital was sweet music for the BJP ahead of the municipal polls.
The BJP registered a victory in the Rajouri Garden assembly bypoll, handing a humiliating defeat to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, which finished a distant third.
In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP retained the Bandhavgarh assembly seat after defeating rival Congress. BJP nominee Shivnarayan Singh defeated Congress’ candidate Savitri Singh from the seat in Umaria district.
The bypoll was necessitated as BJP MLA Gyan Singh got elected to the Lok Sabha in November last year from Shahdol in a by-election.
In Himachal Pradesh, BJP candidate Anil Dhiman won the Bhoranj (SC) assembly seat in Himachal Pradesh.
The seat fell vacant following the death of BJP stalwart and former minister Ishwar Dass Dhiman, who won the seat six times in a row since 1990 and now his son Dr Anil Dhiman has retained the seat.
The strength of the BJP has thus increased to 28 in the 68-member House.
The showing was good for the party in Assam also where its candidate Ranoj Pegu won the Dhemaji assembly by-election defeating his nearest the Congress rival Babul Sonowal.
The bypoll was necessitated following the election of BJP MLA Pradan Baruah as MP from Lakhimpur Lok Sabha seat.
The BJP had won 60 of 126 assembly seats and formed the Government in partnership with its pre-poll alliance partners last year.
The Congress party retained its hold on Karnataka though there is a general perception that the Congress Government is unpopular and the BJP is about to win the next elections. But the Congress has proved that it is still in command by wining Nanjangud and Gundlupet Assembly seats.
The by-elections were necessitated in Gundulpet following the death of Cooperation Minister Mahadevaprasad and in Nanjangud, it was caused by the resignation of Srinivas Prasad as Congress MLA after he was dropped from the ministry. He crossed over to the BJP.