BJP retains Palghar, NCP wins Bhandara-Gondia

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jun 2018 08:29:39



Congress wins one Assembly seat in Maharashtra while Oppn RLD snatches Kairana from BJP to score 11/14; limits BJP and allies at just 3 in Uttar Pradesh

In Maharashtra, the BJP retained Palghar but was staring at defeat in the Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha constituency, which the BJP had won in the 2014 elections.

NCP’s Madhukar Kukade defeats Hemant Patle of BJP by 48,097 votes in Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha by-poll. The Congress has won one Assembly seat in Maharashtra without any contest after all other parties withdrew their candidates.

In A big setback to the ruling BJP, Opposition parties on Thursday appeared winning 11 by-polls, limiting the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies to just three, out of four Lok Sabha and 10 Assembly seats across 11 States -- riding high on strengthening non-BJP unity in run-up to the 2019 general elections.

With prestige at stake in every single by-poll, the BJP was seen losing the high-profile Kairana Lok Sabha seat in politically important Uttar Pradesh to a united Opposition after a communally-charged election campaign, while similar appeared the result for Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra, as per the trends and results announced by the Election Commission.

However, the BJP retained another Lok Sabha seat from Maharashtra, Palghar, where it had faced a challenge from its own ally Shiv Sena but the Opposition could not pose a united fight. BJP’s Rajendra Gavit won the seat, defeating Shiv Sena’s Shrinivas Wanaga by 29,574 votes.

The fourth Lok Sabha seat, Nagaland, for which by-poll was held earlier this week appeared to be going in favour of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), a BJP ally in the North-Eastern State.

While the Lok Sabha by-poll results appeared equally divided at 2-2 between the BJP-plus-allies and the Opposition parties, figures for the 10 Assembly by-polls came as a big setback for the ruling party which could manage just one (in Uttarakhand), while Congress bagged three (in Meghalaya, Karnataka and Punjab’s Shahkot) and others got six -- JMM got two in Jharkhand, while CPI (M), SP, RJD and Trinamool one each in Kerala, UP, Bihar and West Bengal, respectively.

The results appeared more slanted against the BJP after taking into account the parties that had won these seats before by-polls were necessitated. While the BJP alliance was seen retaining two Lok Sabha seats -- one in Maharashtra and another in Nagaland -- it failed to retain two others -- UP’s Kairana and Maharashtra’s Palghar.

Similarly in 10 Assembly seats, the BJP and its allies failed to retain seats like Noorpur in UP and Shahkot in Punjab, while the Opposition parties such as Congress, CPI (M), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Trinamool retained their respective seats.

The BJP retained Tharali Assembly seat in Uttarakhand, but Samajwadi Party snatched Noorpur in neighbouring UP from BJP. SP’s Naeemul Hasan cruised ahead of his nearest BJP rival Avni Singh to win this seat.

In Bihar, Opposition RJD won Jokihat Assembly seat by defeating BJP’s ally JD(U) by a huge margin. The result was being seen as a big jolt to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who dumped the RJD and Congress last year to join hands with the BJP to form a new coalition Government in Bihar.
Commenting on the results, senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said one has to take two steps backward before a big leap.

Asked about the BJP’s performance in these by-elections ahead of next year’s general polls, Singh said, “For a massive leap, one always has to go two steps backward.”
“We are going to take a massive leap,” he added.
AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal latched onto the by-poll results to attack the BJP and said it reflects the anger against the Modi Government.

The trends from UP showed the biggest electoral ubset for the BJP. Tabassum Hasan of the RLD on Thursday won the Kairana Lok Sabha seat by a huge margin over her BJP rival.
Hasan polled 4,81,182 votes, while Mriganka Singh of the BJP got 4,36,564 votes, a difference of 44,618 votes, the election office here said.

In the process, Tabassum (48) has become the first Muslim face from Uttar Pradesh in the 16th Lok Sabha. The Kairana seat had fallen vacant following the death of Mriganka’s father and BJP MP Hukum Singh. Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Tabassum Hasan was supported by the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party as the joint opposition candidate to take on the BJP.

Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Tabassum Hasan, supported by the Congress, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, established an early lead over Mriganka Singh right from the beginning to establish an almost invincible lead by noon.

Punjab’s ruling Congress candidate Hardev Singh Ladi wrested the Shahkot assembly seat from the Shiromani Akali Dal, defeating the party’s nominee Naib Singh Kohar with a margin of 38,801 votes, an election office spokesperson said.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh hailed the Congress victory as a “vindication” of the Government’s people-centric policies, a rejection of the “negative” politics of SAD and “decimation” of AAP. Trinamool’s Dulal Das won Maheshtala assembly bypoll in West Bengal, defeating BJP’s Sujit Kumar Ghosh by 62,827 votes.

Kerala’s ruling CPI(M)-led LDF’s Saji Cheriyan also won the Chengannur Assembly by-poll by a huge margin of 20,956 votes over his nearest Congress rival D Vijaykumar, while the BJP candidate came third.

JMM retained both Silli and Gomia Assembly seats in Jharkhand. In Gomia, JMM’s Babita Devi defeated AJSU nominee Lambodar Mahto by 13,00 votes while BJP’s nominee Madhavlal Singh stood third on the seat. In Silli, JMM’s Seema Mahto defeated AJSU chief and former State Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahto by 13,000 votes.