New Delhi (Yogi Raj): In a shocking series of defeats that the Bharatiya Janata Party suffered at the hands of the United Opposition on Thursday, it faced jolts across 10 states in Lok Sabha by-polls and Assembly by-polls results. The BJP is yet to win a seat in the politically significant Uttar Pradesh this year losing the crucial Kairana Lok Sabha seat too to Samajwadi Party. The saffron party also faced defeat at the hands of Nationalist Congress Party in the Bhandara-Gondiya Lok Sabha by-poll in Maharashtra.
Although the BJP could save its face in Maharashtra winning the Palghar parliamentary seat beating Shiv Sena after which the latter accused the BJP of meddling with the polling by referring to the EVM malfunction. Their request to conduct re-polling on the Palghar seat to the Election Commission, however, was rejected by the EC.
Out of the four Lok Sabha constituencies, BJP’s ally in Nagaland Nagaland Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) won against the Naga People’s Front (NPF) candidate. But it won only one seat out of 10 Assembly seats across 10 states.
Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana brought the biggest jolt to the BJP. Thursday’s result here was crucial to the party as it had won this seat in 2014 elections and also because of the fact that it had already lost two Lok Sabha seats – Gorakhpur and Phulpur – in March this year to the Samajwadi Party.
BJP, having fielded Mriganka Singh, lost Kairana to Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Tabassum Hasan, jointly supported by Bahujan Samaj Party, Congress and Samajwadi Party by over 55,000 votes.
BJP had secured 73 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The victory was repeated last year’s assembly elections when the BJP emerged winner with an impressive 312 out of 423 seats.
Samajwadi Party came back to haunt BJP again turning the Noorpur assembly seat into a nightmare for the party having earlier done so in Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha by-poll. BJP’s Avani Singh lost to SP’s Naimul Hassan by over 6,200 votes here.
The defeat in Kairana could be looked at as a sign of some damage done to the BJP since last year’s win in the assembly elections, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled next year.
Palghar and Bhandara-Gondiya – BJP hits one, misses one
BJP added Maharashtra’s Palghar Lok Sabha to its kitty in a direct fight with its estranged ally Shiv Sena. With a lead of over 29,000 votes, the BJP candidate Rajendra Gavit took on Shiv Sena’s Srinivas Wanga. Just as the BJP was rising up to rejoice, the numbers from Bhandara-Gondiya fell and the NCP, backed by Congress, took the lead.
BJP’s Hemant Patel was defeated by NCP’s Madhukar Kukde in Bhandara-Gondiya, who snatched the constituency from under the BJP’s nose. BJP had won this seat in 2014 election and with a huge margin of 45,000 votes. The BJP stand empty-handed in Bhandara-Gondiya.
“I am confident that the RLD will play a role in how to carry forward the opposition unity and alliance. Whatever the alliance, we will play a positive role.” RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary said.
Congress soars in Punjab, Mamata rock solid in West Bengal
The BJP managed to get hold of only one seat In Uttarakhand where a total of 10 assembly seats went to polls. Congress registered victory in Punjab’s Shahkot, while it backed other parties’ candidates in other states.
Congress also emerged victorious in Karnataka’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Meghalaya’s Ampati making it the single largest party in the state. The competition in West Bengal’s Maheshtala also was one sided where the Trinamool Congress emerged winner. In Kerala’s Chengannur, Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate beat Congress rival.
In Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Shahnawaz Alam defeated the ruling BJP-JD(U)’s candidate by over 41,000 votes in Jikohat assembly bypoll thereby winning a prestige battle.