MODI PRABHAV … BJP leading in most of the 56 assembly bypolls in 11 states


NEW DELHI: The BJP is making an impressive show in the byelections being held in 11 states across the country for seats that fell vacant in the past about a year. Polls were held to as many as 56 assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat. The saffron party also did well in Bihar assembly polls, where it emerged as the single largest party midway through counting stage.

The trends show further decimation of the grand old party, the Congress in various states.

As per latest reports, the BJP led in 20 out of 29 seats that were up for polls in Madhya Pradesh, where the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government has a tenuous majority in the state assembly. However, three ministers were trailing. The large-scale vacancies arise in the state as several Congress MLAs resigned their seat and joined hands with him to join the BJP, to pull down the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the state. They were re-fielded by the BJP in this elections.

The BJP was leading in the bypolls to two assembly seats in Karnataka –RR Nagar and Sira — as well. The Congress was leading in bypolls in Chhattisgarh’s Marwahi and also a seat in Haryana.

While the saffron party led in six of the seven seats up for polls, the party led in all the eight seats up for polls in Gujarat. In Jharkhand, the BJP led in one seat and the ruling Congress in another. In Nagaland, Independents led in two seats up for polls. In Odisha, the ruling Biju Janata Dal led in the polls for two seats, Balasore and Tirtol, while the BJP led in the bypolls in one seat in Telangana as well. –IHN-NN


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