New Delhi: The BJP, which dominates in the Northeast, has lost by-elections for 29 Assembly and 3 Lok Sabha seats in two northern states, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. Congress won 3 Assembly seats in Himachal and is leading in the Mandi race.
Pratibha Singh, wife of the late Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, has taken the lead in the Lok Sabha seat of Mandi in Himachal Pradesh after trailing BJP’s Kargil war hero Brigadier (retd) Khushal Thakur for a long time. BJP candidate Dnyaneshwar Patil is leading from Khandwa Lok Sabha constituency in Madhya Pradesh. Shiv Sena is ahead in Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
The Congress won three assembly seats in Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki in Himachal Pradesh. In Haryana, INLD’s Abhay Chautala is far ahead of BJP’s Govind Kanda.
The BJP has won three of the five seats in Assam where it had fielded candidates. Coalition partner UPPL is ahead in the two seats allotted to them.
In Meghalaya, Eugene Lyngdoh, a former footballer contesting on a United Democratic Party ticket, has won. BJP’s ally NPP (National People’s Party) has won the seat and is leading in second place. In Mizoram, MNF has won the Tuirial seat.
In Bihar, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United is leading by one seat while the Rashtriya Janata Dal is leading by another. The BJP is leading in one seat in Madhya Pradesh and two others.
In Rajasthan, the Congress is leading in two seats – Vallabhnagar and Dhariawad – where the election is seen as a referendum on the performance of the Ashok Gehlot government, which was challenged by the Sachin Pilot-led Congress group last year. The party is also leading in Arki in Himachal Pradesh and one seat in Maharashtra.
The Trinamool Congress is on the verge of an easy victory in all the four seats in Bengal. The by-elections in Dinhata and Santipur – which were held by the BJP – were seen as a battle of prestige for the party, which is currently grappling with the departure of MLAs and senior leaders after Trinamool’s landslide victory in the April-May state elections.
In Karnataka, the BJP is leading in two seats, while the Congress is leading in another. This is considered to be the first election test for Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who will replace BS Yeddyurappa in the Sindh and Hangal by-elections.
Etala Rajendra, who left the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti and joined the BJP, is next in the Huzurabad assembly seat in Telangana. Rajendra, the incumbent MLA in the constituency, had resigned after allegations of land grabbing, which he denied.
Five by-elections were held in Assam, four in Bengal, three each in Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, two each in Bihar, Karnataka and Rajasthan and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Mizoram and Telangana. . Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh are the Lok Sabha seats.
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