By-polls throws surprise in UP; Setback to ruling SP

RSTV Bureau
By poll results tally

By poll results tally

The ruling Samajwadi Party received a big jolt ahead of the 2017 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, losing two out of three assembly seats where the results of by-polls were declared on Tuesday. By-polls were also held in MP, Punjab, Telangana, Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka and Tripura, where the results didn’t throw up any significant surprise.

Uttar Pradesh gave a glimpse of electoral standing, where the incumbent SP could only hold on to the Bikapur assembly seat in Faizabad, losing the sensitive Muzaffarnagar seat to BJP and Deoband to the Congress party.

The by-elections were necessitated in Muzaffarnagar, Deoband and Bikapur due to death of SP MLAs Chitranjan Swaroop, Rajendra Singh Rana and Mitrasen Yadav last year.

Congress candidate Mavia Ali registered victory in Deoband while BJP’s Kapil Dev Agarwal won Muzaffarnagar seat. SP’s Anand Sen Yadav won Bikapur over his nearest rival RLD candidate Munna Singh Chauhan.

Meanwhile, in Telangana, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party secured an expected win in Narayankhed assembly seat by defeating the Congress candidate by sizable margin.

TRS candidate Bhupal Reddy defeated his Congress rival Sanjeeva Reddy’s by a margin of 53,625 votes. The by-poll was necessitated due to the death of Sanjeeva Reddy’s father and sitting Congress MLA Krishna Reddy. The by-poll was held on 14 February recorded 81% voting.

In Bihar, the Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance suffered a setback of sorts with BJP-ally RLSP retaining the Harlakhi assembly seat in the by-election, necessitated after Upendra Kushwaha’s father Basant Kushwaha had died a day before taking oath. Riding on a sympathy wave, RLSP candidate Sudhansu Sekhar defeated his Congress rival Mohammad Shabir by a margin of 18,650 votes.

Where as in Congress-ruled Karnataka, the ruling party won Bidar seat and the main opposition BJP won Hebbala and Devadurga seats. Loosing Hebbala seat came as a surprise to Congress as former Union minister CK Jaffer Sharief’s grandson CK Rehman Sharief lost his seat to BJP candidate Narayanaswamy. Devadurga seat went to former BJP Minister Shivanagouda Naik and Bidar to Congress party’s Raheem Khan.

In another poll bound state of Punjab, Ruling SAD’s Ravinder Singh Brahmpura has won Khadoor Sahib Assembly seat by a margin of 65,664 votes. He has defeated his nearest rival Independent candidate Bhupinder Singh by a margin of 65,664 votes. The main opposition Congress had boycotted the by-poll.

In Tripura, the CPI (M) continues to hold sway. The party won the Amarpur seat in Tripura easily while in Shiv Sena retained Palghar Assembly seat in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena candidate Amit Ghoda won the by-poll following the death of their own MLA Krishna Arjun Ghoda.