Giving a thumbs up to development the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the victory of BJP and its allies in bypolls in various states showed that people had reposed faith in the “politics of development”. In his happy tweets after the bypoll results came, he said it was an “appreciable effort” by NDA. “Happy to see the victory of BJP and allies in by-polls in northern, southern, eastern, western and central parts of the country. I express gratitude to the people,” he tweeted. “Appreciable effort by NDA. People across India reposed faith in politics of development, development & development. ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’,” Modi added.
The BJP wrested the communally-sensitive Muzaffarnagar constituency in Uttar Pradesh where the Samajwadi Party suffered a blow losing two of the three seats it had while the Congress was jolted in Karnataka where it lost two of the three seats in the Assembly by-elections.
The ruling RJD-JD(U)-Congress coalition, which had come to power in Bihar with a massive majority in the Assembly elections three months ago, faced an embarrassment when the Congress candidate was defeated in Harlakhi constituency by BJP ally RLSP.
In the other five states, ruling parties–BJP, Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, TRS and CPI (M)–won in the by-elections for a lone seat in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana and Tripura respectively.
Main opposition parties Congress and Aam Aadmi Party had stayed out of the contest. In Telangana, continuing its winning spree since it rode to power in the 2014 Assembly elections, the ruling TRS wrested Narayanakhed seat in Medak district from Congress with a massive margin of over 53,625 votes.