Bypoll results: BJP takes MP, TMC sweeps West Bengal, AIADMK in Tamil Nadu
Counting of votes is underway for four Lok Sabha and 10 Assembly constituencies, spread across six States and one Union Territory where by-elections were held on Saturday.
Bypolls were conducted for three assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu, two in Tripura, one each in Assam, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh and the union territory of Puducherry.
The results have started coming out with the BJP’s Gyan Singh winning Lok Sabha seat from Shahdol constituency in Madhya Pradesh. The BJP has also won the by-election from the Nepanagar assembly constituency in Madhya Pradesh with Manju Dadu, daughter of late BJP MLA Rajendra Dadu winning the seat.
The bypoll results are seen against the backdrop of demonetisation. The results will denote whether the people stood with or against the government’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
Trinamool Congress’ Dibyendu Adhikari has won Tamluk Lok Sabha seat defeating his nearest rival CPM’s Mandira Panda by 4.97 lakh votes. Trinamool Congress’ Partha Pratim Roy has won Cooch Behar Lok Sabha seat by 4,13,231 votes. The party has also won Monteswar Assembly bypoll with candidate Saikat Panja defeating his nearest CPI(M) rival Md Osman Gani Sarkar by 1,27,127 votes.
Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee says that the party’s landslide victory in the bypolls is due to the effect of demonetisation.
AIADMK’s AK Bhose has defeated DMK’s Sarvanan by a margin of 42,627 votes to win Thiruparankkundram assembly bypolls. AIADMK is leading leads in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies.
Senior congress leader and Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy has won the Nellithope seat defeating AIADMK’s Om Sakthi Segar, by a margin of 11,144 votes.
In Assam, the BJP is leading by a huge margin in the Lakhimpur Lok Sabha seat vacated by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.