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By-election results 2017 LIVE: BJP wins four out of ten seats, Congress wins both seats in Karnataka

Results for by-elections held in 10 Assembly constituencies spread across eight different states — Karnataka, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and the national capital of Delhi — will be decided

FP Staff April 13, 2017 13:40:50 IST
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By-election results 2017 LIVE: BJP wins four out of ten seats, Congress wins both seats in Karnataka

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14:42 (ist)

Quick reactions to the Rajouri Garden bypoll result

Vijender Gupta, BJP MLA and Opposition Leader, Delhi Assembly: This is the beginning of an end for the AAP. Today’s bypoll result reflects the mood of the people of Delhi, who have lost faith in Arvind Kejriwal and AAP. Kejriwal has taken Delhi voters for granted and has got it back. This victory is a launching pad for Delhi BJP for the upcoming MCD polls.

Manish Sisodia, Deputy CM, Delhi: This bypoll result reflects people’s anger as the Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh left to contest Punjab polls. We tried to explain to the voters but it didn’t work. But, no problem, the government will showcase its two-year performance and win MCD election.

Yogendra Yadav, President, Swaraj India: From this result, one thing that is clear is that people have lost faith in AAP. The AAP leadership is into self-destruction mode. Only question is whether they commit suicide before murder. People’s disillusionment with AAP is clear as their vote share has declined from 47% in 2015 to 11% today.

Kulwant Kaur, Rajouri Garden resident: It was a mistake voting AAP to power in 2015 Assembly election. Now, residents of Rajouri Garden have realised it and have voted for BJP in large numbers. The result proves that BJP has won this seat today.

Abhishek Aneja, Rajouri Garden resident and Chartered Accountant: This was expected, because people have got disillusioned with AAP’s way of politics and performance of Delhi government. Here in Rajouri Garden, suddenly, our MLA Jarnail Singh quit to contest Punjab election. It shows he had no attachment, responsibility and accountability for this seat and his voters. He had to pay for his deed and the anger amongst Rajouri Garden voters.

12:10 (ist)

TMC's change in strategy to counter BJP's rise

Social media had gone into a meltdown of sorts recently and a million eyebrows were raised when Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wished everyone on Hanuman Jayanti via Twitter last Monday, even ending her tweet with 'Jai Bajrangbali'.

The Trinamool Congress's sudden affinity towards Hanuman might have had something to with Lord Ram, who has of late became the touchstone of BJP's aggressive Hindutva push in the state. Mamata has always been a pragmatic politician. She dismantled the 24-year-old Left citadel and totally usurped its Muslim votebank in 2011.

Over the next five years, she consolidated her Muslim votes, who according to 2011 census reports form around 27 percent of Bengal's population. This was done in the belief that if minority votes are in the bank, the Trinamool Congress would become invincible in the state - a model assiduously followed by the Left. However, this assumption came under serious pressure after 2016 when she came back to power with a thumping majority.

The BJP, which had long been languishing in the state, took a sudden turn towards aggressive pro-Hindutva politics under new state president Dilip Ghosh, an RSS man. The party perhaps took its cue from right-wing organisations like Hindu Samhati which was rapidly gaining in strength, tapping into the deep resentment that some Bengali Hindus were developing towards Mamata for what they interpreted as her politics of 'Muslim appeasement'.

Ever the pragmatic politician, Mamata has perhaps understood that she can no longer stay in denial of BJP's rise and has therefore sought to counter its aggressive Hindutva politics in two ways.

One, use the state's law and order machinery to scuttle BJP's political consolidation and not allow it space. Two, develop a version of soft Hindutva to sway the Hindus who she reckons are cut up with her.

As of now, the bypoll result in Kanthi Dakshin Assembly constituency, where TMC has opened up a huge lead over second-placed BJP and is set to better its 2016 performance, shows that Mamata has got her strategy spot on.

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Apr 13, 2017 - 15:24 (IST)

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Apr 13, 2017 - 15:01 (IST)

Rajouri Garden bypoll: Non-performance, blame games have cost Aam Aadmi Party dearly

Delhi voters have lost confidence in the Aam Aadmi Party following its non-performance and blame games The voters have also got the feeling that chief minister Arvind Kejriwal doesn't have the time for the state of Delhi any more, and nor do his MLAs. The results of Punjab and Goa Assembly elections last month, which also went against AAP, indicates it's not just Delhi voters who feel this way.

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Apr 13, 2017 - 14:45 (IST)

Bypoll results would put Congress in a difficult spot. Though it could win only two out of 10 seats that went to the polls in eight states, it registered victory in both the seats in Karnataka where it rules. The good news for the party is that this victory came a day after Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi led a group of opposition leaders to President Pranab Mukherjee where besides some other issues, they raised EVM tampering charge against ruling BJP and EC.

Sonia and Rahul's position on EVM was in complete disregard to the "defeatist" mindset of Congress position taken by senior party leader Veerapa Moily, former Karnataka chief minister and former law minister. Congress president-vice president, mother-son duo also disregarded position taken by Punjab Chief minister Amrinder Singh.

They also didn't care that it was Rajeev Gandhi government with its brute majority in Parliament which had given legal teeth to the EVM by amending Representation of People Act and made it applicable for all elections to be held in India. What would Congress say now on its EVM tampering charge, particularly with reference to its victory in Karnataka by-polls. That's something nation would be keenly watching.

Apr 13, 2017 - 14:42 (IST)

Quick reactions to the Rajouri Garden bypoll result

Vijender Gupta, BJP MLA and Opposition Leader, Delhi Assembly: This is the beginning of an end for the AAP. Today’s bypoll result reflects the mood of the people of Delhi, who have lost faith in Arvind Kejriwal and AAP. Kejriwal has taken Delhi voters for granted and has got it back. This victory is a launching pad for Delhi BJP for the upcoming MCD polls.

Manish Sisodia, Deputy CM, Delhi: This bypoll result reflects people’s anger as the Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh left to contest Punjab polls. We tried to explain to the voters but it didn’t work. But, no problem, the government will showcase its two-year performance and win MCD election.

Yogendra Yadav, President, Swaraj India: From this result, one thing that is clear is that people have lost faith in AAP. The AAP leadership is into self-destruction mode. Only question is whether they commit suicide before murder. People’s disillusionment with AAP is clear as their vote share has declined from 47% in 2015 to 11% today.

Kulwant Kaur, Rajouri Garden resident: It was a mistake voting AAP to power in 2015 Assembly election. Now, residents of Rajouri Garden have realised it and have voted for BJP in large numbers. The result proves that BJP has won this seat today.

Abhishek Aneja, Rajouri Garden resident and Chartered Accountant: This was expected, because people have got disillusioned with AAP’s way of politics and performance of Delhi government. Here in Rajouri Garden, suddenly, our MLA Jarnail Singh quit to contest Punjab election. It shows he had no attachment, responsibility and accountability for this seat and his voters. He had to pay for his deed and the anger amongst Rajouri Garden voters.

Apr 13, 2017 - 14:36 (IST)

BJP biggest winner

By-election in 10 assembly seats, spread across eight states including Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Bengal has come as yet another booster for the ruling BJP. The party has won or is leading in six seats in Assam, HP, MP, Delhi and Rajasthan.

All in all, the BJP is the net gainer from the seats it held in the past, prior to these by-elections. Gain of Delhi's Rajouri Gaden seat after conclusively defeating AAP would be a big morale booster. The victory is even sweeter for the BJP for it comes after resounding victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttranchal, as also a series of good performances in urban civic and rural Panchayat elections in different states including Gujarat, Maharastra, Orissa, Rajathan etc.

This also comes ahead of BJP national executive meeting to be held in Bhubaneswar over this weekend. The issue is sure to add to the overall mood buoyancy in the BJP. Next month, when BJP would officially be celebrating Modi government's three years in power, results of general elections and these bypolls would form a major talking point. The BJP would claim that Modi wave continues to blow with vigour.

Apr 13, 2017 - 13:35 (IST)

Congress leads in Ater by 569 votes in 10th round: News18

Apr 13, 2017 - 13:23 (IST)

AAP loses deposit and face

Aam Aadmi Party's loss in Rajouri Gadren is even more damaging for Arvind Kejriwal because conventional wisdom suggests that the ruling party gets an undue advantage in by-elections. Though there is no substantive reason behind this belief, there are various examples in the present and past when the ruling party was generally the gainer.

The damage to Kejriwal becomes more grievous because the fact that his party candidate Harjeet Singh could secure only 10,243 votes, about 14% of the total votes polled, not just standing third but losing his security deposit as well.

This humiliating reversal for a party which had won 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi only two years ago is an indication os just how much popular ground Kejriwal has lost in such a short span of time. Delhi Lieutenant-Governor's order to recover Rs 97 crore from AAP (headed by Kejriwal) and pay that amount to Delhi government (headed by Kejriwal) for the violations of Supreme Court directive which the Kejriwal government made in issuing advertisements from the public exchequer damaged the chief minister.

The Shunglu Committee report indicting the Kejriwal government for nepotism, corruption and cronyism has already made Kejriwal's position precarious, both as a leader and as an administrator.

Apr 13, 2017 - 13:08 (IST)

Simon Marandi of JMM leading from Litipara, Jharkhand: ANI

Apr 13, 2017 - 13:04 (IST)

Apr 13, 2017 - 13:04 (IST)

What the defeat in Karnataka means for BJP

The BJP's hope that it would ride to victory on the crest of a Modi wave, helped by a favourable caste matrix, has crashed in the two assembly bypolls in Karnataka. It has lost Gundlupet and Nanjangud by big margins.

The defection of Srinivas Prasad, former minister and a noted Dalit in the region, from the Congress to the BJP was of little help to the party. Prasad lost Nanjangud by some 20,000 votes. The BJP leaders thought that state president BS Yeddyurappa's Lingayat community and the Dalits, which together form half the electorate in both places, would consolidate behind it. That calculation has misfired badly.

In both places, the BJP indulged in negative politics: It spoke little about development and instead harped on Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's non-performance, often indulging in cheap personality attacks. The voters taught the party a lesson. The defeats mean that the BJP needs to get its act together in Karnataka. At the same time, the two victories do not automatically translate into a win for the Congress in the next year's assembly elections, though it improves Siddaramaiah's stock within the Congress in the run-up to 2018.

Results for by-elections held in 10 Assembly constituencies spread across eight different states will be announced on Thursday. The fate of key constituencies and candidates in states like Karnataka, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and the national capital of Delhi will be decided once results for these bypolls are out.

Byelection results 2017 LIVE BJP wins four out of ten seats Congress wins both seats in Karnataka

Representational image. AP

The constituencies that underwent polling on 9 April include Rajouri Garden (Delhi), Litipara (Jharkhand), Nanjangud and Gundlupet (Karnataka), Dholpur (Rajasthan), Kanthi Dakshin (West Bengal), Ater and Bandhavgarh (Madhya Pradesh), Bhoranj (Himachal Pradesh) and Dhemaji (Assam).

By-election to West Delhi's Rajouri Garden assembly seat is seen as the trailer to the upcoming municipal elections this month. The seat fell vacant after the Aam Adami Party's Jarnail Singh quit to contest the Punjab Assembly polls held earlier this year. The bypoll had seen meagre voter turnout, with Delhiites registering just 47 percent. In the 2015 Assembly elections, when the Aam Aadmi Party swept to power, the constituency had witnessed 72 percent voter turnout.

In Assam's Dhemaji constituency, BJP lawmaker Pradan Baruah had contested and won the Lok Sabha election from Lakhimpur constituency. Sarbananda Sonowal had vacated the seat upon becoming the chief minister, after winning from Majuli.

In Jharkhand's Litipara seat, considered a prestigious constituency, both for the ruling BJP and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).

Meanwhile, in Karnataka's Gundlupet, a record 80 percent of the electorate cast their franchise, while the Nanjangud constituency, there was 76 percent turnout was registered. Nanjangud in Mysuru will have by-elections after former Congress lawmaker Srinivasa Prasad resigned his seat to recontest on a BJP ticket.

In Jammu and Kashmir, the repolling ordered by the Election Commission in 38 polling stations of Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, where the bypoll on 9 April was marred by violence, began on Thursday amidst tight security arrangements.

The polling began at 7 am and will end at 4 pm. All these polling stations are located in central Kashmir's Budgam district, the worst-hit by violence during polling on Sunday.

Seven of the eight deaths in security forces firing during Sunday's polling took place in Budgam district, especially in the areas where the Election Commission ordered to hold a repoll.

With inputs from PTI

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