NEW DELHI: A big setback has come for the BJP of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in perhaps the biggest by-polls before the General Elections 2019. The saffron party has not only failed to win new seats but could not save most of the seats it was holding.
The polling was held on Monday for four Lok Sabha and 11 Assembly seats in 10 states. Three of the four Lok Sabha seats were with BJP and one with its ally. BJP has lost two of its seats, including the prestigious Kairana Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh to the united Opposition. It retained the Palghar Lok Sabha seat of Maharashtra and its ally NDPP retained the Nagaland Lok Sabha seat.
Out of 11 Assembly seats that went to poll, two was with BJP and two with its ally JD-U in Bihar and SAD in Punjab. BJP lost one to SP and retained one while both its allies lost the two other seats to RJD and Congress respectively.
In all, the Congress-led UPA has snatched five seats, including two Lok Sabha seats from the BJP-led NDA.
Overall, out of 15 Lok Sabha/Assembly seats, Congress-led UPA has won 12 seats, four of them by Congress alone and one each by RLD, RJD, SP, CPI-M, NCP, TMC and two seats by JMM in Jharkhand.
The biggest setback for BJP has come from high profile Kairana Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh where it was defeated by united Opposition’s Begum Tabassum Hasan. The seat was won by late BJP leader Hukum Singh in the 2014 polls. The party had fielded his daughter to gather sympathy vote. But RLD candidate Begum was backed by all major Opposition parties including SP, BSP and Congress.
|Constituency||Winner||Party||Previous Winning Party|
|1||Kairana (Lok Sabha)
|Begum Tabassum Hasan (Wins)||RLD||BJP|
|2||Bhandara-Gondiya (Lok Sabha) Maharashtra||Kukade M Yashwantrao (Leading)||NCP||BJP|
|3||Palghar (Lok Sabha) Maharashtra||Gavit Rajendra Dhedya (wins)||BJP||BJP|
|4||Nagaland (Lok Sabha)||Tokheho (Leading)||NDPP||NDPP|
|Shahnawaz Alam (wins)||RJD||JD-U|
|Babita Devi (wins)||JMM||JMM|
|Seema Devi (wins)||JMM||JMM|
|Saji Cheriyan (wins)||CPI-M||CPI-M|
|Naim Ul Hasan (wins)||SP||BJP|
|Munni Devi Shah (Leading)||BJP||BJP|
|7||Palus Kadegaon (Assembly)
|Vishwajeet Patangrao (wins)||Congress||Congress|
|Minai D. Shira (wins)||Congress||Congress|
|Hardev Singh Ladi (wins)||Congress||SAD|
|Dulal Chandra Das (Leading)||TMC||TMC|
|11||Rajarajeshwari Nagar (Assembly)
Updated at 2:04 PM, 31 May 2018