Bypoll Results

The results of bypolls in some selected assembly constituencies of Karnataka, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra were announced on Tuesday. The elections were held last week and have returned a mixed bag of results. Here is a short description of the results.

Not Exactly A Landslide, But Still….

  • BJP swooped away the Muzaffarnagar polls by a huge margin of 7000 votes.
  • According to reports from Deputy District Election Officer, Manoj Kumar Singh BJP candidate Kapil Deo received 65,378 votes while his counterpart Samajwadi Party candidate Gaurav Swaroop is settling for 58,026 votes.
  • The third place went to RLD candidate Mithilesh Pal with 14,673 votes and Salman Saeed of Congress at the fourth position with 10,561 votes.
  • This result can be treated as a function of the Muzaffarnagar riots which have polarized the voter base.
  • Political insights into this incident suggest that the incapability of the ruling Samajwadi party in handling the riots have had a huge impact on the results.
  • Special instructions have been issued from the office of the district magistrate to keep a check on victory processions and unauthorized firing during celebrations.

Revelries for Congress Too:

  • In a respite for Congress, the ruling party suffered another setback in the Deoband constituency where Congress candidate Mavia Ali outrivaled his peer Meena Singh, a Samajwadi Party candidate.
  • History has its share in this result as the last time Congress won an election in Deoband was in the assembly elections of 1989.
  • Furthermore, this has turned out to be a lesson for the ruling party which had expelled Mavia Ali in 2011 on grounds of immoral support to Ghulam Mohd. Vastanvi of Deoband.
  • Statistically, Mavia Ali garnered a whopping 51,012 votes while his nearest competition was in Meena Singh of SP, who had managed to secure 47,753 votes.
  • BJP was left red-faced in this constituency at the third position with their candidate Rampal Sing Pundir securing around 45,513 votes.

Meanwhile, Somewhere Else…

  • TRS won the Medak Assembly in Telangana by a stunning 53,600 votes
  • In Tripura, the ruling CPI-M registered victory over BJP in Birganj assembly by-elections
  • The Grand Secular Alliance failed to weave magic again in Bihar as they lost the Harlakhi assembly poll to RSLP candidate by 18560 votes. Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RSLP) which is a BJP ally enjoyed the guidance of Union minister Upendra Kushwaha, and its candidate Sudhansu Sekhar surpassed his rival, Mohammad Shabir of Congress.