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Assembly Bypoll Results: Opposition unity brings disappointment for BJP as party wins just 1 out of 10 seats

The opposition's united effort seems to be developing into a major challenge for the BJP ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections as the saffron party suffered defeat on multiple seats among the 10 Assembly constituencies where bypolls were held May 28.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: May 31, 2018 21:02 IST ]
Image Source : PTI

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supporters celebrate after their party's victory at Jokihat Assembly by-elections, in Patna on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (PTI Photo) 

Results for Assembly bypolls on 10 Assembly seats in separate states are out and it seems that a united opposition has managed to dent the BJP to a great extent. While the Samajwadi Party has won from Noorpur in Uttar Pradesh, the RJD has registered an overwhelming victory in Jokihat, Bihar. The Congress has won Shahkot seat in Punjab. 

With the Lok Sabha elections nearly 12 months away, the results of Assembly bypolls are being observed closely by the political parties involved and people in general.

The ten Assembly seats where bypolls were held are: are Jokihat (Bihar), Gomia and Silli (Jharkhand), Chengannur (Kerala), Ampati (Meghalaya), Shahkot (Punjab), Tharali (Uttarakhand), Noorpur (Uttar Pradesh), Palus-Kadegaon (Maharashtra) and Mahestala (West Bengal).

The Congress has registered victory on four Assembly seats - Shahkot (Punjab) , Palus Kadegaon (Maharashtra), Ampati (Meghalaya) and RR Nagar (Karnataka). While Nitish Kumar's JD(U) slumped to a defeat to RJD in Bihar's Jokihat, Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party won the Noorpur Assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh. 

On the other hand, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) retained both Silli and Gomia assembly seats in the by-election. In Gomia, JMM's candidate Babita Devi defeated AJSU nominee Lambodar Mahto by 13,00 votes while BJP's nominee Madhavlal Singh stood third on the seat. In Silli, JMM's Seema Mahto defeated AJSU chief and former state Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahto by 13,000 votes. 

In Kerala’s Chengannur, the CPM registered a massive win with its candidate Saji Cherian winning by over 20,000 votes. For the BJP, the only win came in Uttarakhand where it won the Tharali Assembly seat.

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As it Happened:

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 4:00 pm: They used all their money & all their power, but could not get a victory. Nitish ji ne Ram Navmi ke dauraan jo 2 lakh talwaarein baantne ka kaam kiya tha, janta ne aaj ussi ke liye Nitish ji ko puruskaar dene ka kaam kiya hai: Tejashwi Yadav, RJD

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 03:49 pm:  To take a giant leap, you will have to take two steps back. We will take a giant leap in future: Rajnath Singh, Home Minister

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 03:32pmI want to congratulate all the people who voted for us. This is a defeat for those who do not believe in the democracy. People have given a befitting reply to the BJP: Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party President

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 02:59 pm: 

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 01:52 pm: BJP wins Tharali Assembly bypoll in Uttarakhand 

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 01:40 pm: Congress' Hardev Singh Ladi wins Shahkot Assembly bypoll in Punjab, defeats Akali nominee Naib Singh Kohar by 38,801 votes.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 01:26 pm: Samajwadi Party workers bursting crackers distributing sweets outside Samajwadi Party office in Lucknow to celebrate the party victory on Noorpur Assembly seat.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 01:09 pm: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav describes party's win in Jokihat Assembly bypoll as people's revenge against Nitish Kumar for dumping the Grand Alliance (Mahagathbandhan). "The number of votes JD(U) got, is less than our victory margin. People of Bihar are continuing to avenge the U-turn taken by Nitish Kumar," Tejashwi Yadav says.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 01:00 pm: Congress candidate Muniratna has won by 41162 votes from RR Nagar Assembly constituency in Karnataka.  

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 12:37 pm: Another bad news for the BJP. The party has lost Silli bypoll in Jharkhand. JMM's Sima Mahto has won the bypoll by over 13,000 votes. 

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 12:33 pm: CPI(M) leading with 20956 votes from Chengannur Assembly seat in Kerala.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 12:33 pm: Adding to the woes of JD(U), BJP alliance in Bihar, thRashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)'s candidate Shahnawaz Alam has won Jokihat Assembly bypoll 41224 votes. 

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 12:27 pm: The Samajwadi Party has won Noorpur Assembly bypoll. SP's Naimul Hasan gets 6678 votes.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 12:12 pm:12th round of counting of votes completed on Shahkot Assembly seat in Punjab | Congress 61,311 votes ; Akali Dal 31,400 seats; Aam Aadmi Party 1417 

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 12:12 pm: Akali Dal candidate from Shahkot Assembly seat in Punjab raises questions over EVM machines. "I think EVM machines were rigged," says Nayab Singh Kohar. As per latest trends, Congress leading with 27049 votes from Shahkot Assembly seat after 11 rounds of counting.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 12:10 pm: After 12th round of counting on Gomia Assembly seat in Jharkhand, JMM gets 43503 votes, BJP gets 34452, AJSU 29517 votes. 

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 12:00 pm: Congress leading by 1092 votes on Tharali Assembly seat in Uttarakhand after nine rounds of counting.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 11:50 am: Samajwadi Party leading by 10208 votes in Noorpur Assembly seat after 20 rounds of counting.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 11:44 am: Congress candidate Miani D Shira wins Ampati Assembly bypoll in Meghalaya.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 11:43 am: After 10 rounds of counting, Congress leading by over 24,000 votes in Shahkot Assembly seat.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 11:20 am: Congress candidate Muniratna leading with 46218 votes from RR Nagar Assembly constituency after tenth round of counting.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 11:15 am: TMC's Dulal Chandra Das is leading by over 32,000 votes from Maheshtala Assembly constituency after tenth round of counting .

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 11:11 am: Congress leading by 198 votes from Tharali Assembly seat in Uttarakhand in fifth round of counting.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 11:10 am: CPI-M's candidate Saji Cheriyan leading by 9359 votes from Chengannur Assembly seat.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 11:10 am: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's Seema Devi leading by 296 votes from Silli Assembly seat in the sixth round of counting.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 11:05 am: Jokihat Assembly bypoll: After 10 rounds of counting, RJD ahead with 29147 votes, JD(U) 19727 

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 10:45 am: After six rounds of counting on Gomia Assembly seat, BJP surges ahead by 7174 votes. While BJP has got 22324 votes, JMM is on the second spot with 14964 votes, AJSU 15150 votes.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 10:36 am: Samajwadi Party's Naimul Hasan maintains lead on Noorpur Assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh. Ahead by 4524 votes after 12th round of counting

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 10:31 am: Congress takes a decisive lead in RR Nagar Assembly seat in Karnataka. After 7 rounds of counting, Congress gets 61517 votes, BJP 25525,  JDS 11626 votes.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 10:29 am: After 11 rounds of counting, SP candidate ahead by 4916 votes in UP's Noorpur

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 10:28 am: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) ahead on Silli Assembly seat in Jharkhand by 3962 votes.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 10:26 am: After fifth round of counting on Gomia Assembly seat in Jharkhand, BJP ahead with 16208 votes, JMM gets 13123 votes, AJSU 13597 votes.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 10:15 am: Congress surges ahead in Shahkot, gets 12,000 votes after six rounds of counting.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 10:08 am: After four round of counting, BJP emerges ahead in Gomia. BJP gets 11572 votes, JMM 11271 votes, AJSU 9629 votes.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 10:01 am: In RR Nagar Assembly seat, Congress extends lead with 23677 votes. BJP on second spot with 17948 votes, JDS on third spot with 8470 votes.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:59 am: Sixth round of counting ends in Maheshtala. Voteshare: TMC- 30392 | BJP- 10444 | CPM- 10709  

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:53 am: Congress candidate Laddi Sherowalia leading by around 8500 votes in fourth round of counting for Shahkot assembly-bypoll.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:40 am Uttarakhand: BJP leading with 339 votes from Tharali Assembly seat. 

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:35 am: Trinamool Congress is leading by 16510 votes in West Bengal's Maheshtala Assembly seat.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:30 am: Congress candidate Laddi Sherowalia leading by around 5800 votes in third round.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:25 am: RR Nagar Assembly bypoll votes counted after three rounds: Congress 25219, BJP 11868, JDS 4822

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:23 am: JD(U)'s Mohammad Murshid Alam leading by over 3000 votes from Jokihat Assembly constituency.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:22 am: Samajwadi Party ahead by 4385 votes after five rounds of counting in Noorpur.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:10 am: Situation has changed in Gomia seat after second round of counting. JMM has emerged on the top spot leading by 400 votes from second-spot holder BJP. AJSU on the third spot.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:18 am: Congress candidate Laddi Sherowalia leading by around 2000 votes in first round of counting for Shahkot assembly-by poll.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:15 am: Gomia Assembly seat: After first round of counting BJP ahead by 1500 votes, AJSU on second, JMM on third spot respectively. 

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:14 am: After four rounds of counting, SP ahead by 4785 votes in UP's Noorpur.

India Tv - Noorpur Assembly bypoll: Position of parties after first round of counting. 

Noorpur Assembly bypoll: Position of parties after first round of counting. 

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:11 am: Jokihat Assembly seat votes counted so far: JD(U)- 8103 | RJD- 5275

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:10 am: After second round of counting, Trinamool Congress' Dulal Chandra Das is leading by over 10,000 votes from Maheshtala Assembly constituency in West Bengal.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:03 am: Nitish Kumar's JD(U) has now taken lead in Jokihat by 1800 votes.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 09:01 am: BJP's Madhav Lal takes lead in Gomia, Jharkhand with 1500 votes.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 08:55 am: Congress taken lead with 4100 votes after first round of counting on RR Nagar Assembly seat in Karnataka

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 08:45 am: In Uttar Pradesh's Noorpur Assembly seat,  Samajwadi Party ahead by 3321 votes after two rounds of counting. Third round underway.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 08:41 am: In Silli, Jharkhand, AJSU has taken lead in first few rounds of counting of votes.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 08:40 am: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has taken initial lead on Bihar's Jokihat seat. RJD candidate is leading by 1200 votes.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 08:35 am: In West Bengal Maheshtala, the ruling TMC has taken a big lead with 2744 votes. CPM has go 325 votes so far.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 08:30 am: Ruling Congress has taken initial lead in Punjab's Shahkot.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 08:20 am: RR Nagar seat: Counting to be completed in 18 rounds. 

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 08:17 am: Counting of votes has started on Jokihat Assembly seat. JD(U) candidate Murshid Alam has reached the counting centre. Alam says NDA will win with overwhelming majority.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 08: 15 am: Counting on RR Nagar Assembly bypoll underway. 550 postal ballots to be counted first.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 08:10 am: Ranchi: Heavy security outside the counting centre at Pandra Bazaar. People have started gathering outside the counting centre to know the results for Silli Assembly bypoll.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 08:04 am: Bokaro-  Counting of votes for Gomia Assembly bypoll underway at BSL Plus 2 School. 118 postal ballots to be counted first.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 08:00 am: Counting of votes begins. Trends to start pouring in shortly.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 07:30 am: Counting of votes set to begin shortly in 10 Assembly seats where polling was held on May 28.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 07:15 am: Counting of votes on Maharashtra's Palus Kadegaon seat is a mere formality as the BJP had withdrawn its candidate against Congress' Vishwajeet Kadam. The Congress was supported by both NCP and Shiv Sena on Palus Kadegaon seat.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 07:13 am: Counting of votes will begin at 08:00 am and a clear picture is likely to emerge by noon.  | Where to counting results LIVE

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 07:08 am: In Bihar's Jokihat Assembly seat, where bypoll was necessitated after sitting JD(U) MLA Sarfaraz Alam switched sides to join RJD to contest Araria Lok Sabha bypoll. There is a direct fight between the RJD‌ and JD(U) at Jokihat seat.

By-poll Results Live News and Updates  06:45 am For full coverage on Assembly bypolls click here

By-poll Results Live News and Updates 06:30 am: Counting of votes for bypolls on 10 Assembly seats across several seats is scheduled to begin on 08:00 am. Polling was held on May 28.  

In Bihar's Jokihat Assembly seat, the fight is between Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the party which is now being helmed by Tejashwi Yadav in the absence of his father Lalu Yadav after conviction in Fodder Scam cases. The Jokihat seat fell after JD(U) MLA Sarfaraz Alam quit the party to contest Araria Lok Sabha bypoll on RJD ticket. Alam's younger brother is now contesting the Assembly bypoll on RJD ticket. 

The RJD is primarily concentrating on highlighting what it describes as 'betrayal' by Nitish Kumar to walk out of the grand alliance or Mahagathbandhan in July last year. 

In Jharkhand, by elections were held on two seats - Gomia and Silli. The by polls were held following the conviction of respective JMM MLAs, Yogendra Mahto and Amit Mahto in separate cases. While the JMM would like to retain the seats, the ruling BJP is also eyeing to win the seats to strengthen its position in Jharkhand Assembly. 

A fierce contest is expected between the three fronts of the Left, the BJP and the Congress on Chengannur seat in Kerala. About 74.60 per cent voting was recorded in the bypoll, necessitated due to death of sitting MLA K K Ramachandran Nair of CPI(M). 

Meghalaya's Ampati by-election, where polling was the highest at 90.42 per cent, was necessitated as the state's Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma resigned from the seat after winning from Songsak seat as well. His daughter Miani D Shira is in a triangular contest there. 

The Shahkot bypoll in Punjab was necessitated by demise of Akali MLA Ajit Singh Kohar. His son Naib Singh Kohar is the Akali candidate, while Congress has fielded Hardev Singh Laddi and AAP candidate is Rattan Singh Kakkar Kalan. 

After suffering a set back in Gorakhpur Lok Sabha bypoll and Phulpur Assembly bypoll, the BJP is hoping for a better show in Noorpur where bypoll was necessitated following the death of sitting BJP MLA Lokendra Singh Chauhan. The saffron party has fielded his wife Avani Singh, while Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party is also in the fray via its candidate Naeemul Hasan.

The Assembly bypoll in Maharashtra's Palus-Kadegaon was being seen as litmus test for the future of BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the state. However, the BJP withdrew its candidate against Congress nominee Vishwakeet Kadam making his election a mere formality now. Kadam had the backing of both the Nationalist Congress party (NCP) and the Shiv Sena as well. 

In Uttarkhand's Tharali, there is a direct contest between the BJP and the Congress. On the other hand, in West Bengal's Maheshtala, there is a three-dimensional contest between the Trinamool, the Left and the BJP. 

By-election in Maheshtala was held following death of TMC MLA Kasturi Das. Mamata Banerjee's party has fielded her husband Dulal Das, while BJP has fielded Sujit Ghosh, a former CBI joint director. The Left candidate Prabhat Chowdhury is backed by Congress. 

(With inputs from agencies) 

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