New Delhi: After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s lackluster performance in the assembly by-polls, the party has conceded that the results are not satisfactory but at the same the party has asserted that these results do not reflect mood of the nation.
"The results do not reflect the national mood. There were local issues and factors such as popularity of the candidate," BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
Naqvi added that the results did not indicate a revival of the Congress which won only 44 seats -- its worst ever showing -- in the Lok Sabha battle.
The Congress, however, was buoyant.
"The BJP gave the impression that the Narendra Modi wave, which was based on false promises, will carry it through in the by-polls but unfortunately people did not vote as they expected," Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed said.
"The results are a positive signal for the Congress," he added.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar, both former CM of Bihar, were jubilant. After the Lok Sabha disaster, they ended their animosity of two decades to take on the BJP.
Lalu Prasad tweeted from Mumbai: "It seems people have corrected the wrong of the Lok Sabha polls."
Nitish Kumar vowed to step up efforts to form a nationwide anti-BJP front.
In results it admitted were not to its liking, the BJP suffered stunning reverses in by-elections in Bihar, exactly three months after it swept the Lok Sabha polls.
The Congress scored gains both in Karnataka and Punjab but lost 1-2 to the BJP in Madhya Pradesh.
In the first pan-India popularity test after the May Lok Sabha verdict, the new alliance of the RJD, JD(U) and Congress shocked the BJP by winning six of the 10 assembly seats in Bihar. The Congress wrested Bhagalpur, an urban seat, from the BJP after a gap of 23 years.
In Karnataka, the ruling Congress wrested the prestigious Bellary reserved seat and retained the Chikkodi-Sadalga seat. The BJP won from Shikaripura in the August 21 by-elections held in four states.
In Punjab, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Congress won one seat each. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which won four Lok Sabha seats, was defeated from both places.
The best news for the BJP came in Madhya Pradesh where its candidates won from Aagar and Vijayraghavgarh constituencies, while the Congress snatched Bahoriband from the BJP.
RJD's Ajay Kumar Bulganin won from Mohiuddinnagar by 21,530 votes. His colleagues Ramawatar Paswan was elected from Rajnagar by 3,448 votes while Randhir Kumar Singh won from Chapra by 24,106 votes.
JD(U)'s Rishi Mishra made it to the assembly from Jale by 7,720 votes and Ramanand Prasad Singh won from Parbatta by 56,990 votes.
In Bhagalpur, Ajit Sharma of the Congress won by 17,000 votes.
BJP's Awadesh Singh won in Hajipur by 6,127 votes, Nirmal Ram (Mohania) by 19,851 votes, Rashmi Verma (Narkatiaganj) by 15,742 votes and Ram Narayan Mandal (Banka) scraped through by 711 votes.
Its ally, Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), was routed.
RJD leader Ashok Kumar Sinha said the results showed that the ‘magic of Lalu and Nitish has clicked and the Modi factor has failed', referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
NY Gopalakrishna of the Congress trounced Obalesh (BJP) by 33,104 votes in Bellary, 330 km from Bangalore. He secured 83,906 and Obalesh 50,802.
In Chikkodi-Sadalga, Ganesh Hukkeri of the Congress won by 31,820 votes defeating KM Mallikarjun of the BJP.
In Shikaripura, BY Raghavendra of the BJP defeated HS Shanthavirappa Gowda of the Congress by 6,430 votes to retain the seat.
Congress candidate and former union minister Preneet Kaur won from Patiala in Punjab, defeating Bhagwan Dass Juneja of the ruling SAD by over 23,200 votes.
Preneet Kaur is the wife of former CM Amarinder Singh, now a Lok Sabha member from Amritsar.
SAD's Jeet Mohinder Singh won from Talwandi Sabo by over 46,600 votes, defeating Harminder Singh Jassi of the Congress.
In BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, BJP's Sanjay Pathak defeated Brajendra Mishra of the Congress in Vijayraghavgarh by over 50,000 votes. Pathak was the outgoing Congress legislator who joined the BJP.
In Aagar, BJP's Gopal Parmar trounced Rajkumar Gore of the Congress by over 27,000 votes. Manohar Untwal vacated this seat after being elected to the Lok Sabha from Ujjain.
The Congress hit back in Bahoriband where Sourabh Singh defeated BJP's Pranav Pandey by over 7,000 votes.