By-election Results 2019 LIVE Updates: Counting of votes is on for 51 Assembly seats and two Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 17 states and one Union Territory where bypolls were held on Monday. The BJP and its allies held nearly 30 of these assembly seats, while the Congress had won 12 and the rest were with regional parties.
In politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, where the fight is for 11 assembly constituencies, elections are being seen as a litmus test for the opposition parties which failed to make an impact in the Lok Sabha elections against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in May.
Ruling parties in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Telangana won the respective Assembly bypolls in the three southern states, with the AIADMK and CPI (M) bouncing back from the severe drubbing they received in the April 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The victory for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami
and his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan, months after the rout comes as a morale-booster for the two leaders ahead of the next Assembly polls in both states in 2021. Both CPI (M) and the AIADMK wrested opposition strongholds in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, respectively.
Oct 24, 2019 19:24 (IST)
17 states saw byelection to several Assembly seats today. In Uttar Pradesh, Bypolls were held to 10 seats, with the BJP sweeping 6, the Samajwadi Party winning 3, while the Apna Dal won 1 seat. In telangana's Huzurngar, the TRS emerged victorious, defeating the Congress by a margin of 43,000 votes. The AIADMK won both Vikravandi and Nanguneri seats in Tamil Nadu. The BJP won 2 seats in Sikkim, while the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha won 1. Congress and the RLP won 1 seat each in Rajasthan. Congress won 3 seats in Punjab, while SAD won only 1. Congress bagged the Puducherry seat, while BJP won the Jhabua seat from MP. Congress and the CPI(M) dominated in Kerala.
Oct 24, 2019 19:14 (IST)
"People of Huzurnagar outsmarted national parties," says the Telangana Rashtra Samiti's working president KT Rama Rao. The TRS' candidate Saidi Reddy Garu won the Huzurnagar bypoll by a margin of more than 43,000 votes over its nearest Congress rival N Padmavati Reddy.
Misinformation campaign, Publicity gimmicks and all the rabble rousing & posturing in media didn’t help either Congress or BJP
Congress Wins in Puducherry, CM Celebrates | Chief Minister of Puducherry V Narayanasamy distributed sweets to Congress workers on Thursday to celebrate the victory of the ruling Congress nominee John Kumar in the election to the Kamaraj Nagar assembly seat. The party retained the seat by defeating the opposition AINRC nominee S Bhuvaneswarane by a margin of 7,170 votes in the bypoll.
Oct 24, 2019 18:19 (IST)
RJD wins 2 Seats, AIMIM, JD(U) Win 1 Each in Bihar | The Rashtriya Janata Dal won the Simri Bakhtiarpur and the Belhar Assembly seats in Bihar, the AIMIM wins the Kishanganj seat, while the JD(U) bags the Nathnagar seat in Bihar.
Oct 24, 2019 18:08 (IST)
Priyanka Gandhi Alleges Manipulation in Vote-counting in UP | AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi attacked the UP government for allegedly manipulating the counting of votes for bypolls in Gangoh assembly seat after the grand old party’s Noman Masood lost to BJP’s Kirat Singh by over 5,000 votes. Click here to read full story
Oct 24, 2019 17:59 (IST)
Yogi Adityanath Congratulates Winning BJP Candidates in UP Bypolls | "PM Modi's 'mantra' of 'Sabka saath sabka vikas' has become the 'mantra' of the politics in India," says UP chief minister, congratulating BJP candidates who won the UP bypolls.
CM Yogi Adityanath: On 8 out of the 11 seats (UP by-polls), BJP & its allies have registered victory. I congratulate all the candidates who have won today. PM Modi's 'mantra' of 'Sabka saath sabka vikas' has become the 'mantra' of the politics in India. pic.twitter.com/cYi4fgT1En
BJP's Alpesh Thakor Loses Gujarat Bypoll | OBC leader and BJP candidate Alpesh Thakor lost the byelection to Radhanpur Assembly seat in Gujarat. Congress' Raghubhai Desai defeated Thakor by over 3,500 votes. Thakor the Radhanpur seat in the 2017 polls on Congress' ticket but later quit after differences with the state party leadership.
Oct 24, 2019 17:33 (IST)
Udayanraje Bhosale Loses Satara Lok Sabha Bypoll | Udayanraje Bhosale, who left the NCP to join the BJP ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly elections, lost his reelection to Lok Sabha bypoll in Satara.
Oct 24, 2019 17:25 (IST)
AIADMK Wins 1 Seat in TN, Leads in Another | The AIADMK wins the Vikrandi constituency of Tamil Nadu, while it is leading in the Nanguneri constituency by election.
Oct 24, 2019 17:25 (IST)
AIADMK Wins 1 Seat in TN, Leads in Another | The AIADMK wins the Vikrandi constituency of Tamil Nadu, while it is leading with Nanguneri by election.
Oct 24, 2019 17:21 (IST)
Congress Wins 3, SAD 1 Seat in Punjab Bypolls | The Congress wins 3 seats, and the SAD wins 1 in the Punjab byekecions.
Result declared for by-election in the four seats of Punjab. Congress party has won 3 seats and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has won 1 seat. pic.twitter.com/CJbDDIIPcC
SP Wins Zaidpur Assembly Bypoll | Samajwadi Party's Gaurav Kumar on Thursday won the Zaidpur assembly bypoll seat defeating the BJP candidate. Kumar defeated BJP's candidate Amrish by a margin of 4,165 votes.
Oct 24, 2019 15:33 (IST)
SAD Wins Punjab's Dakha Seat | In a blow to the Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali defeated ruling party nominee Sandeep Singh Sandhu from the Dakha seat by a margin of 14,672 votes. The Dakha seat fell vacant following the resignation of former AAP leader and noted Supreme Court lawyer H S Phoolka from the state assembly.
Oct 24, 2019 15:31 (IST)
Congress Wins 2 Seats, BJP 1 in Gujarat | The Congress won two seats while the BJP bagged one seat on Thursday out of six Assembly bypolls in Gujarat, as per per the results announced by the Election Commission so far. In the remaining three seats, the Congress was leading in two seats while the BJP was ahead in one seat. Congress candidate Jashu Patel defeated BJP's Dhavalsinh Zala in Bayad seat of Arvalli district by a margin of over 700 votes. Before the results were declared by local election officials, Zala accepted his defeat and left the counting centre.
Oct 24, 2019 15:20 (IST)
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar addresses a presser as his loyalist Shrinivas Patil leads from Satara constituency, which is an NCP bastion, over sitting MP Udayanraje Bhosale who had defected to the BJP soon after the Lok Sabha elections.
Oct 24, 2019 15:14 (IST)
Pictorial representation of Maharashtra Assembly elections
Oct 24, 2019 15:12 (IST)
Congress Wins Chhattisgarh's Chitrakot Bypoll | The ruling Congress won the Chitrakot Assembly bypoll in Chhattisgarh, poll officials said. Congress' Rajman Benzam won the bypoll from the naxal-affected constituency, reserved for Scheduled Tribes, by a margin of 17,862 votes against Lachhuram Kashyap of the BJP. Benzam polled 62,097 votes while Kashyap secured 44,235 votes.
Oct 24, 2019 15:10 (IST)
LDF Wins 3 of 4 Kerala Seats | The ruling CPI(M)-led LDF registered impressive wins at Vattiyoorkavu and Konni, the two strongholds of the Congress headed UDF, while the opposition front retained the Ernakulam seat in the October 21 bypolls to the five assembly seats in Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram Mayor Prasanth, who contested at Vattiyoorkavu constituency won with a margin of 14,465 votes against his nearest rival, Congress party's K Mohankumar, while K U Jinesh Kumar won from Konni by a margin of 9,953 votes.
Oct 24, 2019 15:08 (IST)
Pictorial representation of Haryana Assembly elections
Oct 24, 2019 15:05 (IST)
BJP Improves Lead in 8 UP Seats | The ruling BJP and ally Apna Dal (S) improved their leads and are ahead in eight places as counting progressed in 11 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP is now leading in seven seats and ally Apna Dal (S) in one. The Samajwadi Party is ahead in two, while the Bahujan Samaj Party is leading in the remaining seat. The Congress, which was initially ahead in Gangoh constituency, was overtaken by the ruling saffron party in later rounds of counting. The BJP is also leading in Manikpur, Ghosi, Iglas, Lucknow Cantt, Govindnagar and Balha, while ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) is ahead in Pratapgarh. The SP is ahead in Rampur and Zaidpur, while the BSP is ahead in Jalalpur.
Oct 24, 2019 15:01 (IST)
BJP candidate Kirat Singh is leading in Uttar Pradesh's Gangoh constituency as Congress candidate Noman Masood maintained his accusation on the saffron party of EVM manipulation.
Oct 24, 2019 14:58 (IST)
NDA Performs Badly, RJD Shines, AIMIM Announces Its Arrival | The ruling NDA in Bihar came out with a dismal performance on Thursday in by-elections to five assembly segments of the state, touted as the "semi-final" ahead of the Vidhan Sabha polls scheduled next year. But, in Samastipur Lok Sabha seat, its constituent LJP, seems poised to comfortably retain the reserved constituency which fell vacant upon the death of party's sitting MP Ram Chandra Paswan. His son Prince Raj is ahead of his nearest Congress rival Ashok Kumar by a margin of more than 80,000 votes in Samastipur Parliamentary seat. The poor showing of the ruling coalition in the assembly by-elections has come months after it won 39 out of a total 40 Lok Sabha seats in the parliamentary poll in the state.
Oct 24, 2019 14:48 (IST)
Congress Candidate Set to Win Mandawa Seat | The ruling Congress in Rajasthan is heading towards victory in Mandawa seat where its candidate Rita Chaudhary is leading by a margin of over 30,000 votes.BJP candidate Sushila Sigra is the rival candidate in Mandawa. In Khinwsar, Rashtriya Loktantrik Party candidate Narayan Beniwal is leading by a margin of 4,600 votes. Congress candidate and former minister Harendra Mirdha is trailing behind.
Oct 24, 2019 14:32 (IST)
Congress Wins Punjab's Mukerian Seat | Congress candidate Indu Bala won from Mukerian seat in Punjab by defeating her BJP nominee Jangi Lal Mahajan with a margin of 3,440 votes on Thursday. The seat fell vacant following the death of Congress MLA Rajnish Kumar Babbi. Indu Bala is wife of Babbi.
Oct 24, 2019 14:20 (IST)
BJD's Ritu Saha Wins Bijepur with Record Margin | Meanwhile, in Odisha, BJD's Rita Sahu wins the Bijepur bye-election with a record margin of 97,990 votes. The victory margin is the highest in the history of Odisha Assembly elections as the previous highest margin was 94,555 that was secured by Bishwa Bhushan Harichandan in 2000 Assembly elections. The Bijepur bypoll was warranted after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik vacated his seat after retaining his traditional seat Hinjilicut in the 2019 general elections. Notably, BJD had never won this seat in 15 years till 2018.
The UP polls are also crucial for the Yogi Adityanath government which has completed 30 months in office. The BJP currently has 302 members out of 403 in the Assembly. The average polling in the state was recorded at 47.05 per cent.
Among the states ruled by the BJP and its allies, counting is being held for the maximum 11 seats in UP, followed by six in Gujarat, five in Bihar, four in Assam and two each in Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
The other states where the bypolls were held are Punjab (4 seats), Kerala (5 seats), Sikkim (3 seats), Rajasthan (2 seats) and one seat each in Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry, Meghalaya and Telangana.
Counting of votes is also being held in Satara (Maharashtra) and Samastipur (Bihar) Lok Sabha seats, which were held by the NCP and the LJP respectively.
The bypolls are a battle of prestige for the parties as the results will not substantially change the seat arithmetic in the legislatures and will be more of a morale booster. A moderate turnout of 57 per cent was recorded in the by-elections held on Monday.