“The ruling parties of Punjab, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Kerala — the Congress, the BJP, the TMC and the CPI(M) — have won the bypolls conducted in their respective States.”
NEW DELHI: On May 31, the result from the bypoll election constituting four Lok Sabha seats and eleven Assembly seats, came as big boost for the congress and other opposition party ahead of the 2019 general election. The Opposition parties won 12 of 15 assembly and Lok Sabha seats, sending the ruling party a wake-up call in the run-up to the 2019 general elections.
The RLD and SP won one seat each in Uttar Pradesh. Whereas the RJD and CPM have also won the seats in the state of Bihar and Kerala respectively.
‘Big boost for the Congress’
The result came as a big boost for the Congress party ahead of the 2019 general election, after a few setbacks which the party had suffer from the recent elections. The party has won 5 of these Lok Sabha battles. And among these five seats, the Congress retained the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat and wrested all the other from the BJP’s kitty.
In Bengaluru’s R.R. Nagar constituency election,Congress candidate Muniratna has won, taking the party’s tally to 79 in the Legislative Assembly.
‘Setback for the Bhartiya Janta Party’
The results of the bypoll election came as big blow to the BJP. The party lost both of their Lok Sabha seats of Kairana and Noorpur from the state of Uttar Pradesh. They also lost their Bhandara seat from the state of Maharashtra to the NCP. However, the party managed to retained the Palghar parliamentary seat.
Moreover, the BJP’s performance, since its historic win in the 2014 General Election, in all Lok Sabha bypolls over the last four years has been underwhelming. The party has only managed to win 5 out of 27 Lok Sabha bypolls held between 2014 and March 2018.
The party’s president Amit Shah doesn’t mind loosing these election as he believe that losing bypolls was a minor blip as compared to winning state and general elections.