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10 November 2020 10:16 AM IST

Counting of votes in 58 assembly constituencies and one Lok Sabha seat across 11 states will be conducted on Tuesday. Voting for 54 of these seats was held on November 3 while four assembly seats in Manipur voted on November 7.

The bypolls were held in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Odisha, Telangana, Manipur and Uttar Pradesh. Voting for one Lok Sabha seat in Bihar was also held.

According to exit polls, the BJP is projected to win 5-6 seats, SP 1-2 seats and BSP 0-1 seat in UP, out of the eight seats for which polling was held on November 3.

In Gujarat where voting happened for eight seats, the same exit poll projected BJP to win 6-7 assembly seats and Congress a single seat. BJP is in power in Gujarat as well as in Uttar Pradesh.

Here is the list of all 58 assembly constituencies where bypolls were held:

Madhya Pradesh

  1. Joura

  2. Sumawali

  3. Morena

  4. Dimani

  5. Ambah (SC)

  6. Mehgaon

  7. Gohad (SC)

  8. Gwalior

  9. Gwalior East

  10. Dabra (SC)

  11. Bhander (SC)

  12. Karera (SC)

  13. Pohari

  14. Bamori

  15. Ashok Nagar (SC)

  16. Mungaoli

  17. Surkhi

  18. Malhara

  19. Anuppur (ST)

  20. Sanchi (SC)

  21. Biaora

  22. Agar (SC)

  23. Hatpipliya

  24. Mandhata

  25. Nepanagar (ST)

  26. Badnawar

  27. Sanwer (SC)

  28. Suwasra


  1. Abdasa

  2. Limbdi

  3. Morbi

  4. Dhari

  5. Gadhada (SC)

  6. Karjan

  7. Dangs (ST)

  8. Kaprada(ST)

Uttar Pradesh

  1. Naugawan Sadat

  2. Bulandshahr

  3. Tundla (SC)

  4. Bangennau

  5. Ghatampur (SC)

  6. Deoria

  7. Malhani


  1. Dumka (ST)

  2. Bermo


  1. Sira

  2. Rajarajeshwarinagar


  1. Southern Angazni-I (ST)

  2. Pungro-Kiphire (ST)


  1. Balasore

  2. Tirtol (SC)


  1. Dubbak


  1. Marwahi(ST)


  1. Baroda


  1. Lilong

  2. Wangjing Tentha

Lok Sabha bypoll

Valmiki Nagar

10 November 2020 10:16 AM IST

Counting to begin at 8 am

The counting will begin at 8 AM as per the Election Commission's COVID-19 guidelines which restrict the number of people who can be present in the counting halls, officials said, adding extensive measures have been taken to ensure social distancing.

10 November 2020 10:16 AM IST

Counting begins for 58 assembly seats across 11 states

The bypolls were held in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Odisha, Telangana, Manipur and Uttar Pradesh. Voting for one Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat in Bihar was also held.

10 November 2020 10:16 AM IST

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10 November 2020 10:16 AM IST

ECI trends at 9:30 am

Gujarat: BJP-3, INC-1

Karnataka: BJP- 2

Madhya Pradesh: BJP-6, INC- 2

Manipur: INC-1

Uttar Prades: BJP- 3, BSP - 1

10 November 2020 10:16 AM IST

ECI trends at 9:50 am


Gujarat: BJP-7, INC-1

Haryana: Congress - 1

Jharkhand: BJP - 2

Karnataka: BJP- 2

Madhya Pradesh: BJP-1, INC- 4, BSP- 1

Manipur: INC-1

Nagaland: Independent - 1

Odisha: BJD- 1

Telandgana: BJP-1

Uttar Prades: BJP- 4, BSP - 1, SP -1, Independent - 1

10 November 2020 11:04 AM IST

ECI trends at 11 am

Chhattisgarh: Congress - 1

Gujarat: BJP-7, INC-1

Haryana: Congress - 1

Jharkhand: BJP - 2

Karnataka: BJP- 2

Madhya Pradesh: BJP-16, INC- 8, BSP- 1

Manipur: BJP - 3, Independent - 1, INC-1

Nagaland: Independent - 2

Odisha: BJD- 2

Telandgana: BJP-1

Uttar Pradesh: BJP- 5, BSP - 1, SP -1

10 November 2020 12:36 PM IST

Chhattisgarh Bypoll

Chhattisgarh Bypoll: Dr KK Dhruw of Congress leads against Gambheer Singh of BJP by 14,676 votes in Marwahi

10 November 2020 12:36 PM IST

Gujarat assembly bypolls

10 November 2020 12:36 PM IST

Haryana Bypoll

Haryana Bypoll: Congress' Indu Raj leads by 5902 votes against BJP's Yogeshwar Dutt

10 November 2020 12:36 PM IST

Jharkhand Bypoll

10 November 2020 12:50 PM IST

Manipur Bypoll

10 November 2020 12:50 PM IST

Nagaland bypoll

10 November 2020 01:18 PM IST

Odisha bypoll: BJD leading on both seats

10 November 2020 01:27 PM IST

Telangana Bypoll

BJP's Madhavaneni Raghunandan Rao leads TRS' Solipeta Sujatha by 4190 votes in Dubbak

10 November 2020 01:59 PM IST

UP Bypolls: BJP leading on 6 seats

10 November 2020 02:53 PM IST

Assembly Bypolls update at 2:30 pm

Chhattisgarh: Congress - 1

Gujarat: BJP-8

Haryana: Congress - 1

Jharkhand: BJP - 1, Congress -1

Karnataka: BJP- 2

Madhya Pradesh: BJP-11, INC- 6, BSP- 1

Manipur: BJP - 4, Independent - 1

Nagaland: Independent - 1, NDPP - 1

Odisha: BJD- 2

Telandgana: BJP-1

Uttar Pradesh: BJP- 6, SP -1

10 November 2020 04:42 PM IST

Haryana bypoll

Congresss wins Baroda bypoll

10 November 2020 06:19 PM IST

Assembly bypoll trends at 6pm

Gujarat - BJP leading on all 8 seats

  1. Abdasa

  2. Limbdi

  3. Morbi

  4. Dhari

  5. Gadhada (SC)

  6. Karjan

  7. Dangs (ST)

  8. Kaprada(ST)

Uttar Pradesh: BJP leading on all seats except Malhani where SP's Lucky Yadav is ahead

  1. Naugawan Sadat

  2. Bulandshahr

  3. Tundla (SC)

  4. Bangennau

  5. Ghatampur (SC)

  6. Deoria

  7. Malhani


  1. Dumka (ST) - JMM leading

  2. Bermo - Congress leading

Karnataka: BJP wins one, leading on another

  1. Sira

  2. Rajarajeshwarinagar


  1. Southern Angazni-I (ST) - NDPP leading

  2. Pungro-Kiphire (ST) - Independent leading

Odisha: BJD leading on both seats

  1. Balasore

  2. Tirtol (SC)


  1. Dubbak - BJP ahead by 1431 votes

Chhattisgarh: Congress leading

  1. Marwahi(ST)

Haryana: Congress wins

  1. Baroda

Manipur: BJP leading on 4 seats, Independent on one

  1. Lilong

  2. Wangoi

  3. Wangjing Tentha

  4. Sait

  5. Singhat

Lok Sabha bypoll

Valmiki Nagar

10 November 2020 08:57 PM IST

Telangana: BJP wins Dubbaka Assembly constituency

10 November 2020 08:57 PM IST

Gujarat: BJP wins all eight seats

Gandhinagar: In a blow to Congress in Gujarat, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won all eight seats where assembly bye-elections were held in the state.

BJP won Dangs, Abdasa, Dhari, Kaprada, Karjan, Morbi, Limbdi and Gadhada.

In Dangs, BJP's Pate Vijaybhai Rameshbhai defeated Suryakantbhai Ratanbhai Gavit of Congress by a margin of 60,095 votes.

Jadeja Pradhyumansinh Manipatsinh of BJP won in Abdasa against Shantilal Senghani of Congress with a margin of 36,778 votes while in Dhari, BJP's Kakadiya JV defeated Suresh Manubhai Kotadiya of Congress by a margin of 17,209 votes.

In Kaprada, BJP's Jitubhai Harjibhai Chaudhari defeated Babubhai Jivlabhai Patel Alias(Varatha) of Congress by 47,066 votes. In Karjan, BJP's Akshaykumar Iswarbhai Patel won against Jadeja Kiritsinh Dolubha of Congress with 16,425 votes.

Kiritsinh Jitubha Rana defeated Khachar Chetanbhai Ramkubhai of Congress by 32,050 votes in Limbdi.

In Morbi, BJP's Brijesh Merja won against Jayantilal Jerajbhai Patel of Congress by 4,649 votes.

In Gadhada, BJP's Atmaram Makanbhai Parmar defeated Mohanbhai Shankarbhai Solanki of Congress by 23,295 votes.

The by-elections were held after the sitting Congress MLAs resigned ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls held in June this year.

Congress had in July this year appointed Hardik Patel as the working president of the part to boost the party's prospects in the state.


10 November 2020 08:57 PM IST

Jharkhand: JMM, Congress retain seats

Ranchi: The JMM-led ruling coalition of Jharkhand retained Dumka and Bermo assembly seats in by- elections defeating the BJP, officials said on Tuesday, though the result was yet to be uploaded on the Election Commission website.

JMM candidate Basant Soren, who is the younger brother of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, defeated his nearest BJP rival Lois Marandi by around 6,500 votes, in Dumka constituency, District Election Officer Rajeshwari B said.

In Bermo, Kumar Jayamangal alias Anup Singh of the Congress defeated Yogeshwar Mahto "Batul", his nearest BJP rival, by more than 14,000 votes, Bokaro District Election Officer Rajesh Kumar Singh said.

The state's Joint Chief Electoral Officer Hiralal Mandal also confirmed the results.


10 November 2020 08:57 PM IST

Karnataka: BJP sweeps bypolls

Bengaluru: The ruling BJP on Tuesday swept the bypolls to two assembly seats in Karnataka by wresting them from opposition Congress and JD(S).

The outcome has given a boost to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's stock amid talks about his replacement in some quarters.

It is seen as a setback for opposition leaders, especially Karnataka Congress chief D K Shivakumar as it was the first election in the state under his stewardship.

With this victories, the strength of BJP will rise to 118 in the 225-member assembly that would still have two vacancies caused by, including by a recent death of a member.

Congress has 67 members, JDS 33, BSP one, nominated one and two independents besides the Speaker.

In Rajarajeshwari Nagar assembly segment, N Munirathna scored a hat-trick, winning by an impressive margin of more than 58,000 votes.

In Sira, it was history of sorts for the BJP as it recorded its first ever victory there with its candidate Dr C M Rajesh Gowda securing the seat by a margin of over 13,400 votes.

The bypoll has been necessitated in Sira in Tumakuru district following the death of JD(S) MLA B Sathyanarayana in August, while the R R Nagar seat fell vacant due to disqualification of Munirathna as the then Congress MLA last year under anti-defection law.

Though it was known that the results of the polls will have no bearing on the stability of the BJP government, the outcome was perceived in many quarters as a reflection on the performance of the B S Yediyurappa government, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This is the victory of the people and by ensuring BJP's victory they have exuded confidence and support towards the state government and its handling of flood situation and corona pandemic," Yediyurappa said, thanking voters for the party's success in both the constituencies.

He also promised to fulfill the promises made to the people during the campaign, and said that with the blessings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi he will work towards completion of all the developmental works, in the remaining two-and-half years tenure.

Yediyurappa also said he will contact the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP national president JP Nadda over phone soon, also try to meet them regarding the much-awaited cabinet expansion or reshuffle, and wants to complete the process in the next couple of days.

In Sira BJP's Rajesh Gowda secured 76,564 votes, while his opponent Congress leader T B Jayachandra (71), a six time MLA and former Minister, got 63,150 votes.

JD(S) that had won the seat in the 2018 assembly polls has been relegated to the third place with the party candidate Ammajamma B (wife of late party MLA Sathyanarayana) securing 36,783 votes.

In RR Nagar segment, part of Bengaluru Urban district, BJP's Munirathana won by securing 1,25,990 votes, followed by Congress' Kusuma H with 67,877 votes.

JD(S) ended up distant third with party candidate V Krishtramurthy securing just 10,269 votes.

This is the third victory in a row for Munirathna, and his first as the BJP candidate.

He had won the seat in 2013 and 2018 assembly polls on the Congress' ticket by a margin of over 18,800 votes and 5,400 votes respectively.

Munirathna, after his disqualification last year, had joined the BJP.

The ruling party -- despite stiff resistance from a section within -- gave him ticket after he was cleared by the courts from the charges of alleged election malpractices.

Yediyurappa had during the campaign indicated about making Munirathna a Minister if he wins.

Defeat in the bypolls has put Shivakumar and JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy on the back foot as it has in a way dampened their ambition to assert command over the Vokkaliga vote bank in the old Mysuru region.

Vokkaligas have considerable presence in both the seats.

More specifically the defeat in RR Nagar is seen as a huge setback to Shivakumar and his brother and Bengaluru Rural MP D K Suresh, as Congress candidate Kusuma was their pick and they had heavily invested in the campaign with the assembly segment coming under Suresh's parliament constituency.

Speaking to reporters, Shivakumar accepted responsibility for the partys defeat in the bypolls and asked the cadre not to be disheartened.

Noting that he did not expect such a huge margin in RR Nagar, he also expressed surprise over the BJP polling new votes in Sira.

Leader of the opposition in the state assembly Siddaramaiah, while conceding defeat, alleged "this is the defeat of democracy, as this is a victory for illicitly earned money and misuse of administrative machinery".

Kumaraswamy said bypoll results were not the yardstick for a political party and he would concentrate on strengthening the JDS.

Winning both Sira and RR Nagar has come as a morale booster to the BJP, more specifically to the 77-year-old Yediyurappa amid intense speculation in some quarters that BJP high command is mulling leadership change considering his age.

Bagging Sira is a major gain for BJP.

With its negligible presence in the constituency where Congress and JD(S) are traditional rivals, the party had not polled more than 24,000 votes there in the past.

After winning K R Pet and Chikkaballapura assembly seats during December 2019 bypolls, the BJP has been working at making further inroads in the old Mysuru region, where the party has been traditionally weak.

With the win in Sira, the J P Nadda-led party has increased its tally in the region.

Yediyurappa's son and state BJP Vice President B Y Vijayendra is being credited in part for the party's victory in Sira.

After the K R Pet win, Sira is another feather in Vijayendra's cap, with him being seen as Yediyurappa's political heir apparent.


10 November 2020 08:57 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh: BJP wins 6, SP 1 in bypolls

Lucknow: BJP won six seats in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly by-elections on Tuesday, while the Samajwadi Party managed to retain its lone seat in Malhani in Jaunpur, announced Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a media interaction.

The BJP won the by-elections in Nagawan Sadat, Bangarmau, Deoria, Bulandshahr, Ghatampur and Tundla, he said.

The Samajwadi Party retained its Malhani seat in Jaunpur, defeating independent candidate, Dhananjay Singh, said Adityanath.

Adityanath along with his deputies Keshav Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and state BJP President Swatantra Dev Singh reached the party office and congratulated the party workers on the victory.

All the six seats belonged to the BJP even before the by-elections.

Uttar Pradesh Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh said that the party's victory in the by-election was a reflection of the working of the chief minister.

Another state minister Mohsin Raza said that development would be further fast tracked in the state under the leadership of Yogi Adityanath.


10 November 2020 08:57 PM IST

Nagaland: NDPP bags Southern Angami-I, Independent wins Pungro-Kiphire

Kohima: Ruling NDPP nominee Medo Yhokha bagged the Southern Angami-I seat, while Independent candidate T Yangseo Sangtam won the by-elections to the Pungro-Kiphire assembly segment in Nagaland on Tuesday, officials said.

In the Southern Angami-I segment, Yhokha polled 4,773 votes, defeating his nearest rival -- Independent candidate Seyievilie Peter Zashumo -- by 598 votes, announced Returning Officer Mohammed Ali Shihab.

Zashumo received 4,175 votes and NPF nominee Kikovi Kirha got 2,575 votes, he said.

The by-election in the seat was held on November 3 as it fell vacant due to the death of MLA Vikho-o Yhoshu, who was also the speaker of the assembly.

Speaking to reporters after the election result was announced, Yokha, a first-timer in electoral politics, said he will work to fulfill the commitments made to the people of six villages and one municipal area in the constituency.

"I will do my best to fulfill the promises and live up to the expectations of the people," he said.

Yhokha, of Kigwema village in Kohima district, is the former president of the Angami Students' Union and Angami Youth Organisation. He was also the press and information secretary of the Angami Public Organisation and chairman of the Inner Line Regulation Committee of Naga Students' Federation.

Yhokha, 43, was also the public relations officer of Yhoshu until his death.

In Pungro-Kiphire, the ruling People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) suffered a debacle as its BJP nominee Lirimong Sangtam stood in the third position.

T Yangseo Sangtam, who fought the election as an Independent, won the seat by a margin of 1,527 votes, an Election Commission official said.

Sangtam got 8,747 votes, defeating his nearest rival S Kiusumew Yimchunger, also an Independent, he said.

Yimchunger got 7,220 votes, while BJP's Lirimong got 5,664 votes, he added.

Another Independent candidate, K Shellumthong Yimchuger, got 5,388 votes and Congress nominee Khaseo Anar could manage only 347 votes.

Yangseo, 39, hails from the Kiphire village. Sources close to him said that he is likely to extend support to the ruling coalition in the state.

Yangseo could not be reached for comments.

The bypoll in the seat was necessitated due to the death of NPF MLA T Torechu.


10 November 2020 08:57 PM IST

Odisha: BJD continues to lead in both assembly seats

Bhubaneswar: Ruling BJD candidates widened their leads in both the assembly seats, where counting of votes polled in the November 3 by-elections is underway on Tuesday, Election Commission officials said.

BJD's Bijaya Shankar Das was leading over BJP candidate Rajkishore Behera by 27,665 votes in Tirtol seat in Jagatsinghpur district, they said.

Das polled 60,889 votes after 18 rounds of counting, while Behera has bagged 33,224 votes. Congress nominee Himanshu Bhushan Mallick has got 15,325 votes.

In Balasore, BJD nominee Swarup Kumar Das was leading over his nearest BJP rival Manas Kumar Dutta by 7,364 votes.

Das bagged 63,733 votes after 19 rounds of counting, while Dutta followed with 56,369 votes. Congress candidate Mamata Kundu was at third place with 4,027 votes.

The deaths of Balasore's BJP MLA Madan Mohan Dutta and Tirtol's BJD legislator Bishnu Charan Das necessitated the by-elections.


10 November 2020 08:57 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: Congress wins Marwahi assembly bypoll

Raipur: The ruling Congress won the Marwahi Assembly bypoll in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, an election official said.

Bypoll was necessitated for this seat, reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST), by the death of its MLA and Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) founder Ajit Jogi on May 29.

Congress candidate Dr K K Dhruw won the bypoll to the constituency, located in Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi (GPM) district, by 38,197 votes.

He defeated the BJP's Dr Gambheer Singh. Dhruw polled 83,561 votes while Singh secured 45,364 votes, the official said.

Voting had been held on November 3 and the turnout was 77.89 per cent.

It was for the first time since Ajit Jogi won the Marwahi seat in 2001 that no member of his family was in the fray, as the election authority rejected the nomination papers of his son, JCC (J) president Amit Jogi, and Amit's wife Richa Jogi for invalid caste certificates.

With this victory, the tally of the Congress in the 90-member assembly has gone up to 70.

The BJP has suffered a third consecutive defeat in assembly bypolls held after the 2018 assembly elections.

Last year, the Congress had won bypolls in Dantewada and Chitrakot seats.

The strength of the BJP in the state assembly is 14 while JCC(J) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have four and two MLAs, respectively.

In the 2018 Assembly polls, Ajit Jogi, a former chief minister, had polled 74,041 votes in Marwahi, beating the BJP's Archana Porte by 46,462 votes, with the Congress coming in third.

10 November 2020 08:57 PM IST

Manipur: BJP wins 2 seats, Independent 1

Imphal: BJP candidates won two seats while an Independent candidate bagged one in the by-election to four Manipur Assembly constituencies, the results of which were announced on Tuesday, officials said.

BJP candidates Oinam Lukhoi Singh and Paonam Brojen Singh won the Wangoi seat and Wangjing Tentha seats respectively, they said.

Oinam Lukho Singh defeated his nearest rival Khuraijam Loken Singh of the National People's Party by 257 votes while Paonam Brojen Singh trounced his nearest Congress rival Moirangthem Hemanta Singh by 1,560 votes.

Independent candidate Y Antas Khan, won the Lilong seat by defeating his nearest Independent rival Mohd Abdul Nasir by 3,078 votes.

BJP candidate Ngamthang Haokip was ahead of his Congress rival Lamtinthang Haokip by 7,661 votes in the Saitu seat.

The by-polls held on November 7 were necessitated after Congress MLAs of these four seats resigned from the assembly and joined the ruling BJP.

The BJP contested in three seats and supported an Independent candidate in Lilong, while the Congress fielded its nominees in all the four constituencies.

In Singhat assembly constituency, BJP candidate Ginsuanhau was declared elected unopposed and he has already been sworn in as MLA recently.

10 November 2020 08:57 PM IST

Haryana: Cong retains seat, BJP's Yogeshwar Dutt loses

Chandigarh, Nov 10 (PTI) The opposition Congress on Tuesday retained the Baroda assembly seat after its candidate Indu Raj Narwal defeated BJP nominee and Olympian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt by a margin of 10,566 votes.

This is the second time that Dutt has lost from the constituency.

In the 2019 assembly poll, he had lost by about 4,800 votes to Congress candidate Krishan Hooda.

The Baroda bypoll was necessitated following the death of Hooda in April. He had won the constituency thrice in 2009, 2014 and 2019. According to officials, Narwal polled 60,636 votes while Dutt got 50,070 votes.

Indian National Lok Dal nominee Joginder Singh Malik polled 5,003 votes while Loktantra Suarkasha Party candidate Raj Kumar Saini got 5,601 votes.

As many as 468 voters opted for NOTA (none of the above) option in the bypoll, according to the Election Commission data.

The Congress secured a vote share of 49.28 per cent in the bypoll held on November 3 followed by the ruling BJP at 40.70 per cent and INLD at 4.07 per cent, the data showed.

As counting of votes began at 8 am, Narwal took the lead over his nearest rival Dutt and out of 20 rounds of counting, he remained ahead in 15, thus maintaining a solid overall lead.

Dutt accepted the verdict of the people and thanked them for their support. He also congratulated Narwal for the win.

"I accept the verdict of Baroda constituency," he said in a tweet. Haryana Congress chief Kumari Selja said, with their decision, the people of Baroda have given a "befitting reply" to "anti-farmers and anti-labour forces".

"The victory of Indu Raj Narwal is a win for farmers and labourers. I assure residents of Baroda that the Congress will live up to their expectations," tweeted Selja. "We have been saying from day one that it will be a one-sided contest in favour of the Congress and you are seeing it now," said Selja.

People trust the Congress party and they do not believe whatever the BJP says, she told reporters.

"They (BJP) talked about development but nothing was done there (Baroda). What development did the BJP government carry out in the last six years," she asked. Haryana BJP chief O P Dhankar reacting to Dutt's loss said, "Traditionally, it (Baroda) has been a Congress seat and Congress candidates have been winning from here." However, the number of BJP votes has increased, he said, adding that he was saddened by Dutt' defeat.

Asked whether the defeat was due to the anger of the farmers over the central farm laws, Dhankar said, "Had there been an impact, then our number of votes would have decreased. Everybody knows it was the Congress party's lie. These laws are in favour of farmers." The Baroda bypoll was a direct contest between the BJP and Congress. The poll outcome of Baroda bypoll has come as a big setback for the BJP-JJP alliance government in the state which has been facing the ire of farmers over the three central farm laws.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala and other senior leaders had aggressively canvassed for Dutt. To counter opposition party's criticism of the farm laws, Khattar had even announced that he would quit politics if the minimum support price (MSP) system was dismantled while accusing the Congress of "misleading" farmers over this issue.

The BJP was looking to wrest this seat from the Congress as the saffron party has never won from here.

The bypoll was also a battle of prestige for former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as this Jat-dominated constituency lies adjacent to his own Garhi-Sampla Kiloi seat in Rohtak and is considered his stronghold. The victory for the Congress nominee will help Hooda emerge as an undisputed leader in the state unit of the party.

Two-time chief minister Hooda along with his son Deepender Hooda had campaigned for Narwal and had launched a blistering attack on the Khattar-led dispensation over several issues including farm laws.

The INLD, for which the bypoll was equally important, remained at the fourth spot. Baroda was a reserved seat till 2005 and a pocket borough of the INLD before the Congress won it for three consecutive terms starting in 2009.

The BJP had won 40 of the 90 assembly seats in 2019 and later formed the government with JJP's support, which had won 10 seats. The poll outcome will have no bearing on the number of 90-member Haryana Assembly. The BJP's tally will remain at 40 while the Congress party number will remain unchanged at 31 as the seat was held by Hooda. The INLD has one seat.


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