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Bypoll results: Modi's mission Northeast on track, BJP eats into Congress vote share

by IRC-ADMIN - Nov 1 2016 12:00AM

Tuesday's bypoll results were touted as almost a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landmark decision to demonetise high value currency notes. While the jury may be out on whether the BJP has been able to win people's mandate on the issue, there is no doubt that the results will be a boost for the party ahead of the big test in Uttar Pradesh.

Tuesday's bypoll results were touted as almost a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landmark decision to demonetise high value currency notes. While the jury may be out on whether the BJP has been able to win people's mandate on the issue, there is no doubt that the results will be a boost for the party ahead of the big test in Uttar Pradesh. ALSO READ | BJP, Trinamool Congress win key bypolls, support galore for party's demonetisation stand It also holds a special significance for the party in the east and north-eastern states as it is keen to increase its footprint in the region. A total of eight seats were up for grabs in the region - three for Lok Sabha and five for the various state assemblies. Of these, it has grabbed one parliamentary seat by winning Lakhimpur in Assam and two assembly seats of Baithalangso (Assam) and Hayuliang (Arunachal Pradesh). ASSAM The Lakhimpur seat had fallen vacant after chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal resigned from Lok Sabha after he was elected to the state assembly earlier this year. While in Baithalangso, the sitting Congress MLA Mansingh Rongpi quit his party and has now been re-elected on a BJP ticket. Lakhimpur was a prestige battle and the ruling BJP has more or less been able to hold on to its victory margin with a 55 per cent vote share. ALSO READ | If bypolls were a referendum on demonetisation, has PM Modi won it? But the big gain in Assam is definitely Baithalangso where dissident Congress legislator Mansingh Rongpi has increased his vote share from 42.84 per cent to 53.77 per cent on a BJP ticket in just a span of six months since the state Assembly elections in May. ARUNACHAL PRADESH In Arunachal Pradesh too, it's yet another gain for the saffron party which had dramatically toppled the Congress government in the state. The bye-election in Hayuliang was necessitated after former chief minister Kalikho Pul's sudden demise. Pul, who was elected from the seat had led the dissident faction of the Congress out of the party to join forces with the Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA), an ally of the BJP to topple the erstwhile Nabam Tuki led Congress government in the state. Arunachal now has an NDA government after another round of defection by majority of Congress legislators to the PPA led by new chief minister Pema Khandu. An ally of the BJP, Peoples Party of Arunachal is an important constituent of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), a regional formation under the NDA formed by BJP president Amit Shah in July this year. BJP was determined to use the popular sentiment attached with Kalikho Pul who was known as the peoples chief minister and had thus fielded his wife Dasanglu Pul who has won comfortably. TRIPURA But apart from these three victories, the other big takeaway for the BJP comes from Left citadel Tripura and erstwhile bastion West Bengal. In Tripura, the party has come second in one of the two seats that were up for grabs. Something that was unthinkable till recently, indicating some amount of surge in its favour. Infact, BJP seems to be eating into the Congress's vote share in the state with the later fiding it tough to keep its flock together faced with multiple defections in recent times. In the Barjala assembly constituency, BJP has given a stunning performance. In a predominantly urban seat located in capital Agartala, the saffron party has polled a whopping 12,395 votes against the winning CPI(M) candidate's 15,769 votes. In the two seats that went to polls, BJP's overall vote share is 20.4 per cent while the Congress has shrunk to a meager 2.4 per cent. WEST BENGAL In Bengal, while the Trinamool Congress has won all the three seats with a massive lead, BJP seems to be gaining ground, coming second in one seat while third in rest of the two constituencies that went for polls. Interestingly, the party seems to be eating into the rest of the opposition vote share of the Left and Congress. In the Cooch Behar Lok Sabha seat, BJP has come second with a handsome vote share of 28.32 per cent as opposed to 6.49 per cent of the Forward Bloc and 2.49 per cent of the Congress. In the other Lok Sabha seat in Tamluk, BJP has been a close third with 15.06 per cent against the CPI(M)'s 21.62 per cent. The Congress has polled a paltry 1.52 per cent of the votes in this seat. In the Monteswar assembly seat, the saffron party has garnered 8.5 per cent to come third, just behind 10.6 per cent of the CPI(M). Here too, the Congress has been relegated to the fourth position with just 1.5 per cent vote share.

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