Assembly Bypoll election results for 17 constituencies across 5 states were declared on Friday 21st Aug which shows that the Cong-UPA combine has managed to keep its charm going till now. Of the 17 seats that went to Bypolls, Congress-UPA won 9 seats in 5 states. The main opposition BJP can just manage 2 seats from Karnataka.
Karnataka (Total seats: 5)
Congress again faired poorly in Karnataka. Priyanka Kharge, the son of Union Labour Minister M Kharge, lost to his BJP rival Valmiki Nayak. JD(s) took one seat, Chennapatna, from Congress. BJP did win 2 seats, but it suffered a major blow because it’s housing minister V Somanna lost. Somanna had earlier defected from Congress to BJP’s side before the elections.
BJP: 2 (0)
JD(s): 2 (+1)
Congress: 1 (-1)
Meghalaya (Total seats: 1)
Congress took the seat away from UDP when Ampareen Lyngdoh won the Laitumkhrah seat.
Congress: 1 (+1)
Tamil Nadu (Total seats: 5)
AIADMK boycotted the polls in Tamil Nadu, which definitely helped the UPA combine as it got 5 seats out of 5 there.
Uttar Pradesh (Total seats: 4)
Mayawati seems to have got her calculations correct this time as it won 3 seats out of 4. It took away Malihabad and Bidhuna seats from SP and also Moradabad West from BJP. NDA’s partner, RLD, retained it’s seat at Morena. Main opponent in Uttar Pradesh, SP failed to open it’s account.
BSP: 3 (+3)
RLD: 1 (0)
West Bengal (Total seats: 2)
Mamta Banerjee continued racing full steam ahead and Trinamool Congress won both the seats that went to polls. The two seats of Bowbazar and Sealdah were earlier held by TC’s partnwer, Congress.
TC: 2 (+2)
Maharashtra is scheduled to go to polls next as Assembly Elections in Maharashtra are scheduled for Oct 2009.