The common pattern in the results of the assembly byelections on Monday is that the Congress or its allies could not buck the trend and win in any of the three constituencies, where they had lost earlier.
In Andhra Pradesh the proponents of the new state got a boost as the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) candidate won the assembly bypoll in Banswada in Nizamabad district. Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, who was elected from the constituency on a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ticket in 2009 and subsequently quit to join the TRS, won by 49,889 votes. While the TDP did not field any candidate, Congress candidate S Srinivas Goud secured 33,356 votes.
TRS leader KT Ramarao said the people of the region had indicated their preference for a separate state by electing his party’s candidate.
JD(U) scores in bihar
In Bihar, the Janata Dal (United) retained the Daroundha assembly seat. The party’s candidate, Kavita Singh, defeated her nearest rival of the RJD, Parmesh-war Singh, by a margin of 20,092 votes. In 2010, Kavita Singh’s mother-in-law, the late Jagmato Devi, had won the seat, defeating Binod Kumar Singh of the RJD by 30,000 votes.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar, who belongs to the Janata Dal (United), described the win as a “victory over superstitions”. However, the RJD camp put up a brave face at the poll outcome. National general secretary and MP Ram Kripal Yadav said: “We are not disappointed as our party’s vote share has increased.”
NCP loses in Pune
Despite putting up the previous victorious candidate’s widow as its nominee, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) lost the assembly bypoll in Khadakwasla of Pune district.
The BJP’s Bhimrao Tapkir defeated the NCP's Harshada Wanjale by 3,625 votes.
The verdict came as a jolt to deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, who had made the election a prestige issue. The byelection was necessary because Harshada’s husband, MNS MLA Ramesh Wanjale, had died.