Left routed; Cong, allies on wining spree
The ruling Left Front in West Bengal on Tuesday was headed for a massive setback in the assembly bypolls at the hands of the Trinamool Congress and the Congress. The Left drew a blank even in Kerala where the Congress-UDF combine retained all the three seats. HT Correspondent reports.india Updated: Nov 10, 2009 19:21 IST
The ruling Left Front in West Bengal on Tuesday was headed for a massive setback in the assembly bypolls at the hands of the Trinamool Congress and the Congress. The Left drew a blank even in Kerala where the Congress-UDF combine retained all the three seats.
In Uttar Pradesh, the BSP was leading in at least 6 seats out of 11, and the Samajwadi Party (SP) seemed to be headed to lose.
In the lone Lok Sabha by-election in Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh, actor-turned-Congress candidate Raj Babbar was leading by 6,870 votes over Dimple Yadav, daughter-in-law of SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav. The seat fell vacant when Dimple's husband Akhilesh Yadav retained Kannauj and gave up Firozabad.
Of the 31 assembly seats spread over Uttar Pradesh (11), West Bengal (10), Kerala (3) and two each in Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan besides one in Chhattisgarh that went to the polls on Saturday, Congress won one seat each in Rajasthan,Assam and Himachal Pradesh, besides the three in Kerala.
In West Bengal, the TC-Congress combine bagged five of the 10 seats and was ahead of their Left rivals in three other constituencies.
The Congress-led UDF retained all the three assembly seats where bypolls were held, defeating ruling LDF.
In UP, ruling BSP candidates were leading in Powayan, Isauli, Hainsar Bazar, Etawah and Bharthana after six-seven rounds of counting, poll authorities said. All these seats were earlier held by SP.
The Congress and the BJP have won two seats each in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, while in Assam, the Congress wrested one seat from AGP.