The results of the by-elections held on November 7 were a mixed bag for the Congress.
In Assam, it won both the seats. But suffered a setback at its bastion in Himachal Pradesh. In Rajasthan, the Congress and the BJP split one seat each.
In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP scored a point by beating the Congress in its stronghold of Rohru, for the first time ever.
However, the Congress emerged victorious at Jwali. Union Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh vacated the Rohru seat after he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Mandi. Jwali fell vacant after BJP MLA Rajan Sushant won from the Kangra LS seat.
Voters in Rohru have always sided with the Congress since 1952 except for 1977, when the Janata Party won. Jwali, however, has alternated between the Congress and the BJP.
In Assam, the Congress won both seats. In South Salmara, former state agriculture minister Wajed Ali Choudhury defeated Abdur Rehman Ajmal of the Assam United Democratic Front by 6, 553 votes.
In Dhekiajuli, Congress’ Bhimananda Tanti defeated Asom Gana Parishad’s Shib Charan Sahu by 21,547 votes.
In Rajasthan, where the by-polls were being seen as a test of strength of the Ashok Gehlot government since it came to power after the 2008 assembly polls, the score was 1-1. The BJP’s Ramesh Chand Meena won from Todabhim defeating the Congress’ Shiv Dayal Meena.