The by-elections took place in Noapara and Uluberia in West Bengal and Ajmer, Alwar and Mandalgarh in Rajasthan.
In West Bengal, the TMC was the clear victor, with its Sunil Singh emerging victorious in Noapara and Sajda Ahmed winning the Uluberia parliamentary seat. The rural polls will be a sort of dress-rehearsal for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, for which BJP president Amit Shah wants to secure at least half of the 44 seats that Bengal offers.
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CPI-M-led Left Front was pushed to the third position while Congress candidates suffered the ignominy of losing security deposits in both the seats, including Noapara which it won in 2016.
The by-elections on the seats were necessitated after sudden deaths of BJP MP from Ajmer Sanwarlal Jat, MP from Alwar Mahant Chand Nath Yogi and Mandalgarh MLA Kirti Kumari. The Congress won both Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats with a huge margin and defeated the BJP in Mandalgarh Assembly seat as well.
Karan Singh Yadav of the Congress trounced his nearest BJP rival Jaswant Yadav by a whopping 1,96,496 votes in Alwar, while the main opposition party's nominee for Ajmer Raghu Sharma beat BJP's Swaroop Lamba by an impressive margin of over 84,414 votes, the state election office said.
The ruling party secured almost 61 per cent of the polled votes garnering some 7.67 lakh votes in Uluberia while BJP gained 23 per cent of the votes garnering some 2.93 lakh votes. CPI-M candidates ranked third. TMC swept the Noapara by-polls, wresting the seat from Congress. TMC candidate Sunil Singh secured 1,01,729 votes in Noapara with a lead of more than 63,000. The CPI (M) had fielded Gargi Chatterjee and the Congress, Goutam Bose.
The elections were necessitated by the death of Madhusudan Ghose, Congress MLA from the Noapara Assembly seat.
The Trinamool Congress on Thursday won the Noapara Assembly bypoll by a margin of 63,018 votes while the BJP emerged second with 38,711 votes.
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