As per the by poll results, BJP suffered a jolt in Rajasthan winning just one of the four seats and was losing ground in Uttar Pradesh where Samajwadi Party(SP) was ahead during counting of votes in the by polls today exactly four months after it swept the two states in Lok Sabha elections.
In Rajasthan BJP was thrashed by the Congress, by winning Three out of Four seats where BJP hardly managed to win a seat whereas in Uttar Pradesh the Samajwadi Party was heartened by big gains at the cost of the BJP. The Samajwadi Party has wrested eight of 11 assembly seats vacated by the BJP and its ally and retained the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat vacated by its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav
The nine sitting seats held by BJP earlier in Gujarat, which were vacated after their sitting MLAs were elected as MPs, only six of the nine seats could the BLP retain while Congress bagged two and was ahead in one.
Meanwhile in West Bengal BJP has opened its account for the first time in the state assembly on its own by winning the Basirhat Dakshin seat.
Votes were counted in three Lok Sabha and 33 assembly constituencies spread across 10 states for bypolls, which were held on September 13. The three Lok Sabha seats are in Vadodara ( Gujarat), vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh) and Medak (Telangana) while 11 assembly constituencies are in UP, nine in Gujarat, four in Rajasthan, two in West Bengal, five in Northeastern states and one each in Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.
BJP has significantly lost foothold since Lok Sabha elections in May while Modi wave was expected to subside down once NDA formed the government, but assembly by-polls result came as a shock for top leaders of the saffron party.
Considering the fact that it’s a huge jolt for BJP, the by poll results were seen as another test of Narendra Modi government’s popularity since it had assumed power in May, and also was important as BJP is preparing for polls in Haryana and Maharashtra next month where it hopes to oust the Congress.