After a complete sweep in the May Lok Sabha polls in which BJP had won all the 26 seats in the state, it suffered reverses as it lost Dessa, Mangrol and Khambalia seats to Congress.
    
BJP managed to retain Maninagar, Tankara, Talaja, Anand, Kheda and Limkheda assembly and Vadodara Lok Sabha seats.
    
In Vadodara, the seat vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chose to retain Varanasi, BJP candidate Ranjanben Bhatt thumped her Congress rival Narendra Rawat by over 3.29 lakh votes. The margin of victory, though impressive, paled in comparison to that of Modi, who had won the seat by 5.7 lakh votes.
    
The by-polls were seen as a test of leadership abilities of Modi's chosen successor Anandiben Patel under whom the party failed to replicate its spectacular showing of Lok Sabha election.
    
Modi's exit from Gujarat ostensibly helped Congress regain some of the lost ground in the state with its tally in the 182-member assembly going up to 57.
    
BJP retained Maninagar, vacated by Modi following his election to Lok Sabha. BJP candidate from Maninagar in Ahmedabad city Suresh Patel defeated Congress' Jatin Kella by a comfortable margin of 49,652 votes.
    
BJP candidate Kesrisinh Solanki defeated Congress' Kalidas Parmar by 8,610 votes in Matar, while its nominee for Anand Rohit Patel humbled Congress candidate Kanti Sodha Parmar by 5,243 votes.
    
The saffron party's nominees Vinchhiya Bhuriya, Shiv Gohil and Bavanjee Metaliya defeated Congress nominees Chhatrasinh Meda, Pravin Vala and Lalit Kagthara by 23,934, 9518 and 11,731 votes to retain Limkheda, Talaja and Tankara assembly seats respectively.
    
Congress candidate Meraman Ahir defeated BJP's Mulu Bera by a slender margin of 1227 votes in Khambhalia, while its nominee Gova Rabari drubbed BJP candidate Lebjee Parmar by a 10,394 votes in Deesa. Congress' Babu Vaja won Mangrol seat trouncing BJP's Laxman Yadav by 22,682 votes.

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Gujarat by-polls: BJP wins four Assembly seats; Congress two

         

Ahmedabad: Ruling BJP on Tuesday won four seats while the Congress bagged two out of the nine Assembly seats in Gujarat, where by-polls were held on September 13.

         

On three other seats, where counting is underway, BJP is leading in two while Congress is ahead on one.

         

"Congress candidates have been declared elected in Deesa and Mangrol seats," Additional Chief Electoral officer A H Manek said.

         

"BJP candidates have been declared elected in Maninagar, Tankara, Talaja and Matar," Manek said.

         

Maninagar was the seat on which Prime Minister Narendra Modi emerged victorious thrice as a MLA.

         

On remaining three seats, Congress is leading in Khambhalia, while BJP is leading in Limkheda and Anand seats.

         

All the seats were earlier held by BJP and were vacated after their sitting MLAs were elected as MPs.

         

The by-polls are also considered as the litmus test of new Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel's leadership.

         

The BJP had sought votes in the name of Modi and Patel has asked voters to gift 10 seats to him ahead of his 64th birthday. Modi will reach Ahmedabad this evening and will be present here on his birthday on Wednesday.