Considered yet another test of popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tuesday's reverses come on top of the party's disappointing performance in the assembly by-elections in Bihar, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh in the last two months.
Out of the 32 Assembly seats across nine states for which counting of votes was taken up on Tuesday, BJP won 12, Congress seven and Samajwadi Party eight while TDP, Trinamool Congress, AIUDF and CPI(M) bagged one each. One seat in Sikkim was won by an Independent. Counting in Antagarh in Chhattisgarh, held by BJP, will be taken up on September 20.
It was Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP was on a high after a near-total sweep of the 80 Lok Sabha seats, that delivered a humiliating blow to the saffron party as it lost seven of the 10 seats held by it as well as one belonging to its ally Apna Dal to the ruling Samajwadi Party.

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BSP's absence in the by-elections had made it a virtual straight fight between BJP and SP, which has bounced back after the drubbing in Lok Sabha polls. The saffron party's campaign on issues like 'Love Jihad' also apparently did not bring them any electoral gains.
Equally crushing was the defeat in Rajasthan where BJP conceded three of the four seats to Congress, which also managed to wrest three of the nine seats in Gujarat, where the elections were held for the first time in 12 years sans Narendra Modi.
All the seats in Uttar Pradesh (11), Gujarat (9) and Rajasthan (4) were held by BJP and the bypolls were necessitated after the MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha.
The only solace for BJP on an otherwise dismal day was its entry in West Bengal Assembly.
BJP candidate Shamik Bhattacharya won the Basirhat Dakshin seat in North 24 parganas district by a margin of 1,586 votes against its nearest Trinamool Congress rival and former Indian soccer captain Dipendu Biswas. The seat was earlier held by CPI(M).
BJP retained the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, vacated by Prime Minister Modi, albeit with a reduced margin. Ranjanben Bhatt thumped her Congress rival Narendra Rawat by over 3.29 lakh votes. Modi had won the seat by 5.7 lakh votes.
In the other two Lok Sabha bye-elections, Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh, the stronghold of ruling SP, Tej Pratap Singh, the grand nephew of Mulayam Singh Yadav, defeated BJP's Prem Singh Skahkya by a margin of more than 3.21 lakh votes. Mulayam had vacated the seat after he chose to retain Azamgarh.

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"I am grateful to the people of Uttar Pradesh for helping the Samajwadi Party," a visibly happy Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said.
The current BJP President Amit Shah had scripted the sweep in UP helping the saffron party bag 71 seats while its ally Apna Dal got two out of the 80 seats in the politically crucial state.
The by-polls in Gujarat are also considered to be a test for new Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel under whose leadership, the elections are being held for the first time after Modi became the Prime Minister. BJP had won all the 26 Lok Sabha seats.
Trinamool Congress won the prestigious Chowringhee Assembly segment for the second seat in West Bengal.




CPI(M) wins Tripura Assembly by-poll

CPI-M candidate Prabhat Chowdhury trounced his nearest INC candidate Mailafru Mog by 15,971 votes in the Manu (ST) Assembly constituency of Tripura.
While CPI-M candidate secured 21,759 votes, the INC aspirant secured 5,788 votes, Joint Chief Electoral Officer Debasish Modak said.
The constituency fell vacant after former Industries and Commerce Minister Jitendra Chowdhury was elected to the Lok Sabha. 

Congress wrests three Assembly seats from BJP in Rajasthan
In a jolt to the Vasundhara Raje government, the opposition Congress wrested three Assembly seats of Weir, Nasirabad and Surajgarh from the ruling BJP which could retain only the Kota seat.
Out of four Assembly seats which went to polls on September 13, BJP managed to win only one, bringing down its strength in the 200-member Rajastahn Assembly to 160 from 163.
In Nasirabad Assembly constituency, Congress candidate Ramnarayan Gujjar defeated BJP's Sarita Gena by a margin of 386 votes. Ramnarayan got 66,648 votes while BJP's Sarita got 66,262 votes.
Congress regained its old Scheduled caste seat of Weir with its candidate Bhajanlal defeating BJP veteran Gangaram Koli by 25108 votes.
In Surajgarh Assembly constituency, BJP's former minister Digamber Singh, who shifted from Bharatpur and is said to be Raje loyalist, lost to the Congress candidate.

Congress' Shravan Kumar secured 70527 votes while Singh secured 67257 votes. With the victory in three seats, Congress tally in the Assembly is now 24.
BJP retained Kota city with party candidate Sandeep Sharma winning the Kota-South Assembly constituency by defeating Congress candidate Shivkant Nandwana by a margin of 25,707 votes. Sharma got 84,233 votes while Shivkant got 58,526 votes.
Twenty-three candidates were in the fray including four each of BJP, and Congress, and one CPI-ML.
The bypolls were necessitated after sitting MLAs Sanwar Lal Jat (Nasirabad), Om Birla (Kota-South), Santosh Ahlawat (Surajgarh) and Bahadur Singh Koli (Weir) resigned from the Assembly following their election to Lok Sabha.
Immediately after the Assembly polls in November last year in Rajasthan, BJP had won all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state in May this year.

BJP makes inroads into WB Assembly, TMC retains Chowringhee
BJP on Tuesday made its debut in the West Bengal Assembly by winning the Basirhat Dakshin seat while Trinamool Congress retained the prestigious Chowringhee seat.
BJP's Shamik Bhattacharya won the Basirhat Dakshin seat in North 24 Parganas district by a margin of 1742 votes against its nearest Trinamool Congress rival and former Indian soccer captain Dipendu Biswas. In 2011, Narayan Mukhopadhyay of CPI(M) had won the seat.

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TMC candidate Nayana Bandopadhyay retained the Chowringhee seat by a margin of 14,344 votes against her nearest rival BJP's Ritesh Tiwari. In 2011 Assembly polls, Sikha Mitra, then with Trinamool Congress, had won the seat.

BJP retains 6 Assembly seats, Congress wins 3 in Gujarat
Congress on Tuesday wrested three assembly seats in Gujarat from the ruling BJP, which managed to retain six besides the lone Lok Sabha seat for which by-polls were held on September 13.
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.

 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.

BJP wins Vadodara LS seat by over 3.29 lakh votes

The BJP retained the prestigious Vadodara Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with a huge margin of more than 3.29 lakh votes.
"BJP candidate Ranjanben Bhatt has won the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat against Congress's nominee Narendra Rawat by a margin of 3,29,507 votes," District Collector and returning officer in Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, Avantika Singh said.
Bhatt secured 5,26,763 votes out of the total 7,32,339 votes polled in the constiteuncy, while Rawat managed to get 1,97,256 votes, Singh said.
In the general elections this year, Modi had set a record margin by winning the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat by 5,70,128 votes against Congress General secretary and party's candidate Madhusudan Mistry.
Modi had got 8,45,464 votes out of the total 11.63 lakhs votes polled in the seat, while Mistry managed 2,75,336 votes. According to Singh, 14,257 voters went for None of the Above (NOTA) option.
Two independents in the fray lost their deposits, she said. By-polls were held in Vadodara Lok Sabha constituency as Modi vacated this seat after choosing to retain Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
By-polls were held for one Lok Sabha and nine Assembly seats in the state on September 13.
In the 2009 elections, BJP's Balu Shukla had won the constituency with the margin of 1.36 lakh votes.

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Vijayawada: Giving the ruling party a boost, Telugu Desam Party's Tangirala Sowmya won the Nandigama Assembly bypoll in Andhra Pradesh by 74,827 votes.
Riding on the sympathy wave, Sowmya, a software engineer, got 99,748 votes, pushing her Congress rival Bodapati Babu Rao to a distant second with 24,921 votes in a straight contest in Krishna district.

The main opposition YSR Congress Party had not fielded candidate after TDP requested other parties to make the election unanimous.
The by-election was necessitated following the vacancy caused by the death of Sowmya's father due to a cardiac arrest days after he was elected in the May polls.



TRS retains Medak Lok Sabha seat

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has retained Medak Lok Sabha seat in Telangana. TRS candidate K Prabhakar Reddy defeated his nearest rival V Sunitha Lakshma Reddy of Congress party by over 3.66 lakh votes.

Assam by-polls: BJP wrests Silchar; AIUDF, Congress win one seat each

Opposition BJP wrested Silchar constituency from the Congress while the All India United Democratic Front and the ruling Congress retained Jamunamukh and Lakhipur seats respectively in the Assembly by-polls in Assam.
The election office here said that BJP's Dilip Kumar Paul wrested Silchar from the Congress by defeating its nominee Arun Dutta Majumdar by 36,956 votes.
The AIUDF retained the Jamunamukh seat with its nominee Abdur Rahim Ajmal, AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal's son, defeating Congress' Bashir Uddin Laskar by 22,959 votes.
Congress' Rajdeep Goala retained the Lakhipur seat defeating his nearest BJP rival Sanjay Thakur by 9,172 votes.
While the by-poll in Lakhipur was necessitated by the death of Rajdeep Goala's father and sitting MLA Dinesh Prasad Goala, the other seats of Silchar and Jamunamukh became vacant when the respective MLAs Sushmita Dev and Mohammad Sirajuddin Ajmal were elected to the Lok Sabha in the last election.
The 126-member Assam Assembly now has 78 Congress, 18 AIUDF and six BJP MLAs, besides 12 Bodo Peoples Front (BPF), nine Asom Gana Parishad, two Independents and one TMC legislator.

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