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BJP showed strength

The results of the by-elections held in seven assembly seats in six different states, at first glance, do not seem to be particularly relevant for a big country like India. But these results were eyed for several reasons, and it has to be said that if they can be considered as a sign of the strength of any one party, then it is BJP. The first reason for this is that its candidates were victorious in four out of seven seats. This was the first election contest in Bihar after Nitish Kumar broke away from the NDA, and the BJP managed to win one of the two seats (Gopalganj). But the message of BJP’s strength is coming not only from the number of seats won, but also from many other aspects of these electoral battles. That is why even more important than these won seats is considered to be the Munugode seat of Telangana where the BJP candidate was defeated by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi.

Interestingly, the BJP has not had any significant influence in that area. Despite this, Congress MLAs left the party and joined the BJP, thus paving the way for the by-elections by losing their membership, BJP gave them tickets, and while taking on TRS, they themselves pushed the Congress to number three. His defeat has firmly established the perception that the main battle is between the TRS and the BJP in view of the state assembly elections due next year. It is also to be kept in mind that the India Jodo Yatra of Rahul Gandhi is currently passing through Andhra Pradesh itself, which has been doing the rounds on social media with videos of people getting support. The result of this by-election has raised a big question on the electoral implications of the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Another example is the contest in Mumbai’s Andheri East region where the BJP did not allow the fight to go through even after withdrawing its candidate against the official Shiv Sena candidate. Since the seat was vacated by the untimely death of a Shiv Sena MLA and the late MLA’s wife was in the fray, all major parties refrained from fielding candidates against him, in keeping with the political tradition of Maharashtra. Seeing the increasing pressure, the BJP also withdrew its candidate, but it informally appealed to its supporters to press the NOTA button instead of voting for the Shiv Sena candidate. That is why, before the election results, there was an interest in the number of NOTA votes more than the votes received by the candidates, and perhaps for the first time in an election, the NOTA button got the most votes after the winning candidate. Overall, the BJP through these by-elections once again made it clear that other parties have a lot to learn from them as far as preparations for or taking it seriously are concerned.

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