BJP loses Kairana, falls below 272 mark in Lok Sabha, opposition parties gain in bypolls
NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost heavily in the bypolls even as Opposition parties including the Congress gained seats in the Lok Sabha and Assembly bypolls, the results of which were declared today.
The biggest jolt was the defeat in Kairana in Uttar Pradesh, where RLD's Tabassum Hasan, who was supported by SP and BSP, was leading a by a huge margin over BJP's candidate.
Despite PM Modi and CM Yogi's campaign, BJP failed to perform well. Of the four Lok Sabha seats, BJP was set to retain Palghar (Maharashtra) while it was trailing in Bhandara-Gondiya seat in the same state.
With the loss of Kairana and Bhandara-Gondiya seats, the BJP tally has come down in the Lok Sabha. It is below 272 now. However, with its partners, the NDA coalition continues to have the numbers.
The party had 282 seats in the Lok Sabha but has lost the seats in byelections over the years. With just a year to go for the general elections, it's clear that a joint opposition can turn the tables.
In Bihar and Jharkhand, the party lost the Assembly bypolls, as also at the Noorpur seat in Uttar Pradesh. While RJD won at Jorki hat in Bihar, JMM won both the seats in Jharkhand.
Congress won Shahkot seat in Punjab, RR Nagar constituency in Karnataka and another seat, Palus Kadegaon, in Maharashtra. CPM won the Chegallur seat in Kerala while TMC won Maheshtala in West Bengal.
PM Narendra Modi who is on a foreign trip having flown from Indonesia) and landed in Malaysia today, is yet to react on the by-polls results.
UPDATE: The current strength of BJP in Lok Sabha (the overall strength of house is less than 543 right now), is still a simple majoirty.