New Delhi, Feb. 16 (ANI): Hailing the victory of the BJP and its allies in the Assembly by-polls in several states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said ‘the victory meant “people of the country reposed their faith in the politics of development”.
“Appreciable effort by NDA. People across India reposed faith in politics of development, development & development. Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas,” Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet.
The BJP won Muzaffarnagar while the Congress wrested Deoband. The Samajwadi Party lost both Muzaffarnagar and Deoband Assembly seats. The party managed to win in only Bikapur.
BJP won two out of three seats in Congress-ruled Karnataka and presented the result as people’s “disapproval” of the state government which, Sharma alleged, was “neck-deep” in corruption.
In a direct fight, BJP retained Hebbal in Bengaluru and wrested Devadurga in Raichur district from Congress which snatched Bidar in north Karnataka from its arch rival.
Of the three seats that went to bypolls due to the death of sitting members, BJP had held two and Congress one. The outcome has come as a blow to Siddaramaiah considering the prestige invested in the contest to wrest the seats from BJP.
In Madhya Pradesh, the ruling BJP won the Maihar assembly seat with party nominee Narayan Tripathi defeating Congress’s Manish Patel by a margin of 27,544 votes.
BJP allies Shiv Sena, Akali Dal and RLSP also won a seat each in Maharashtra, Punjab and Bihar respectively.
Union minister Upendra Kushwaha-led RLSP candidate Sudhansu Sekhar riding on a sympathy wave defeated his Congress rival Mohammad Shabir by a margin of 18,650 votes. (ANI)