By-election Results 2018: Worries for BJP as regional parties come out with flying colours
Results for by-elections held in four Lok Sabha seats and 10 assembly seats across 10 states were declared today. The result of election in Bengaluru's RR Nagar was also declared. The results will not leave the BJP pleased as it was able win just one Lok Sabha and one assembly seat in the overall results that were declared today.
Out of the four Lok Sabha seats, the BJP was able to win just one - Palghar in Maharashtra - while two other seats were snatched from it by the regional parties. The NCP and RLD won from Bhandara- Gondiya (Maharashtra) and Kairana (Uttar Pradesh) Lok Sabha seats, respectively. Both these seats were held by the BJP. The bypoll in the fourth Lok Sabha seat, Nagaland, was won by BJP's ally NDPP.
In the bypolls held in 10 assembly seats, the BJP was able to win just one seat from Tharali (Uttarakhand). Congress won 3 assembly seats - Palus Kadegaon (Maharashtra), Shahkot (Punjab) and Ampati (Meghalaya) and CPI (M) won one - Chengannur (Kerala). The rest were bagged by regional parties - 2 by JMM, 1 each by TMC, SP and RJD. The RR Nagar election in Bengaluru was won comprehensively by the Congress.
To sum it up, regional parties ruled the roost and it is something which will force the BJP to take them seriously especially with less than a year left for 2019 General Elections.