Pratibha Chauhan

Tribune Information Service

Shimla, 2 November

In a significant setback to the ruling BJP in Himachal Pradesh, the opposition Congress in the present day gained Mandi Lok Sabha and all three meeting seats of Jubbal-Kotkhai, Arki and Fatehpur, the place bypolls had been held on October 30.

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The Congress retained the Fatehpur and Arki seats, whereas snatching Jubbal-Kotkhai and Mandi from the BJP. In Mandi, Pratibha Singh, spouse of former chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who had represented the seat in 2004 and 2013, defeated Brigadier Khushal Thakur (retd), Kargil conflict hero, of the BJP, in an intense election.

By-election outcomes: 3 Lok Sabha, 29 Meetingambi seats

BJP+ 14; Congress 8; Trinamool 4; YSR Congress 1, INLD 1; different 4

Lok Sabha: Mandi Congress | Dadra and Nagar Haveli Shiv Sena | Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh) BJP

Assembly: Assam (5) BJP 3, ally UPPL 2 | WB (4) TMC 4 | HP (3) Congress 3 | MP (3) BJP 2, Congress 1 | Meghalaya (3) NPP 2, UDP 1 | Bihar (2) JD (U) 2 | Karnataka (2) BJP 1, Congress 1 | Rajasthan (2) Congress 2 | Maharashtra (1) Congress 1 | Telangana (1) BJP 1 | Andhra (1) YSRCP 1 | Mizoram (1) Mizo Nationwide Entrance 1 | Haryana (1) INLD 1

Pratibha obtained 3,69,565 votes (49.14 per cent) whereas Khushal obtained 3,62,075 (48.14 per cent) votes. The margin of victory was lower than 7,490 NOTA obtained 12,626 votes. In 2019, BJP’s Ram Swaroop Sharma, whose demise in February necessitated a bypoll, gained the seat by a file margin of three.98 lakh votes. The Congress took lead in 9 of the 17 meeting constituencies (a part of Mandi Lok Sabha seat) together with Manali, Banjar, Ani, Kullu, Bharmour, Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti and Nachan. The utmost lead of 19,253 votes was from Rampur, Pratibha’s native place.

The electoral defeat is being seen as a setback for CM Jai Ram Thakur, whose constituency Siraj can also be part of Mandi parliamentary constituency. BJP has obtained most lead of 19,903 votes from Siraj. The defeat in all of the 4 seats might create issues for CM Thakur as his opponents might elevate the demand for change in management.

The Congress gained regardless of going through a scarcity of assets in what was seen as a semi-final forward of subsequent 12 months’s meeting elections. Ballot analysts claimed that worth rise and unemployment tilted the scales in favor of Congress, although the sympathy issue additionally labored in favor of Pratibha, whose husband and six-time CM Virbhadra Singh died on July 8.

He stated infighting and rebel elements additionally broken the BJP’s prospects, particularly in Jubbal-Kotkhai (Shimla district) the place Chetan Bragata (23,662 votes), son of former minister Narinder Bragata (23,662 votes) contested as an unbiased and BJP’s unbiased candidate Neelam Saraik (2,644 votes). vote) as contested. , who misplaced his deposit, moved to 3rd place. Former Congress CM Ram Lal Thakur’s grandson Rohit Thakur (29,955 votes) gained by a margin of 6,293 votes.

In Fatehpur (Kangra) Bhavani Pathania (24,449) defeated Baldev Thakur (18,660) of BJP. In Arki (Solan), INC’s Sanjay Awasthi (30,798) defeated his BJP rival Ratan Pal (27,579) by 3,219 votes.

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