The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally on Tuesday (10 November) won 41 out of the 59 seats that went to bypolls in eleven states, reports Times of India.
According to the report, as many as 31 of the seats that BJP garnered were on the expense of Congress. Around 26 of these 31 seats were gained by BJP in just two states - Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
BJP defeated Congress in all eight seats that went to bypolls in Gujarat while in Madhya Pradesh it won 18 of the 19 seats that were previously held by the Congress.
With eight new MLAs in Gujarat, BJP now has 111 seats compared to Congress' 65.
Similarly in MP, the BJP's strength in the 229-member State Assembly has risen to 126 with the Congress having 96 members.
In Manipur, BJP won four of the five seats held by the Congress party earlier. The fifth seat was won by an independent.
In UP, of the seven seats in fray, BJP regained six of the six seats earlier held by it while giving tough competition to Samajwadi Party for the seventh seat that has been retained by the Akhilesh Yadav-led party.
Meanwhile in Karnataka assembly bypolls for two seats, the BJP wrested Sira seat from JD(S) and R R Nagar from Congress.
The pleasant surprise in state bypolls for BJP, however, came from Telangana where the party candidate M Raghunandan Rao defeated ruling TRS' Solipeta Sujatha by 1,079 votes in the Dubbak byelection.
In Nagaland, one of the two seats that went to poll was won by BJP ally NDPP while the other went to an independent.
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