Cong success spills into J'khand; BJP wrests Gujarat seat from Cong
Kolebira/ Ahmedabad: The Congress won the Kolebira (ST) Assembly by-poll in Jharkhand on Sunday, with its candidate Naman Bixal Kongari defeating his BJP rival by 9,658 votes, while Gujarat's ruling BJP comfortably won the by-poll from Jasdan Assembly seat on Sunday, taking its tally in the House to 100.
The Congress nominee secured 40,343 votes while Basant Soreng of the saffron party polled 30,685 votes, an Election Commission release said. With this victory, the Congress will increase its tally to eight in the 82-member House. The by-poll was necessitated after Enos Ekka of Jharkhand Party, who represented the constituency in the Assembly, lost his membership following his conviction in a murder case.
Others who were in the fray were Menan Ekka of Jharkhand Party, Anil Kandulna of Sengel Party and an independent candidate, Basant Dungdung. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha had announced support to Menan Ekka of Jharkhand Party while Babulal Marandis Jharkhand Vikas Morcha had supported the Congress candidate.
BJP candidate and minister Kunvarji Bavaliya defeated his nearest rival Congress nominee Avsar Nakiya by a margin of 19,979 votes in Jasdan. Bavaliya not only retained the Assembly seat in Rajkot district, which he had won for the Congress in 2017, but also increased his victory margin.
With this, the BJP now has 100 seats in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly, while the Congress tally has come down to 76 in the 182-member House.