Bypolls will be held on Monday in up to 51 assembly seats and two Lok Sabha constituencies in 18 states.
The BJP and its allies had nearly 30 of these gathering seats, while the congress had won 12 and the 12 remainder were with regional parties.
Among the states governed by the BJP and its allies, the maximum 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh are bypassed, followed by six in Gujarat, five in Bihar, four in Assam and two each in Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
The other states in which Bypolle are held are Punjab (4 seats), Kerala (5 seats), Sikkim (3 seats), Rajasthan (two seats) and one seat each in Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry, Meghalaya and Telangana.
The exercise coincides with the parliamentary elections in Haryana and Maharashtra, the first major elections after the BJP held power in the Lok Sabha elections from April to May, winning 303 out of 543 seats.
In the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh, the polls are considered a litmus test for the Yogi Adityanath government, which has ended its 30-month tenure.
It is a quadrangle competition with the candidates of the BJP, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress at all eleven meeting places.
Eight of these seats had previously been occupied by the BJP and one by BJP ally Apna Dal (Sonelal). The seats of Rampur and Jalalpur (Ambedkarnagar) were held by the Samajwadi party and the Bahujan Samaj party. Congress hopes to consolidate its modest majority in Rajasthan by denying the BJP and its allied RLP the two seats. Of the 200 rallies in Rajasthan, the congress has 1
Prime Minister Prem Singh Tamang of Sikkim is a member of the constituency of Poklok Kamrang, one of the three seats held in the state of Bypolle. Tamang aka Golay is the president of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), who has teamed up with the BJP.
The former captain of the Indian football team, Bhaichung Bhutia, is contesting a ticket for the Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) in Gangtok.
October 21, 2019 06:09 IST