BJP captures SP strongholds, AAP loses at Mann home turf

Wednesday 29th June 2022 07:17 EDT

BJP cracked the Muslim-Yadav code to wrest the Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha seats in UP from Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party while Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) overran Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann’s stronghold Sangrur to obliterate AAP’s footprint in the Lower House of Parliament, barely 100 days after the party’s assembly triumph in that very state.

Bhojpuri actor Dinesh Lal Yadav alias Nirahua won Azamgarh, vacated by Akhilesh, by just over 8,000 votes in a battle that kept see-sawing all day. BJP’s Ghanshyam Lodhi, a recent import from SP, won by 42,000-odd votes against veteran Azam Khan’s man Friday Asim Raja in Rampur. Azamgarh district had given all 10 seats in the assembly polls earlier this year to SP.

In Punjab, SAD(A)’s Simranjit Singh Mann defeated AAP’s Gurmail Singh by 5,822 votes to script the day’s third upset. The former IPS officer had last won the seat, vacated by CM Bhagwant Mann after he became the Dhuri MLA, in 1999.
BJP was the clear gainer in the June 23 by-polls to three Lok Sabha and seven assembly seats across five states and Delhi, overcoming a blip in Tripura along the way. Congress won Agartala at BJP’s expense, thanks to defector Sudip Roy Barman retaining his seat, but the saffron party’s Malina Debnath made up for it by wresting Jubarajnagar from CPM.

Tripura CM Manik Saha won his first electoral battle from Town Bardowali and party colleague Swapna Das Paul triumphed in Surna to make it three out of four for BJP.
Congress’s other win came through Shilpi Neha Tirkey in Mandar constituency of Jharkhand, a seat held by her father Bandhu Tirkey until he was expelled from the erstwhile JVM(P) and jailed for corruption.
AAP’s Durgesh Pathak retained the Rajinder Nagar seat in Delhi for his party while Mekapati Vikram Reddy of YSRC won Atmakur in AP.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath said BJP’s victory in Azamgarh and Rampur were a signal that the people of the state would no longer accept “dynastic and casteist parties, and those who incite communal tension and protect criminals”. He said the grand double was also an endorsement of BJP’s double-engine government under PM Narendra Modi’s leadership.

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