Some Surprises in Assembly Bypolls
The Congress made a surprise comeback in Deoband after a gap of 27 years by winning the Saharanpur Assembly seat and BJP won the Muzaffarnagar assembly seat.
C. K. Abdur Rahman Sharieff, grandson of former Union Minister C. K. Jaffer Sharief, lost the Assembly by election in the Hebbal constitutency in Bengaluru. The by elections were held on Feb. 13. The winner was BJP candidate Y. A. Narayanswamy. This was Sharieff’s second straight defeat. In the 2013 Assembly elections, he was trounced by BJP candidate Jagadish Kumar. Kumar’s death caused the election. Curiously, Chief Minister Siddramiah had wanted the Congress ticket to be given to Byrathi Suresh. But the High Command ignored his advice.
But in Bidar, Rahim Khan of Congress captured the seat by defeating the BJP candidate Prakash Khandre by a margin of 22,700 and odd votes. The seat had fallen vacant due to death of BJP MLA, Gurupadappa Nagamarpalli, a veteran of cooperative banking. The third seat at Deodurg was won by BJP candidate K. Shivanagouda Naik.
The Congress made a surprise comeback in Deoband after a gap of 27 years by winning the Saharanpur Assembly seat and BJP won the Muzaffarnagar assembly seat. SP had to settle for Bikapur assembly seat in Faizabad. Congress candidate from Deoband, Mavia Ali, who was expelled from Samajwadi Party in 2011 for allegedly supporting Ghulam Mohd Vastanvi of Deoband, won by over 3,000 votes in Deoband, defeating Meena Singh of Samajwadi Party. Deoband Assembly seat fell vacant following the death of Samajwadi Party Minister Rajendra Singh Rana. His wife Meena Singh was given the party ticket for contesting the by-election. The Bikapur seat in Faizabad district had fallen vacant due to death of SP MLA Mitrasen Yadav. The All India Majlis e Ittihadul Muslimeen had also put up a Dalit candidate in this seat who polled over 11,000 votes. It was the first foray into UP’s electoral politics by the Hyderabad based party.