In a clean sweep, the ruling BJP on Tuesday won all the eight assembly seats in Gujarat where by-elections were held on November 3. The BJP’s tally in the 182-member Assembly has now reached 111. The Congress, disappointed by the results, said they had expected voters will teach a lesson to party MLAs who resigned and switched sides.
Eight Congress MLAs had resigned prior to the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat, and five of them, who were given tickets by the BJP, their new party, won on Tuesday. Despite switching sides, voters of their constituencies reposed faith in these five leaders and sent them to the Assembly.
As many as 81 candidates contested the bypoll across the eight seats — Abdasa, Karjan, Morbi, Gadhada, Dhari, Limbdi, Kaprada and Dang. All eight seats were bagged by the BJP. With the win, BJP party workers broke into celebration and burst firecrackers at the party headquarter in Gandhinagar.