Bhopal: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which had lost the recent election for the Jhabua-Ratlam parliamentary seat in Madhya Pradesh, today bounced back by winning the by-election and capturing the Maihar Assembly seat that was traditionally considered a Congress turf.
BJP’s Narayan Tripathi, who secured 45285 of the total 86777 votes polled defeated his nearest rival Manish Patel of the Congress by 12993 votes. The other main contestants -Ramlakhan Singh Patel (BSP) and Ramnivas Urmalia (Samajwadi Party) have lost their deposit.
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This election was significant for both the ruling BJP and Congress. BJP’s image was dented by the Congress victory in the Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha election and another Maihar would have put a blot and a huge question mark on Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister’s popularity. On the other side, the Congress party had a huge stake in this election. A victory in this election, would have boosted the confidence in the Congress rank and file.
The victory in Maihar has come as a shot in the arm of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Pressure was mounting on him and with today’s victory now he will have the opportunity to silence his detractors within his own party and also have a free-run to implement his policies and programmes with an eye on the Assembly election in 2018.