Today, vote counting is in progress for by-elections held on seven legislative assembly seats across India. These by-elections were necessitated due to vacancies in these seats and took place on September 5th. Let’s take a look at the significance of these elections and the reasons behind them.
Seats Where By-Elections Occurred
The seven seats where vote counting is underway include Ghosi in Uttar Pradesh, Dumari in Jharkhand, Dhanpur and Boxanagar in Tripura, Bageshwar in Uttarakhand, Dhupguri in West Bengal, and Puthuppally in Kerala.
Ghosi, Uttar Pradesh
The Ghosi seat in Uttar Pradesh fell vacant after the resignation of Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA Dara Singh Chauhan, who subsequently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The ruling BJP, led by the NDA, has fielded Dara Singh Chauhan, while Congress and Left parties are supporting SP’s candidate Sudhakar Singh. Dara Singh Chauhan was a former minister in the Yogi Adityanath government. In these elections, Ghosi is witnessing a direct contest between the BJP and SP.
The Bageshwar seat in Uttarakhand fell vacant following the demise of BJP MLA Chandra Ram Das. The BJP has fielded Parvati Das, Chandra Ram Das’s widow, from this seat, while Congress has nominated Basant Kumar. Bageshwar is witnessing a direct contest between the BJP and Congress.
Dhupguri, West Bengal
The Dhupguri seat in West Bengal became vacant after the passing of BJP MLA Vishnu Pandey. In the 2021 assembly elections, BJP had wrested this seat from the Trinamool Congress (TMC). Now, a triangular contest is expected between TMC, BJP, and the Congress-supported CPI(M) candidate Mizan Hussain.
Dhanpur and Boxanagar, Tripura
Both Dhanpur and Boxanagar seats in Tripura fell vacant due to the resignation of BJP leader and Central Minister Pratima Bhowmik. In Dhanpur, BJP’s Tafjal Hussain is facing CPI(M)’s Mizan Hussain, while in Boxanagar, BJP’s Bindowan Tripura is up against CPI(M)’s Amiya Debbarma.
The Dumari seat in Jharkhand fell vacant after the demise of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MLA Jagarnath Mahato. This by-election has become significant as it’s a direct contest between the JMM candidate Baby Devi and the NDA candidate Yashoda Devi. Dumari is seen as a prestige battle for both alliances.
The Puthuppally seat in Kerala became vacant following the passing of former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. This seat is witnessing a close fight between the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), which has fielded Chandy’s son Chandy Oommen, and the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) represented by Jai C. Thomas.
These by-elections are being closely watched as they could provide insights into the political dynamics in these states and the performance of various political parties.