Gandhinagar, Oct 24: Ruling BJP and the main Opposition Congress have won 3 seats each during counting on Thursday of October 21 bypolls on six Assembly seats in Gujarat, the home state of PM Narendra Modi and also union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah.
Congress increased its tally by one seat. BJP got as many seats as it had won in the last election though it has lost one of the earlier segments and added another. Lunawada was won in the last election by independent Ratansinh Rathod who later joined hands with BJP.
BJP candidate on Radhanpur seat Alpesh Thakor, who had left INC a few months back to join the ruling party, has lost. Raghu Desai of Congress has defeated him by a margin of over 3500 votes. Alpesh has termed his defeat a conspiracy and misuse of money and caste-politics by opponents. Alpesh had won this seat as INC candidate in 2017 assembly election as Congress candidate.
His aide Dhavalsinh Zala who had also left INC to join the saffron brigade, too has lost on Bayad seat in Aravalli district. Congress candidate Jashu Patel has defeated Zala of BJP by a narrow margin of 743 votes.
On Lunawada seat in Mahisagar district BJP's Jignesh Sevak defeated nearest rival of Cong Gulab Chauhan by a margin of over 12,000 votes. On Kheralu seat of Mahesana district BJP's Ajmal Thakor has defeated Congress candidate Babuji Thakor by a margin of over 29,000 votes. (UNI)