With Congress Turncoats’ Popularity on its Side, Will BJP Continue with its Saffron Spell?

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With Congress Turncoats' Popularity on its Side, Will BJP Continue with its Saffron Spell?
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A total of 60.75 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the bypolls held on eight Assembly seats held on November 3.

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  • Last Updated: November 10, 2020, 6:28 IST
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The counting for the bypolls to eight crucial Assembly seats in Gujarat will commence in a few hours. What remains to be seen is that if the former Congress MLAs who switched sides and joined the BJP will be able to retain their seats or not.

The by-elections to these eight seats were necessitated after the sitting Congress MLAs resigned ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls held in June this year. Five of them later joined the BJP and the ruling party fielded them from the same seats in the bypolls.

The counting will begin at 8 am at eight centres set up in these constituencies, a release issued by the Election Commission said.

A total of 60.75 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the bypolls held in Abdasa (Kutch), Limbdi (Surendranagar),

Morbi (Morbi district), Dhari (Amreli), Gadhada (Botad), Karjan (Vadodara), Dang (Dang district) and Kaprada (Valsad) Assembly seats on November 3. As many as 81 candidates contested the bypolls across the eight seats.

The exit polls on Saturday predicted an advantage for the ruling BJP in the Gujarat bypolls. The India Today Axis-exit poll suggests that in Gujarat, the BJP will bag six to seven seats with a 49% vote share while the Congress is expected to win zero to one seats with a 40% vote share. Other parties are not expected to open their account after bagging a vote share of 11%.

Days before polling took place for the bypolls in Gujarat, the Congress had released a video of an alleged sting operation claiming that the BJP had offered money to its MLAs to resigning from their assembly seats. But the BJP had rubbished the claims.

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