Modi hails BJP's win in Arunachal, Uttar pradesh bypolls

Bypoll results BJP wins Sikandra Likabali and Pakke

They have witnessed the changes brought in by the BJP government and have therefore bestowed their confidence on the party under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

BJP supporters celebrate in Itanagar on Sunday.

In the Likabali seat, BJP's Kardo Nyigyor won by a slender margin of 305 votes, defeating his nearest rival, Gumke Riba of the PPA.

Reacting over BJP's victory in assembly by-poll in Uttar Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh, BJP chief Amit Shah said that BJP's winning spree continues.

The newly elected BJP MLAs on Tuesday took oath as members of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly. Congress candidate Modam Dini secured 362 votes while Independent candidate Sengo Taipodia got 675 votes.

The 60-seat Assembly will now have 49 MLAs from the BJP and one from the Congress.

In another tweet, he said, "I thank the people of Likabali and Pakke Kesang in Arunachal Pradesh for reposing their faith in BJP".

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Wahge and Nyigyor were elected to the State Assembly in the recently held by-election from Pakke-Kessang and Likabali Assembly Constituencies.

The Pakke-Kessang seat fell vacant after former deputy chief minister and then sitting MLA Kameng Dolo lost the membership of the Assembly following a Supreme Court ruling early this year in connection with an election petition filed against him by BJP leader and former minister Atum Welly. "This Christmas has become all the more special".

'The victories in both the constituencies are a stamp of approval to the Pema Khandu government by the people and a major blow to those forces that are trying to derail development initiatives by maliciously creating a superficial environment of instability in the state, ' the party stated in a press release.

Bhuniya, who had fought the Assembly polls as an alliance candidate of the Congress and CPI (M)-led Left Front. "This is a victory against the divisive politics of the BJP", Mr. Bhunia said.

The BJP retained the Sikandra Assembly seat of bandit Phoolan Devi fame in a bypoll by a margin of over 11,000 votes.

Only dismissive exhibition for BJP in assembly bye-elections was in Tamil Nadu's RK Nagar in Chennai, where AIADMK, DMK and Sasikala camp has locked horns to win over former chief minster Jayalalithaa's constituency.

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