Ahmedabad: In the Gujarat bypolls, both Congress and the BJP won three seats each. Notably, OBC leader and BJP candidate Alpesh Thakor lost the by-election to Radhanpur Assembly seat.
Congress’ Raghubhai Desai defeated Thakor by over 3,500 votes. Thakor, who emerged as an OBC leader during the Patel quota agitation and won the Radhanpur seat in the 2017 polls on Congress’ ticket, later quit after differences with the state party leadership.
His close aide Dhavalsinh Jhala, who also switched over to the BJP, too lost the by-election from Bayad Assembly seat.
In Tharad seat of Banaskantha, Congress candidate Gulabsinh Rajput made a comeback after trailing in the initial hours and defeated BJP’s Jivraj Patel by over 6,400 votes.
In Kheralu seat of Mehsana, BJP’s Ajmalji Thakor defeated Congress’ Babuji Thakor by 29,000 votes.
A 53.68 per cent turnout was recorded in the byelections to six Assembly constituencies in Gujarat on Monday and a total of 42 candidates were in the fray for the bypolls.
Byelections were necessitated in Radhanpur and Bayad due to the resignations of sitting Congress MLAs Alpesh Thakor and Dhavalsinh Zala, who quit the Congress and joined the BJP. Besides, bypolls in Tharad, Lunawada, Kheralu and Amraiwadi became necesasry after the BJP MLAs of these seats got elected to the Lok Sabha.