New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) registered a thumping victory by bagging Jasdan assembly seat. BJP candidate Kunvarji Bavalia, a five-time MLA, defeated Congress candidate Avsar Nakiya by 19985 votes. (CLICK HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES)

Hailing the victory in the bypoll, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, “This victory is a clear indication that BJP will win with a majority in 2019.”

In Gujarat’s Jasdan, the contest was between Kunvarji Bavaliya, a state Cabinet minister of the BJP and influential leader of the Koli community from the area, and Avsar Nakiya of the Congress. The constituency has 2.32 lakh registered voters. Bavaliya had won the seat on Congress ticket in 1995, 1998, 2002, 2007 and 2017. Since the formation of Gujarat in 1960, the BJP has won this seat only once – in the by-election held in 2009 when Bavaliya vacated the seat after being elected to Lok Sabha from Rajkot. Apart from Bavaliya and Nakiya, six other candidates are also in the fray.

The by poll results are being keenly watched by the Congress and the ruling BJP against the backdrop of the saffron party’s debacle in three core Hindi states in recent assembly elections. Ahead of forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the by-election has become a battle of prestige for the ruling BJP.