BJP not Cong-mukt: Sena on Chi­trakoot by-elec­tion de­feat

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - AGEN­CIES

Tak­ing a swipe at the BJP over its de­feat in the Chi­trakoot by­poll in Mad­hya Pradesh, the Shiv Sena on Tues­day said that de­spite the rul­ing party's ef­forts, the coun­try had not be­come Congress-free.

The Congress had on Sun­day re­tained the Chi­trakoot Assem­bly con­stituency with its can­di­date win­ning the seat with an im­proved mar­gin of over 14,000 votes.

In an ed­i­to­rial in party mouth­piece 'Saa­mana', the Sena said it was not of the view that the BJP had lost too much with its dec­i­ma­tion in the Chi­trakoot by­poll. How­ever, it added that it was scared think­ing whether the los­ing spree of the Congress had come to an end.

“First, the BJP lost the Gur­daspur Lok Sabha seat in Pun­jab. It then had to face a big loss in the Nanded mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion polls (in Ma­ha­rash­tra). Chi­trakoot is the BJP's third fail­ure,” it said.

The Chi­trakoot Assem­bly seg­ment borders Ut­tar Pradesh and thus, the deputy chief min­is­ter of that state, Ke­shav Prasad Mau­rya, had also camped there for three days to cam­paign for the BJP in the by­poll, the NDA con­stituent noted.

Mad­hya Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan had made this a pres­tige bat­tle and left no stone un­turned to en­sure that the saf­fron party won the by­poll. Yet, the BJP lost in Chi­trakoot, the Ud­dhav

We are sad­dened by the BJP’s loss. De­spite the BJP’s ef­forts in the last two to three years, the coun­try has not be­come Congress-free. The Congress could not be de­feated even in the Chi­trakoot by­poll. First, the BJP lost the Gur­daspur Lok Sabha seat in Pun­jab —The Sena

Thack­eray-led party said.

“We are sad­dened by the BJP's loss,” it added.

“De­spite the BJP’s ef­forts in the last two to three years, the coun­try has not be­come Congress-free. The Congress could not be de­feated even in the Chi­trakoot by­poll,” the Sena said.

Congress can­di­date Ni­lan­shu Chaturvedi had de­feated his near­est BJP ri­val, Shankar Dayal Tri­pathi, in the by­poll.

The by­poll in the Assem­bly seat was ne­ces­si­tated, fol­low­ing the death of its Congress MLA, Prem Singh (65).

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