THE ruling BJP has won Jasdan assembly by-election in Gujarat’s Saurashtra region increasing its total number of seats from 99 to 100 in the 182-member state legislative Assembly. BJP has wrested the seat from Congress.BJP nominee Kunverji Babaliya, a minister in the Vijay Rupani Cabinet, it was mere retaining his seat as he had won it as the Congress nominee in the 2017 elections and in addition also increased the victory margin from over 9,000 votes last time to about 20,000 this time. Peeved by the Congress’ denial to give him the coveted post of the Leader of the Opposition, Babaliya had quit the Congress and resigned from the Assembly on July 2. He was inducted as a minister in the Rupani Cabinet the same day. In the wake of the BJP’s ouster from power in the Hindi belt, the Jasdan bypoll had assumed significance and a prestige fight for the BJP and Babaliya, whose future career largely depended on its outcome.
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