Abhijit puts up lacklustre performance; BJP’s Maharani scores convincing victory

Two Lok Sabha constituencies delivered a sharp, unpleasant message to the Congress, when the results of the by-elections were announced on Saturday.

While Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna’s son was defeated in Tehri, President Pranab Mukherjee’s son scraped through in West Bengal’s Jangipur. The two seats were held by the fathers.

The outcome means that strength of Congress in the Lok Sabha has slipped from 207 to 206, and that of the principal Opposition party, BJP, has risen from 114 to 115.

In Tehri, Mr. Vijay Bahuguna’s son and Congress candidate Saket Bahuguna lost to the BJP’s Maharani Mala Rajlaxmi Shah, daughter-in-law of the erstwhile Raja of Tehri, Manvendra Shah, who had represented the seat for a record eight times. In Jangipur, despite the fact that the Trinamool did not field a candidate, Mr. Abhijit Mukherjee was able to defeat his CPI (M) rival Muzaffar Hussain by just 2,536 votes.