New Delhi: The saffron juggernaut, which swept the nation in the Lok Sabha polls, was slowed a little in the byelection results held in four states. Of the 18 seats in Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, the Congress and its allies won 10, seven went to the BJP and one to its ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal.
This setback comes after the BJP, which had swept all five Lok Sabha seats in Uttarakhand, lost all three Assembly polls to the Congress last month. In Bihar, the BJP juggernaut, which had won 31 out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats, was halted by the combined forces of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar.
The maha gathbandhan (grand alliance) of the RJD-JD(U)-Congress won six of the 10 seats (gaining four seats) while the BJP was confined to four, a loss of four seats. While the RJD-JD(U) claimed that “Modi magic has disappeared and the people of Bihar have rectified their mistake”, the BJP claimed that the bypolls in the state “had nothing to do with Modi”. The Lalu-Nitish combine won in Bihar.