Congress Party candidate Neelandhu Chaturvedi has won the by-election held in Chitrakoot assembly constituency in Madhya Pradesh. Mr. Chaturvedi defeated the closest contender, BJP’s Shankar Lal Tripathi with a margin of over 14000 votes. While Mr. Chaturvedi got 66810 votes, Mr. Tripathi had to be satisfied with only 52677 votes. This result in a constituency considered a BJP stronghold since 2013 is surprising.
The Congress leaders here were successful in bringing the BJP government’s corruption to the fore. In the recent Gurdaspur by-poll held in Punjab, it was once again the Congress party that emerged victorious. Political analysts are now saying that Modi’s sway over North India is slowly declining. It is now to be seen whether Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s strategies for the upcoming Gujarat elections will pay dividends or not. It is expected that even if the BJP wins, the Congress party will increase its share of votes.