Congressional landslide in MP’s by-ballots in Damoh
CONGRESS won a landslide victory in Damoh’s by-ballots in Madhya Pradesh, where party candidate Ajay Tandon won by a margin of 17,089 votes, nearly leading in all 26 rounds. A high-pitched election campaign staged by the ruling BJP, which led Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to campaign for the ghost Rahul Singh Lodhi, appears to have worked against the party.
Lodhi defected from the BJP in October, necessitating the by-ballots. He had beaten former finance minister and BJP chief Jayant Malaiya, who faced the anti-outgoing in 2018, by a narrow margin of 800 votes.
Speaking to reporters, Lodhi, who fought from the siege of Malaiya, accused him of being responsible for the defeat. “I lost in these rooms which were directly under the supervision of Jayant Malaiya. He was given responsibility for the urban areas, which we lost to Congress. I say with confidence that it was the Malaiya family plan that worked and that BJP lost the polls. Congress did not have workers working on the ground, ”he said.
Meanwhile, state congressman Kamal Nath called the victory a sign of the times ahead for the BJP. Nath said: “I congratulate the people of Damoh for standing on the side of the truth and standing with the forces that unite the country.”
He also called on party workers not to celebrate the victory in the streets due to the second wave of Covid-19.