BJP wins Gujarat bypoll, gets 100th MLA in the Assembly
Maintaining his stronghold over Jasdan Assembly constituency, Gujarat minister Kunvarji Bavaliya, who had crossed over to the BJP from Congress, was re-elected from his pocket borough for the sixth time on Sunday. With this victory, the BJP’s strength in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly has now touched 100.
In the bypoll that was necessitated by his resignation as a Congress MLA in July this year, Bavaliya, a dominant Koli leader from Saurashtra, defeated his Congress rival Avsar Nakia, another Koli leader, by nearly 20,000 votes. He also increased his victory margin in the Koli-dominated seat by nearly 10,000 votes from his 2017 Assembly victory margin when, as a Congress candidate, he had defeated BJP’s Bharat Boghra, a Patidar, by over 9,000 votes.