Jasdan bypoll result updates: BJP’s Kunvarji Bavalia on Sunday defeated his Congress rival Avsar Nakiya in the Jasdan bypoll of Saurashtra region in Gujarat. According to a tweet by news ageny ANI, Bavalia defeated Nakiya over 19,985elect votes.
The outcome of the assembly seat was being keenly watched by the Congress and the ruling BJP against the backdrop of the saffron party’s debacle in three core Hindi states — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in recent assembly elections. The bypoll was held on December 20 and was mainly a bipolar contest between Kunvarji Bavaliya, a state Cabinet minister of the BJP and influential leader of the Koli community from the area, and Avsar Nakiya of the Congress.
Nakiya, a Rajkot district panchayat member who had once worked closely with Bavaliya, a five-time MLA, contested the assembly election for first time in his life. The election was necessitated after Bavaliya crossed over to the saffron party and resigned as MLA in July.