In 2018, Rahul Singh Lodhi — then with the Congress — wrested the Damoh Assembly seat from senior BJP chief Jayant Malaiya with a skinny victory margin. On Sunday, Lodhi misplaced the seat in a bypoll — necessitated by his defection to BJP — to Congress’s Ajay Tandon.
Lodhi’s defeat comes as a setback for the ruling BJP — CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and a minimum of 13 ministers of the celebration had been a part of the marketing campaign for the Damoh seat.
Tandon’s victory was anticipated in political circles, as folks had been agitated over having to forged their votes in the course of the pandemic owing to Lodhi’s defection.
District Congress Committee president Manu Mishra mentioned, “Many voters, who had voted for Rahul Singh Lodhi to see a change after Jayant Malaiya ruling for six phrases had been sorely disillusioned with Lodhi who remained largely unapproachable. And then he defected to the BJP inflicting the bypolls within the midst of a second wave.”
Lodhi misplaced by 17,097 votes and bought 40.34 per cent of the votes. He blamed Malaiya saying the previous minister ensured that the MLA didn’t win. However, Home Minister Narottam Mishra on Monday known as the defeat a loss due to their “personal folks” and urged the Congress to not have a good time too quickly.
Congress state president Kamal Nath pointed to the end result as a sign of the instances to return for the BJP. “When I held my street present, it was clear to me in the best way folks got here and met me and confirmed the celebration’s image. It is the victory of Congress staff who rode in opposition to the politics of cash energy performed by the BJP and had put extra power into the Congress celebration,” he advised The Indian Express.