By Upendra Prasad
The results of ten Assembly Constituencies by- polls are certainly a setback for Bharatiya Janata Party, which was overconfident to repeat its Lok Sabha election performance in the state.. BJP could win only 4 seats out of ten and two of them with narrow margins, while out of the 10 seats, where by poll was held, its candidates had led in 8 Assembly Constituencies during Lok Sabha elections. Not only this, 6 of these seats were held by BJP MLAs since Assembly elections of 2011. BJP could not retain the Assembly seats vacated by its senior leaders like Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Janardan Singh Sigriwal.
BJP had got three targets and was trying to achieve one of them. Its most ambitious target was to win 8 seats out of ten and to repeat its performance of the last Lok Sabha elections.. Its less ambitious target was to win at teat 6 seats and witness a situation of no gain no loss. Its face saving ambition was