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Jubilation was evident in the Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Trinamool Congress camps on Tuesday as party workers celebrated resounding victories the parties registered in by-elections across seven states.

In contrast, the mood in the Bharatiya Janata Party and Left Front camps remained pensive as they yet again failed to sway voters with the extreme right or left ideologies they follow.

Continuing with a brilliant winning streak the Congress emerged as the biggest winner with wins in as many as 10 of the 30 Assembly constituencies and the only Lok Sabha segment.

In Uttar Pradesh, arguably the most important electoral battle field in the country, the ruling BSP consolidated its grip over the government winning nine of the 11 constituencies where by-elections were recently held.

The SP and Congress registered wins in one segment each.

The Congress however earned a silver lining by winning the Ferozabad parliamentary seat, a staunch SP stronghold defeating Dimple Yadav, daughter-in-law of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, by a margin of 85343 votes.

The BJP could only muster victories in two segments—one each in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

The by-elections were recently held for 11 segments in UP, 10 in West Bengal, three in Kerala, two each in Assam, Himachal and Rajasthan and one segment in Chhattisgarh.

Suffering a huge setback on its home turf West Bengal, the Left Front led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) could only win one of the 10 assembly seats in the state.

Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) won all the seven segments it contested, the Congress won one and the remaining two seats were bagged by independents.

In Kerala, where the CPI(M) leads the ruling Left Democratic Front, the party lost all three assembly by-elections to the Congress.

The Congress won both the seats in Assam, and won one each in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.

The Congress also won Vaishali Nagar, the only segment that went to polls in Chhattisgarh.

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