Assembly bypoll: BJP in driver’s seat in 4 states, Cong retains Karnataka

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BJPThe BJP has won the Assembly bypolls held in New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Assam in the counting of votes, which began on April 13 morning.

In the elections held on April 12, the saffron party is leading in Rajasthan in nine seats. However, there was some relief for the Congress where it won two seats in in Karnataka

By-elections were held in nine Assembly constituencies in seven states on April 12, besides the Srinagar parliamentary seat. The byelections were held in New Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and Rajasthan.

In the Rajouri Garden Assembly by-poll, the BJP defeated the ruling AAP, which lost its deposit. The victory came as a sweet music for the BJP ahead of the Delhi civic polls.

BJP-SAD joint candidate MS Sirsa bagged 40,602 seats and 50 per cent of the total votes polled, while Congress’ Meenakshi Chandela came second with 25,950 votes, while AAP’s Harjeet Singh got 10,243 votes.

The saffron party had retained the Bandhavgarh Assembly seat by defeating Congress by 25,000 votes, while the two parties had a close fight in Ater seat of Madhya Pradesh. BJP’s Shivnarayan Singh defeated Congress’ candidate Savitri Singh by 25,476 votes.

In Himachal Pradesh, BJP candidate Dr Anil Dhiman won the Bhoranj (SC) Assembly seat by 8,290 votes. The BJP candidate defeated his nearest Congress rival Promila Devi by 8,290 votes. Dhiman polled 24,453 votes against 16,144 votes polled by Devi.

The seat fell vacant following the death of BJP leader Ishwar Dass Dhiman, who won the seat six times in a row since 1990.

With this, the BJP’s strength has increased to 28 in the 68-member House.

Meanwhile, voter turnout of repolling in 38 polling stations of Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency was only 1% till 11 am. According to officials, 467 people of 34,169 eligible voters cast their vote across the constituency.

No votes were polled in Budgam and Khansahib assembly segments, while only two votes were polled in Chrar-e-Sharief segment of the Lok Sabha constituency. Alarmed by the violence, the Election Commission also decided to defer the Anantnag Lok Sabha by-election to May 25 from April 12.

Presently, re-polling is taking place in 38 polling stations of Chadoora, Chrar-e-Sharief, Khansahib and Beerwah tehsils of Budgam. The counting of votes will be held on April 15 and the results will be declared the same day.