NEW DELHI: The results of the by-polls, held on Saturday, in three Lok Sabha and in 33 Assembly constituencies across nine states will be announced today.
BJP wins one Bengal seat, Trinamool demands recount
After 15 long years, the BJP will have a representative in the West Bengal assembly. Party candidate Shamik Bhattacharya Tuesday won the Basirhat (South) seat in the bypolls, while the state’s ruling party Trinamool retained the Chowringhee seat.
Bhattacharya defeated Trinamool candidate and former soccer captain Dipendu Biswas in a hard-fought battle by a slender margin of over thousand votes.
The constituency in North 24-Parganas district had elected Left Front major CPI-M candidate Narayan Mukherjee, emerging triumphant despite rout in the 2011 assembly polls. Mukherjee’s death necessitated the bypoll.
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R.N. Chamling wins Sikkim by-poll
Independent candidate Rup Narayan Chamling Tuesday won the assembly by-poll from Rangang-Yangang assembly constituency in Sikkim.
“He (Chamling) won the by-poll by a margin of 706 votes,” said an election officer of Sikkim.
The bypoll was necessitated after Chief Minister Pawan Chamling resigned from the seat and retained Namchi-Singhithang after the April assembly elections.
Congress wins three seats, BJP one in Rajasthan
In a change of fortunes, the Congress Tuesday won three of the four assembly seats in Rajasthan where bypolls were held Sep 13. The ruling BJP won only one seat.
According to the declared results, Congress candidates won from Weir, Surajgarh and Nasirabad constituencies while the BJP’s Sandeep Sharma was elected from the Kota South constituency.
Sharma defeated his nearest rival, Shivkant Nandwana of the Congress by over 25,000 votes.
The ruling party’s candidate from Surajgarh, Digambar Singh, a close confidant of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, lost by a margin of over 3,000 votes to Shravan Kumar of the Congress.
Digambar Singh had also lost the 2013 assembly elections from Deeg-Kumher constituency in Bharatpur district.
Samajwadi Party gets fourth assembly seat in UP from Sirathu constituency.
Earlier it won Balaha, Thakurdwara and Nighasan.
SP leads in nine UP assembly seats
The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) Tuesday established an early lead in nine of the 11 assembly seats where bypolls were held.
According to Election Commission (EC) officials, SP candidates were leading in nine state assembly seats while its candidate Tej Pratap Singh, grand nephew of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, was leading by over one lakh votes over his nearest BJP rival Prem Singh Shakya in Mainpuri parliamentary seat.
The BJP, which won an unprecedented 71 Lok Sabha seats in the general elections, is leading in only two seats in the state.
Grateful to people of UP for voting in favour of SP: Akhilesh
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said that he was thankful to the people of Uttar Pradesh for rejecting Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) communal policies and for voting in favour of the ideology of the Samajwadi Party.
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BJP wins Gujarat’s Vadodara LS seat
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Ranjan Bhatt Tuesday won the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat, defeating Congress candidate Narendra Rawat.
The bypoll to this seat was held Sep 13.
However, according to reports, Congress won two assembly seats while BJP six. Congress wrested Deesa and Mangrol seats from the BJP.
Rajasthan poll results: BJP wins one, trails in three
The BJP won Rajasthan’s Kota South assembly constituency, but was trailing in the remaining three constituencies where bypolls were held till reports last came in.
According to the results till 10.45 a.m., BJP’s Sandeep Sharma was declared elected from the Kota South constituency, defeating Congress candidate Shivkant Nandwana by over 25,000 votes.
However, party candidates who led in morning trends, were now left behind their counterparts as Congress candidates led in Weir, Nasirabad and Surajgarh assembly constituencies.
By-polls were held for all the four seats Sep 13.
BJP makes assembly debut in Bengal
BJP candidate Shamik Bhattacharjee wins Basirhat (South) constituency, while Trinamool Congress retains Chowringhee
CPI-M candidate wins Tripura seat with record margin
Ruling CPI-M candidate Pravat Chowdhury Tuesday won the Manu assembly seat in southern Tripura, defeating his nearest Congress rival Mailafru Mog by a record margin of around 16,000 votes, officials here said.
The returning officer to the Manu assembly by-poll, Rajib Datta told IANS that the CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) candidate Chowdhury, a former agriculture department official, secured 21,759 votes while his nearest Congress nominee Mailafru Mog got 5,788 votes.
The by-election was held Saturday.
TDP retains Nandigama assembly seat in Andhra Pradesh
The ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh has retained Nandigama assembly seat.
TDP candidate T. Soumya defeated Babu Rao of Congress party by over 70,000 votes.
Soumya is daughter of T. Prabhakar Rao, whose death caused the byelection.
In the bypoll held Saturday 70 percent of 1.84 lakh votes had cast votes in the constituency located in Krishna district in coastal Andhra.
TRS’ Prabhakar Reddy leads in Medak in the newly-formed Telangana.
BJP leads in one Assam seat, AIUDF in two
According to reports an hour ago, the AIUDF was leading in two Assam assembly seats where bypoll was held while the BJP was leading in a third constituency Tuesday.
The AIUDF was leading in Lakhipur with over 4,000 votes while the BJP candidate was in the lead in Silchar assembly seat with a margin of about 3,500 votes. In Jamunamukh seat, the AIUDF candidate was in the lead with over 8,000 votes.
The by-polls are seen as a test of popularity of respective state governments as also of the BJP which held many of these seats.
Peaceful and moderate polling recorded the by- elections in the parliamentary constituencies of Medak in Telangana, Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh and Vadodara in Gujarat and in the 33 Assembly constituencies.
In Uttar Pradesh, polling in one Lok Sabha seat of Mainpuri saw 56.4 percent polling while the eleven Assembly seats in the state registered 53.18 percent voters exercising their franchise.
Reports suggest that Thakurdwara Assembly constituency recorded the highest poll percentage in this by poll where over 70 percent voters exercised their franchise whereas Noida and Lucknow East, both lagged far behind with 32 and 34 percent respectively.
In Rajasthan, polling has ended peacefully in the by- election of four Assembly Constituency. According to initial information above 66 percent voting has been reported.
In Gujarat, moderate polling has been recorded for the by-elections of Vadodara Lok Sabha seat and 9 seats of state Assembly on Saturday.
Apart from Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, nine assembly seats which went for polling were Deesa, Maninagar, Tankara, Khambhaliya, Mangrol, Talaja, Anand, Matar and Limkheda (ST).
Vadodara Lok Sabha Seat and Maninagar Assembly seat were vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while 8 other assembly seats were vacated following BJP MLAs elected for Lok Sabha.
In Telangana, over 63 percent polling was recorded in Medak Parliamentary constituency till last reports came in. The polling was by and large peaceful. The bypoll was necessitated due to resignation of Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao from the seat.
By-poll was also held for Nandigama(SC) Assembly constituency in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh where over 60 percent polling was recorded till last reports came in. The vacancy for this Assembly seat was caused by untimely death of elected MLA.
In Assam, peaceful polling has been reported at Silchar, Lakhipur and Jamunamukh constituencies.
In West Bengal, by-elections of Bashirhat South and Chowringhee assembly seats witnessed over 63 per cent polling.
In Sikkim, over seventy nine percent turnout recorded in by – election to Rangang- Yangang Assembly seat in south district concluded peacefully on Saturday. (With inputs from IANS and agencies)