Counting is underway for the 10 assembly by-elections is underway.
According to reports, in Madhya Pradesh, BJP is leading from Bandhavgarh and Ater. It was Ater, where the incident of EVM tampering had come to light. The counting here in the third round stopped after Congress complained of irregularities.
In Assam, the BJP candidate was leading by 2752 votes from Dhemaji, a short while ago.
Trinamool Congress’s Chandrima Bhattacharya was leading by 2935 votes from Kanthi Dakshin in West Bengal, reported ANI.
BJP’s Shobha Rani Kushavah had early lead in Rajasthan’s Dholpur, while in Delhi, BJP candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa has won Rajouri Garden seat by 14,000 votes. Congress made a strong recovery and was placed with more than 25,000 votes. Today’s results showed a complete rout for AAP, which had won this seat in 2015.
This is in sharp contrast with how the AAP candidate had performed in 2015, when it had polled 55,000 votes, while BJP secured 45,000 and 14,000 votes had gone to Congress.
Delhi’s Rajouri Garden too had gone for polls after AAP’s Jarnail Singh quit to contest Punjab assembly elections. The outcome here will affect Delhi’s politics significantly in light of this month’s MCD polls.
Congress’s Ajay Maken had termed the election in Rajouri Garden as a referendum on Arvind Kejriwal government’s performance.
Delhi’s deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia, conceded that the performance in Rajouri Garden was a sign of anger among the local voters. He said that his government will continue to work for the area.
The saffron party candidate Anil Dhiman won from Bhoranj seat in Himachal Pradesh by 8433 votes. This seat was held by the BJP.
Simon Marandi of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha in Jharkhand’s Litipara seat was leading in early counting.