“Impressive Performance”: Modi Congratulates BJP on Bypoll Wins

  • BJP candidate Shobha Rani Kushwaha wins Dholpur in Rajasthan
  • BJP wins Rajouri Garden bypoll with 40,602 votes
  • BJP candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa said the party lead is a ‘referendum ahead of the MCD elections’
  • Madhya Pradesh bypolls: BJP’s retains Bandhavgarh seat with over 25,000 votes
  • BJP wins bypoll from Dhemaji in Assam by over 9,000 votes
  • Trinamool Congress wins in West Bengal’s Kanthi Dakshin
  • BJP’s Anil Dhiman wins by a margin of 8,290 votes from Bhoranj in Himachal Pradesh
  • Karnataka bypolls: Congress wins from Nanjangud and Gundlupet seats
  • Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leading from Litipara, Jharkhand

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“Election to local bodies in Tamil Nadu cannot be held by May 14, in view of 'practical difficulties',” State EC informed the High Court.

The EC on Sunday cancelled the RK Nagar by-poll in Tamil Nadu which was scheduled for 12 April over allegations of parties bribing the electorate for votes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked and congratulated his party members over the party’s win in the assembly by-polls held in various parts of the country.

A total of 71.33 per cent of voting has been recorded in the bypoll for Malappuram Lok Sabha seat in Kerala, held here yesterday, according to Chief Electoral Officer.

The voter turn out was 74.95 per cent in the previous assembly elections and 71.11 per cent in the last Parliament election in Malappuram.

Of the total 13,12,693 electorates, 9,36,315 persons including 4,93,433 women exercised their franchise.

Congress member and Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said the EVMs in the two constituencies in the state were not tampered with. Congress retained both Nanjangud and Gundlupet seats in Karnataka.

The electoral outcome comes as a boost to CM Siddaramaiah who is facing murmurs of dissonance within his party over his style of functioning, particularly from the old guard, exemplified by the recent exit of senior leader S M Krishna, a former Chief Minister.

Siddaramaiah had devoted the last eight days for the campaign crisscrossing both the constituencies and mobilised his ministers on a large scale, as the BJP went all out to make inroads into the Congress' stronghold.

It had also turned into a personal battle between Siddaramaiah and State BJP President and former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who had camped in the two constituencies for more than three weeks.

During the campaign, the two leaders made no-holdsbarred personal attacks.

Simon Marandi, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha is leading over BJP’s Hemlal Murmu with 7, 325 votes.

Congress candidate Hemant Katare leads by 6,431 votes, against BJP rival Arvind Singh Bhadoria after 15 rounds of ballot counting, in Madhya Pradesh’s Ater.

With the AAP's humiliating defeat in the Rajouri Garden bypoll, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia admitted that people were upset with the party over its legislator quitting to contest from Punjab.

He said the party will pull up its socks in the upcoming MCD polls and try to convince the people of Rajouri Garden by showcasing the "good work" done by the Delhi government.

BJP candidate Shobha Rani Kushwah won Rajasthan's Dholpur assembly bypoll, defeating Congress's Banwari Lal Sharma by around 39,000 votes.

The by-election was necessitated following disqualification of BSP MLA B L Kushwaha in a murder case – and the BJP surprised observers by pitting his wife Shobha Rani as its candidate against Congress veteran Banwari Lal Sharma.

Congress retained both Nanjangud and Gundlupet seats in Karnataka.

Trinamool Congress candidate Chandrima Bhattacharya wins over her nearest BJP rival Sourindra Mohan Jana in the Kanthi Dakshin Assembly constituency.

The BJP won Rajouri Garden bypoll with 40,602 votes. The Congress stood at second position with 25,950 votes while AAP at third with 10,243 votes.

In Dhemaji in Assam, the BJP’s Ranoj Pegu beat the Congress by a margin of 9,285 votes.

Ruling Congress in Karnataka was leading over its principal rival BJP in both the assembly constituencies. Congress' Kalale N Keshavamurthy was leading by over 15,000 votes against former Minister V Srinivas Prasad of BJP in Nanjangud.

In Gundlupet, Congress’ Geeta Mahadeva Prasad was ahead by over 4,500 votes against the BJP's C S Niranjanakumar, electoral officials said.

Both the seats were held by the Congress. Bypolls were necessitated in Gundulpet following the death of Cooperation Minister Mahadeva Prasad and in Nanjangud due to the resignation of Srinivas Prasad as Congress MLA after he was dropped from the ministry.

As the BJP-Akali combine leads in Rajouri Garden, party candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa said people have rejected the AAP’s two-year-plus rule in Delhi.

The Congress was leading in Ater in Madhya Pradesh's Bhind district while the BJP was ahead in Bandhavgarh after the first round of counting of votes.

After the first round, Congress' Hemant Katere was leading in Ater constituency by a margin of 44 votes against BJP's Arvind Singh Bhadoria, an election official said.

BJP’s Shivnaryan Singh was ahead in Bandhavgarh against his rival Savitri Singh of Congress with 5,477 votes after the fourth round.

The bypoll in Bandhavgarh seat was necessitated as MLA Gyan Singh was elected to the Lok Sabha in November last year.

In Ater, the byelection is necessitated following the death of Congress leader Satyadev Katare.

BJP candidate Dr Anil Dhiman won the Bhoranj assembly seat in Himachal Pradesh by 8,290 votes. Dhiman polled 24,453 votes against 16,144 votes polled by Congress rival Promila Devi. Pawan Chandel, a BJP rebel who contested as an Independent, polled 4,630 votes. Some 263 voters opted for NOTA.

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

As per early trends, the BJP is leading in six out of 10 assembly constituencies in bypolls in eight states. The counting of votes is underway. Here’s a quick wrap on :

  • Madhya Pradesh: BJP leading from Bandhavgarh
  • Madhya Pradesh: BJP leading from Ater
  • Assam: BJP leading from Dhemaji
  • West Bengal: Trinamool Congress leading from Kanthi Dakshin
  • Rajasthan: BJP leading from Dholpur
  • Jharkhand: Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leading from Litipara
  • Himachal Pradesh: BJP leading on Bhoranj
  • Karnataka: Congress leading from Nanjangud
  • Karnataka: Congress leading from Gundlupet
  • Delhi: BJP leading from Rajouri Garden

The BJP appeared headed for a victory in the Rajouri Garden assembly constituency after the end of fifth round of counting, relegating the incumbent AAP to the third position.

With 13,542 votes in his kitty, BJP candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa was ahead of his Congress rival Meenakshi Chandela by nearly 4,000 votes. AAP's Harjeet Singh had 2,668 votes to his name by the end of the fifth round of counting.

The counting of votes for the Rajouri Garden assembly constituency, where bypoll was held on 9 April, is underway.

According to the election office, counting began at 8 am.

The process is expected to be wrapped up by 10.30 am, an election official said.

Around 47 per cent of the west Delhi seat's over 1.6 lakh electors had cast their vote on 9 April.

The seat fell vacant early this year after AAP's Jarnail Singh quit as MLA to contest the Punjab Assembly poll against SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal.

The by-election saw a three-cornered contest among the AAP, BJP-Akali combine and the Congress.

For the BJP and the Congress, success in the by-election is crucial for their continuing relevance in the city’s politics while it will be a test for the AAP’s popularity.

The AAP had come up with a new face – Harjeet Singh – for the election while the Congress fielded Meenakshi Chandela, who belongs to a politically influential family of the area.

The BJP-SAD combine's candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa is a veteran face in city's politics. He had won the seat in 2013.

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