Press Trust of India/DH web Desk, Bhopal, Nov 12 2017, 14:40 IST
Congress wins Chitrakoot Assembly bypoll in Madhya Pradesh beating the BJP by a margin of over 14,100 votes announces Election Commission. Picture courtesy ANI
The seat, a Congress bastion, had fallen vacant after the death of its sitting legislator Prem Singh after a prolonged illness in May.
Congress candidate Neelandhu Chaturvedi got 66,810 votes against Shankar Dayal Tripathi Shankar Dayal Tripathi's 52,677.
Congress candidate Nilanshu Chaturvedi established a comfortable lead of more than 17,000 votes over his nearest BJP rival Shankar Dayal Tripathi at the end of the 12th round of counting in Chitrakoot Assembly bypoll in Madhya Pradesh.
The counting of votes polled in the November 9 by- election began at around 8 am amid tight security in Satna district, around 400km from here.
Chaturvedi was leading by 17,355 ballots over Tripathi at the end of the 12th round of counting, an election official said.
Around 65 per cent voting was recorded in the bypoll necessitated following the death of sitting Congress MLA Prem Singh (65).
Singh had won the assembly constituency, bordering Uttar Pradesh, in the 1998, 2003 and 2013 elections.
However, he had lost the seat to BJP's Surendra Singh Gaharwar in the 2008 polls. Though 12 candidates contested the by-election, the fight was on between Chaturvedi and Tripathi.
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