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Bypoll counting: BJD ahead in Odisha; Cong in Madhya Pradesh

Congress retains both Kolaras Mungaoli assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh bypolls Bypoll counting: BJD ahead in Odisha; Cong in Madhya Pradesh
Melinda Barton | 02 March, 2018, 09:22

Congress party today surged past the Bharatiya Janata Party in two Assembly bypolls in Madhya Pradesh while the Biju Janata Dal wrested the Bijepur segment from the party in Odisha.

While Congress swept Rajasthan by polls early this month where it won two Lok Sabha seats and one assembly seat out of the three by elections, Congress has now swept Madhya Pradesh by elections.

Official sources said that following 13 rounds of counting in Kolaras, Congress candidate Mahendra Singh Yadav was leading by almost 4,000 votes against his nearest BJP rival rival Devendra Jain.

Thirteen candidates, including the Congress' Brijendra Singh Yadav and the BJP's Bai Sahib, are in fray in Mungaoli, while 22 candidates, including Congress' Mahendra Singh Yadav and BJP's Devendra Jain, are contesting in Kolaras.

The verdict is seen as good omen for Congress in Madhya Pradesh as assembly elections in the state are due later this year.

Notably, the election results will determine the voters' mood for the upcoming Assembly elections scheduled later this year. Congress has already won the elections in Mungaoli and is maintaining a clear lead in Kolaras. In Odisha, the BJD retained the Bijepur assembly seat.

Senior Congress leaders claimed the victory margin would have been higher had the official machinery not been misused, voters not been threatened by BJP leaders and money not been spent in abundance by the ruling party. In 2013, the BSP candidate had won 12,081 votes in Mungaoli and 23,920 votes in Kolaras.

On the other side in Odisha bypoll election for the BJYM assembly seat, the ruling BJD was going ahead with BJP from starting of counting. For the BJP, Chouhan led from the front and also deployed a host of state cabinet ministers for the campaign.