New Delhi, April 13, 2017: Counting of votes is underway for by-elections for 10 Assembly constituencies across eight states, including in the national capital on Thursday.
Elections were held on Sunday in Rajouri Garden in Delhi, Littipara in Jharkhand, Nanjangud and Gundlupet in Karnataka, Dholpur in Rajasthan, Kanthi Dakshin in West Bengal, Ater and Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh, Bhoranj in Himachal Pradesh and Dhemaji in Assam.
- West Bengal by-polls: TMC’s Chandrima Bhattacharya is leading by 2,935 votes from Kanthi Dakshin.
- Assam by-elections: BJP candidate is ahead by 2,752 votes from Dhemaji.
- BJP’s Shobha Rani Kushavah is leading from Dholpur in Rajasthan by-polls.
- Jharkhand by-polls: Simon Marandi of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha is leading from Litipara.
- Delhi Rajouri Garden by-poll: BJP candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa is leading with over 5,000 votes.
- Himachal Pradesh by-poll: BJP’s Anil Dhiman is leading on Bhoranj seat by 1,364 votes.
- Karnataka by-polls: Early trends indicate Congress’ lead on Gundlupet and Nanjangud seats after the first round of counting.
- AAP’s Harjeet Singh, Congress’ Meenakshi Chandela and BJP-SAD’s Manjinder Singh Sirsa are in the fray for the seat. The seat fell vacant as AAP’s Jarnail Singh resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls.
- Delhi’s Rajouri Garden Assembly by-poll recorded a dismal voter turnout of 47% out of 1.6 lakh registered voters. The Assembly constituency had recorded 68 per cent voter turnout in 2013 and 72 per cent in 2015.
- Assam’s Dhemaji constituency saw 66.97 percent voting. The by-election was necessitated as BJP lawmaker Pradan Baruah contested and won the by-election to the Lok Sabha from the Lakhimpur constituency. Sarbananda Sonowal vacated the seat after winning from the Majuli Assembly constituency on becoming the Chief Minister. VVPAT machines were used in polls for the first time in the state.
- In Himachal Pradesh, by-poll for the Bhoranj seat saw over 63 percent voting. The Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were used in the state for the first time. There were technical snags at a few places but the machines were subsequently replaced, an official said.
- Around 82 percent voting was seen in West Bengal’s Kanthi Dakshin Assembly by-poll.
- Jharkhand’s Littipara by-poll saw 72.15 percent voting. Ten candidates were in the fray for the seat, the contest for which was a prestige issue for both the ruling BJP and opposition Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).