BJP wins bypolls in Delhi, HP, MP, Assam;Cong bags KTK seats

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

Geetha Mahadevprasad received 90,260 votes while BJP's Niranjan Kumar, B S Yeddyurappa's hand picked candidate managed to poll 79,383 votes.

The BJP retainedn the Bandhavgarh Assembly seat in Madhya Prades after defeating rival Congress by margin of over 25,000 votes.

Congress surges ahead in the final rounds of counting in the bye polls from both Nanjangud and Gundlupet, making win a certainty.

The eight round of counting in Nanjangud has Congress candidate Kalale Keshavmurthy with 44,671 votes and BJP candidate Srinivas Prasad trailing with 28,962 votes.

Both seats were held by Congress.

In Gundlupet, late Karnataka minister Mahadeva Prasad's wife Gita Mahadeva is trying to retain the seat for the Congress.

"We bow our heads and accept the decision of the people", said BJP's strongman BS Yeddyurappa, who was hoping to wrest the seats from the Congress to strengthen his position ahead of the next election.

BJP leader and former deputy chief minister R Ashoka alleged that the state goverment misused official mechinary to win the bypolls.

The BJP had won 60 of 126 assembly seats and formed the government in partnership with its pre-poll alliance partners previous year. Former Congress minister and Dalit leader V Srinivas Prasad who quit the party and joined the BJP after being dropped from the Siddaramaiah cabinet lost by over 20,000 votes in Nanjangud.

In Gundlupet after the fourtheenth round, Geeta Mahadev Prasad of Congress is leading with 81,101 votes, while the BJP candidate Niranjan Kumar is trailing with 69,847 votes.

-At the end of round 8 of counting in Gundlupet constituency, Congress continued to lead with 45,489 votes and BJP trailing with 41,665 votes while 560 exercised NOTA.

Most of the results will be out by noon, said an election official.

"The BJP candidate has secured 47,951 votes while the votes of Congress candidate Banwari Lal Sharma are 25,349", according to the state election commission.

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