The Jind bypoll result is out, and BJP candidate Krishan Lal Middha has won his late father’s seat by a margin of 12,935 votes. Middha polled a total of 50,556 votes. The newly formed Jannayak Janta Party’s (JJP) candidate Digvijay Singh Chautala finished second with 37,631 votes while Congress candidate and national spokesman Randeep Surjewala managed 22,740 votes.

The Jind seat fell vacant when sitting Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislator Hari Chand Middha died in August 2018.

The Jind Assembly bypoll had assumed a lot of substance since its outcome is seen as the “semi-final” ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and the reflection of the mood of the voter ahead of the crucial Assembly elections to be held later this year as well.

In the recently concluded assembly elections, the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party could not put up a great show and had to concede the three states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhatisgarh to the bitter rival Congress

The ruling BJP, the Congress, the INLD, and JJP, all had made it a prestige issue to win the high stake bypoll in the heart of Haryana’s Jatland.

In fact, the BJP managed to rope in late legislator Hari Chand Middha’s son Krishan Middha as its candidate. Right from Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to his ministers, the BJP had put all its might to ensure Midha’s victory which would give the saffron party a big boost going into the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls which are due by October.

Jind drew massive attention not only from the political circle but also from psephologists and political experts, given that the state is under the rule of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

While the INLD fielded a local party leader, Umed Singh, as its candidate, the JJP fielded heavyweight Digvijay Singh Chautala, the great-grandson of former Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhary ‘Tau’ Devi Lal.