Counting of votes has begun for 51 assembly seats and two Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states where by-elections were held two days ago.

Uttar Pradesh: Samajwadi Party’s Gaurav Kumar has won the Zaidpur assembly bypoll seat defeating the BJP candidate. Kumar defeated BJP’s candidate Amrish by a margin of 4,165 votes.

Bihar: RJD wrests Simri Bakhtiarpur seat from JD(U). The opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has wrested the Simri Bakhtiyarpur assembly seat from the ruling JD(U) in Bihar.

RJD’s Zafar Alam defeated JD(U)candidate Arun Kumar by a comprehensive margin of 15,508 votes. The by-election to the Assembly seat was necessitated after former state minister and JD(U) MLA Dinesh Chandra Yadav was elected to the Lok Sabha from Madhepura seat.

Maharashtra: Counting in progress for the Satara Bypoll result, NCP candidate leading as yet with 79694 votes,  also in Samastipur (SC) – Lok Jan Shakti Party candidate leading with 1,02,080 votes as of 03:30 pm.

Gujarat: Alpesh Thakor, who had defected to BJP from Congress and was seeking re-election from Radhanpur assembly constituency, has lost.

Punjab:  The ruling Congress emerged victorious in the by-polls to the Phagwara and Jalalabad assembly segments. Congress candidate Raminder Awla defeated SAD nominee Raj Singh Dibipura by 16,633 votes from Jalalabad, considered an Akali bastion.

Kerala: The ruling CPI(M)-led LDF stormed into two UDF strongholds by winning the Vattiyoorkavu and Konni constituencies. The oppsition front, meanwhile, retained the Ernakulam seat in the October 21 bypolls to the five assembly seats in Kerala.

Uttar Pradesh: The ruling BJP and ally Apna Dal (S) improved their leads and are ahead in eight places as counting progressed in 11 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh.

The BJP is now leading in seven seats and ally Apna Dal (S) in one. The Samajwadi Party is ahead in two, while the Bahujan Samaj Party is leading in the remaining seat.

The Congress, which was initially ahead in Gangoh constituency, was overtaken by the ruling saffron party in later rounds of counting.

The BJP is also leading in Manikpur, Ghosi, Iglas, Lucknow Cantt, Govindnagar and Balha, while ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) is ahead in Pratapgarh. The SP is ahead in Rampur and Zaidpur, while the BSP is ahead in Jalalpur.

Of the 11 seats of the state where bypolls were held on Monday, eight were held by the BJP and one by ally Apna Dal (Sonelal). Two other seats were shared by the Samajwadi Party and the BSP. (PTI)

 

Punjab: Congress wins three out of four by-polls in Punjab

Odisha: The result from Odisha AC Bye-election: Bijepur seat won by Rita Sahu of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) by a margin of 97,990 votes.

Sikkim: BJP wins two seats in Sikkim, Gangtok and Martam-Rumtek for the first time. Gangtok (BL) seat won by Yong Tshering Lepcha of BJP. BJP bags 2 seats and Sikkim Krantikari Morcha one seat.

Punjab:  Congress candidate Indu Bala won from Mukerian seat in Punjab by defeating her BJP nominee Jangi Lal Mahajan with a margin of 3,440 votes. The seat fell vacant following the death of Congress MLA Rajnish Kumar Babbi. Indu Bala is wife of Babbi.

Telangana:  The ruling TRS in Telangana is on course to win the October 21 bypoll to Huzurnagar Assembly constituency, as it maintains a consistent lead over the opposition Congress during the counting of votes on Thursday.

TRS nominee S Saidi Reddy was leading by more than 31,000 votes over his Congress rival N Padmavati Reddy after the completion of 16th round. The TRS candidate has consistently maintained his lead from the first round.

Expressing confidence about his victory, Saidi Reddy credited the leadership of TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for his impressive performance.

Gujarat: Of the six Assembly seats in Gujarat where bypolls were held on October 21, the Congress is now leading in four seats while the ruling BJP is ahead on two seats. In Radhanpur (Patan district), OBC leader and BJP candidate Alpesh Thakor is trailing behind Congress’ Raghu Desai by over 8,700 votes. In Bayad (Arvalli), BJP candidate Dhavalsinh Zala is trailing behind Congress’ Jashu Patel by over 700 votes. Sensing defeat, Zala left the counting centre and even accepted his defeat. Due to technical glitches in two EVMs, VVPAT slips are being counted in Bayad.

In Amraiwadi seat of Ahmedabad, Congress’ Dharmendra Patel is leading over BJP’s Jagdish Patel by 4,200 votes.

Rajastan:  Congress wins in Mandwa Vidhan Sabha constituency.

Punjab: Ruling Congress is all set to win two seats, Jalalabad and Phagwara, while the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is also going to register victory over the Dakha seat in the Punjab bypolls, according to latest trends.

There is a close fight on the Mukerian assembly segment between the Congress and the BJP. In Jalalabad, which is considered as an Akali bastion, Congress candidate Raminder Awla is way ahead of SAD candidate Raj Singh Dibipura by 11,252 votes.

The Jalalabad seat fell vacant after SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal was elected to the Lok Sabha from Ferozepur parliamentary segment in the Lok Sabha election.

Tamil Nadu:  As counting of votes polled in the October 21 by-elections to two Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu is on, trends indicate a clear advantage to the ruling AIADMK which worked hard to secure victories against an aggressive main opposition DMK.

In Vikravandi constituency (Villupuram district) where the ruling party and the main opposition are locked in a straight fight, AIADMK’s M R Muthamilselvan who was ahead of DMK’s N Pugazhendhi by a margin of 7,991 votes about two hours after the counting began, significantly improved it to 32,000 plus votes at 12.20 pm

Muthamilselvan has bagged 81,460 votes and Pugazhendi 49,091. The AIADMK candidate Reddiyarpatti V Narayanan who was leading from Nanguneri segment by a slender margin of 1,800 votes by 10 a.m appears to be sitting pretty against his DMK backed Congress rival ‘Ruby’ R Manoharan, having increased it to over 12,000 votes just past noon. Narayanan polled 42,250 votes as against Manoharan’s 29,420 ballots.

Meghalaya: Former Meghalaya CM Donkupar Roy’s son leads in Shella by-poll. Balajied Kupar Synrem of the United Democratic Party (UDP) is leading over his nearest rival Grace Mary Kharpuri, an independent candidate, by over 5,000 votes in the by-poll to Shella Assembly constituency in Meghalaya.

While Synrem has garnered 10,586 votes, Kharpuri has secured 5,162 votes, as per the latest trends.

The by-election to the seat in the East Khasi Hills district has been necessitated following the death of Synrem’s father Donkupar Roy, who was the sitting MLA.

Roy was a former chief minister and the speaker of the 10th Meghalaya Assembly. He was also the president of the UDP.

Arunachal Pradesh : Independent candidate from Khonsa West constituency, Chakat Aboh (wife of NPP leader Tirong Aboh who was shot dead in May) wins.

Bihar: Prince Raj of the Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) has established a lead of 31,375 votes over his nearest rival Ashok Kumar of the Congress in the by-poll to the Samastipur Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar, as per the latest trends.

The by-election to the seat was necessitated after the death of LJP MP Ram Chandra Paswan, following which the party fielded his son Prince Raj.

While Raj garnered 1,03,371 votes, Kumar secured 71,996 votes. By-elections were also held in Belhar, Simri Bakhtiarpur, Nathnagar, Kishanganj and Daraunda Assembly constituencies on account of the sitting MLAs getting elected to the Lok Sabha.

The RJD is leading in two constituencies while the JD(U) and the AIMIM in one seat each. An independent candidate is also leading in one seat.

Rajasthan: Ruling Congress party candidates are leading in both the assembly constituencies in Rajasthan where bypolls were held on October 21. Congress candidate Rita Chaudhary is leading with a margin of 7,745 votes in Mandawa against BJP’s Sushila Sigra. In Nagaur’s Khinwsar constituency, Congress candidate Harendra Mirdha is leading with a margin of 144 votes. The margin on the Khinwar seat was higher initially but it was reduced considerably in the later rounds. BJP-RLP alliance candidate Narayan Beniwal is trailing in this seat.

Kerala: Congress has retained the Ernakulam Assembly seat in Kerala with its candidate TJ Vinod narrowly defeating his nearest rival CPI-M backed Independent candidate Manu Roy by less than 4,000 votes, poll officials said.

Bihar: Janata Dal (United) is leading in 2 constituencies, Rashtriya Janata Dal is leading in 1 constituency and AIMIM is leading in 1 constituency in the Bihar Assembly By-Elections.

Tamil Nadu: In the Tamil Nadu Assembly by-polls AIADMK-led alliance is leading in the two assembly seats.

Sikkim: Bharatiya Janata Party wins on Martam-Rumtek (BL) Assembly seat in the Sikkim by polls.

Puducherry:  Congress candidate A John Kumar wins the by-poll to Kamaraj Nagar constituency in Puducherry by 7171votes.  Kumar said, “I thank people for giving a big mandate and making me win. My first priority will be to provide basic necessities to people. I also congratulate my opponents who worked hard but couldn’t win.”

Himachal Pradesh: Bharatiya Janata Party wins on Dharamsala assembly seat in the Himachal Pradesh assembly by-polls.

Uttar Pradesh: Early leads in counting of results of bye-elections in Uttar Pradesh show that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is leading in three seats, Samajwadi Party in two seats, and the Bahujan Samaj Party and Apna Dal each in one.

The BJP is leading in Lucknow Cantt, Ghosi and Balha seats while Samajwadi Party is ahead in Rampur , Zaidpur  and Gangoh seats. The BSP is leading in Iglas and the Apna Dal in Pratapgarh.

Telangana: Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s Saidi Reddy Shanampudi is leading by 2,476 votes in Huzurnagar Assembly seat.

A moderate turnout of 57 per cent was recorded in the by-elections held on October 21. Among the states ruled by the BJP and its allies, counting will be held for the maximum 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh, followed by six in Gujarat, five in Bihar, four in Assam and two each in Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The other states where by-polls were held are Punjab (4 seats), Kerala (5 seats), Sikkim (3 seats), Rajasthan (2 seats) and one seat each in Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Puducherry, Meghalaya and Telangana.