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Congress wins Rajasthan’s Ramgarh bypoll; BJP takes Haryana’s Jind

The verdict will hold much significance as it will play indicator of the public mood ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

SNS | New Delhi |

Congress won the high-stake bypoll in Rajasthan’s Ramgarh Assembly constituency in Alwar district on Thursday.

The Congress candidate in Ramgarh, Saafiya Zubair, is leading by a huge margin of 60,283 votes in Ramgarh and the BJP has accepted defeat on this seat.

Polling in the constituency was postponed due to the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh ahead of the December 7 Assembly elections.

Assembly elections took place in 199 constituencies, except Ramgarh, on December-7. Of the 199 seats, Congress won 99 while one seat was won by one of its allies. The BJP got 73 seats.

Reacting to the results, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said he was happy that the people had taken a well-meditated step.

“They have taken the right decision. I thank them and express my gratitude. They have given a message at a time when it was much needed. It will encourage the party ahead of the Lok Sabha election,” he said.

In Haryana’s Jind constituency, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Krishan Lal Middha won with a margin of 12935 votes, garnering a total of 50566 votes followed by Jannayak Janata Party’s Digvijay Singh Chautala with 37631 votes. Congress leader Randeep Surjewala comes in third with 22740 votes.

The counting was held up for a brief period of time after protests erupted over reports of EVM tampering. Security has been stepped up in Jind following massive outrage. The Opposition Congress claimed of mismatch in two VVPAT trails.

The bypoll for the Jind seat was necessitated following the death of INLD MLA Hari Chand Middha.

The verdict holds much significance as it will play indicator of the public mood ahead of the Lok Sabha and Haryana Assembly polls scheduled this year.