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11:01 pm - Sunday November 19, 2017

Nilanshu Chaturvedi wins Chitrakoot by-polls

Agencies, Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh’s Chitrakoot Assembly constituency’s electorate favoured the ‘hand’ even as the ‘lotus’ failed to bloom with the principal-opposition Congress retaining the seat and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) being relegated to the second spot in a toughly-contested by-election.

Mr Nilanshu Chaturvedi defeated his nearest rival Mr Shankar Dayal Tripathi by a margin of approximately 14,000 votes as counting concluded this afternoon. Mr Chaturvedi garnered 66,810 votes as against over 52,600 votes fetched by Mr Tripathi.

During the counting, the Congress was leading by a margin of 20,000 votes at one point of time but the margin reduced in later stages, official sources said. The bypoll became inevitable, following the death of Congress candidate Prem Singh.

A total of 12 candidates – including nine independents – were in the fray. Admitting defeat, Madhya Pradesh BJP president Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan said, “The party would review its loss.”

On the other hand, state Congress president Arun Yadav and Assembly’s Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh expressed happiness over the result. The leader duo attributed the outcome to coordinated and dedicated efforts of party workers and leaders.

Senior Congress leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath too expressed happiness over the victory stating the people in the state are now fed up with the BJP rule.

Hundreds of Congress workers and leaders gathered outside the state Congress office and celebrated the victory. At least 257 polling booths with VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines were set up for the elections.

According to the Election Commission (EC), there were 1.98 lakh voters in the Chitrakoot Assembly constituency. The polling was held on November 9 for the Chitrakoot Assembly seat.

People want change from present regime:

Arun Expressing happiness over the Congress’ victory in the Chitrakoot assembly by-election, party’s Madhya Pradesh unit president Arun Yadav on Sunday said the outcome has proved that people want to get rid of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

“Despite all efforts in Chitrakoot, the BJP had to face defeat. It is evident that people want to get rid of the deteriorating law and order situation. Now, the public is not going to be deceived.

Earlier, the electorate had ensured victory for the Congress in the Ater assembly by-election,” Mr Yadav told media at the state Congress office here. He exuded confidence that the party would win the state assembly elections scheduled to take place next year.

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