New Delhi: The results for assembly bypolls to Pala, Dantewada, Hamirpur and Badharghat seats in Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Tripura were announced on Friday. The counting of votes began at 8 AM and a final picture was out by noon. The bypoll for all the 4 seats was held on September 23.
As per latest updates, the Bharatiya Janata Party won the Hamirpur Assembly bypolls by a margin of over 17,000 votes. On the other hand, Congress’ Devti Karma emerged victorious in the Dantewada bypoll after defeating BJP candidate Ojaswi Mandavi by a margin of 11, 331 votes.
The ruling CPI(M) led LDF won the byelection to Pala assembly constituency by defeating the opposition Congress led UDF. LDF candidate Mani C Kappen, who is from Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) defeated Jose Tom Pulikkunel of the opposition Congress-led UDF by 2943 votes. Notably, NCP is an ally of the LDF in Kerala.
In Kerala’s Pala, an estimated voter turnout of 71.43% was recorded. The bypoll here (Pala) was necessitated following the demise of sitting legislator KM Mani (Kerala Congress-M). After the demise of KC(M) chief Mani, the party got split between Mani’s son Jose K Mani and a splinter faction led by senior leader PJ Joseph. Both the factions have accused each other of a hostile takeover of the party.
A couple of days ago, before the counting, the Kerala unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suspended its Pala Assembly constituency president Binu Pulikandam, for allegedly backing out from election campaigns.
In Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada, a total of nine candidates were in the fray. While ruling Congress had fielded Devti Karma, wife of Congress leader Mahendra Karma who was killed in the Jhiram valley Naxal attack in 2013, BJP’s had entrusted Ojaswi Mandavi, wife of slain Bhima Mandavi. The by-poll was necessitated after the seat fell vacant after sitting BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi was killed by alleged Naxals in April this year. Dantewada had recorded a polling percentage of 54.15%.
In Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur, 51% voting was recorded. Here, bypoll was necessitated following the conviction of former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ashok Chandel in a murder case. He was awarded life imprisonment in the murder case of five persons.
The seat witnessed a tough contest, between Yuwraj Singh (BJP), Hardeepak Nishad (Congress), Manoj Kumar Prajapati (SP), Naushad Ali (BSP) and Jamal Alam Mansoori (Communist Party of India).
In Tripura’s Badharghat, 79.29% voter turnout was recorded. The Bhadarghat seat in Tripura fell vacant after the death of sitting MLA Dilip Sarkar. BJP candidate Mimi Majumder, Bulti Biswas of the Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front, Congress’ Ratan Chandra Das and Mridul Kanti Sarkar of SUCI (C) were in the fray from the seat.