New Delhi, May 31: Counting of votes in the by-election to ten Assembly and four Lok Sabha seats will begin at 8 AM and a clear picture is likely to emerge after 12 PM. These by-polls hold extreme significance for the BJP as it held three of the four Lok Sabha seats: Kairana, Palghar and Bhandara-Gondia. The fourth one, Nagaland, was held by its ally People’s Democratic Alliance. Also Read - Maharashtra Hospital Fire: State Govt Announces Rs 5 Lakh Compensation, PM Modi Expresses Grief

The Lok Sabha seats which went for polls on May 28  were: Palghar and Bhandara-Gondiya in Maharashtra; Kairana in Uttar Pradesh and Nagaland parliamentary constituency. As per poll pundits, winning Kairana Lok Sabha seat is a matter of prestige for the saffron party which suffered a humiliating defeat in Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls, held in March. Also Read - Thane Records 5,007 New Covid-19 Cases & 40 Deaths As District Faces Hospital Bed Shortage

Elections were necessitated in Kairana after the seat fell vacant in February following the death of BJP leader Hukum Singh. While in Maharashtra’s Palghar election was  necessitated after the demise of BJP MP Chintaman Wanga in January. In Bhandara-Gondiya the bye-election was necessitated when BJP’s sitting MP Nana Patole quit the party to join the Congress in December last year. By-election was necessitated in the lone Nagaland seat after sitting MP Neiphiu Rio went on to become the Chief Minister Also Read - Maharashtra: Death of 7 Patients at Hospital Spark Anger; Relatives Allege Oxygen Supply, Negligence

The Assembly seats which went to polls on May 28 were: Shahkot (Punjab), Tharali (Uttarakhand), Ampati (Meghalaya), Chengannur (Kerala), Jokihat (Bihar), Gomia (Jharkhand), Silli (Jharkhand), Maheshtala (West Bengal), Noorpur (Uttar Pradesh), Palus Kadegaon (Maharashtra).

Amid reports of malfunctioning of EVM-VVPATs, the by-elections were held on May 28, Monday, amid reports of malfunctioning of EVM-VVPATs. A day after polls, the Election Commission (EC) ordered re-polling at 49 booths in Bhandara-Gondia and 73 booths of Kairana.