Jind (Haryana): Bharatiya Janata Party’s Krishan Lal Middha on Thursday won Jind by-polls with a margin of 12935 votes, garnering a total of 50566 votes. Jannayak Janta Party (JJP’s) Digvijay Singh Chautala got 37631 votes while Congress’ RS Surjwala collected 22740 votes.
The counting of votes of the by-election to the Jind assembly constituency in Haryana, held on January 28, took place today amid heightened security.
According to Returning Officer Sub Divisional Magistrate Virender Sehrawat, 14 tables are being set up and counting on each table would be carried out by a supervisor and a counting assistant.
He said that the work of counting will be completed in 13 rounds and after the counting of votes, adequate staff duty is being deputed to seal EVM machines and deposit them in the locked room.
The Jind by-poll has been dubbed as a prestige battle for all four major contenders – the ruling BJP, the Congress, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) – ahead of parliamentary and assembly polls.
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Over 75.77 per cent voting was recorded in Jind by-poll, where the key contenders were Digvijay Singh Chautala of Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), Randeep Singh Surjewala of Congress, also a sitting MLA from Kaithal, BJP’s Krishan Midha, and INLD’s Umed Singh Redhu. The by-poll was necessitated following the death of INLD MLA Hari Chan Midha, father of Krishna Midha.
Arch rivals BJP, Congress, INLD and JJP are eyeing the results as a self-assessment exercise ahead of Lok Sabha polls this year.
The high-stake election is considered a referendum on the Manohar Lal Khattar government and also a semi-final ahead of Lok Sabha elections.