Bhopal, Nov 22: The BJP on Tuesday won the by-election from the Nepanagar assembly constituency in Madhya Pradesh and was leading in the Shahdol Lok Sabha seat, officials said. Bharatiya Janata Party’s Manju Dadu won from Nepanagar by 42,198 votes, defeating Antar Singh of the Congress. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed gratitude to the voters for the BJP’s victory.

In Shahdol, where 17 candidates were in the fray, BJP’s Gyan Singh led over Himandri Singh of the Congress by 26,089 votes. The by-polls were held on Saturday. Shahdol and Nepanagar registered 66 per cent and 73 per cent voting respectively. The by-polls at the two places, both reserved for Scheduled Tribes category, assume significance as they were held after the Centre’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

The Shahdol bypoll was necessitated due to the death of BJP MP Dalpat Singh Paraste who had wrested the seat from Congress’s Rajesh Nandini Singh in 2014. Gyan Singh had won the Shahdol seat in 1996 and 1998. In Nepanagar, Congress has reposed faith in tribal leader Antar Singh Barde, while BJP has fielded Manju Dadu, daughter of the late MLA Rajendra Shyamlal Dadu whose death in an accident necessitated the by-poll.