The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday, May 31 retained Maharashtra’s Palghar Lok Sabha seat after its candidate Gavit Rajendra Dhedya defeated Shiv Sena’s Shriniwas Wanaga by over 29,000 votes. The Palghar bypoll was necessitated after the death of sitting BJP MP Chintaman Wanaga due to massive heart attack in January this year. Counting of votes for the crucial Palghar Lok Sabha seat in north Konkan began at 8 am. Also Read - Will Full Lockdown Return to Maharashtra if Cases Rise Again? Check What State Minister Vijay Vadettiwar Has to Say

As many as seven candidates were in fray in Palghar though the fight was primarily between Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Rajendra Gavit and Shiv Sena candidate Shriniwas Wanaga. Damodar Shindga of the Congress, Baliram Jadhav of the Bahujan Vikas Agadhi and a candidate of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) were also in race. Also Read - Cyclone Tauktae: Ship Carrying 80,000 Litre Oil Suffers Leakage Off Palghar Coast

Ahead of polls, BJP had roped in Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister Smriti Irani for campaigning. Also Read - Palghar Covid Vaccination Drive Suspended For Today Amid Electricity Failure, Network Issues

Meanwhile, counting of votes is also taking place in Bhandara-Gondiya and Palus-Kadegaon Assembly constituency. In Bhandara-Gondiya, the bypoll was necessitated after Nana Patole quit as an MP to quit the saffron party and return to the Congress while in Palus-Kadegaon Assembly constituency it was necessitated due to death of sitting MLA and senior Congressman Patangrao Kadam.

Watch this space for live coverage on counting of votes in Palghar

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