Ranchi, May 31: The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Thursday registered a thumping victory in Silli and Gomia Assembly bypolls. Silli Vidhan Sabha seat has been won by JMM candidate Seema Devi Mahto whereas, Gomia Vidhan Sabha has been bagged by party candidate Babita Devi. The counting on both the seats began at 8 AM on Thursday along with four Lok Sabha and eight Assembly seats. Silli and Gomia Assembly seats went to bye-election on May 28, Monday. (LIVE UPDATES ON BYPOLL ELECTION RESULTS 2018) Also Read - 'Should We Hang Ourselves If Vaccines Are Not Available' Asks Union Minister Sadananda Gowda
In Silli, JMM’s Seema Devi Mahto defeated All Jharkhand Students Union’s (AJSU) Sudesh Mahto by a great margin of over 10,000 votes. As soon as the results were declared, JMM supporters took to the streets and celebrated Devi’s win. After 12th round of vote count, JMM’s Seema Mahto took a decisive lead of over 9000 votes against AJSU candidate Sudesh Mahto. AJSU is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state. Also Read - BJP's Troubleshooter, NE's Most Influential Politician Himanta Biswa Sarma to Take Oath as Assam CM Today
Meanwhile, in Gomia, JMM nominee Babita Devi stood victorious by over 4,000 votes against AJSU’s Lambodar Mahto and BJP’s Madhav Lal Singh. After 16th round of vote count, Devi was leading against AJSU candidate by over 7500 votes. In Gomia, the ruling national democratic alliance partners—the BJP and the AJSU were fighting separately. Also Read - Will Himanta Sarma Outplay Sonowal to Become Assam CM? Crucial Decision Today
By-election to Gomia was necessitated sitting MLA Yogendra Prasad Mahto of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) was expelled from the assembly after he was convicted in a coal theft case. In all 13 candidates were in the fray for Gomia Assembly seat. On the other hand, by-election to Silli was necessitated following the conviction of sitting MLA, Amit Mahto, of the JMM in a criminal assault case in March. A total of ten candidates were in the fray for the seat. A turnout of 62 per cent and 75 per cent was recorded, respectively in Gomia and Silli.