The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday, May 31 won the crucial Palghar Lok Sabha seat defeating Shiv Sena’s Shriniwas Wanaga by over 29,000 votes while in Bhandara-Gondiya, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Madhukar Kukde emerged victorious. Also Read - Maharashtra Lok Sabha Bypoll Results: BJP leads in Palghar, NCP in Bhandara-Gondiya
“I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and all the party leaders and workers for this victory. I dedicate this (achievement) to the late BJP leader Pandurang Phundkar (who died this morning),” Gavit said. Also Read - Palghar By-election Result News Updates: BJP's Gavit Rajendra Wins by 29,572 Votes
The Palghar bypoll was necessitated after the death of sitting BJP MP Chintaman Wanaga due to massive heart attack in January this year. While the Bhandara-Gondiya seat was vacated after saffron party’s Nana Patole resigned from the party and quit his Lok Sabha membership. Also Read - By-election Results 2018: NDDP Wins Nagaland Lok Sabha Seat
Amid reports of malfunctioning of EVM-VVPATs during polling on May 27, the Election Commission (EC) ordered re-polling at 49 booths in Bhandara-Gondiya on May 30. Former Union minister Praful Patel claimed that almost 25 per cent of EVMs malfunctioned in Bhandara-Gondiya Lok Sabha seat.