Counting of votes for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll in Punjab and Vengara assembly constituency in Kerala has begun on Sunday. The Gurdaspur bypoll, which was held on October 11, was necessitated following the demise of BJP MP Vinod Khanna in April. The seat was contested by Congress’s Punjab unit chief Sunil Jakhar, BJP’s Swaran Salaria and AAP’s Major General (retd) Suresh Khajuria.
The Vengara assembly constituency in Kerala’s Malappuram district also held its bye-elections on October 11. The bypoll was necessitated after IUML leader P K Kunhalikutty vacated the seat to successfully contest the Malappuram Lok Sabha segment.
Gurdaspur and Vengara: Bypoll counting LIVE updates:
1.18 pm: Vote share for different candidates in Gurdaspur.
Sunil Jakhar (Congress) 4,99,752
Swaran Salaria (BJP) 3,06,553
Suresh Khajooria (AAP) 23,579
12.42 pm: Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar winsby 1,93,219 votes.
11.50 am: Congress lead goes up to 1,60,140 in Gurdaspur. Sunil Jakhar gets 3,93,279 votes. BJP’s Salaria has 2,33,139 votes and AAP candidate gets 18,855. Jakhar had questioned the demonetisation decision and GST move during his poll campaign.
11.40 am: Celebrations have begun in the Congress camp in Gurdaspur. “This is a beautiful Diwali gift, packed with a red ribbon, for our would be party president Rahul Gandhi,” Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said.
11.30 am: “People of Gurdaspur have sent a strong message of their resentment to policies pursued by Modi ji led Centre,” Sunil Jakhar told reporters.
11.00 am: Congress candidate Jakhar is set for massive win in Gurdaspur with his lead over Salaria climbing to 1,08, 230 votes in what was considered a BJP bastion.
10.50 am: Dera Baba Nanak assembly constituency has turned out to be an advantage for Congress party as it’s candidate was leading with handsome margin of 24, 493 votes after fifth round. Former cabinet minister Sucha Singh Langah had contested unsuccessfully from Dera Baba Nanak constituency in 2012 and 2017 Assembly elections. He was booked in a rape case on September 28, just at the beginning of the Gurdaspur election campaign. The attention of whole campaign got shifted to his alleged crime.
10.35 am: And now, updates from Punjab. Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar now leads by 94,161 votes in Gurdaspur.
10.26 am: IUML wins in Vengara by 23,310 votes. Khader gets 65,227 votes. LDF second, SDPI third and NDA at fourth position.
10.23 am: Leaders of the CPM, which has never tasted victory in Vengara since the constituency was formed post delimitation in 2008, privately confided that apart from improving their vote-share, they expected nothing more from the bye-election. Read more here.
10.20 am: “No candidate in any bye-election in Kerala may have gotten such a big majority. This is a great win for us. This victory in Vengara is a sign that nobody can ever defeat the Muslim League and Congress,” PK Kunjalikutty, League national general secretary told reporters.
10.00 am: The Congress-led UDF alliance in Kerala, which includes IUML, has managed to secure a lead of 20,000 votes. However, the margin has decreased when compared to previous performances. “UDF may be winning technically but they are failing politically. Their lead in every panchayat has crashed compared to last Assembly election,” CPM’s Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told reporters.
9.50 am: In Gurdaspur, Congress leads by 42,718 votes after 5th round.
9.45 am: Latest numbers for Vengara bypoll.
9.40 am: After completion of first round ofLok Sabha bypoll, Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar leads by 14, 316 votes.
9.30 am: IUML has over 3000-vote lead in the Kannamangalam and AR Nagar panchayats each.
9.25 am: As per the initial results in Vengara, the IUML candidate KNA Khader has secured 19,390 votes. IUML is a part of the Congress-led UDF. CPM candidate PP Basheer has 12,580 votes. SDPI’s KC Naseer has 2,763 votes. BJP candidate Janachandran Master has secured 2344 votes till now.