Kairana Bypoll Results 2018 highlights: People stand in a queue to cast their vote during Kairana parliamentary constituency re-polls, at a polling station, in Shamli on Wednesday. (Source: PTI Photo)
Kairana Lok Sabha Bypoll Results 2018 Live Updates: In a major boost for the opposition ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan won the Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll, defeating her nearest BJP rival Mriganka Singh on Thursday. After the ninth round of counting, Hasan, who is supported by the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, was leading by 49,000 votes. The Election Commission had ordered repolling after receiving complaints of technical glitches in EVM-VVPAT machines during the bye-election on Monday. While a voter turnout of 61 per cent was recorded yesterday, Monday’s polling had witnessed a turnout of 54 per cent.
The bye-election to the Kairana seat was necessitated after it fell vacant following the death of BJP MP Hukum Singh. His daughter Mriganka Singh is BJP’s candidate in the bypoll, contesting against Tabassum.
Meanwhile, in Noorpur Assembly, Samajwadi Party candidate Naeemul Hasan defeated BJP’s Avni Singh and won by 6,211 votes.
Voters arrive to cast their vote at a polling station in Kairana on Monday.
Opposition parties -- Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal -- and the ruling BJP had complained of electronic voting machines (EVM) malfunctioning at several booths on Monday following which the Election Commission had replaced EVMs at certain booths and called for repolling at others. The repoll began at 7 am and ended at 5 pm in 23 polling stations at Nakur, 44 in Gangoh and one station at Thana Bhawan in Saharanpur and five in Shamli.