June 30, 2015 1:24:49 pm
BJP on Tuesday retained Garoth Assembly seat in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district albeit with a reduced margin as compared to the 2013 elections.
The by-election at the seat was necessitated due to the death of BJP MLA Rajesh Yadav following illness.
BJP candidate Chander Singh Sisodia won the bypoll by defeating Congress’ Subhash Kumar Sojatia with a margin of 12,945 votes, an election officer said.
The BJP had won the seat in 2013 Assembly election by a margin of 25,755 votes, he said.
A total of 1,55,934 voters exercised their franchise in the bypoll. In the 2013 election, 1,63,892 votes were polled at the seat.
Eight candidates were in fray for the bypoll, but the main contest was between BJP’s Sisodia and Congress nominee Sojatia.
The ruling CPI(M) won both the Pratapgarh (SC) and Surma (SC) Assembly seats by a huge margin in Tripura where bye-elections were held.
CPI(M) candidate in Pratapgarh constituency, Ramu Das defeated his nearest BJP candidate, Mousami Das by a margin of 17,326 votes.
In Surma, CPI(M) candidate Anjan Das beat his nearest rival from BJP, Asish Das by a margin of 15,309 votes.
Bypoll was necessitated in Pratapgarh due to the death of CPI(M) veteran and former minister Anil Sarkar and in Surma due to the death of sitting MLA Sudhir Das.
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