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Assembly, Lok Sabha Bypoll Results Live Updates: BJP wins Azam Khan’s bastion Rampur Sadar; SP’s Dimple Yadav in Mainpuri

Bypoll Election Result Today Live: Meanwhile, BJD's Barsha Singh Bariha has won the Padampur bypoll in Odisha, and RLD's Madan Bhaiya has emerged victorious in UP's Khatauli. Also, Congress has won in Rajasthan's Sardarshahr and Chhattisgarh's Bhanupratappur.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: December 8, 2022 21:29 IST
Samajwadi Party workers celebrate Dimple Yadav's win in Mainpuri by-election, at party office in Lucknow. (PTI Photo)

Assembly, Lok Sabha Bypoll Result 2022 Live Updates: BJP candidate Akash Saxena has won in Samajwadi Party leader Muhammad Azam Khan’s bastion Rampur Sadar in Uttar Pradesh, defeating Asim Raja, Khan’s close aide and SP nominee. Meanwhile, SP candidate Dimple Yadav has retained the party’s stronghold, the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat. BJP’s Kedar Prasad Gupta has won in Bihar’s Kurhani Assembly segment; meanwhile, Congress is leading in both Sardarshahar (Rajasthan) and Bhanupratappur (Chhattisgarh) Assembly constituencies.

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In Odisha’s Padampur Assembly seat, BJD candidate Barsha Singh Bariha has won with a margin of 42,679 votes. Even though BJP has lost the seat, it has managed to retain its 2019 vote share. Congress, however, has lost its deposit. Meanwhile, Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Madan Bhaiya has defeated the BJP candidate in UP’s Khatauli Assembly constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

Counting of votes polled during the byelections to Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat and six Assembly seats in five states commenced at 8 am on Thursday. The results will be declared today, along with the results of the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. Rampur Sadar and Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh, Padampur in Odisha, Sardarshahar in Rajasthan, Kurhani in Bihar and Bhanupratappur in Chhattisgarh were the assembly seats where the byelections were held on December 5. It may be mentioned here that Mainpuri parliamentary constituency fell vacant after the death of Samajwadi party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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Assembly, Lok Sabha Bypoll Results Live Updates: Apart from Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency, Rampur Sadar, Khatauli, Padampur, Sardarshahar, Kurhani, and Bhanupratappur were the assembly segments that went to polls on December 5. Follow this space for live news updates and reactions.

21:29 (IST)08 Dec 2022
SP fortress of Rampur falls, BJP plays cards right, pulls off big win

On Thursday, the fortress of Rampur finally fell, with the BJP trouncing the Samajwadi Party in a seat closely identified with SP veteran Azam Khan, who has won a record 10 times from here since the 1980s.

In a bypoll necessitated by Azam’s disqualification in a hate speech case, BJP’s Akash Saxena, a long-time rival of Azam and his family, defeated Azam confidant and SP candidate Asim Raja by more than 33,000 votes.

While the election was marked by a low turnout of 33 per cent, with the SP accusing the administration of preventing its voters from heading to the booths, the run-up to the polls saw the BJP going all out to woo the Muslim community.

After being declared the winner, BJP’s Saxena said, “After Kashmir, Rampur is the only seat where Muslims are around 70 per cent in number. And they have shown confidence in the Yogi government, and have elected the BJP in a historic win. Today, it has become clear that in the state, Muslims feel respected and safe under the Yogi government. Now, Abdul and Angad will together go to the Vidhan Sabha.”

Asad Rehman writes

20:15 (IST)08 Dec 2022
UP bypolls: In Khatauli, vacated over a 2013 riots case conviction, RLD trumps BJP

In a major setback to the ruling BJP, the party lost the bypoll to the Khatauli Assembly seat in Uttar Pradesh, which it had won in 2017 and 2022, to the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).

RLD candidate Madan Bhaiyya, who was supported by the Samajwadi Party, defeated the BJP’s Rajkumari Saini by over 22,143 votes (getting over 54% votes to the BJP’s 41.72%). Saini is the wife of Vikram Saini, whose disqualification following conviction in a 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case, led to the bypoll.

The Khatauli win holds significance for the Opposition, and the RLD in particular, as it was the RLD that had initiated Saini’s disqualification. Saini, an OBC leader, had won the 2022 Assembly elections defeating the RLD’s Rajpal Singh Saini, who also had the SP support.

Lalmani Verma and Amit Sharma write

20:09 (IST)08 Dec 2022
PM Modi: BJP's win in Kurhani sign of times to come in Bihar

Addressing party workers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that BJP's win in Kurhani assembly bypoll in Bihar is "an indication of times to come in state". 

19:06 (IST)08 Dec 2022
Akhilesh thanks people for SP's victory in Mainpuri

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday thanked the people of Mainpuri for the 'historical victory' of party candidate Dimple Yadav in the Mainpuri bypolls, terming it a true tribute to party founder and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Interacting with mediapersons after the results were announced, the SP president said he was happy to declare that "respected chachaji (Shivpal Singh Yadav) and his party (PSPL) have come together with the SP and now, all will work together under one flag." Shivpal Yadav, who had floated his own party after his relationship with nephew Akhilesh Yadav turned sour, campaigned vigorously in the bypolls in favour of Dimple Yadav. Shivpal Yadav's assembly seat Jaswantnagar is part of the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat.

Dimple Yadav won the Mainpuri parliamentary seat, defeating her nearest rival BJP candidate Raghuraj Singh Shakya by margin of over 2,88,461 votes. She thanked all party workers and dedicated the win to 'Netaji'.

The bypoll on the seat was necessitated following Mulayam Singh Yadav's death.

Terming the victory of his party as the win of political rapprochement and a reply to those who have been indulging in negativity, Akhilesh Yadav said the result has given new energy and is a message for 2024, when the next Lok Sabha elections are due.

People of Mainpuri have shown that success can be achieved by working on the ideologies of Dr Ambedkar and Ram Manohar Lohia, he said.

"Police carried out a raid at the residence of the Jaswantnagar block pramukh, I will thank Jaswantnagar MLA Shivpal Singh Yadav who reached there. I am happy that Jaswantnagar has broken its own record in this bypoll by voting in favour of SP," he said.

Yadav congratulated Madan Bhaiya of the RLD, an alliance partner of the SP, for winning the Khatauli Assembly segment bypoll.

He, however, claimed that people in the Rampur Sadar assembly segment were not allowed to vote. Had there been a fair election in Rampur, it would have been the biggest win for the Samajwadi Party, Yadav added.

The BJP won SP leader Azam Khan's stronghold Rampur Sadar assembly seat for the first time.

On Mainpuri, he said, "Though the administration worked on the government's signal, the people here did not listen to it and voted for the SP." (PTI)

18:54 (IST)08 Dec 2022
UP CM Adityanath congratulates Khatauli, Rampur, Mainpuri bypoll winners

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday congratulated the winners in the bypolls to Khatauli and Rampur Assembly segments and the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat.

Samajwadi Party candidate Dimple Yadav on Thursday won the Mainpuri parliamentary bypoll, defeating her nearest rival and BJP candidate Raghuraj Singh Shakya by 2,88,461 votes.

The BJP on the other hand won Azam Khan's stronghold Rampur Sadar assembly seat for the first time while the Khatauli bypoll was won by the Samajwadi Party's ally Rashtriya Lok Dal.

"Heartiest congratulation to winning candidates of Mainpuri, Rampur and Khatauli by-polls in Uttar Pradesh," Adityanath said in a tweet in Hindi.

"BJP has won the Rampur seat for the first time. For this, congratulations to all workers of Rampur, including Akash Saxena, and thanks to the almighty public (for support)," he added. (PTI)

18:35 (IST)08 Dec 2022
Sardarshahar bypoll: Cong triumph a booster for Gehlot during Rahul Yatra

The ruling Congress clinched the Sardarshahar Assembly constituency bypoll in Rajasthan Thursday, winning the seat with a huge margin.

The Congress’s candidate Anil Kumar Sharma, 52, trounced the BJP’s Ashok Kumar by 26,696 votes. While Sharma garnered 90,915 votes, Kumar got 64,219 votes. The Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP)’s nominee Lal Chand Moond came third with 46,628 votes.

The outcome of the Sardarshahar bypoll seemed to be along expected lines, for which three major factors were said to have worked for the Congress. Firstly, Sharma’s father Bhanwarlal Sharma, the sitting Congress legislator whose demise had necessitated the bypoll, was a seven-term MLA from the seat.

Hamza Khan writes

18:34 (IST)08 Dec 2022
JP upsets JD(U) in Kurhani Assembly bypoll, raising the question: can Kushwahas and Yadavs come together electorally?

In a major setback to the Bihar Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance), the BJP defeated the JD(U) in the Kurhani Assembly bypoll. The BJP’s victory held importance because it wrested the seat from the RJD, the leading constituent of the Grand Alliance. It also gives a subtle hint that the combination of the OBCs, the Kushwahas and the Yadavs — the main vote banks of the JD(U) and the RJD respectively — may not be working as expected.

BJP’s Kedar Gupta, who had lost the seat in the 2020 Assembly polls by less than 1,000 votes, sprung a surprise on the JD(U) candidate Manoj Kumar Singh aka Manoj Kushwaha, who had won the seat in 2005 and 2010. Gupta had won the seat for the BJP in 2015. While Gupta got 76,648 votes, Kushwaha got 73,016, losing by a margin of 3,632 votes.

Among spoilers, while AIMIM’s Ghulam Murtaza, who got 3,202 votes, did not play much of a role, rebel RJD leader Shekhar Sahani, who contested as an Independent, left his mark by getting 3,716 votes in a tight contest. NOTA, too, played a role in the final outcome, scoring 4,416 votes and coming fourth. VIP (Vikassheel Insaan Party) candidate Nilabh Kumar, an upper caste Bhumihar, may have narrowed the BJP’s victory margin by getting 9,988 votes.

Santosh Singh writes

18:12 (IST)08 Dec 2022
RLD wrests UP's Khatauli Assembly seat from BJP

Samajwadi Party ally Rashtriya Lok Dal on Thursday won the Khatauli bypoll in Uttar Pradesh, with its candidate Madan Bhaiya defeating his BJP rival Rajkumari Saini by a margin of over 22,000 votes.

Madan Bhaiya polled 97,071 votes, while Saini received 74,996, according to the Election Commission.

Saini is the wife of former BJP MLA Vikram Singh, whose disqualification from the state assembly following his conviction in a 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case necessitated the bypoll.

The RLD thanked the people of Khatauli for its victory.

"Thank you Khatauli. This historic victory of alliance candidate Madan Bhaiya is the victory of the hard-working workers of Rashtriya Lok Dal, Samajwadi Party and Azad Samaj Party," the RLD said in a tweet in Hindi. (PTI)

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17:32 (IST)08 Dec 2022
Barsha Singh Bariha of BJP wins Padampur bypoll in Odisha

BJD’s Barsha Singh Bariha has won the Padampur Assembly bypoll by a margin of 42,679 votes.Though BJP lost the seat, it manages to retain its 2019 vote share; meanwhile, Congress has lost its deposit.

17:16 (IST)08 Dec 2022
Chhattisgarh Assembly bypoll: Congress retains tribal-reserved Bhanupratappur

The ruling Congress in Chhattisgarh on Thursday won the Bhanupratappur Assembly bypoll, retaining the seat by defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The counting of votes for the December 5 byelection was held on Thursday.

With this, the opposition BJP has suffered a fifth successive defeat at the hands of the ruling Congress in the assembly bypolls held after the 2018 Chhattisgarh elections.

Congress candidate Savitri Mandavi won the bypoll by a margin of 21,171 votes against her nearest rival Brahmanand Netam of the BJP, a poll official here said.

Mandavi polled 65,479 votes, while the BJP's Netam secured 44,308 votes, he said.

Former IPS officer Akbar Ram Korram, who contested as an independent, gave a spirited fight and polled 23,417 votes.

A voter turnout of 71.74 per cent was recorded in the bypoll to this seat, reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates and located in the Maoist-affected Kanker district.

The byelection was necessitated due to the death of sitting Congress MLA Manoj Singh Mandavi. The grad old party had fielded his wife.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said people of Bhanupratappur put their stamp of approval to the works done by his government in the last four years.

The deceased MLA Mandavi's cordial relations with people of his constituency and efforts for the development of the area also worked in favour of the party, he added.

He thanked the people of Bhanupratappur for reposing faith in his government.

When asked about Korram, a candidate of Sarva Adivasi Samaj (SAS), securing the third position, Baghel said, "Statistics shows that number of votes secured by the SAS nominee was the same as polled by Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the 2018 assembly election. This time, both JCC (J) and AAP did not contest. I don't think that SAS has its own vote base. It seems SAS's candidate has received votes of JCC (J) and AAP." He also took a jibe at the BJP and said the opposition party was struggling to even secure the second position as seen in the counting of votes.

This victory kept the tally of the Congress in the 90-member state assembly remained unchanged at 71.

In 2018, the Congress had registered a landslide victory by winning 68 seats out of 90 in the state while the BJP had won 15. The JCC (J) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) contested the poll in coalition and bagged 5 and 2 seats respectively.

In 2019, the Congress had won bypolls to Dantewada and Chitrakot assembly constituencies. In 2020, Congress won Marwahi seat and later in April this year clinched Khairagarh assembly bypoll.

The current strength of BJP in the state assembly is 14 and JCC(J) 3 while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has 2 MLAs. (PTI)

17:16 (IST)08 Dec 2022
Chhattisgarh Assembly bypoll: Congress retains tribal-reserved Bhanupratappur

The ruling Congress in Chhattisgarh on Thursday won the Bhanupratappur Assembly bypoll, retaining the seat by defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The counting of votes for the December 5 byelection was held on Thursday.

With this, the opposition BJP has suffered a fifth successive defeat at the hands of the ruling Congress in the assembly bypolls held after the 2018 Chhattisgarh elections.

Congress candidate Savitri Mandavi won the bypoll by a margin of 21,171 votes against her nearest rival Brahmanand Netam of the BJP, a poll official here said.

Mandavi polled 65,479 votes, while the BJP's Netam secured 44,308 votes, he said.

Former IPS officer Akbar Ram Korram, who contested as an independent, gave a spirited fight and polled 23,417 votes.

A voter turnout of 71.74 per cent was recorded in the bypoll to this seat, reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates and located in the Maoist-affected Kanker district.

The byelection was necessitated due to the death of sitting Congress MLA Manoj Singh Mandavi. The grad old party had fielded his wife.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said people of Bhanupratappur put their stamp of approval to the works done by his government in the last four years.

The deceased MLA Mandavi's cordial relations with people of his constituency and efforts for the development of the area also worked in favour of the party, he added.

He thanked the people of Bhanupratappur for reposing faith in his government.

When asked about Korram, a candidate of Sarva Adivasi Samaj (SAS), securing the third position, Baghel said, "Statistics shows that number of votes secured by the SAS nominee was the same as polled by Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the 2018 assembly election. This time, both JCC (J) and AAP did not contest. I don't think that SAS has its own vote base. It seems SAS's candidate has received votes of JCC (J) and AAP." He also took a jibe at the BJP and said the opposition party was struggling to even secure the second position as seen in the counting of votes.

This victory kept the tally of the Congress in the 90-member state assembly remained unchanged at 71.

In 2018, the Congress had registered a landslide victory by winning 68 seats out of 90 in the state while the BJP had won 15. The JCC (J) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) contested the poll in coalition and bagged 5 and 2 seats respectively.

In 2019, the Congress had won bypolls to Dantewada and Chitrakot assembly constituencies. In 2020, Congress won Marwahi seat and later in April this year clinched Khairagarh assembly bypoll.

The current strength of BJP in the state assembly is 14 and JCC(J) 3 while Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has 2 MLAs. (PTI)

17:14 (IST)08 Dec 2022
Mainpuri triumph heals Akhilesh family rift, Shivpal merges party with SP

The rift that divided Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family in the run-up to the 2017 Assembly elections came to an end in full public view on Thursday as the Samajwadi Party (SP) headed towards a massive victory in the Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypoll.

Mulayam’s brother Shivpal Singh Yadav quit the party at the time following a dispute with his nephew and SP president Akhilesh Yadav, and floated the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) in 2018. But following the success in Mainpuri — SP candidate and Akhilesh’s wife Dimple was leading by more than 2.88 lakh votes as of 4.40 pm — Shivpal merged his party with the SP.

Both Akhilesh and Shivpal sat together in Saifai in Etawah district, where the SP chief touched his uncle’s feet and presented him with his party’s flag. Later, they posted photographs of the event on Twitter. SP workers also placed a party flag on Shivpal’s car.

Lalmani Verma writes

17:14 (IST)08 Dec 2022
Mainpuri triumph heals Akhilesh family rift, Shivpal merges party with SP

The rift that divided Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family in the run-up to the 2017 Assembly elections came to an end in full public view on Thursday as the Samajwadi Party (SP) headed towards a massive victory in the Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypoll.

Mulayam’s brother Shivpal Singh Yadav quit the party at the time following a dispute with his nephew and SP president Akhilesh Yadav, and floated the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) in 2018. But following the success in Mainpuri — SP candidate and Akhilesh’s wife Dimple was leading by more than 2.88 lakh votes as of 4.40 pm — Shivpal merged his party with the SP.

Both Akhilesh and Shivpal sat together in Saifai in Etawah district, where the SP chief touched his uncle’s feet and presented him with his party’s flag. Later, they posted photographs of the event on Twitter. SP workers also placed a party flag on Shivpal’s car.

Lalmani Verma writes

17:13 (IST)08 Dec 2022
Rajasthan bypoll: Congress' Anil Sharma wins Sardarshahr

Congress' Anil Sharma wins assembly bypoll from Sardarshahr constituency of Churu district in Rajasthan, according to the Election Commission. (PTI)

16:41 (IST)08 Dec 2022
REPLUG: Azam in shadows, among Rampur’s Muslims, anxiety, yearning for change

Sitting in his stationery shop in the market around Shahbad Gate in Rampur, Mohammed Shahrod, 25, articulates the agony of many a young man in the city.

“Rampur is a historic city… Azam Khan is as old as the city itself. He has given us a lot – from roads and bridges, to a university. But you can’t eat roads. People are now looking for jobs. There are no factories here, no economy. Our businesses are small. We need someone who can generate some work. The BJP is promising this, and we want to try it at least once,” he says.

About six kilometres away, at a tea shop in Shutarkhana, Mohd Haneef, 65, discusses with his friends how Muslims are not as troubled under the Modi-Yogi regime as is made out to be. “You are getting free ration, gas cylinders and housing. Only those doing wrong are going to jail. You can’t complain about that. But yes, there is a distance between hearts. Our loudspeakers (from mosques) were removed. They were put back ahead of the elections. We know they will be removed again after the polls,” he says.

There is a yearning for change among Muslims in Rampur, but it sits rather uncomfortably with the alternative available: the BJP.

Deeptiman Tiwary writes

16:39 (IST)08 Dec 2022
Rampur bypoll: BJP breaches Azam Khan's stronghold, wins Rampur Sadar for first time

The BJP on Thursday won the Rampur Sadar assembly seat for the first time as its candidate Akash Saxena defeated his nearest Samajwadi Party rival Asim Raja.

Bypoll to the Rampur Sadar seat, considered an Azam Khan stronghold, was necessitated after the SP leader was sentenced to three years in jail in a hate speech case, and subsequently disqualified as MLA.

Saxena, who won by a margin of 33,702 votes, has been handed over the winners certificate by the Returning officer.

This is the first time the BJP has won the Rampur Sadar assembly seat.

Azam Khan cannot contest elections for the next six years due to his conviction.

The bypoll was held on December 5. (PTI)

15:47 (IST)08 Dec 2022
Padampur bypoll: Patnaik powers BJD landslide in high-stakes battle with BJP

The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is set for a landslide victory in the Padampur Assembly seat bypoll in Odisha with party candidate Barsha Singh Bariha sprinting far ahead of her BJP rival Pradeep Purohit in the race.

Barsha established a lead of 26,352 votes after 14th round of counting of votes Thursday, garnering 74,666 votes against Pradeep’s 48,314 votes, even as nine more rounds are still left. The BJP is the principal Opposition party in the state.

Going by the current trend, another Opposition party Congress’s candidate is likely to lose his deposit in the Padampur bypoll. The grand old party has fielded the three-time former MLA, Satya Bhusan Sahu, from the seat.

Sujit Bisoyi writes

15:33 (IST)08 Dec 2022
Rajasthan bypoll: Congress takes clear lead, CM Ashok Gehlot terms it 'people's seal on his govt's good governance'

With Congress' Anil Sharma poised to win the Sardarshahar assembly bypoll after taking a 26,852-vote lead over his nearest rival, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Thursday termed it "people's seal on his government's good governance and public welfare schemes".

It is a clear message from the public that in 2023, the Congress will retain power in Rajasthan with an absolute majority, he claimed.

The Election Commission is yet to announce the bypoll result. However, after the final counting of votes, Sharma has taken a decisive lead of 26,852 votes over his nearest rival BJP candidate Ashok Kumar.

"Congratulations to Congress candidate Anil Sharma for the victory in the Sardarshahar bypoll and heartfelt gratitude to all voters. This victory is people's seal of approval for the Congress government's transparent, sensitive, accountable good governance and public welfare schemes for education, health and social security," Gehlot tweeted in Hindi.

He also said, "It is a clear message to the public that in 2023, the Congress will form government in Rajasthan with full majority." "In the nine bypolls held in Rajasthan in the last four years, the Congress has won seven seats. The BJP has been able to win only one seat. In these too, the BJP candidate's deposit was forfeited on one seat and it landed on the third position in another." "This shows that the people of Rajasthan have completely rejected the BJP. No matter how much the BJP lies, the people of Rajasthan are with the truth and in 2023, the tradition will change and they will make the Congress win again," Gehlot said in a series of tweets. (PTI)

15:09 (IST)08 Dec 2022
Akhilesh presents SP flag to PSPL founder Shivpal Singh Yadav, indicating possible merger of parties

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday presented his party's flag to Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) founder Shivpal Singh Yadav in Saifai, indicating a possible merger of the SP and the PSPL.

As SP candidate Dimple Yadav gained a massive lead of over two lakh votes in the Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypoll, both the leaders sat together in Saifai in Etawah district, where Akhilesh Yadav presented his party's flag to his uncle.

Later, they posted photographs of the event on Twitter.

A SP flag was also put on Shivpal Singh Yadav's car by the party's workers reflecting the possible coming together of the two parties.

Amid ups and downs in their relations, 'chacha-bhatija' (Shivpal Yadav and nephew Akhilesh Yadav) came together to ensure the victory of Dimple Yadav in the bypoll necessitated after the demise of SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav. (PTI)

People wait in a queue to cast their votes at a polling booth during the Sardarshahar Assembly seat byelection, at Panpaliya village in Sardarshahar, December 5, 2022. (PTI)

Sharp dip in Rampur turnout; BJP, SP trade charges; EC says all fair

Amid allegations by Samajwadi Party of gross anomalies during polling in the three by-elections held in the state on Monday, Rampur Sadar Assembly seat recorded a sharp decline in voter turnout as compared to the Assembly elections held in March this year.

By 5 pm, an hour before the scheduled end of voting, Rampur Sadar recorded only 31.94 per cent polling as compared to the 56.61 per cent polling in March. In Khatauli, 56.46 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm. The turnout was 69.79 per cent in March.

In Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat, where both SP and BJP ran a high-voltage campaign, over 53 per cent votes were polled till 5 pm. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections when SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav won the seat for the fifth time, 56.67 per cent polling was recorded.

Record voting registered in Odisha’s Padampur Assembly bypolls

A record 80.5 per cent polling was registered in the by-election to the Padampur Assembly seat in Odisha’s Bargarh Monday as voting ended peacefully without any untoward incident despite Maoist threat in a few pockets of the constituency, said officials.

Bargarh district collector Monisha Banerjee said according to the latest information, the voting percentage is estimated at 80.5 per cent. Official sources said the final voting percentage may change. The constituency has witnessed 79.05 per cent in the 2019 Assembly polls. “Though we had received some complaints from certain booths, we found no irregularities when we visited the places. Voting ended peacefully and the EVMs are being stored in the strong room with proper security,” said Banerjee.

70 per cent turnout in Rajasthan bypoll

An estimated voting of 69.91 per cent was recorded till evening in the by-elections of the Sardarshahar Assembly constituency in Rajasthan on Monday, said officials. Voting started at 8 am amid tight security arrangements at all the 295 booths set up in the segment.

According to officials, till 5:30 pm on Monday, 69.91 per cent polling was recorded in the constituency with 2.89 lakh registered voters.

A total of 57.9 per cent of 3.11 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the by-election to Kurhani assembly seat in Bihar on Monday, officials said.

Polling began at 7 am across 320 booths in the constituency and continued till 6 pm, they said. Tight security arrangements were in place across all the booths, manned by central paramilitary forces besides the local police. By-poll to the assembly segment in Muzaffarpur district has been necessitated due to the disqualification of RJD MLA Anil Kumar Sahani.

A voter turnout of 64.86 per cent was recorded in Bhanupratappurin Chhattisgarh's Maoist-hit Kanker district, where polling began at 7 am amid tight security and concluded at 3 pm on Monday. The polling process was by and large peaceful, an official said.

Seven candidates contested in the constituency, reserved for the Scheduled Tribes, though it was largely seen as a direct contest between the ruling Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Polling was sluggish in Rampur Sadar with the assembly segment, earlier held by Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, registering around 33.94 per cent turnout. Meanwhile, Khatauli segment recorded 56.46 per cent polling, PTI reported. While over 81 per cent of 2.57 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the byelection to the Padampur constituency, the voter turnout in other segments was 72.09 per cent in Sardarshahar, 58 per cent in Kurhani, and 64.86 per cent in Bhanupratappur.

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First published on: 08-12-2022 at 07:06 IST
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