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Jind, Ramgarh election results 2019 Highlights: Cong takes Ramgarh, BJP wins Jind for first time

Jind, Ramgarh Bye-Election Results 2019: Congress' Shafia Zubair won the Ramgarh Assembly seat in Rajasthan by defeating BJP's Sukhwant Singh by 12,228 votes. In Jind, BJP's Krishan Middha looks won the seat by over 12,000 votes.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 31, 2019 5:37:51 pm
Jind bye-election results 2019 LIVE Updates Jind, Ramgarh election results 2019 LIVE Updates: Congress’s Randeep Surjewala and Jannayak Janata Party’s Digvijay Chautala present at the counting centre. (Express photo)

Jind, Ramgarh Bye-Election Results 2019 Highlights: Congress’ Shafia Zubair won the Ramgarh Assembly seat in Rajasthan by defeating BJP’s Sukhwant Singh by 12,228 votes. With this win, Congress’ tally in Rajasthan touches 100 out of 200 seats. In Jind, BJP’s Krishan Middha emerged victorious, winning the seat by over 12,000 votes. Middha has overtaken Jannayak Janata Party candidate Digvijay Chautala. Congress heavyweight and national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala settled at the third spot.  READ IN HINDI

Following Congress’ win in the Ramgarh elections, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the result would encourage the party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. “I am happy that people took a well-meditated step. They have taken the right decision. I thank them and express my gratitude. They have given a message at a time when it was much needed,” ANI quoted Gehlot as saying.

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Jind bypoll and Ramgarh election results today. Highlights

16:09 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Police lathi-charge protesters at Jind counting centre

Police used canes to disperse workers from opposition parties after they created a ruckus outside a counting centre for the assembly by-election here, complaining about the electronic voting machines, reported PTI.

The counting process was halted briefly during the seventh round when polling agents from of Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP) and the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) alleged that there was a “mismatch” in serial numbers of two EVMs. The ruling BJP won the high-stakes Jind bypoll with its candidate Krishan Middha defeating his nearest rival, JJP's Digvijay Singh Chautala, by nearly 13,000 votes.

Jind's Superintendent of Police Ashwin Shenvi said the police resorted to a “mild cane- charge” to disperse the protesters and maintain law and order.

16:02 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Faults detected in EVMs: JJP's Digvijay Chautala after losing to BJP in Jind bypolls

Digvijay Chautala, Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) after BJP's victory in the Jind Bypoll: I would like to congratulate BJP for their victory. There were several faults detected in EVMs, we will take up that issue in the internal party meeting first and then it will be briefed before media.

15:29 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Have defeated big leaders: BJP's Krishna Middha after winning Jind

"I would like to thank everyone who supported the party and me. It's their victory. There were big leaders in the contest as well, but we have defeated them too. We will follow the schemes launched by PM and take them forward," BJP candidate Krishna Middha said after winning the Jind bypoll. 

15:11 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Hope BJP will fulfill dreams of people of Jind: Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala

Congratulating BJP's Krishna Middha, Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala, who lost the Jind bypoll, said he hopes Manohar Lal Khattar and Krishna Middha will fulfil the dreams of the people of Jind.

"I was given a responsibility by the party which I fulfilled to the best of my abilities," ANI quoted him as saying. 

15:04 (IST)31 Jan 2019
BJP wins Jind bypoll

BJP's Krishan Middha defeated nearest rival Digvijay Singh Chautala of Jannayak Janata Party by 12,935 votes in the Jind bypoll. Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala settled at the third spot with 22740 votes. The Jind bypoll is being seen as a test of the popularity of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The bypoll, which saw a voter turnout of 75.77 per cent, was necessitated following the death of INLD legislator Hari Chand Midha last year.

14:31 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Jind bypoll results: BJP’s Krishan Middha now leading by more than 15,960 votes

After the 11th round of counting in Jind, BJP’s Krishan Middha is leading by more than 15,960 votes. Middha has secured 46916 votes, Digvijay Chautala 30956 votes and Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala 19611 votes. BJP looks set to continue its victory march after the win in mayoral elections in five cities of Haryana last month.

14:15 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Jind bypoll results: BJP’s Krishan Middha leading by more than 15,000 votes

After the tenth round of counting in Jind, BJP’s Krishan Middha is leading by more than 15,000 votes. After the ninth round, Middha was leading by 12,236 votes. Middha has secured 37561 votes, Digvijay Chautala 25325 votes and Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala 15776 votes. INLD, which has fielded Umed Singh, has secured only 2677 votes.

13:46 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Jind bypoll results: After 8th round, BJP’s Krishan Middha leading by 9310 votes

In Jind, BJP’s Krishan Middha is marching ahead towards a comfortable victory and is leading by 9310 votes. After the eighth round of counting, Middha has secured 32180 votes, Digvijay Chautala 22870 votes and Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala 13733 votes. INLD, which has fielded Umed Singh, has secured only 2485 votes. Five rounds of counting still to take place.

13:35 (IST)31 Jan 2019
WATCH: Ruckus near Jind counting centre

Ruckus near Jind counting centre after Opposition alleges EVM irregularities. Police lathicharge protesters outside counting centre. 

13:23 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Ruckus near Jind counting centre, police lathicharge opposition workers

After the 7th round of counting, BJP is leading in Jind by a margin of 9408 votes. Jannayak Janata Party has secured 19403 votes, while Congress has garnered 11647 votes. The Opposition has alleged that serial numbers of EVM machines used at the time of polling in few booths are not matching with the serial numbers of EVM machines being used in the counting of votes of the booths concerned. Additional forces have been deployed near the counting centre. Police lathicharge on opposition workers near the counting centre.

13:14 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Jind bypoll: Congress, JJP allege irregularities in 2-3 EVM machines

Meanwhile, Congress and Jannayak Janata Party have alleged irregularities in 2-3 EVM machines. Congress candidate Randeep Singh Surjewala's polling agent Virender Jaglan says the number of votes are not tallying with two EVM machines. Counting has been stopped at two tables, Jaglan says. Digvijay Chautala's polling agent Ramphal also levels similar allegations.

12:53 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Ashok Gehlot on Ramgarh poll win: Will encourage party ahead of Lok Sabha elections

Following Congress' win in the Ramgarh elections, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the result would encourage the party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. "I am happy that people took a well-meditated step. They have taken the right decision. I thank them and express my gratitude. They have given a message at a time when it was much needed," ANI quoted Gehlot as saying. Congress' Shafia Zubair defeated BJP's Sukhwant Singh by 12,228 votes in Ramgarh assembly seat. With this win, Congress' tally in Rajasthan touched 100 out of 200 seats.

12:07 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Jind bypoll results: BJP's Krishan Middha leading by 10,000 votes

BJP looks set to win Jind bypoll. It's candidate Krishan Middha is leading by a margin of more than 10,000 votes after six rounds of counting. Both the Congress and INLD have won the Jind seat multiple times but the BJP has never won so far.

11:58 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Jind bypoll results: BJP’s Krishan Middha leading by 5737 votes

In Jind, BJP’s Krishan Middha is marching ahead after overtaking Jannayak Janata Party candidate Digvijay Chautala by 5737 votes. After the fifth round of counting, Middha has secured 21052 votes, Digvijay Chautala 15315 votes and Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala 8813 votes. INLD, which has fielded Umed Singh, has secured only 2095 votes.

11:45 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Congress' Shafia Zubair wins Ramgarh elections

Congress' Shafia Zubair defeats BJP's Sukhwant Singh by 12,228 votes in Ramgarh assembly seat. With this win, Congress' tally in Rajasthan touches 100 out of 200 seats. Zubair has secured 83311 votes with a vote share of 44.77 per cent, while Singh has garnered 71053 votes with a vote share of 38.20 per cent.

11:40 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Ramgarh election results: Congress candidate Shafia Khan leading by 9724 votes

After the 19th round of counting of votes in Ramgarh, Congress candidate Shafia Khan is leading by 9724 votes. She has managed to secure 78413 votes, while the BJP, which has fielded Sukhwant Singh, is at the second spot with 68689 votes. Ramgarh falls under Alwar district, where Congress has underperformed during the assembly elections. Congress managed to secure 4 out of 10 seats polled in the elections in Alwar in December 2018.

11:35 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Jind: INLD has either won or came second in the last four elections

Jind has seen some close contests over the years, with the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) either winning or finishing second in the last four elections since 2000. In 2000 and 2005, the INLD finished second to the Congress. The late Harichand Midha won the seat for the INLD in the next two elections. In 2009, he defeated his Congress rival by nearly 8,000 votes. In 2014, the contest was between Midha and the BJP, which lost by just over 2,000 votes, while the Congress was relegated to a distant third. This time, the BJP has fielded Krishan, son of Harichand Midha.

11:23 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Ramgarh election results: Congress candidate Shafia Khan leading by 9396 votes

After 18 rounds of counting in Ramgarh, Congress candidate Shafia Khan is still in the lead by 9396 votes, even though BJP's Sukhwant Singh has managed to narrow the margin. Shafia, wife of senior Congress leader Juber Khan, has secured 74392 votes, while Singh has garnered 64996 votes. BSP's Jagat Singh has managed to get only 24122 votes.

11:17 (IST)31 Jan 2019
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar says BJP will win Jind bypoll

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar expresses confidence that BJP will win the Jind constituency, says the party will increase its lead when votes of urban segments are counted. Khattar acknowledges that BJP is weak in rural segments.

11:05 (IST)31 Jan 2019
BJP’s Krishan Middha overtakes Digvijay in Jind

In a twist in Jind, BJP’s Krishan Middha has pipped Jannayak Janata Party candidate Digvijay Chautala and is leading by 2038 votes. After the fourth round of counting, Middha has secured 15481 votes, Digvijay Chautala 13443 votes and Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala 7614 votes.

BJP’s Krishan Middha. (Express photo)

Randeep Singh Surjewala: On campaign trail, a personal connect Jind bypoll results 2019 LIVE: Congress candidate Randeep Singh Surjewala interacts with voters. (Express Photos: Jaipal Singh)

Jind bypoll results 2019: The outcome of the Jind bypoll could indicate the sentiments of voters and the state of play in what is recognised both as ‘khapland’ and the centrally located political heart of the state with voters from all castes and communities.

The Jind Assembly segment has over 1.7 lakh voters, more than 1.07 lakh of whom live in the urban areas. at voters number around 44,000, Brahmins around 15,000, and Punjabis a couple of thousand fewer than them. There are around 11,500 Mahajan (Baniya) voters.