Chitrakoot bypoll results 2017: Congress retains seat, wins by over 14000 votes

  • Chitrakoot bypoll results 2017: Congress retains seat, wins by over 14000 votes

Chitrakoot bypoll results 2017: Congress retains seat, wins by over 14000 votes

Prem Singh won in 2003 also, but lost in 2008 elections reducing the Congress vote share to 25%.However, Prem Singh again won in 2013 on Congress ticket with a vote share of 36.9 %, but his death led to bypolls which were held on November 9 this year.

Apart from the Congress and the BJP candidates, 10 other candidates are in fray for the Chitrakoot Assembly seat that fell vacant after sitting MLA, Congress's Prem Singh, died in May 2017.

The counting of votes polled in the 9 November by-election began at around 8 am amid tight security in Satna district, around 400 kilometres from Bhopal.

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday called BJP's defeat in Chitrakoot assembly bypoll in Madhya Pradesh as a sign of increasing distrust and resistance of people in the party and said this would be seen in the Gujarat polls too.

As many as 257 polling booths with VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines were set up for the bypoll, he said.

The assembly seat turned to be a cakewalk for the Congress candidate Congress candidate Nilanshu Chaturvedi. The two parties had relied on big names to campaign for their respective candidates.

"The result shows in which direction the wind is blowing". Nilanshu Chaturvedi got 68,810 votes while Shankar Dayal Tripathi got 52,677 votes in the crucial bye-election.

"The BJP has no agenda, neither development or anything else, all that they know is to spread rumours, speak lies and prop up one false issue after another", he told reporters in Unnao enroute to Kanpur for a personal engagement.