AAP candidate leads over BJP in ninth round of counting by 10,000 votes in the Rajinder Nagar Assembly bypoll
AAP candidate leads over BJP in ninth round of counting by 10,000 votes in the Rajinder Nagar Assembly bypoll
Counting of votes is under way on June 26 in three Lok Sabha and seven assembly seats spread across five states and Delhi where bypolls were held on June 23. Counting began at 8.00 a.m. under multi-tier security cover. At first, postal ballots will be counted and then EVMs opened.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha has officially been declared winner from the Town Bardowali seat by 6,104 votes, retaining his position as CM. Meanwhile, Sudip Roy Barman of Congress has won the Agartala constituency, giving the party its sole member in the Assembly..
Lok Sabha bypolls were held in Rampur and Azamgarh constituencies in Uttar Pradesh and Sangrur seat in Punjab. The other constituencies where assembly bypolls were held were Rajinder Nagar in Delhi, Mandar in Jharkhand’s Ranchi district and Atmakuru in Andhra Pradesh. The bypolls in Uttar Pradesh were necessitated by the resignations of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and party leader Azam Khan from Azamgarh and Rampur seats, respectively.
It is a crucial test for both the Samajwadi Party and the Aam Aadmi Party. The results, which will be declared on Sunday, will reveal if the Samajwadi Party, in spite of its defeat in the Assembly elections, can hold on to its bastions. For the AAP, the elections, coming on the heels of the murder of Sidhu Moosewala which drew allegations of law and order breakdown in the State, will test whether the popularity of the Bhagwant Mann government can withstand the outrage.
Here are the latest updates
12.20 p.m. | Uttar Pradesh bypoll
BJP leads in Azamgarh, Samajwadi Party secures marginal lead in Rampur
In a tight contest, the BJP is now leading in the Azamgarh Lok Sabha bypoll. In Rampur, the Samajwadi Party has developed a small lead over the BJP candidate.
According to the Election Commission of India website, BJP’s Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirhua is leading by over 7,000 votes against Samajwadi Party’s Dharmendra Yadav. In Rampur, SP’s Asim Raja has built a lead of over 3,100 votes over BJP’s Ghanshyam Singh Lodhi.
Unlike Rampur, in Azamgarh the contest is triangular as the Bahujan Samaj Party has fielded Guddu Jamali.
Mr. Jamali is trailing at the third spot but the counting pattern suggests that he has managed to cause some dent in the Samajwadi Party’s vote bank. So far, he has secured 27% of the votes while Mr. Yadav has got around 34 % votes. Mr Nirhua has won around 36 % votes.- Anuj Kumar
12.15 p.m. | Rajinder Nagar bypoll
AAP candidate leads over BJP’s by 10,000 votes after 9th round of counting
AAP candidate Durgesh Pathak surged ahead with a margin of over 10,000 votes over his immediate rival, BJP’s Rajesh Bhatia, after nine rounds of counting on Sunday for the Rajinder Nagar assembly bypoll, according to the official data.
Pathak’s lead was of over 5,000 votes over BJP’s Bhatia, after seven rounds of counting on Sunday for the Rajinder Nagar assembly bypoll.- PTI
12.10 p.m. | Tripura bypoll
Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha declared winner from Town Bardowali assembly constituency
Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha flashes victory sign on une 26, 2022.
| Photo Credit: PTI
BJP candidate Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha has been declared winner from Town Bardowali assembly constituency, winning by 6,104 votes. He defeated his nearest rival Ashish Kumar Saha of Congress.
Sudip Roy Barman of Congress has been officially declared winner in Agartala constituency. Congress will now have sole member in the Assembly after its complete rout in 2018 assembly elections.
CPI(M)-led left front candiadtes scored third in both seats.
Trinamool Congress candiates ended dismal fourth and lost deposits.- Syed Sajjad Ali
11.58 a.m. | Rajinder Nagar bypoll
AAP candidate leads over BJP’s by 5,000 votes after 7th round of counting
AAP candidate Durgesh Pathak galloped ahead with a lead of over 5,000 votes over his immediate rival, BJP’s Rajesh Bhatia, after seven rounds of counting on Sunday for the Rajinder Nagar assembly bypoll, according to the official data.
Numbers showed that at the end of the sixth round of counting, Mr. Pathak was leading over Mr. Bhatia by a margin of nearly 3,000 votes, which rose to over 5,000 by the end of seventh round of counting.
Mr. Pathak was leading the tally over Mr. Bhatia by a margin of over 1,000 votes by the end of fifth round of counting.- PTI
11.55 a.m. | Atmakur bypoll
YSRCP nominee leads by 12,863 votes after three rounds of counting
YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) candidate Mekapati Vikram Reddy established a comfortable lead of 12,863 votes after three rounds of counting of votes polled in the June 23 by-election to Atmakur Assembly seat, amid tight security in SPSR Nellore district on Sunday.
The YSRCP candidate, brother of deceased sitting MLA and Industries and Information Technology Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy, polled 15,582 votes and his nearest Bharatiya Janata Party rival G. Bharat Kumar Yadav 2719 votes. Bahujan party candidate Obulesu got 485 votes.
11.40 a.m. | Mandar bypoll
In close contest, BJP leads in Mandar bypoll in Jharkhand
BJP candidate Gangotri Kujur was leading marginally as votes were being counted for the Mandar by-election in Jharkhand’s Ranchi district on Sunday, officials said.
After two rounds of counting, Kujur was leading by 112 votes against her nearest rival of the Congress. She secured 8,041 votes, while Congress candidate Shilpi Neha Tirkey got 7,929 votes, they said.
AIMIM-backed Independent candidate Dev Kumar Dhan got 3,048 votes.- PTI
11.29 a.m. | Rajinder Nagar bypoll
AAP’s lead over BJP in fifth round of counting reduces to over 1,000 votes
AAP candidate Durgesh Pathak was on Sunday morning leading over his BJP rival Rajesh Bhatia by a margin of over 1,000 votes at the end of the fifth round of counting of votes for the Rajinder Nagar assembly bypoll.
At the beginning of the counting Pathak was leading with over 1,500 votes but the the lead margin reduced to 1,153 by the end of fifth round as counting of votes began on Sunday morning.
After the fifth round of counting, Mr. Pathak had secured nearly 50% of the votes counted, according to official data shared by authorities.- PTI
11.25 a.m. | Tripura bypoll
BJP leads in 3 seats, Congress in 1
Election staff members with an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) during the counting of votes of the Tripura Assembly by-elections, at a counting centre in Agartala on June 26, 2022.
| Photo Credit: PTI
BJP candidates, including Chief Minister Manik Saha, were ahead in three seats, while the Congress was leading in one assembly constituency as votes were counted in Tripura.
Mr. Saha was leading in the Town Bardowali seat by 4,363 votes after six rounds of counting. He has got 12,556, while his nearest rival Asish Kumar Saha of the Congress secured 8,193 votes, as per data provided by the Election Commission.
In the Agartala seats, Congress candidate Sudip Roy Barma was leading by 3,202 votes after eight rounds of counting. He secured 17,241 votes, while Ashok Sinha of the BJP got 14,039 votes.
The CPI(M) was trailing in its traditional bastion of Jubarajnagar to the BJP. After eight rounds of counting, BJP candidate Malina Debnath was leading by 4,320. She secured 18,381 votes, while her nearest candidate Shailendra Chandra Nath of the CPI(M) got 14,061 votes.
The BJP was leading in Surma as well with its candidate Swapna Das ahead by 1,806 votes after two rounds of counting. She got 4,457 votes, while CPI(M)‘s Anjan Das secured 2,651 votes.- PTI
10.50 a.m. | Sangrur bypoll
SAD (Amritsar) candidate Simranjit Singh Mann continues to lead
Simranjit Singh Mann of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) leading with 4,831 votes by securing 1,35,700 votes till 10:40am. Gurmail Singh of ruling Aam Aadmi Party is trailing and has got 1,30,869 votes, according to Election Commission of India.- Vikas Vasudeva
10:45 am | Uttar Pradesh
SP candidates leading in Rampur and Azamgarh
The Samajwadi Party candidates were leading in both Rampur and Azamgarh Lok Sabha seats, counting for which began Sunday morning. According to available trends, SP candidate Mohd Asim Raja has a lead of over 9,987 votes in Rampur over his nearest rival Ghanshyam Lodhi of the BJP.
In Azamgarh, SP’s Dharmendra Yadav is leading by 4,917 votes over BJP candidate Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirahua’, his nearest rival. BSP’s Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali is trailing at third spot in Azamgarh. While in Rampur there is direct fight between SP and BJP, Azamgarh is witnessing a triangular contest with BSP forming the third corner. – PTI
10:20 am | Rajinder Nagar bypoll
AAP’s Durgesh Pathak leads in first round of counting
AAP candidate Durgesh Pathak was leading the tally over his BJP rival Rajesh Bhatia by a margin of over 1,500 votes in the Rajinder Nagar Assembly bypoll, as counting of votes began on Sunday morning.
After the first round of counting, Mr. Pathak had secured nearly 64% of the votes counted, according to official data shared by authorities. Mr. Bhatia was behind him with 32.26% share of the votes counted in the first round.
Congress candidate Prem Lata was trailing with a meagre 2.09% vote share, according to the official data. – PTI
10:20 am | Uttar Pradesh
SP candidate leading in Rampur, BJP ahead in Azamgarh
The Samajwadi Party candidate was leading in the Rampur Lok Sabha seat while the BJP nominee was ahead in Azamgarh, counting for which began Sunday morning.
According to available trends, SP candidate Mohd Asim Raja is leading by over 767 votes in Rampur while BJP candidate Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirahua’ is leading by a margin of 2,117 votes from BSP’s Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali.
The SP’s Dharmendra Yadav is at the third spot. – PTI
10:20 am | Sangrur bypoll
Early trends show SAD (Amritsar) leader Simranjit Mann leading
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief and candidate Simranjit Singh Mann is leading from the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat, for which counting began on Sunday morning, according to initial trends.
Mr. Mann, a former MP, is leading by a margin of 856 votes from his nearest rival and AAP candidate Gurmail Singh, the trends indicated. Counting of votes for the bypoll to Sangrur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab began Sunday morning amid tight security arrangements. – PTI
10:15 am | Uttar Pradesh
Counting of votes under way for Rampur, Azamgarh Lok Sabha bypolls
Counting of votes for the bypolls to the Rampur and Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh is under way on Sunday amid tight security. The counting process started at 8 a.m.
In Azamgarh, Samajwadi Party candidate Dharmendra Yadav got into an argument with security personnel over alleged denial of entry in the strongroom. Mr. Yadav alleged that “an attempt is being made to change EVMs and that is why he was not allowed entry inside.” The SP leader was later allowed inside.
Superintendent of Police, Azamgarh, Anurag Arya said those entitled were allowed entry after “frisking”. “There was some confusion. Now he (Dharmendra Yadav) is inside and counting is going on smoothly,” the SP said.
The two constituencies voted on June 23, with Azamgarh recording a turnout of 49.43% and Rampur 41.39%. – PTI
10:15 am | Mandar
Counting on for Mandar bypoll in Jharkhand
Counting of votes for the by-election to the Mandar Assembly seat in Jharkhand’s Ranchi district started at 8 a.m. on Sunday amid tight security, a senior official said. Over 61.25% of about 3.5 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the election, held on June 23, he said. The by-election was necessitated after the disqualification of Bandhu Tirkey as an MLA in the wake of his conviction in a corruption case. – PTI
10:15 am | Sangrur
Counting of votes begins for Sangrur LS bypolls
Counting of votes for the Sangrur Lok Sabha bypolls got underway at 8 a.m. Sunday amid tight security arrangements. The Lok Sabha seat had gone to poll on June 23, recording a low turnout of 45.30%.
The bypoll was necessitated due to the resignation of Bhagwant Mann from the Lok Sabha after he was elected as an MLA in the State Assembly elections earlier this year. Mr. Mann, who is the state’s chief minister now, had won the Sangrur seat in the 2014 and 2019 parliamentary elections. – PTI
10:15 am | Tripura
Counting under way for Tripura bypolls amid tight security
Counting of votes was under way for the by-elections to the four assembly seats in Tripura on Sunday amid tight security, officials said. The counting began at 8 a.m. for the bypolls to the Agartala, Town Bardowali, Surma and Jubarajnagar seats, held on June 23, they said.
The votes were being counted across three centres, they added. Over 78% of total 1,89,032 people had cast their votes in the elections. Twenty-two candidates are in the fray. – PTI
Lok Sabha bypolls a crucial test for AAP, SP
The BJP is particularly hopeful of winning the Rampur seat, considering it has equal number of both Hindu and Muslim voters. It has fielded Ghanshyam Singh Lodhi who recently joined the party. Asim Raja, handpicked by Mr. Khan, is the SP candidate. The Mayawati-led BSP is not contesting from Rampur.
Counting of votes under way in 3 Lok Sabha, 7 Assembly seats
Counting of votes is under way on June 26 in three Lok Sabha and seven Assembly seats spread across five states and Delhi where bypolls were held on June 23. Counting began at 8 a.m. under multi-tier security cover. At first, postal ballots will be counted and then EVMs opened.