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

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

Political observers feel that former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh's absence from the by-election arena helped the Congress in winning the election.

Congress candidate Nilanshu Chaturvedi was on Sunday declared elected to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly from Chitrakoot constituency, defeating his BJP rival by 14,133 votes.

The bypoll, which was necessitated following the death of Congress MLA Prem Singh, saw around 65 per cent voting on November 9. "Many thanks to the people of #Chitrakoot for their faith and trust in the Congress party", Mr Surjewala said.

So it was no big deal for the Congress to win the seat that traditionally belonged to the grand old party. At least 257 polling booths with VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines were posted in the constituency for the by-poll election. However, BJP leaders and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan campaigned extensively in the bye-election. Chaturvedi led the race right from the beginning of the counting and kept racing towards a victory as the counting progressed.

Mangal Singh the next day addressed a press conference alongside Ajay Singh of the Congress and announced that he had nothing to do with the BJP and that he accepted the flag because Nand Kumar Chouhan had come at his door. He polled 66810 votes against his opponent BJP candidate Shankar Dayal Tripathi, who got 52677 votes.

"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.

"The result shows in which direction the wind is blowing".

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