Congress wins MP by-election, party hails victory (Second Lead)

In Big Boost Congress Keeps BJP Out In Key Madhya Pradesh Seat

BJP state president Nand Kumar Chouhan even went to the house of Mangal Singh, the nephew of the late Prem Singh of the Congress whose death necessitated the by election and presented him with a BJP flag and claimed before the media that he had joined the BJP.

Congress candidate Nilanshu Chaturvedi defeated the ruling BJP's Shankar Dayal Tripathi by a margin of over 14,000 votes today in Chitrakoot (MP).

The counting of votes polled in the November 9 by-election began at around 8 am amid tight security. Singh had won the assembly constituency, bordering Uttar Pradesh, in the 1998, 2003 and 2013 elections. The BJP's defeat in Chitrakoot shows there is distrust and anger among the people.

Congress party workers in Chitrakoot were seen on roads with colours and drums. At least 257 polling booths with VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines were posted in the constituency for the by-poll election. The final results were declared after 19 rounds of counting. The two parties had relied on big names to campaign for their respective candidates. "Many thanks to the people of #Chitrakoot for their faith and trust in the Congress party". The Opposition Congress hailed the victory as a signal of the "winds of change" blowing in the political landscape in the country, ahead of the crucial Gujarat Assembly elections next month.

The Samajwadi Party leader also took a dig on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government of its Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation steps, terming them the reasons since their reality has now been exposed before people.

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