Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

The Congress on Sunday won the Chitrakoot bypoll in Madhya Pradesh with its candidate Nilanshu Chaturvedi defeating his BJP rival Shankar Dayal Tripathi by a margin of 14,133 votes. Around 65 per cent voting was recorded in the bypoll, which was necessitated in the Assembly segment following the death of its Congress MLA Prem Singh, 65. 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.

Taking to Twitter, Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala thanked voters for reposing faith in the party.

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With this win, the Congress party retains the Chitrakoot Assembly Constituency. "The Chitrakoot victory clearly proves that the people want freedom from the misrule of the BJP", tweeted Jyotiraditya Scindia, senior leader from the State. He had won the Chitrakoot seat thrice - in 1998, 2003 and 2013. "Despite that, people voted for Congress", he said.

He, however, said that his party would review the by-election's outcome.

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Besides pressing all the organisational leaders in the constituency, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Mourya had campaigned in the constituency.

Earlier, before the results were declared, BJP MP from Khandwa, Nand Kumar, told news agency ANI: "The counting till now shows that the seat will go to Congress, but what happens here does not denote the mood of the state".

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