Assembly bypolls results updates | TRS wins Munugode; BJP victorious in 4 out of 7 seats

Among the seven Assembly seats, the BJP garnered victory in four — Bihar’s Gopalganj, Uttar Pradesh’ Gola Gokarnnath, Haryana’s Adampur and Odisha’s Dhamnagar

November 06, 2022 08:53 am | Updated 08:47 pm IST - New Delhi

The BJP won in four out of seven Assembly constituencies in six States, retaining the three seats it held, in the by-election results declared on November 6, while the TRS and RJD won one each after a stiff contest with the saffron party.

Rutuja Latke, the candidate of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray), won the by-election to Andheri (East) in Mumbai, the seat earlier represented by her deceased husband, after major parties including the BJP did not field candidates. The second-highest number of votes (14.79%) went to the None Of The Above (NOTA) option in the constituency.

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The BJP said the result of the November 3 by-election was a stamp of approval by people on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies as it retained Gola Gokarannath in Uttar Pradesh, Dhamnagar in Odisha and Gopalganj in Bihar where it had fielded the kin of its party MLAs whose death necessitated the polls.

BJP candidate and former chief minister Bhajan Lal’s grandson Bhavya Bishnoi defeated his nearest rival and Congress nominee Jai Prakash in Haryana’s Adampur by a margin of around 16,000 votes, maintaining the family’s winning streak.

TRS candidate Kusukuntla Prabhakar Reddy defeated his nearest BJP rival Komatireddy Raj Gopal Reddy in Munugode, while Congress nominee Palvai Sravanthi was a distant third.

In Bihar, the RJD saw its victory margin fall in Mokama and it fell short of a win in party president Lalu Prasad’s home district of Gopalganj, which the BJP retained, albeit by the skin of its teeth.

It was the first electoral test for the Nitish Kumar-led ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (RJD-JDU-Congress) Government, formed less than three months ago after the JD(U) parted ways with the BJP.

Here are the updates:

Telangana | 6:36 pm

TRS wins Munugode with a majority of over 10,000 votes

TRS candidate wins the election with a majority of over 10,000 votes at the end of 15th and final round of counting in the Munugode bypoll, according to information. - Rajeev M. Lochan.

Telangana | 6 pm

TRS leads by 9,146 votes

TRS candidate’s lead increases further to 9,146 votes at the end of 13th round of counting in Munugode bypoll. - Rajeev M. Lochan.

Odisha | 5:50 pm

BJP’s Suryabanshi Suraj wins Dhamnagar seat 

 BJP supporters holding a portrait of former MLA Bishnu Sethi celebrate as BJP candidate from Dhamnagar Suryabanshi Suraj leads during the counting day of Odisha Assembly by-elections, in Bhadrak district, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022.

 BJP supporters holding a portrait of former MLA Bishnu Sethi celebrate as BJP candidate from Dhamnagar Suryabanshi Suraj leads during the counting day of Odisha Assembly by-elections, in Bhadrak district, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. | Photo Credit: PTI

BJP candidate Suryabanshi Suraj won the Dhamnagar Assembly bypoll by defeating his BJD rival Abanti Das by a margin of 9,881 votes.

Telangana | 5:20 pm

TRS leads by 7,801 votes

TRS candidates lead increases to 7,801 votes at the end of 12th round of counting in Munugode bypoll. - Rajeev M. Lochan.

Telangana | 4:45 pm

TRS leads by 5,801 votes

TRS candidate leads with a margin of 5,801 votes at the end of 11th round of counting of Munugode bypoll. - Rajeev M. Lochan.

Telangana | 4:20 pm

TRS leads by 4,440 votes

TRS candidate leads with a margin of 4,440 votes at the end of 10th round of counting in Munugode bypoll. - Rajeev M. Lochan.

Telangana | 4:10 pm

TRS leads by 3,952 votes

TRS candidate leads with a margin of 3,952 votes after counting of 9th round in Munugode bypoll. - Rajeev M. Lochan.

Odisha | 3:25 pm

BJP widens lead over BJD in Dhamnagar

BJP candidate Suryabanshi Suraj expanded his lead to 6,755 votes over his BJD rival Abanti Das for Dhamnagar bypoll in Odisha’s Bhadrak district as per Election Commission (EC) trends.

According to the EC, Suraj secured 58,332 votes after the 13th round of counting, while Das bagged 51,577. Congress nominee Baba Harekrushna Sethi got 2,602 votes. - PTI

Haryana | 3.15 pm

BJP’s Bhavya Bishnoi holds on to family bastion in Haryana’s Adampur bypoll

Holding on to over five-decade-old bastion of his family, BJP’s Bhavya Bishnoi, grandson of late Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, registered a comfortable victory in Adampur bypoll in Haryana’s Hisar defeating his nearest rival and Congress candidate Jai Prakash by 15,740 votes.

While Mr. Bhavya polled 67,492 votes — 51.32 of the total votes cast — Mr. Jai Prakash secured 51,752 votes. Aam Aadmi Party’s Satiender Singh finished the distant fourth with 3,420, which is 2.6 % of the total votes cast. Of the 22 candidates in fray, 11 finished behind fictional candidate, “NOTA”, who polled 237 votes.

Bihar | 3 pm

RJD retains Mokama seat, BJP retains Gopalganj

Both the ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Opposition Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) retained their respective seats of Mokama and Gopalganj in the bypolls in Bihar.

In Mokama Assembly constituency, RJD candidate Neelam Devi defeated BJP candidate Sonam Devi by over 16,000 votes. In Gopalganj Assembly constituency, BJP candidate Kusum Devi defeated RJD candidate Mohan Prasad Gupta in a fiercely fought bypoll by a thin margin of over 2,000 votes.

Maharashtra, 2:30 p.m.

MVA wins Andheri East seat 

In Andheri East, MVA candidate Rutuja Latke won by polling 66,247 votes. BJP Mumbai president Asish Shelar said the win was only possible because of BJP’s ‘help’.

He said, “Had the BJP fielded its candidate and contrasted the poll, then Ms. Latke’s defeat was certain.” The BJP had withdrawn its candidate Murji Patel from the poll fray. - Shoumojit Banerjee

Uttar Pradesh, 2 p.m.

BJP wins Gola Gokarnnath seat

In Gola Gokarnnath, BJP candidate Aman Giri won by defeating his nearest rival and Samajwadi Party candidate by over 34,000 votes, news agency PTI reported.

Haryana, 2 p.m.

Bhavya Bishnoi wins Adampur seat

BJP’s Bhavya Bishnoi won Adampur bypoll by defeating his nearest rival and Congress candidate Jai Prakash with a margin of 15,740 votes.

Mr. Bhavya polled 67,492 votes, while Mr. Prakash secured 51,752 votes. AAP Satinder Singh finished the distant fourth with 3,420 votes. - Ashok Berwal

Telangana, 1. 54 p.m.

TRS leads by 2,169 votes

After the end of sixth round of counting, TRS’ Kusukuntla Prabhakar Reddy is leading in Munugode by a margin of 2,169 votes. - Rajeev M. Lochan

Haryana, 1.51 p.m.

BJP’s Bhavya Bishnoi leads over Congress candidate by over 17,000 votes in Adampur

BJP’s Bhavya Bishnoi is inching towards victory in the Adampur assembly segment as he gained a lead of 17,369 votes over his nearest rival and Congress candidate Jai Prakash during counting of votes for the bypolls.

Ten of the 13 rounds of counting are complete now. According to trends, Bhavya (29) has so far polled 56,539 votes while Prakash secured 39,170 votes. INLD candidate Kurda Ram Nambardar secured 1,866 votes while the AAP’s Satender Singh polled 2,808 votes, according to the trends. - PTI

Telangana, 1.40 p.m.

Counting of votes progressing smoothly, clarifies CEO clarifies following BJP’s objections

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Vikas Raj has asserted that counting of votes in Munugode Assembly constituency was progressing smoothly.

The CEO was reacting to complaints from the BJP leaders that secrecy was being maintained in revealing the results roundwise. He clarified that counting was taking time as there were several contestants for the bypoll including over three dozen independents. Observers and counting agents were deployed at all tables and counting was being monitored constantly.

Maharashtra, 1.30 p.m.

Uddhav-led faction will win BMC poll too: Anil Parab

As Rutuja Latke, Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) nominee and MVA candidate, coasts to an expected victory, Uddhav camp loyalist Anil Parab says his party will win crucial BMC poll as well.

“The Andheri election has proved what the MVA can do when it contests together,” Mr. Parab said.

With the BJP pulling out their candidate out of the race, Ms. Latke, who has secured nearly 56,000 votes after 15 rounds of counting, received the only serious competition from the ‘NOTA’ category under which 11,500 votes have been polled.

Mr. Parab accused the BJP of bad faith, alleging that the latter had actively campaigned against Ms. Latke by bribing people to vote NOTA. - Shoumojit Banerjee

Telangana, 1.21 p.m.

TRS leads by a thin margin in Munugode

After the fifth round of counting ended, TRS’ Kusukuntla Prabhakar Reddy is leading in Munugode by a slender margin of 1,531 votes. - Rajeev M. Lochan

Bihar, 12.53 p.m

BJP retains Gopalganj seat

As the counting ended in Gopalganj Assembly constituency, Kusum Devi of the BJP won the bypolls by over 2,000 votes. In Bihar, both RJD and BJP have retained their respective seats.

Haryana, 12.47 p.m.

Bhavya Bishnoi ahead by over 56% votes

BJP’s Bhavya Bishnoi gets 56.67% of the total votes in seven rounds of counting for Adampur bypoll in Haryana’s Hisar, followed by Congress’ Jai Prakash with 35.55%.

Aam Aadmi Party’s Satinder Singh is the distant third with 2.77% votes. There are six more rounds of counting votes. - Ashok Berwal

Haryana

NOTA ahead of 13 candidates with 139 votes

“NOTA”, with 139 votes, stays ahead of 13 candidates in Adampur Assembly constituency after seven rounds of counting. A total of 22 candidates are in fray. - Ashok Berwal

Bihar

BJP ahead in Gopalganj

In Bihar, the BJP is ahead in Gopalganj, Election Commission trends around 11.15 showed. Kusum Devi of the BJP has taken a lead over Mohan Prasad Gupta of the RJD by 637 votes, as per EC trends. - PTI

Maharashtra

Rutuja Latke continues her lead in Andheri (East)

Rutuja Latke, the candidate of the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray), established a comfortable lead after the first round of counting for the byelection to Andheri (East) Assembly seat in Mumbai.

She is expected to comfortably win after the BJP withdrew from the contest which is the first after the recent split in the Shiv Sena following a rebellion by Eknath Shinde, who replaced Mr. Thackeray as the Maharashtra chief minister.

The NCP and Congress have supported her candidature. The by-election was necessitated due to the death of Ms. Latke’s husband and Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke in May. - PTI

Uttar Pradesh

BJP ahead in Gola Gokarnnath by 25,000 votes

BJP candidate Aman Giri has taken a comfortable lead of about 25,000 votes over his nearest rival as counting of votes progressed in the Gola Gokarnnath Assembly bypolls on Sunday.

While Mr. Giri has got 73,371 votes so far, Samajwadi Party’s Vinay Tiwari got 48,739 votes, officials said after the 18th round of counting.

Bihar, 11.45 a.m.

RJD’s Neelam Devi wins in Mokama

As the counting ended in Mokama Assembly constituency, RJD candidate Neelam Devi, wife of Bahubali (Strongman) of the area Anant Singh, wins the seat by over 16,000 votes.

However, in Gopalganj, BJP candidate Kusum Devi is maintaining lead by over 2,000 votes. - Amarnath Tewary

Haryana

Bhavya Bishnoi increases lead

BJP candidate Bhavya Bishnoi increases lead against Congress’ Jai Prakash to 10,228 votes after five rounds of counting in Haryana’s Adampur bypoll. Aam Aadmi Party’s Satinder Singh is distant fourth with 786 votes. - Ashok Berwal

Telangana

Close contest between TRS and BJP

By the end of fourth round of counting, BJP narrows down margin with TRS and is trailing by just 714 votes. - Rajeev M. Lochan

Bihar

BJP’s Kusum Devi leading in Gopalganj

After seven rounds of counting of votes, BJP candidate Kusum Devi in Gopalganj and RJD candidate Neelam Devi in Mokama are leading the bypolls. - Amarnath Tewary

Haryana

Second round of counting concludes

Indian National Lok Dal’s Kurda Ram and Aam Aadmi Party’s Satinder Singh remain a distant third and fourth in Adampur bypolls with 635 and 320 votes respectively after two rounds of counting. - Ashok Berwal

Uttar Pradesh

BJP candidate leading by over 10,000 votes

BJP candidate Aman Giri has taken a comfortable lead of over 10,000 over his nearest rival as counting of votes is underway in the Gola Gokarnnath Assembly bypolls.

While Mr. Giri got 36,528 votes so far, Samajwadi Party’s Vinay Tiwari got 25,621 votes, officials said.

Uttar Pradesh

BJP candidate Aman Giri takes lead in initial round

The BJP is seeking to retain the Gola Gokarannath seat in Uttar Pradesh and Dhamnagar in the BJD-ruled Odisha, banking on sympathy votes as it has fielded the sons of sitting MLAs whose death necessitated the bypolls.

BJP candidate Aman Giri has taken a lead in the initial round of counting of votes in the Gola Gokarannath bypolls. While Mr. Giri has got 8,943 votes so far, Samajwadi Party’s Vinay Tiwari got 5,008 votes, officials said.

Returning Officer Anurag Singh said the counting is likely to be held in 32 rounds.

The Gokarannath Assembly bypolls recorded a polling percentage of 57.35%. Seven contestants were in the fray.

The seat fell vacant after the death of BJP MLA Arvind Giri on September 6. With the BSP and the Congress keeping away from the bypolls, there seems to be a direct fight between the BJP's Aman Giri and the SP candidate - former Gola MLA Vinay Tiwari. - PTI

Telangana

Ruling TRS ahead in Munugode seat

The ruling TRS was ahead of its rivals after completion of the first round of counting of votes in the crucial bypoll to Munugode Assembly constituency in Telangana.

While TRS secured 6,096 votes, its nearest rival BJP got 4,904 votes in the first round. The Congress garnered 1,877 votes, official sources said.

The counting would be completed in 15 rounds and the result is expected to be out in the afternoon.

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The process of counting of votes polled in the high stakes by-election to the Munugode Assembly constituency in Nalgonda district began this morning amid tight security.

The BJP and the ruling TRS had been campaigning aggressively in Munugode in Telangana, where the Congress MLA had resigned and is fighting on the saffron party’s ticket.

Over 93% polling was reported in the bypoll held on November 3, which was necessitated by the resignation of sitting Congress MLA Komatireddy Raj Gopal Reddy from the party in August.

Bihar

RJD ahead in both the seats

The RJD has established a lead in the two Assembly seats of Mokama and Gopalganj in Bihar after the first round of counting, with BJP nominees found trailing, Election Commission trends revealed.

In Mokama, Neelam Devi garnered 4,159 votes after the first round, and BJP’s Sonam Devi 3,508 votes.

Mohan Gupta of the RJD is leading in Gopalganj with 2,713 votes. He is followed by Kusum Devi of the BJP with 1,798 votes.

This is the first electoral face-off between the ruling Grand Alliance (GA) and the Opposition BJP in Bihar after the change of government in August this year, when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s party JD-U snapped ties with the saffron party and aligned with Lalu Prasad’s RJD-led coalition, comprising Congress and other parties, to form a new government.

The Mokama seat fell vacant following the disqualification of RJD MLA Anant Singh after his conviction in an Arms Act case, while the by-election in Gopalganj was necessitated following the death of sitting BJP MLA Subhash Singh.

BJP leader Kusum Devi, wife of the deceased MLA, is pitted against RJD’s Mohan Gupta in Gopalganj. In Mokama, BJP nominee Sonam Devi is up against RJD’s Neelam Devi, the wife of Anant Singh.

Mokama has been the stronghold of Anant Singh since 2005. He won the seat twice on JD(U) tickets. Singh fought as an RJD candidate in the 2020 elections and retained the seat. But he was disqualified from the assembly following his conviction in the criminal case.

Haryana

BJP candidate ahead in Adampur

BJP candidate Bhavya Bishnoi leads against Congress’ Jai Prakash with 1,978 votes in Adampur bypolls.

In Adampur, the by-election was necessitated after former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal's younger son Kuldeep Bishnoi resigned as MLA from the seat and switched from the Congress to the BJP in August. Bishnoi's son Bhavya is now contesting as the BJP candidate.

The Adampur seat has been held by the Bhajan Lal family since 1968, with the late ex-chief minister representing it on nine occasions, his wife Jasma Devi once, and Kuldeep on four occasions.

Maharashtra

Rutuja Latke expected to win comfortably

Shiv Sena's Rutuja Latke is expected to comfortably win Andheri East Assembly constituency in Mumbai after the BJP withdrew from the contest which is the first after the recent split in the Shiv Sena following a rebellion by Eknath Shinde, who replaced Thackeray as the Maharashtra chief minister.

The NCP and Congress have supported her candidature.

The by-election was necessitated due to the death of Latke's husband and Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke in May.

Odisha

Counting of votes underway for by-poll to the Dhamnagar Assembly Constituency

The BJD has fielded Abanti Das, the lone woman among the total five candidates in Dhamnagar. BJP MLA Bishnu Charan Sethi’s death necessitated the by-election. The saffron party has fielded Sethi's son Suryabanshi Suraj.

Counting of votes for by-poll to the Dhamnagar Assembly Constituency in Odisha’s Bhadrak district is underway amid tight security.

The counting of EVM votes began after counting of postal ballot, in 14 different tables. The counting will be completed in 18 rounds.

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