The counting of votes for the bypolls to two Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh was underway today, with the BJP leading in Mungaoli and the Congress in Kolaras after the completion of first round, an official said.
BJP’s Baisahab Yadav was leading by 265 votes in Mungaoli while in Kolaras, the Congress candidate, Mahendra Singh Yadav, was ahead of his rivals by a margin of 514 ballots, the official said.The postal ballots were counted first, he said.
The outcome of the two bypolls would be watched keenly as a possible pointer to people’s mood ahead of the Assembly elections in the BJP-ruled state, due later this year.
The bypolls, held on February 24, were necessitated due to the death of Congress’s MLAs Mahendra Singh Kalukheda (Mungaoli) and Ram Singh Yadav (Kolaras).A total of 13 candidates are in fray in Mungaoli while 22 candidates are contesting in Kolaras.
The Congress has fielded Mahendra Singh Yadav and the BJP has chosen Devendra Jain to contest. The results of these two bypolls, for the Mungaoli and Kolaras assembly seats, will be known later today. Counting of votes began at 8:00 am today.
The two constituencies’ results are being seen as an indicator of voters’ mood, ahead of Assembly elections in MP later this year. Here are the top things to know about the two seats, the bypolls and why they are being seen as crucial. Mungaoli and Kolaras are both currently held by the Congress party, and in both constituencies’ bypolls the fight is between the BJP and the Congress.
Thirteen candidates have thrown their hats in the election arena in Mungaoli, while 22 candidates are trying their luck in Kolaras. Kolaras and Mungaoli have 2,44,457 and 1,91,009 eligible voters, respectively. EVMs, VVPAT machines developed a snag at several places and were replaced by the polling officers.
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