New Delhi: Bypoll vote counting began today in three Lok Sabha and 29 assembly constituencies across 13 states and one union territory, where by-elections were held on October 30.
The three Lok Sabha bypolls were in Himachal Pradesh (Mandi), Madhya Pradesh (Khandwa) and the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
The assembly by-elections which saw a high turnout were held in five seats in Assam, four in West Bengal, three each in Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, two each in Bihar, Karnataka and Rajasthan and one seat each is in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Mizoram and Telangana.
Out of the 29 Assembly seats, the BJP had won in around half a dozen constituencies earlier, the Congress had nine, while the rest were with the regional parties.
In Dadra and Nagar Haveli, seven-time Independent MP Mohan Delkar’s wife Kalaben Delkar is contesting as a Shiv Sena candidate against BJP’s Mahesh Gavit and Congress’ Mahesh Dhodi.
In Mandi, Pratibha Singh is contesting against BJP candidate Khushal Singh Thakur, a Kargil war hero.
Abhay Chautala, son of INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala, is contesting against Congress’s Pawan Beniwal and BJP-JP candidate Gobind Kanda, the brother of Haryana Lokhit Party chief and legislator Gopal Kanda. Ellenabad is the family turf of the Chautalas, once held by Om Prakash Chautala. Abhay Chautala has been holding the seat since 2010.
The assembly by-elections – held on October 30 — were held for five seats in Assam, four in Bengal, three each in Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, two each in Bihar, Karnataka and Rajasthan and one seat each is in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Mizoram and Telangana.
Among the key leaders who contested are INLD leader Abhay Chautala, who quit the Haryana assembly in protest against the Centre’s new farm laws, Congress’ Pratibha Singh, wife of late Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, former national footballer Eugeneson Lyngdoh and ex-minister from Telangana Eatala Rajender.