Ruling BJP won the high-stakes Jind bypoll in Haryana on Thursday with party candidate Krishan Middha defeating his nearest rival, Digvijay Singh Chautala of JJP, by over 12,000 votes.
On January 28, voting took place. Nearly 76 per cent of the 1.72 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the multi-cornered contest.
Four major parties are in the fray - the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the newly launched Jannayak Janata Party (JJP). Main candidates are Randeep Surjewala (Congress), Krishan Middha (BJP), Umed Singh (INLD) and Digvijay Chautala (JJP). After the death of two-time INLD legislator Hari Chand Middha, the by-election was necessitated. His son is in the fray on a BJP ticket.
Jind bypoll Results:
14:35 pm: BJP leading with 46916 votes, Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) 30956 votes, Congress 19611 votes at the end of 11th round of counting
3:00 pm: BJP gets unassailable lead of 15,900 votes
2:06 pm: SP Jind Ashwin Shenvi says,“There was unlawful assembly which didn’t disperse when we asked them to leave.We had to use slight force to disperse them. Situation normal now. Counting underway."
2:00 pm: Clashes erupt outside counting centre, stones pelted
1:18 pm: BJP leading with a margin of 9408 votes at the end of 7th round of counting. Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) 19403 votes and Congress 11647 votes
11:47 am: BJP leading with 21052 votes at the end of fifth round of counting. Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) 15315 votes, Congress 8813 votes
10:55 am: JJP leading with 11226 votes at the end of third round of counting. BJP 9350 votes, Congress 5813 votes, Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP) 2649 votes and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) 1760 votes
10:55 am: Jolt for Congress, Surjewala slips to third spot
10:25 am: JJP leading with 7892 votes at the end of second round of counting. BJP 6554 votes, Congress 3923 votes and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) 1365 votes
10:00 am: Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) leading with 3639 votes, BJP 2835 votes, Congress 2169 votes, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) 992 votes
9:30 am: After round 01, JJP ahead by 834 votes
8:50 am: Haryana: Congress's Randeep Surjewala and Jannayak Janata Party's Digvijay Chautala present at the counting centre in #Jind as counting of votes has begun
8:15 am: Counting begins
Counting will be held in 13 arounds and result is expected to come around 2 pm.
(With inputs from agencies)