Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Cong beats BJP to retain Chitrakoot with big margin

Cong beats BJP to retain Chitrakoot with big margin

In 2003, when the BJP formed Government with thumping majority, Congress had wrested this seat and similar was the situation in 2013. 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. Prem Singh was suffering from severe diabetes and breathed his last in a private hospital of the state.

The counting of votes polled in the 9 November by-election began at around 8 am amid tight security in Satna district, around 400 kilometres from Bhopal. The party has won from areas where Chouhan held public meetings.

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A total of 257 polling booths with VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines were set up for Chitrakoot Assembly bypoll 2017. After 19 rounds of counting, he defeated BJP's Shankar Dayal Tripathi. Though 12 candidates were in the fray, the main contest in the bypoll was between Chaturvedi and Tripathi. The two parties had relied on big names to campaign for their respective candidates.

Meanwhile, Members of Congress celebrated outside MP Congress Committee as its candidate Nilanshu Chaturvedi leads in by-poll.

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BJP MP Nand Kumar Chauhan talking to media said, "We fought in Chitrakoot to win but did not succeed". As per the reports, it seems now Congress will again rule on this seat.

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

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