Bypoll results: BJP wins Jind for first time, Congress takes Ramgarh

JIND: Krishan Midha of the ruling BJP has won the high-decibel Jind bypoll in Haryana, defeating Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) candidate Digvijay Singh Chautala by a margin of 12,935 votes.

Meanwhile, the Congress won the Ramgarh assembly seat in Rajasthan, taking its tally in the 200-member House to 100. Congress candidate Shafia Khan won by a margin of 12,228 votes after polling 83,311 votes. Her nearest rival, BJP’s Sukhwant Singh, got 71,083 votes.

A graduate in Ayurvedic medicine, Midha polled 50,566 votes while JJP’s Digvijay got 37,631 votes.

It is for the first time that the saffron party has won the assembly seat of Jind. Earlier, it was held either by the INLD or the Congress most of the time.

The byelection results, however, has come as a rude shock for the Congress party, as party’s big face and chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala finished at third position. The senior Congress leader could get only 22,740 votes, which is less than the half votes of the winner.

Haryana main opposition party INLD also suffered a humiliating defeat with its candidate Umed Redhu polling just 3,454 votes.

Polling for the byelection to Jind assembly constituency had taken place on Monday. A total of around 1.30 lakh of 1.72 lakh electors had exercised their franchise.

While the rural areas of the constituency had witnessed 85% turnout, the urban area had witnessed 71% polling.

The Jind constituency byelection was seen as high-stakes battle for the ruling Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government, which had fielded Krishan Midha, son of late Hari Chand Midha, who had served as MLA for two terms for the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). He died in August 2018 because of which the byelection was necessitated.

The Midha family, however, had switched its loyalties to the BJP. Congress party had fielded its senior leader Randeep Singh Surjewala who is national in charge of party’s communication wing. Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala’s newly formed outfit Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) had supported Digvijay Chautala and it was first election for the newly formed outfit. State’s main opposition party INLD had nominated a local politician Umed Redhu and the election was made an prestige issue by the INLD leader Abhay Chautala who wanted to secure decent share of votes compared to his estranged nephews.

Though the tenure of elected candidate would be only for around eight months, the result of the byelection is likely to have a deep impact on the upcoming parliamentary and state assembly elections slated this year.

Source: Times of India