BJP candidate Shobha Rani Kushwaha was leading by 22,602 votes after ten rounds of counting in the Dholpur assembly bypoll in Rajasthan. (LIVE UPDATES)
“The BJP candidate has secured 47,951 votes while the votes of Congress candidate Banwari Lal Sharma are 25,349,” according to the state election commission.
A total of 74,742 votes have been counted in ten rounds and counting is on amid tight security arrangements.
BJP leaders are giving credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Vasundhara Raje. Congress, however, is questioning the credibility of EVM machines.
Parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Rathore and health minister Kalicharan Saraf said that the election was contested on the development agenda and voters have given their mandate in favour of the party.
“Development was our agenda and the trends have indicated that the people voted for the development,” Rathore, who along with other leaders did intensive campaigning in Dholpur, said.
Saraf said that people of Dholpur have voted for development and the party is going to win the seat.
“The election was contested under the leadership of the chief minister and we are going to win the seat,” he said.
Enthusiastic workers gathered at the party headquarters in Dholpur and congratulated each other.
“The impact of the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Vasundhara Raje is visible in the election. People have voted for them. The party won Uttar Pradesh elections recently and this also had an impact in Dholpur by-election,” the party MLA Alka Singh said.
Khadi Board chairman Shambhu Dayal Badgujar said that the trends were a very clear indication that people have once again expressed faith in the leadership of the Prime Minister and the CM.
Badgujar along with his supporters congratulated the party leadership.
On the other hand, Congress leader and former MLA Pratap Singh questioned the credibility of EVM machines.
“There are only trends and the result has not been announced so far. The chief minister herself stayed in Dholpur after the campaigning got over which was in violation of the rules of the election commission.”
“The BJP misused the government machinery and the party wanted to win the election anyhow. The credibility of EVM machines is also in question,” Singh said.
In the 2013 assembly elections, BSP candidate B L Kushwaha had won the seat by defeating Congress candidate Banwari Lal Sharma by a margin of 9,209 votes.
BJP candidate (Abdul Sagir Khan) was in the third position by securing 35,351 votes.
The bypoll was necessitated following disqualification of BSP legislator BL Kushwaha in a murder case. BJP surprised observers by pitting his wife Shobha Rani as the party’s candidate against Congress veteran leader Banwari Lal Sharma.
As many as 15 candidates, including 12 independents were in the fray for the bypoll.
Voting took place on April 9.