BJP demolishes Cong fort in Rohroo, looses Jawali to rival
By-elections to two seats in Himachal Pradesh today threw a mixed result with both Congress and BJP winning one seat each.india Updated: Nov 10, 2009 15:01 IST
By-elections to two seats in Himachal Pradesh today threw a mixed result with both Congress and BJP winning one seat each.
While ruling BJP wrested Rohroo assembly seat in Shimla district from the Congress, it conceded Jawali in Kangra district to the latter in the bypoll held on November 7.
BJP's Khushiram Balnatah defeated his Congress rival Manjit Singh Thakur in Rohroo by a margin of 8473 votes, state election office sources said.
In Jawali, former state minister and Congress nominee Sujan Singh Pathania trounced saffron party's Chaudhary Baldev Raj by 5249 votes.
BJP created history in Rohroo by demolishing the Congress hold after 35 years. Rohroo was considered a pocket borough of Union Steel Minister Vibhadra Singh, who represented the constituency for 19 years before moving to Delhi.
Rohroo located in rural Shimla includes Singh's earstwhile Bushare royalty. The seat has been reserved from the next election on the recommendations of the delimitation committee.