The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Vimla Batham, 62, won the Noida assembly bypoll by a margin of massive margin of 58,952 votes on Tuesday.
Bypolls to the seat along with 10 other assembly constituencies of Uttar Pradesh were held on Saturday. After a humiliating performance in the parliamentary elections, the ruling Samajwadi Party registered a turnaround, winning seven seats. The BJP, however, retained Noida, earlier held by Dr Mahesh Sharma. He had resigned from the assembly seat after being elected an MP on the party ticket from Gautam Budh Nagar constituency, of which Noida is a part.
Batham, an industrialist, polled 100,433 votes, defeating her nearest rival Kajal Sharma of the Samajwadi Party (SP), who secured 41,481 votes. The Congress’ Rajendra Awana stood third with 17,212 votes.
Batham’s victory has brought cheer to party workers in the town.
After winning the seat, Batham said she would do her best to make Noida a better city to live in. “I will do my best to live up to the expectations of people, who have voted for me. It is not my victory. It is the victory of the people who have entrusted this responsibility to me. Safety of women tops my priority list,” said Batham, who has been serving the BJP for the past 25 years in different roles.