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Congress leads in Maharashtra by-polls

According to initial reports, the Congress and Shiv Sena were neck-and-neck as counting of votes progressed in Rajapur.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 11:28 IST

The Congress has established a comfortable lead in all the three Assembly constituencies, where counting of votes for the January 21 by-elections began on Tuesday morning.

The constituencies are Vengurla, Rajapur and Sangameshwar in the Konkan region.

According to initial reports, the Congress and Shiv Sena were neck-and-neck as counting of votes progressed in Rajapur.

Congress candidate Ganpat Kadam was leading by a margin of 770 votes over his nearest Sena rival Rajan Salvi, who had been in the lead till the fourth round.

Kadam had secured 18,645 votes and Salvi 17,875 votes, while BJP rebel Madadeo Gothankar polled mere 1,548 votes so far.

In Vengurla, Shankar Kambli of Congress had taken a comfortable lead of 22,545 votes by getting 26,656 votes over his nearest rival Ramesh Naik of Shiv Sena, who polled 4,111 votes.

In Sangameshwar, Congress candidate Subhash Bane polled 12,822 and Sena candidate Ravindra Mane polled 8,351 votes getting a lead of 4,471 votes.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 09:39 IST