In a recent announcement made by the election commission it has been announced that the BJP has marked a phenomenal victory on the Shahdol Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh by a margin of 60,383 votes. Leaded by the BJP nominee and tribal leader Gyan Singh, BJP was leading the vote count by a margin of around 12,000 votes since hours before the final results were announced.
Competing with Gyan Singh in Shahdol (reserved ST seat), Congress has nominated Himadri Singh, daughter of former Union Minister Dalbir Singh. The Shahdol bypoll election was necessitated following the death of BJP MP Dalpat Singh, who then wrested the seat from Rajesh Nandini (Congress) in 2014.
Gyan Singh has also served as a senior minister in the cabinet of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and had won the Shahdol assembly seat in 1996 and 1998.
The counting of votes for the bypoll election 2016 in four Lok Sabha and nine Assembly seats is underway since morning and the results for the remaining constituencies are scheduled to be announced soon. The current bypoll election is touted to be the first test for the BJP government since it has announced the demonetisation drive. Comprising of six states and one Union Territory where the elections held on Saturday, so far the results have been moderate for all the major parties of the country.
The bypoll election were conducted for three assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu, two in Tripura and one each in Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal and the union territory of Puducherry.
In the last update from the election commission today, BJP was leading in Assam with 24,312 votes on Lakhimpur Lok Sabha seat followed by Congress with 12,484 votes.