Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha byelection result 2018 highlights: NCP candidate Madhukar Kukade today won in the Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha bypoll by defeating his nearest BJP rival Hemant Patle by over 2,000 votes. The constituency comprises six assembly segments and has a total 17.6 lakh voters. The total voter turnout was 40%, much lower than previous two Lok Sabha polls.
The bypoll was necessitated after the resignation of sitting BJP MP Nana Patole in December 2017, who left the saffron party to join the Congress. He had won the last elections with 50.62 per cent votes. In this by-election, BJP had fielded former MLA Hemant Patel while NCP had fielded Madhukar Kukde, after forming as alliance with Congress, RPI and Piripa. Apart from them, there were eight independent candidates in the fray.
The voting for Bhandara-Gondia by-poll was marred by controversy over faulty EVMs and VVPATs. Political parties demanded re-election as well, but it did not happen.