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Kairana by election result 2018 highlights: Tabassum Hassan celebrates; big embarassment for Yogi Adityanath, Modi, Shah

Kairana by election result 2018 highlights: What appeared to be a close battle between BJP candidate Mriganka Singh and RLD candidate Tabassum Hasan in Kairana by polls has turned into a one-way traffic with RLD taking a massive lead.

Kairana by-election result 2018 LIVE: The by-polls were held on May 28.

Kairana by election result 2018 highlights: What appeared to be a close battle between BJP candidate Mriganka Singh and RLD candidate Tabassum Hasan in Kairana by polls has turned into a one-way traffic with RLD registering a comfortable win. Mriganka Singh while conceding the defeat said that many voters did vote for BJP but with a lead of some thousand votes alliance has won. “I would like to congratulate the candidate. The alliance has emerged strong and now we have to prepare better for future,” she said. The counting had started at 8 AM on Thursday for Kairana by-elections which were held on May 28 after the seat fell vacant due to the death of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Hukum Singh.

Mriganka had also contested the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls from Kairana Assembly seat but lost to Samajwadi Party’s Nahid Hasan by over 21,000 votes. Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have joined hands to defeat BJP and came up with Tabassum Hasan as their candidate. Other parties like Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Congress did not contest in the bypoll to prevent split of votes.

Both Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal, as well as the ruling BJP, had raised claims of electronic voting machines (EVM) tampering at polling booths in Kairana after which the election commission had ordered a re-polling. The repolling began on Wednesday at 7 AM and went in till 5 PM in 23 polling stations at Nakur, 44 in Gangoh and one station at Thana Bhawan in Saharanpur and five in Shamli.

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Here are Kairana Lok Sabha by election result 2018 highlights:

15:38 (IST)31 May 2018
Akhilesh Yadav says BJP got befitting reply

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav congratulated people who voted for his party. He said that people have given BJP a befitting reply. “I want to congratulate all the people who voted for us. This is a defeat for those who do not believe in the democracy. People have given a befitting reply to the BJP,” Yadav said.

(Source: ANI)
14:30 (IST)31 May 2018
BJP’s Kairana candidate Mriganka Singh concedes defeat

Many voters did vote for BJP but with a lead of some thousand votes alliance has won. I would like to congratulate the candidate. The alliance has emerged strong and now we have to prepare better for future: Mriganka Singh, BJP Kairana candidate

13:59 (IST)31 May 2018
RLD Jayant Chaudhary speaks after Kairana bypoll win

“Would like to thank all parties who supported us, thank Akhilesh ji, Mayawati ji, Rahul ji, Sonia ji, CPIM, AAP and others. Jinnah hara, Ganna jeeta,” said RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary on RLD leading in Kairana LS bypoll.

13:13 (IST)31 May 2018
Kejriwal hits out

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a tweet, says that people of India are voting against Narendra Modi

13:08 (IST)31 May 2018
Latest vote count

As per the latest update, Tabassum Hasan has polled 2,31,965 votes while her nearest rival, BJP’s Mriganka Singh has got 1,94,875 votes till now, the election office said.

12:21 (IST)31 May 2018
Who is Tabassum Hasan?

The RLD leader had fought her first election in 2009 Lok Sabha election on BSP ticket after the death of her husband in a car crash in Haryana. Munawwar Hasan, her husband, was a popular leader in Kairana and had many close battles with Hukum Singh. In 2014, Tabassum stepped aside from the seat and her son Nahid fought the election on a Samajwadi Party ticket against Hukum Singh.

READ | Who is Tabassum Hasan?

11:44 (IST)31 May 2018
Tabassum Hasan heading towards massive win

At the end of the 13rth round, RLD’s Tabassum Hasan is leading by 41391 votes over BJP’s Mriganka Singh. She is heading towards a massive win and should end up giving BJP a major setback.

11:25 (IST)31 May 2018
Tabassum Hasan says path clear for united opposition

“This is the victory of truth. I still stand by what I said, there has been a conspiracy and we do not want any future elections to be conducted on EVM machines. The path for the united opposition is clear in 2019”: RLD’s Tabassum Hasan on her lead in trends of Kairana Lok Sabha by-poll.

11:09 (IST)31 May 2018
BJP buried?

Tabassum Hasan while talking about her massive lead in Kairana said that people voted for her because they wanted to bury BJP. She said that it is the time for celebrations.

11:04 (IST)31 May 2018

Last week the Bahujan Samaj Party had a meeting and a senior leader who attended was quoted as saying by The Indian Express, “Behenji has asked us to work to defeat the BJP. But she has not asked us to support any particular candidate. Hence, no directive has been given to party cadres, and supporters are free to choose the candidate they want to support.”

10:45 (IST)31 May 2018
RLD extends lead

Rashtriya Lok Dal has extended its lead in Kairana. The party is now leading over 55,000 votes. There might be initial trends but it would take a lot from BJP to cover this kind of gap.

10:35 (IST)31 May 2018
Jats and Gujjars to play important role

Jats and Gujjars can play a deciding role in Kairana by election. Jats and Gujjars have about 1.5 lakh votes each. A large section of Gujjars, Kashyaps, Vaishyas, and Saini voters support the BJP. But it is the Jat vote that is going to be significant.

10:19 (IST)31 May 2018
‘EVMs dangerous for democracy’

While addressing the media ahead of Kairana by-election result 2018, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav termed as a “dangerous trend for democracy” EVMs developing snags in “areas having SP and RLD influence” and demanded that all future elections be conducted through paper ballots. “Complaints in large numbers have been received of EVMs and VVPAT developing snags in areas where SP and RLD have good influence during yesterday’s polling…it seems as if this has been done as part of a design,” he had said.

09:54 (IST)31 May 2018
RLD leads by 25,000 votes

Things are not looking good for Bharatiya Janata Party in Kairana as RLD has taken a lead of over 25,000 votes. BJP had made extra efforts to retain the seat after its loss in Gorakhpur and Phulpur.

09:42 (IST)31 May 2018
Tehnical issues reported

Reports of technical issues while counting has emerged from Uttar Pradesh. Technical problem was faced during counting of votes with counting postal ballots in both Kairana and Noorpur.

09:32 (IST)31 May 2018
RLD takes lead

As per the latest reports, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate is now behind in Kairana. It is being reported that RLD candidate Tabassum Hasan has not only taken the lead but is ahead by over 12,000 votes.

09:24 (IST)31 May 2018
Close contest in first round

Indra Vijay Singh, Collector, Shamli told media that at the end of first round BJP’s Mriganka Singh is 46 votes ahead of Tabassum Hasan. “First round of counting is completed, tabulation is underway, RLD candidate Tabassum Hasan has received 3700 votes and BJP’s Mriganka Singh has received 3746 votes,” he said.

09:21 (IST)31 May 2018
SP leads in Noorpur

An interesting battle is going on in the other part of Uttar Pradesh. In Noorpur, Samajwadi party has taken a lead of over 4000 votes as per the early trends.

09:07 (IST)31 May 2018

Apart from Kairana, repolling was also held in one of the election booths in Nagaland. It registered 44.68% turnout. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had declared the votes cast at Kubza polling station in Aonglenden Assembly segment of Mokokchung district as “void” after receiving reports of mob violence.”Around 70-80 people came to the polling station and forcefully smashed the ballot unit and control unit. However, the VVPAT was reportedly not harmed,” an Election Commission official said, adding that seven people have been arrested so far in connection with the violence.

08:57 (IST)31 May 2018
EC seeks report from UP CEO L Venkateshwar Lu

The Election Commission has sought a report from Uttar Pradesh CEO L Venkateshwar Lu, and the returning officers of Kairana and Noorpur seats. The CEO said that several complaints were reported of faulty VVPATs since the start of voting on Monday. A total of 384 VVPATs were changed after the faults came to light during voting.

08:43 (IST)31 May 2018
Why Kairana is important for BJP?

The ruling BJP would want to break its losing streak this year in Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha bypolls. Earlier this yeark, it had lost Gorakhpur and Phulpur seats in March after they fell vacant when UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya resigned after entering the UP legislative council. Meanwhile, the opposition would be hoping to consolidate the anti-BJP vote by repeating the success in Gorakhpur and Phulpur bye-elections.

08:33 (IST)31 May 2018
RLD takes early lead

The early trends have started to come in. In Kairana, RLD is leading as per early trends while in Noorpur, the Bharatiya Janata Party is ahead. From Kairana, Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Tabassum Hasan is contesting for RLD. She is also supported by the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.

08:21 (IST)31 May 2018
Big test for BJP

The Kairana by-election is more important for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a win today will prove that it hasn’t lost the magic of previous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. For the combined Opposition, on the other hand, it is about challenging BJP and set the tone for next year’s general elections.

08:13 (IST)31 May 2018
Tight security in place

Here are the latest visuals from Kairana where counting is taking place. Tight security arrangements have been made for counting of votes:

(Source: ANI)
08:07 (IST)31 May 2018
Couting of votes begins

The counting of votes for Kairana by-election has started. First, the postal ballot votes will be counted and then the other votes will be counted. Mriganka Singh is contesting against Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Tabassum Hasan, who is also supported by the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.

07:55 (IST)31 May 2018
Counting in Chengannur

Meanwhile, counting of votes will also take place in Chengannur. A total of around 73 per cent people voted in the bypolls. Chengannur went to polls due to the death of CPM legislator KK Ramachandra Nair in January. The Candidates fighting in the bypolls include CPM’s Saji Cheriyan, D Vijaykumar from Congress and PS Sreedharan Pillai from BJP.

FOLLOW | Chengannur by-election result 2018 LIVE

07:34 (IST)31 May 2018
Why Kairana had by-election?

The bye-election in Kairana was needed after it fell vacant after the death of BJP MP Hukum Singh. His daughter Mriganka Singh is Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate in the bypoll and is contesting against Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Tabassum Hasan, who is also supported by the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.

07:17 (IST)31 May 2018
61 pct voting in repolling

Repolling was conducted in 79 booths in Kairana Lok Sabha constituency on Wednesday with an estimated voter turn out of 61 per cent. Around 80,000 voters were eligible to cast their votes at the booths where the repolling was held.

On May 30, re-polling was done in 73 polling booths of kairana Lok Sabha Constituency, and a 48 per cent turnout was recorded till 3PM. The Election Commission ordered repolling in the constituency because of reports of faulty EVM machines that were discovered on May 28. Ruling party BJP as well as opposition RJD and Samajwadi Party alleged faulty EVMs and VVPATs here. Kairana Lok Sabha Constituency is home to around 12 lakh electorates.

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