MP bypoll: Congress retains Chitrakoot seat flooring BJP by over 14000 votes

Chitrakoot by-election Congress leads

The Congress on Sunday retained the Chitrakoot Assembly seat in Madhya Pradesh by defeating the BJP in the by-poll by a margin of 14,333 votes.

Around 65 per cent voting was recorded in the bypoll necessitated following the death of sitting Congress MLA Prem Singh (65). He had won the Chitrakoot seat thrice - in 1998, 2003 and 2013.

According to the Newspaper, The CM addressed 23 public meetings, his road shows travelled through 68 villages and he camped on ground zero for the last three days of campaigning. The by-elections of Satna district of Madhya Pradesh Chitrakoot Assembly held on 9th November 2017.

At least 257 polling booths with VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines were set up for the elections. The final results were declared after 19 rounds of counting. Though 12 candidates were in the fray, the main contest in the bypoll was between Chaturvedi and Tripathi. However, BJP and Congress were under the spotlight.


Meanwhile, Members of Congress celebrated outside MP Congress Committee as its candidate Nilanshu Chaturvedi leads in by-poll. "Chitrakoot is a traditional Congress seat".

Congress spokesperson Rajdeep Surjewala took to Twitter to express his delight over the win and wrote, "The winds of change are in the air".

Political observers feel that former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh's absence from the by-election arena helped the Congress in winning the election.

State BJP president Nand Kumar Chouhan shared the Chief Minister's view, saying that barring the 2008 Assembly elections the Chitrakoot seat has remained with Congress since Independence.

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