BJP wins Lok Sabha by-poll in Madhya Pradesh

April 16th, 2008 - 4:23 pm ICT by admin  


Bhopal, April 16 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday won the Betul Lok Sabha by-election by a margin of over 35,000 votes, officials said. BJP’s Hemant Khandelwal bagged 300,674 votes, while his Congress rival Sukhdev Panse managed to win 265,234 votes in the by-election held Saturday.

The Election Commission is to make official announcement in the evening.

Counting of votes started at 8 a.m. at Betul and Harda towns amid tight security and the results are expected by 4 p.m.

About 60.53 percent of the 1.1 million electorate exercised their franchise at 1,219 polling centres to decide the fate of 14 candidates in the fray.

The by-poll was necessitated after BJP’s Vijay Khandelwal passed away last November.

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