Virbhadra Singh wins Himachal’s Mandi seat

May 16th, 2009 - 4:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Shimla, May 16 (IANS) Virbhadra Singh of the Congress has won Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi parliamentary constituency, a poll official said Saturday.
The five-time chief minister defeated his nearest rival Maheshwar Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by 13,997 votes, state chief electoral officer Anil Khachi told IANS.

Virbhadra Singh bagged 340,973 votes and Maheshwar Singh got 326,976 votes.

The Congress leader belongs to the erstwhile royal family of Bushehr, while the BJP nominee is the scion of the erstwhile ruling family of Kullu.

Pratibha Singh, the wife of Virbhadra Singh, had defeated Maheshwar Singh in the 2004 poll by 66,566 votes.

This constituency saw the maximum voter turnout of 64 percent when the state went to the polls May 13.

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