BJP consolidates lead in Bastar Lok Sabha seat (Lead)May 13th, 2011 - 1:56 pm ICT by IANS
Raipur, May 13 (IANS) Chhattisgarh’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Dinesh Kashyap Friday consolidated his lead over Kawasi Lakhma of the Congress in the Bastar Lok Sabha seat. He was leading by over 35,000 votes after the end of the fourth round of counting.
The Congress candidate left the counting site after his deficit rose from 7,200 votes after the first round of counting to over 35,000 votes when the vote count of the fourth round ended.
The BJP state headquarters — Ekatm Parisar — wore a festive look.
However, Congress leader Ajit Jogi, who commanded the Bastar campaign for the party, said “the BJP seems to be winning due to wide misuse of money power and government machinery”.
The BJP has won the Scheduled Tribe reserved seat continuously since 1998. The by-election was caused by the death of BJP’s tribal leader Baliram Kashyap. His son is the BJP nominee.
There were eight candidates in the fray in Bastar, a Maoist bastion.
Polling took place May 8.