[CPI-M workers celebrate election victory after counting of votes today on Tuesday]
Bhopal/Agartala: The ruling CPI-M in Tripura Tuesday won the two Assembly seats, Barjala (SC) and Khowai, by defeating Congress and TMC candidates respecitively whereas early trends after counting in the Nepanagar assembly and Shahdol Lok Sabha bypolls in Madhya Pradesh showed that BJP candidates are leading.
While Manju Dadu was leading by a margin of over 10,000 votes in Nepanagar assembly seat, BJP nominee and tribal leader Gyan Singh is leading by a margin of 12,000 votes in the Shahdol Lok Sabha bypolls in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, according to PTI.
In Nepanagar, 71.25 per cent polling was recorded on November 19. Dadu is the daughter of late MLA Rajendra Shyamlal Dadu whose death in an accident necessitated the by-poll.
Congress has reposed faith in tribal leader Antar Singh Barde in the reserved seat (ST), where four candidates are in the fray.
The trends started pouring in after counting began around 8 AM for both the LS as well as the assembly seat (Nepanagar) in Madhya Pradesh.
In Shahdol (reserved ST seat), Congress has fielded Himadri Singh, daughter of former Union Minister Dalbir Singh and ex-MP Rajesh Nandini Singh.
The Shahdol bypoll was necessitated due to the death of BJP MP Dalpat Singh Paraste who had wrested the seat from Congress's Rajesh Nandini Singh in 2014.
Gyan Singh, a senior minister in Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's cabinet had won the Shahdol seat in 1996 and 1998.
In Tripura, CPI-M candidate Jhumu Sarkar trounced his nearest BJP rival Shistamohan Das by a margin of 3,374 votes in Barjala (SC) constituency. CPI-M secured 15,769 votes, while BJP garnered 12,395 votes.
By-poll in the constituency was necessitated due to the resignation of Congress MLA Jitendra Sarkar in June last.
Congress secured only 804 votes, while Trinamool Congress (TMC) 5,629 votes, PTI reported today.
In Khowai constituency, CPI-M candidate Biswajit Datta trounced his nearest TMC candidate Manoj Das by a margin of 16,047 votes. CPI-M secured 24810 votes and TMC 8763 votes.
The seat fell vacant due to death of CPI-M MLA Samir Deb Sarkar, a veteran party leader.
The opposition Congress candidate, who secured 13859 votes in the last Assembly elections in 2013, secured only 696 votes in this election.
Congress suffered a split in June last when six legislators resigned from the party and joined TMC.