Mumbai: Rajendra Gavit of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has won the Palghar Lok Sabha seat by 29,574 votes, according to the result announced by the state election commission today afternoon.
Gavit secured 272,780 votes and defeated Shiv Sena candidate Srinivas Chintaman Vanga who got 243,206 votes. Baliram Sukur Jadhav of BVA got 222, 837 votes whereas Damodar Barku Shingada of Congress could get just 47,713 votes.
Elsewhere in Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate has won the Bhandara–Gondiya Lok Sabha constituency whereas Congress' Vishwajeet Patangrao Kadam has been elected unopposed from Maharashtra's Palus Kadegaon Assembly constituency.
12:30 pm Rajendra Gavit of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), has further consolidated his lead and is set to a comfortable win in Palghar where counting of votes is still underway.
According to the trends at 12:30 pm, Gavit is leading by 22,000 votes after 16th round of counting. He is contesting against Shiv Sena candidate Srinivas Chintaman Vanga and Congress-NCP joint candidate Damodar Barku Shingada.
11:15 am Rajendra Gavit of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), has further consolidated his lead and is set to a comfortable win in Palghar where counting of votes is still underway.
According to the trends at 11:15 am, Gavit is leading by 17,417 votes after the 7th round of counting. He is contesting against Shiv Sena candidate Srinivas Chintaman Vanga and Congress-NCP joint candidate Damodar Barku Shingada.
10:0 am Rajendra Gavit of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), a Congressman who switched over to the Saffron party ahead of the Palghar bypoll, is leading by over 6000 votes, according to the trends at 10:00 am.
09:45 am BJP candidate Gavit, a former Congressman, is leading in Palghar by some 150 votes. Gavit polled 11,236 votes, followed by the BVA candidate Baliram Sukur Jadhav who has polled 11,090 votes after first round of vote count. Shiv Sena candidate is at the 3rd place with 8,190 votes and the Congress is trailing at fourth place with 1,756 votes.
09:15 am Counting of votes in Palghar has begun an according to trends at 09:15 am, BJP's Rajendra Gavit is leading his rivals from Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP combine. Counting of votes is underway.
08:15 am Counting of votes in Palghar where by elections were held on Monday started today morning at about 08:15 am amid tight security. Leads and trends expected in a while.
02:15 am Counting of votes in Palghar where by election was held on Monday will start today morning at 08:00 am. Though the final result will be declared by today afternoon, trends are expected to emerge by 09:00 in the morning today when the first round of counting is expected to end.
The election commission is taking all efforts for the smooth counting process. Additional security arrangements have been made at the counting centre, and except the candidates and their polling agents, entry will be restricted for the general public.
The by election to Palghar Lok Sabha seat has been necessitated because of the death of sitting BJP MP Chintaman Wanga's death on January 30. Palghar Lok Seat in the north Konkan region of Maharashtra is reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates.
The election saw a triangular contest between BJP, Shiv Sena and Congress-NCP alliance. The BJP candidate from Palghar Lok Sabha constituency is Rajendra Gavit - a former Congressman who defected ahead of the bypoll. Shiv Sena has fielded Srinivas Chintaman Vanga, son of former BJP MP Chintaman Vanga who crossed over to Sena after failing to get BJP ticket.
On the other hand, the Congress has fielded Damodar Barku Shingada, a five-time member of the Lok Sabha, in the Palghar 2018 by election. The NCP has extended its support to Congress candidate Damodar.
Voting was held on May 28 for bye-elections to four Lok Sabha seats – Kairana, Bhandara-Gondiya, Nagaland and Palghar and also for 11 assembly seats. Palghar had recorded a poll percentage of 46.
The run up to the Palghar by election saw a bitter campaign, with Shiv Sena releasing the audio tape of Devendra Fadnavis in which the Maharashtra Chief Minister reportedly vowed to retain the seat "at any cost".
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