Bypoll results LIVE: Modi, Shah get wake-up call from Kairana before 2019

Bhandara: Voters stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during Bhandara-Gondia Loksabha by-elections, in Bhandara district of Maharashtra, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (PTI Photo) 
Bypoll results 2018 will be out in a few hours as counting of votes for by-elections to four Lok Sabha seats and 10 Assembly constituencies will be held on Thursday.  

The Lok Sabha seats that went to polls are Palghar and Bhandara-Gondiya in Maharashtra, the politically-crucial Kairana Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh, and the Nagaland parliamentary constituency.

Further, by-elections were held in the Legislative Assemblies of Shahkot (Punjab), Tharali (Uttarakhand), Ampati (Meghalaya), Chengannur (Kerala), Jokihat (Bihar), Gomia (Jharkhand), Silli (Jharkhand), Maheshtala (West Bengal), Noorpur (Uttar Pradesh), and Palus Kadegaon (Maharashtra). 

The Kairana results, in particular, will also serve as a test case for a united Opposition against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Kairana bypoll is also significant as it will test the ruling BJP's popularity in the electorally crucial state of Uttar Pradesh a year ahead of the 2019 general elections.   

In Kairana, BJP's Mriganka Singh is fighting against Rashtriya Lok Dal's (RLD's) Tabassum Hasan, who is supported by the Congress, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). 

Most importantly, the outcome in Kairana will either see the BJP break its losing streak this year in Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha bypolls or hand over a hat-trick to the Opposition.   

The bye-elections were marred by complaints of malfunctioning electronic voting machines (EVMs), which the Election Commission (EC) had to replace at certain places. Subsequently, repolling was held at several booths on Wednesday.    

3:09 PM IST Congress wrests Akali Dal stronghold by huge margin   Punjab's ruling Congress won the Shahkot Assembly seat on Thursday by a huge margin of over 38,800 votes, wresting the seat from the Shiromani Akali Dal after over 20 years.

3:06 PM IST Congress, NCP celebrate victory in Bhandara-Gondiya bypoll Maharashtra: Congress and NCP workers celebrate in Bhandara after NCP wins from Bhandara-Gondiya bypoll Lok Sabha constituency pic.twitter.com/QLEi3CfPhw — ANI (@ANI) May 31, 2018

2:59 PM IST RJD's Jayant Chaudhary thanks Akhilesh, Mayawati, Rahul for party's win in Kairana Would like to thank all parties who supported us, thank Akhilesh ji, Mayawati ji, Rahul ji, Sonia ji, CPIM, AAP and others. Jinnah hara, Ganna jeeta: Jayant Chaudhary,RLD on RLD leading in Kairana LS bypoll pic.twitter.com/fULDwDHDCb — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 31, 2018

2:54 PM IST BJP's Mriganka Singh accepts defeat in Kairana, says alliance has "emerged strong" Many voters did vote for BJP but with a lead of some thousand votes alliance has won. I would like to congratulate the candidate. The alliance has emerged strong and now we have to prepare better for future: Mriganka Singh, BJP Kairana candidate pic.twitter.com/yRbPc2g72Y — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 31, 2018

2:50 PM IST RLD's Begum Tabassum Hasan has won the Kairana Lok Sabha seat in UP, according to reports. She had the backing of Congress, Samajwadi Party and BSP. 

2:44 PM IST Kairana has a loud message for Modi-Shah before 2019   The Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll result has yet again underlined the challenge that Narendra Modi-Amit Shah combine is set to face in 2019 against a united Opposition. The BJP’s loss here is seen as yet another dent in the invincibility cloak of Prime Minister Modi and party chief Shah.   With the BJP likely to struggle a repeat of its 2014 performance in much of northern India, the Kairana loss puts into sharper focus Shah’s efforts at expanding the party in areas beyond the Vindhyas and Chota Nagpur plateau, and make inroads in the Coromandel coast states.   Read the full article here

2:31 PM IST Congress candidate and daughter of former Meghalaya CM Miani D Shira wins Ampati seat.  Congress candidate Miani D Shira wins Ampati seat in #Meghalaya. She is the daughter of Former CM and Congress leader Mukul Sangma pic.twitter.com/fLkwk9SVrp — ANI (@ANI) May 31, 2018

2:28 PM IST BJP wins Palghar bypoll Lok Sabha constituency. BJP wins Palghar bypoll Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra by 29572 votes. pic.twitter.com/8uiJAliSCr — ANI (@ANI) May 31, 2018

2:26 PM IST AJSU had to face a major embarrassment in Jharkhand's Silli seat as its chief and former state Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahto lost to JMM's Seema Mahto by 13,000 votes.   

2:22 PM IST In Jharkhand's Gomia, JMM's candidate Babita Devi defeated AJSU nominee Lambodar Mahto by 1300 votes while BJP's nominee Madhavlal Singh stood third on the seat.

2:20 PM IST JMM retains Silli and Gomia assembly seats in Jharkhand JMM retained both Silli and Gomia assembly seats in the by-election, state Chief Electoral Officer L Khiangte said.

1:58 PM IST RJD on Thursday won the Jokihat Assembly seat, defeating JD(U) by a huge margin of 41,000 votes.    RJD candidate Shahnawaz Alam defeated JD(U)'s Murshid Alam by over 41,000 votes, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Baiju Nath Kumar said.    Jokihat seat, which is located in the Muslim-dominated Araria district of Bihar, was held by JD(U) during the 2015 state elections.  

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Punjab's ruling Congress won the Shahkot Assembly seat on Thursday by a huge margin of over 38,800 votes, wresting the seat from the Shiromani Akali Dal after over 20 years.
Congress, NCP celebrate victory in Bhandara-Gondiya bypoll
RJD's Jayant Chaudhary thanks Akhilesh, Mayawati, Rahul for party's win in Kairana
BJP's Mriganka Singh accepts defeat in Kairana, says alliance has "emerged strong"

RLD's Begum Tabassum Hasan has won the Kairana Lok Sabha seat in UP, according to reports. She had the backing of Congress, Samajwadi Party and BSP. 
Kairana has a loud message for Modi-Shah before 2019
 
The Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll result has yet again underlined the challenge that Narendra Modi-Amit Shah combine is set to face in 2019 against a united Opposition. The BJP’s loss here is seen as yet another dent in the invincibility cloak of Prime Minister Modi and party chief Shah.
 
With the BJP likely to struggle a repeat of its 2014 performance in much of northern India, the Kairana loss puts into sharper focus Shah’s efforts at expanding the party in areas beyond the Vindhyas and Chota Nagpur plateau, and make inroads in the Coromandel coast states.
 
Congress candidate and daughter of former Meghalaya CM Miani D Shira wins Ampati seat. 
BJP wins Palghar bypoll Lok Sabha constituency.


AJSU had to face a major embarrassment in Jharkhand's Silli seat as its chief and former state Deputy Chief Minister Sudesh Mahto lost to JMM's Seema Mahto by 13,000 votes. 
 
In Jharkhand's Gomia, JMM's candidate Babita Devi defeated AJSU nominee Lambodar Mahto by 1300 votes while BJP's nominee Madhavlal Singh stood third on the seat.
JMM retains Silli and Gomia assembly seats in Jharkhand

JMM retained both Silli and Gomia assembly seats in the by-election, state Chief Electoral Officer L Khiangte said.
RJD on Thursday won the Jokihat Assembly seat, defeating JD(U) by a huge margin of 41,000 votes. 
 
RJD candidate Shahnawaz Alam defeated JD(U)'s Murshid Alam by over 41,000 votes, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Baiju Nath Kumar said. 
 
Jokihat seat, which is located in the Muslim-dominated Araria district of Bihar, was held by JD(U) during the 2015 state elections.  
In the Bhandara-Gondiya constituency, BJP candidate Hemant Patle, who was leading in the earlier rounds of counting, suddenly fell behind at 94,000 votes, while Nationalist Congress Party's Madhukar Kukde remained ahead with a tally of over 103,000 votes.
The ruling BJP in Maharashtra was leading in Palghar but trailing in the Bhandara-Gondiya constituency as counting progressed in the May 28 Lok Sabha bypolls on Thursday.
 
In the available vote-count figures at 1 pm, BJP candidate in Palghar, Rajendra Gavit, notched up over 263,000 votes while his nearest Shiv Sena rival Shriniwas Vanga was trailing at around 237,000 votes.
 
They were followed by the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi's Baliram Jadhav at 208,000 votes and Congress's Damodar Shingada was at a distant fourth position with 47,000 votes. 
Congress on Thursday won the Shahkot Assembly bypoll seat in Punjab.


The BJP on Thursday won the Tharali bypoll Assembly seat in Uttarakhand.


Uttar Pradesh's ruling BJP on Thursday stared at a major electoral upset with the joint Opposition candidate, RLD's Tabassum Hasan, leading by over 39,000 votes in the Kairana Lok Sabha constituency. 
 
Hasan, supported by the Congress, SP and the BSP, established an early lead over BJP's Mriganka Singh right from the beginning to establish an almost invincible lead by noon. After 17 rounds of counting, Hasan polled 321,311 votes, while Mriganka Singh got 282,289 votes, the election office said. 
Kerala's ruling CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front's (LDF's) Saji Cheriyan on Thursday won the Chengannur Assembly bypoll by a huge margin of 20,956 votes over his nearest Congress rival, officials said. According to the Chief Electoral Office, Cheriyan polled 67,303 votes while the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate D Vijaykumar got 46,347 votes and BJP's P S Sreedharan Pillai came third with 35,270 votes. 
Remarking on his party's performance in the Jokihat Assembly bypoll, RJD's Tejashwi Yadav said, "The number of votes JD(U) got is less than our victory margin. People of Bihar are continuing to avenge the U-turn taken by Nitish Kumar." 


The opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is set to wrest an Assembly seat from the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) in Bihar where it was leading by over 34,000 votes, officials said on Thursday.
 
After trailing in the initial round of counting, the RJD established a comfortable lead of over 31,000 against JD-U in the bypolls to the Jokihat Assembly seat in Bihar on Thursday, according to the Election Commission officials. 
The Samajwadi Party on Thursday won the Noorpur Assembly by-poll by 6,211 votes.


CPI-M was leading with 20,956 votes from the Chengannur Assembly seat, according to news agency ANI.
After the 16th round of counting in the Palghar Lok Sabha seat, BJP's Gavit Rajendra Dhedya was leading by 22,000 votes. 


CPI-M candidate Saji Cherian, with a lead of around 12,000 votes as counting crossd the halfway mark in the Chengannur Assembly bypoll in Kerala, was heading towards a comfortable victory on Thursday. 
JMM candidate Seema Mahto was leading over her rival, All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) President Sudesh Mahto, by 660 votes for the Silli Assembly bypoll, after the eighth round of counting. 
 
The votes would be counted over 15 rounds, an election official said.
BJP candidate Madhavlal Singh was leading over his nearest JMM rival Babita Devi by 8,700 votes after eight rounds of counting for the Gomia Assembly constituency bypoll in Jharkhand, EC sources said.
Akali Dal's Shahkot Assembly seat candidate Nayab Singh Kohar on Thursday told news agencies that the EVMs "were rigged".


In the Noorpur Assembly seat, the Samajwadi Party was leading by 10,208 votes after the 20th round of counting. 


In Kairana, after the 13th round of counting, RLD's Tabassum Hasan was leading by 41,391 votes over BJP's Mriganka Singh.


After the twelfth round of counting in the Palghar Lok Sabha seat, BJP's Gavit Rajendra Dhedya was leading by 19,742 votes. 


In Kairana, RLD's Tabassum Hasan was leading by over 26,925 votes over BJP's Mriganka Singh after the ninth round of counting.


After the ninth round of counting in Maharashtra's Palghar Lok Sabha seat, BJP's Gavit Rajendra Dhedya was leading by 17,843 votes over Shiv Sena's Shrinivas Chintaman Vanaga.


Congress' Miani D Shira on Thursday won from Meghalaya's Ampati Assembly constituency. 


On her lead for the Kairana Lok Sabha seat, RLD's Tabassum Hasan said, "This is the victory of truth. I still stand by what I said, there has been a conspiracy...." 
 
"We do not want any future elections to be conducted on EVM machines. The path for united Opposition is clear in 2019," she added.

After eight rounds of counting in Kairana, RLD's Tabassum Hasan was leading by over 19,900 votes over BJP's Mriganka Singh.


In Maharashtra, the BJP was leading by 17,417 votes from the Palghar Lok Sabha seat in the seventh round of counting.


Jharkhand Mukti Morcha's (JMM's) Seema Devi was leading by 296 votes from the Silli Assembly seat in the sixth round of counting.
In the Noorpur Assembly seat, the Samajwadi Party was leading by over 5,100 votes in the 14th round of counting.


In West Bengal, TMC's Dulal Chandra Das was leading by over 33,000 votes from the Maheshtala Assembly constituency after the tenth round of counting.


In Maharashtra, NCP was leading by 3,959 votes from the Bhandara–Gondiya Lok Sabha constituency in the fourth round of counting. 


In Kairana, RLD's Tabassum Hasan was leading by over 16,000 votes.


In Maharashtra, BJP's Gavit Rajendra Dhedya was leading from the Palghar Lok Sabha seat by over 14,000 votes over the Shiv Sena candidate.


The Shiv Sena on Wednesday slammed the EC and called it the mistress of a political party. "Our people caught BJP workers red-handed distributing money during Palghar bypoll, but Election Commission did not take any action, if similar inaction is shown by EC all over India, then it means EC is acting like a 'Tawaif' (Mistress) of a political party," Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut told ANI. 
The Shahkot Assembly bypoll is being seen as a popularity test for the 14-month-old Congress government in Punjab, with opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) striving to retain its stronghold. The bypoll was necessitated following the demise of SAD MLA Ajit Singh Kohar in February this year. 
A Shiv Sena MP on Wednesday questioned 'overnight' increase in the voting percentage of the May 28 bye-poll for the Palghar Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra. Poll officials, however, said such a revision was normal. "The voting percentage in Palghar, as confirmed by the polling officer, was 46.5 earlier. It increased to 52.3 in the morning. How is this possible unless there is some major problem with the system," Sena MP Arvind Sawant said, speaking to reporters.  
In West Bengal, TMC's Dulal Chandra Das was leading by over 20,000 votes from the Maheshtala Assembly constituency after the sixth round of counting. The CPI(M) was second and the BJP third.


In Kerala, CPI(M) was leading with 3,106 votes from the Chengannur Assembly seat.


In Maharashtra, BJP's Gavit Rajendra Dhedya was leading from the Palghar Lok Sabha seat by over 6,000 votes.


In Punjab, Congress' Laddi Sherowalia was leading by around 8,500 votes in the fourth round of counting for the Shahkot Assembly-by poll.


In the Noorpur Assembly by-poll, the Samajwadi Party was leading by over 9,000 votes.


In Kairana, RLD's Tabassum Hasan was leading by over 3,000 votes over BJP's Mriganka Singh.


In Bihar, JD(U)'s Md Murshid Alam was leading by over 3,000 votes from the Jokihat Assembly constituency.  


Early trends indicated that the CPI-M was leading from the Chengannur Assembly seat in Kerala. 


Ruling ally Shiv Sena also strongly criticised the EC and the government for the glitches and claimed that these were reported mostly from the party's strongholds. Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that the glitches were nothing but a manifestation of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' recent controversial statement of 'saam, daam, dand, bhed'.
Senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel alleged that "nearly 25 per cent of all the EVMs in Bhandara-Gondiya were defective or had malfunctioned". EC officer in-charge Abhimanyu Kale told the media that around 156 EVMs were replaced or spares deployed. 
The EC said that adequate number of reserve EVMs-VVPAT were kept and deployed in almost half an hour where there were reports of non-functioning of the machines. The poll panel also said that the malfunctioning could be attributed to "first-time use by polling staff, extreme heat, placement of the machine under direct sunlight and mishandling during use".
The Congress and some other Opposition parties complained to the EC about "hundreds of EVMs" having malfunctioned, particularly in Uttar Pradesh's Kairana, but the poll panel said the news reports of "large scale" failure of EVMs were "an exaggerated projection of reality". 
During Monday's voting, there were complaints of faulty EVMs in three parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. 
In West Bengal, All India Trinamool Congress' (TMC's) Dulal Chandra Das was leading by over 10,000 votes from Maheshtala Assembly constituency after the second round of counting.


In first round of counting for Punjab's Shahkot Assembly-by poll, Congress candidate Laddi Sherowalia was leading by around 2,000 votes.


In early trends, the Samajwadi Party is leading from the Noorpur Assembly constituency.  


Meanwhile, in Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party was the representative of the lone Lok Sabha constituency. Rio, who represented this constituency, quit in February to contest in the Assembly election. Rio is the chief minister of Nagaland. 
In Bhandara-Gondiya, the bye-election was necessitated when BJP's sitting MP Nana Patole quit the party to join the Congress in December last year.  
In Maharashtra, Palghar is a reserved seat, which was previously held by the BJP. The seat fell vacant after sitting BJP MP Chintaman Wanga died in January. Wanga had thrice won the constituency as a BJP member, however, after his death, his family had joined hands with the Shiv Sena.  
Similarly, the bye-election to Noorpur Assembly seat was necessitated due to the death of BJP MLA Lokendra Singh Chauhan in a road accident in February. While BJP reposed faith in Avani Singh, wife of late MLA Lokendra Chauhan, as its candidate, the SP fielded Naeemul Hasan as its nominee. 
The Kairana bypoll was necessitated following the death of BJP MP Hukum Singh in February. His daughter Mriganka Singh was pitted by the party against RLD's Tabassum Hasan (BSP MP from Kairana in 2009) who is also supported by the Congress, the SP and also claims the support of the BSP. 
After EVMs and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines developed snags during Monday's Lok Sabha bypolls, the EC on Tuesday ordered recasting of votes at 73 polling stations in Kairana, 49 in Bhandara-Gondia and one polling station in Nagaland. 
Repolling on Wednesday in 73 polling booths in Uttar Pradesh's Kairana recorded a voter turnout of 61 per cent till 6 pm.  
The outcome of the Kairana bye-election will show if the ruling BJP manages to break its losing streak this year in Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha bypolls or hands over a hat-trick to the Opposition.
Counting of votes for 10 Assembly seats and 4 Lok Sabha constituencies begins.  


In Kairana, the Opposition hopes that by consolidating the anti-BJP vote it will repeat its success in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bye-elections earlier this year when the ruling party suffered humiliating defeats. 
It will be a litmus test for the BJP as a positive outcome is necessary for the saffron party to maintain its majority in the Lok Sabha.