NEW DELHI: The counting of votes for bypolls to four Lok Sabha seats and 10 assembly seats has begun. The polling was conducted on May while the re-polling was held on May 30.
Counting in the following seats are underway – Punjab’s Shahkot, Uttarakhand’s Tharali, Meghalaya’s Ampati, Kerala’s Chengannur, Bihar’s Jokihat, Jharkhand’s Gomia and Silli, West Bengal’s Maheshtala, Uttar Pradesh’s Noorpur and Maharashtra’s Palus Kadegaon.
The by-poll in Gomia Assembly was necessitated after the sitting MLA Yogendra Prasad Mahto of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) was expelled from the assembly after he was convicted in a coal theft case.
In Jharkhand’s Silli the sitting MLA, Amit Mahto, of the JMM was convicted in a criminal assault case in March following which the seat fell vacant.
The seat of Noorpur in Uttar Pradesh fell vacant after the death of sitting BJP MLA Lokendra Singh Chouhan. Chouhan was a two-time MLA from here.
The Maheshtala seat was held by Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Kasturi Das until his death in February. He too had represented this constituency twice.
Former Meghalaya Chief Minister and Congress MLA Mukul Sangma resigned from Ampati seat in March, as he had also won from Songsak. Sangma was the MLA from this seat since 1993.
Tharali seat in Uttarakhand is reserved for the member of scheduled castes. The by-poll was necessitated after the death of the BJP MLA Magan Lal Shah in February.
Chengannur seat fell vacant after the death of Communist Party of India (Marxist) sitting MLA K.K. Ramachandran Nair in January.
Sarfaraz Alam had won the Jokihat assembly seat on Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) ticket. He later contested from RJD ticket and resigned in April from the post of MLA after his victory in the Araria Lok Sabha by-poll.
The Shiromani Akali Dal representative of the Shahkot seat, Ajit Singh Kohar the sitting MLA, died in February, which necessitated by-poll in the assembly. Kohar had won from the constituency in 2012 and 2017.
The by-poll in Palus-Kadegaon Assembly constituency was necessitated due to the death of Congress’s Patangrao Kadam, who had won the constituency twice. The EC has declared Kadam’s son elected unopposed as the BJP had withdrawn its candidate.
These bye-elections were also marred with the complaints of EVM malfunctioning and in the view of which the election commission had to replace the faulty machines at certain places after which repolling was held on several booths on Wednesday.
The full list of candidates, who have won the 10 assembly constituencies, is given below. The list will be updated as and when results come in.
|Assembly seats||Name of candidates||Party|
|Tharali, Uttarakhand||Munni Devi Shah||BJP|
|Ampati, Meghalaya||Miani D Shira||Congress|
|Maheshtala, West Bengal|
|Noorpur, Uttar Pradesh||Naim Ul Hasan||Samajwadi Party|
|Palus Kadegaon, Maharashtra||Vishwajeet Kadam||Congress|