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Congress Wins Ramgarh Seat, BJP Overtakes JJP After 6 Rounds Of Counting In Jind Polls

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| January 31 , 2019 , 12:58 IST

The results of the crucial bypolls in Haryana's Jind and Rajasthan's Ramgarh assembly constituencies were declared on Thursday. Congress won the Ramgarh assembly seat in Rajasthan with a margin of 12228 votes.

End of the fourth round counting in Jind bypoll, BJP candidate Krishan Middha takes the lead with 6131 votes, JJP with 2217 and Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala is at third place in Jind with 1801 votes. While the JJP was leading after the second round followed by the BJP.

Congress candidate Shafia Zubair garnered a total of 83,311 votes, while BJP's Suwant Singh garnered 71,083 votes.

As Congress won the seat, the party's tally, will increase to 100 in the House of 200 from 99. The party will now remain in a comfortable position with the support of its alliance partner RLD, which has one MLA. While the ruling party has to bank on the support from Independent MLAs and other non-BJP parties.

According to media reports, while conceding defeat, BJP's Suwant Singh alleged that BSP spoiled his chances of winning the seat. He said,  "The BSP damaged the BJP and cut into our votes.”

A high voter turnout was recorded in Haryana's Jind where the Congress and the BJP are locked in a battle of prestige. In the Jind assembly by-election, the turnout was recorded at 75.77 percent.

 The results of the bypolls are crucial for both the BJP and the Congress. The high-stakes election is considered a referendum on the Manohar Lal Khattar government and also a semi-final ahead of Lok Sabha elections.