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Congress' Devti Karma wins Chhattisgarh bypoll by a margin of 11,331 votes

Kerala Pala, Dantewada Chhattisgarh, Hamirpur UP Bypoll Assembly Election Results 2019 LATEST News and Updates: Congress candidate Devti Karma wins Dantewada Assembly bypoll, defeating BJP's Ojaswi Mandavi by a margin of 11, 331 votes. Celebration has started in Dantewada with Congress workers and supporters bursting firecrackers near Collectorate and Congress office.

BJP candidate Yuvraj Singh continues to lead after 28th round of over 58,000 votes, followed by Manoj Kumar Prajapati of Samajwadi Party with 46,085 votes.

Following the completion of the 10th round of the Dantewada Assembly poll, Congress' Devti Karma is leading by more than 7000 votes by winning 32,260 votes. On the other hand, the BJP won 25,013 votes.

Congress party workers have already begun to celebrate. At this point, it seems a little difficult for the BJP to bridge the growing gap. However, tables can be turned as ten more rounds of counting are still left.

In a major victory for the LDF ruling in Kerala, Mani C Kappan, the coalition candidate won the Pala Assembly seat in Kottayam by over 2,500 votes.

Kappan, a candidate of the LDF ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) received 54,137 votes while his closest rival Jose Tom of the UDF won 51,194 votes. NDA candidate N Hari received only1,804 votes.

In Uttar Pradesh's Hamirpur, BJP candidate Yuvraj Singh took the lead with 2,446 votes over his nearest rival from Samajwadi Party's Manoj Kumar Parjapati. Singh has garnered 14,331 votes so far.

After five rounds of counting in the Pala Assembly seat, LDF's Mani C Kappan was in the lead with 17,934 votes. UDF's Tom Jose was in second place with 15,096 votes while NDA remained in distant third with 5, 264 votes.

As the fifth round of counting continues, Congress candidate Devti Karma is leading, with 6,006 votes ahead of BJP candidate Ojaswi Mandavi.

In Tripura's Badharghat seat, BJP candidate Mimi Majumdar Das is leading with 3,748 votes after the third round of counting. Other candidates in the fray are Congress' Ratan Chandra Das and CPM's Bulti Biswas, a councillor of Agartala Municipal Corporation.

Devti Karma, the Congress candidate was leading by a margin of 2,778 votes in the Dantewada assembly bypoll where the count was taken up on Friday morning, officials said.

As per the early trends, Devti Karma was leading by a margin of 2,778 votes against her closest rival Ojaswi Mandavi of the BJP, a poll official said.

"Karma had secured 6,720 votes, while Mandavi got 3942 votes after initial rounds of counting," he added.

The counting of votes for the Assembly bypolls took place on 23 September in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada, Uttar Pradesh's Hamirpur, Tripura's Badharghat and Kerala's Pala – is being conducted on Friday (27 September).

The counting for all four Assembly seats began at 8am and the results will be announced later today.

  Pala, Dantewada, Hamirpur Election Results LIVE Updates: Congress Devti Karma wins Chhattisgarh bypoll by margin of 11,331 votes

Counting of votes in progress at Dantewada. Image courtesy: Debobrat Ghose / Firstpost

In the Naxal-infested Dantewada seat, both the Congress and the BJP are hpoing for a win. The election in the Chhattisgarh constituency was needed after incumbent BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi was killed in a Maoist attack in April. The seat had registered a turnout of 53.25 percent

In Pala, the outcome is expected to be a litmus test for the ruling CPM-led LDF. The Assembly seat, which fell vacant after Kerala Congress veteran KM Mani passed away in April, recorded a voting percentage of 71.41.

In Uttar Pradesh's Hamirpur, the battle is mainly between BJP's Yuvraj Singh, Congress' Hardeepak Bishad, Samajwadi Party's (SP) Manoj Prajapati and Naushad Ali of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The Hamirpur seat, which recorded a 51 percent turnout, was vacated following the conviction of BJP MLA Ashok Kumar Chandel in a 22-year-old murder case.

The bypoll in the Tripura Assembly seat of Badharghat, where a voter turnout of 79.29 per cent was registered, was due to the death of BJP MLA Dilip Sarkar on 1 April. BJP's Mimi Majumder and CPM's Bulti Biswas are the main contenders in this seat.

Badharghat BJP spokesperson Ashok Sinha said the party was ready to secure a "comfortable win".

According to agency reports citing poll officials, postal ballots will be taken up for the first count, followed by EVMs. The process will include after 20 rounds. The voting will also be verified with Voter verifiable audit trail paper (VVPAT).

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