The counting of votes for the crucial Lok Sabha bypolls on four constituencies – Palghar and Bhandara-Gondia in Maharashtra, Kairana in Uttar Pradesh, and Nagaland – is being taken out on Thursday.
The voting was held in Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana and three other Lok Sabha bypolls on May 28 amid the complaints of malfunctioning of EVM machines in several booths. In Kairana, 54 per cent turn out was recorded, while in Nagaland, the turnout was 70 per cent.
Maharashtra's Bhandara-Gondiya bypoll saw only 38.5 per cent voter turnout. In the crucial Palghar Lok Sabha bypolls 46 per cent polling was recorded.
The results of these four Lok Sabha seats are important for all four major political parties- BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP - as the outcome is likely to have a large bearing on next year’s Lok Sabha Elections.
The results of Kairana bypoll in Uttar Pradesh, which saw a ‘Modi versus all’ fight, has become a prestige battle for the BJP and will also decide the future of the anti-BJP front.
# 08:10 PM: Instead of all the time criticizing the decisions of the government Shiv Sena should simply break the alliance if they are really so unhappy... Why are they still supporting BJP if they’re so unhappy with their decisions?: Ashok Chavan, Congress
# 08:05 PM: If Uddhav Thackeray has even a little self respect left in him, he should get out of the alliance. You want to stay in power also, and you want to show support to opposition also... What exactly is their intention?: Ashok Chavan, Congress
# 08:00 PM: CM violated model code of conduct. BJP supporters were seen distributing money but no one took any action which is a real cause of concern. This can be called CM & BJP’s victory with 'Saam daam dand bhed': Ashok Chavan, Congress
# 07:50 PM: We didn't expect to lose Palghar seat. If the united opposition had fought together, BJP could have been defeated. If Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi and CPI(M) come with us in the future, we can win Palghar also: Ashok Chavan, Congress
# 07:20 PM: Maharashtra: NCP's Madhukar Kukde has won the Bhandara-Gondiya Lok Sabha bypoll by 48,097 votes.
# 02:20 PM: BJP wins Palghar bypoll Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra by 29572 votes.
BJP wins Palghar bypoll Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra by 29572 votes. pic.twitter.com/8uiJAliSCr— ANI (@ANI) May 31, 2018
#12:55 PM: Shiv Sena cries EVM tears: Many EVMs were faulty, names of about 50-60,00 people were missing from voter list. Also, within 12 hours of voting ends, EC changed vote percentage. So all this is very doubtful: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena on BJP leading in Palghar bypoll
#12:30 PM: Nagaland Lok Sabha by-poll: BJP ally Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leading over Naga People's Front (NPF) by 34, 669 votes.
#11:40 AM: Kairana Lok Sabha by-poll: RLD's Tabassum Hasan leading by 41391 votes over BJP's Mriganka Singh after 13th round of counting
#11:20 AM: 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: RLD's Tabassum Hasan on her lead in trends of Kairana Lok Sabha by-poll.
#11:00 AM: Kairana Lok Sabha by-poll: RLD's Tabassum Hasan leading by over 26925 votes over BJP's Mriganka Singh after ninth round of counting
#10:58 AM: Maharashtra: BJP's Gavit Rajendra Dhedya leading by 17843 votes over Shiv Sena's Shrinivas Chintaman Vanaga from #Palghar Lok Sabha seat after ninth round of counting.
#10:45 AM: Nagaland Lok Sabha by-poll:Naga People's Front (NPF) leading by over 11,000 votes, ahead of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP).
#10:35 AM: BJP's Gavit Rajendra Dhedya leading from Palghar Lok Sabha seat by over 14,000 votes over Shiv Sena candidate.
#10:05 AM: It seems like Kairana is also going the Gorakhpur way as RLD's Tabassum Hasan ahead of BJP's Mriganka Singh by 14481 votes.
# 09:30 AM: BJP's Gavit Rajendra Dhedya leading from Palghar Lok Sabha seat by over 6000 votes Maharashtra.
#09:20 AM: Kairana Lok Sabha by-boll: RLD's Tabassum Hasan leading by over 3000 votes over BJP's Mriganka Singh.
# 09:05 AM: Neck-and-neck in Kairana: It seems there is a very close contest between the BJP and the RLD in Kairana. After Tabassum Hasan's early lead, BJP's Mriganka Singh now goes ahead of the RLD candidate. Also Read | Assembly Bypoll Results 2018 LIVE
#08:35 AM: Maharashtra: Visuals from a counting centre in Bhandara–Gondia Lok Sabha constituency, where counting of votes for the Lok Sabha by-poll has begun.
Maharashtra: Visuals from a counting centre in Bhandara–Gondia Lok Sabha constituency, where counting of votes for the Lok Sabha by-poll has begun. pic.twitter.com/3bjnPXbCeA— ANI (@ANI) May 31, 2018
#08:30 AM: RLD's Tabassum Hasan ahead of BJP's Mriganka Singh in Kairana: The trends have started coming in and its a no good news for the ruling BJP as RLD's Tabassum Hasan is ahead of BJP's Mriganka Singh in Kairana, according to early trends.
#08:05 AM: Counting of votes for Kairana, Palghar, Bhandara-Gondiya and Nagaland Lok Sabha bypoll seats begins.
#07:45 AM: Hello and welcome to the News Nation live updates: The Counting of votes for the crucial Lok Sabha bypolls on four constituencies will begin at 8 am. The voting was held in Maharashtra's Palghar and Bhandara-Gondia, Uttar Pradesh's Kairana and Nagaland on May 28. The results of these bypolls will decide the future course of action of the BJP, the Shiv Sena and the anti-BJP front ahead of 2019 general elections. Stick with us for all the updates.