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Gujarat bypolls: BJP ahead in 7 seats, Congress has slight edge in Morbi

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As the counting for bypolls is underway, the BJP has gained the lead in seven seats while the Congress is ahead in just one.

At the time of filing this report, Morbi was the only seat where Congress seemed to have a lead with its candidate Jayantila Patel clocking 16,897 votes.

Brijesh Merja of the BJP had 15,502 votes when reports last came in. As of now, Congress seems to have a slim lead of 1395 votes. Meanwhile, some problems with EVMs have been reported in Morbi and counting is being done as per the VVPT.

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In all, counting is going on in 25 booths. The state has seen a turnout of 60.75% in the bypolls that were held amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The counting began at 8 am. In all, 320 employees are involved in the counting of votes. The BJP is ahead in Limdi, Dhari, Karjan, Abdasa, Gadhada, Kaprada and Dangs.

The number of booths had been increased given the COVID-19 situation and in a bid to maintain social distancing. As a result, the number of EVMs used also saw a surge. The final results for the bypolls are likely to be declared by 2 pm.

Why Gujarat bypolls had to be held?

The by-elections in Gujarat for eight seats were necessitated after eight Congress MLAs resigned from the party ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat.

The eight vacant assembly constituencies are Abdasa, Limdi, Karjan, Dangs, Kaprada, Morbi, Gadhda and Dhari. Initially, four MLAs of the Congress resigned in the run-up to the Rajya Sabha polls but by the time the polls were held, four more had resigned. 

This helped the three candidates of the BJP win the Rajya Sabha polls while only one of the Congress sailing through. Originally as per the strength, Congress was poised to win two seats but the resignation of its eight MLAs spoiled Congress’ game plan.

 

 

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