Chitrakoot bypoll: Congress says Nilanshu Chatruvedi’s win shows ‘winds of change’ blowing in Indian politics
Bhopal: The Congress on Sunday won the Chitrakoot bypoll in Madhya Pradesh with its candidate Nilanshu Chaturvedi defeating his BJP rival Shankar Dayal Tripathi by a margin of 14,133 votes.
While Nilanshu Chaturvedi polled 66,810 votes in the Chitrakoot assembly bypoll, Tripathi got 52,677 votes, returning officer A.P. Dwivedi said. The counting of votes polled in the 9 November 9 by-election began at around 8am amid tight security in Satna district, around 400km from Bhopal.
The Congress said Chaturvedi’s victory in the Chitrakoot bypoll shows “winds of change” are blowing in the political landscape of India. Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala thanked the voters for reposing faith in the party. “The winds of change are in the air. Many thanks to the people of #Chitrakoot for their faith and trust in the Congress party,” Surjewala tweeted.
Around 65% voting was recorded in the Chitrakoot bypoll necessitated following the death of sitting Congress MLA Prem Singh (65). Singh had won the assembly constituency, bordering Uttar Pradesh, in the 1998, 2003 and 2013 elections. However, he had lost the seat to BJP’s Surendra Singh Gaharwar in the 2008 polls. Though 12 candidates contested the Chitrakoot bypolls, the fight was on between Chaturvedi and Tripathi.