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Rajasthan: In a Rajasthan-West Bengal by-elections, Congress won Rajasthan’s Mandalgarh seat and two Lok Sabha seats Ajmer and Alwar. TMC won Naopara in West Bengal. Counting of votes was underway on Thursday, for the bye-elections that were held in Rajasthan and West Bengal on Monday.

In Rajasthan, bye-elections were held in total of 3 seats, two in Lok Sabha seats Alwar and Ajmer and one Assembly constituency Mandalgarh. All three seats fell vacant in 2017, following the deaths of the incumbents, Ajmer’s MP Sanwar Lal Jat, Mandalgarh MLA Kirti Kumari and Alwar MP Mahant Chand Nath.

A total of 42 candidates were in the fray for the Three seats.

By defeating Bharatiya Janata Party contender Vasundhara Raje in Rajasthan, Congress Vivek Dhakad won the Mandalgarh Assembly constituency by 12,976 votes.

Congress also maintained a significant lead as, Its candidate Karan Singh Yadav leads with  2,66,814 votes in Alwar after 43.68% vote count. BJP’s Jaswant Singh run second with 2,06,879 votes.

In Ajmer, the Congress was ahead of the BJP by 45000 votes. Its candidate Raghu Sharma was leading with 1,54,336 votes.

Earlier, Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot said “I hope our leads will increase”, “Vasundhara Raje and her government have been totally rejected by people.”

In West Bengal elections held for the Uluberia Lok Sabha seat and the Noapara Assembly seat, both necessitated again by the deaths of the incumbents.

In Noapara, the Trinamool Congress’ Sunil Singh won the bye-elections with 3.6 lakhs votes. The BJP’s Sandip Banerjee came second receiving 38,711 votes, followed by Gargi Chaterjee of the CPI (M) with 35,487 votes and the Congress Gautam Bose received 10,527 votes. More than 3,400 people voted for None of the Above option in Noapara.

In Uluberia, the TMC’s Sajda Ahamed, widow of lawmaker Sultan Ahmed, bagged 5,88211 votes over Anupam Mallik of the BJP.

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