Congress wins MP by-election, party hails victory (Second Lead)

In Big Boost Congress Keeps BJP Out In Key Madhya Pradesh Seat

The Congress has retained Chitrakoot seat in by-election despite Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's addressing a dozen election meetings in the Assembly contituency and staying there for two days. Around 65 per cent voting was recorded in the November 9 bypoll, necessitated following the death of sitting Congress MLA Prem Singh (65).

Congress candidate Nilanshu Chaturvedi got 68,810 votes while Bharatiya Janata Party's Shankar Dayal Tripathi got 52,677 votes in the crucial bye-polls.

In New Delhi, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala termed his party's victory in the bypoll an indication of change, and thanked the people for their faith in the party. "Many thanks to the people of #Chitrakoot for their faith and trust in the Congress party", Mr Surjewala said. Singh was a three-time MLA from Chitrakoot, from where he had won in 1998, 2003 and 2013. "BJP lost in the land of Ram Lalla (Lord Ram is said to have spent 12 years of his exile in Chitrakoot) because it deviated from Ram", said a senior Congress leader.

From the very first round the Congress had been leading the counts.

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He, however, said that his party would review the by-election's outcome.

BJP MP Nand Kumar Chauhan talking to media said, "We fought in Chitrakoot to win but did not succeed".

Besides pressing all the organisational leaders in the constituency, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Mourya had campaigned in the constituency.

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