Munde’s daughter makes history
BJP won three of the five Lok Sabha and Assembly seats in the by-polls for which results were announced with the youngest daughter of late BJP leader Gopinath Munde, Pritam Munde, winning the Beed Parliamentary seat by a record seven lakh votes in Maharashtra.
Pritam wins Beed LS seat by 6,96,321 votes
New Delhi: BJP won three of the five Lok Sabha and Assembly seats in the by-polls for which results were announced with the youngest daughter of late BJP leader Gopinath Munde, Pritam Munde, winning the Beed Parliamentary seat by a record seven lakh votes in Maharashtra. Pritam, who polled 9,22,416 votes, trounced former Congress minister Ashok Patil by 6,96,321 votes from Beed parliamentary constituency, poll officials said. Patil secured 2,26,095 votes.
The Beed by-poll was necessitated following the death of Gopinath Munde in a road accident in Delhi in June this year. Pankaja, Munde's eldest daughter and sitting BJP MLA, defeated her estranged cousin Dhananjay Munde, a NCP nominee from Parli Assembly seat in Beed by 25,895 votes enabling the two Munde sisters to retain the legacy of their father.
The late BJP leader had three daughters. BJD candidate Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh, widow of former MP Hemendra Chandra Singh, won the by-election for Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat in Odisha trouncing BJP's Rudramadhab Ray by a whopping 2,98,868 votes, official sources said in Bhubaneswar.
In her maiden poll battle, Pratyusha Rajeswari secured 4,77,529 votes while Ray, a former MP from Kandhamal Ray, polled 1,78,661 votes in a seven-cornered contest in the communally sensitive and Maoist-hit constituency, Kandhamal district election officer, Sumant Kar said.
Congress nominee Abhimanyu Behera, a former Phulbani MLA, was pushed to the third position securing 90,536 votes in the bypoll for the constituency, spread over four districts of Kandhamal, Ganjam, Nayagarh and Boudh.