Last updated on November 11, 2020
The ruling Congress in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday won the Marwahi (ST) Assembly by-poll.
Congress candidate Dr Krishan Kumar Dhruw won the by-poll for the seat, reserved for Scheduled Tribes, over a margin of 38000 votes.
Dr Dhruw polled 83,561 votes while his nearest rival, the BJP’s Dr Gambheer Singh, could secure only 45,364 votes.
Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP) candidate Ritu Pandram stood third with 7,864 votes.
The seat, reserved for Scheduled Tribes candidates, recorded 77.89 per cent turnout during polling on November 3.
The by-election in Marwahi was necessitated after the demise of sitting Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) legislator and former CM Ajit Jogi in May this year.
The ruling Congress and main opposition BJP in the state had locked in a direct fight in Marwahi, which comes under the newly formed Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district.
Ahead of the November 3 by-poll, the nomination papers of JCC(J) leader Amit Jogi, the son of Ajit Jogi, and his wife Richa were rejected by the returning officer, who said their caste certificates were invalid.
Eight candidates contested the bypoll in Marwahi, but the main fight is between Congress candidate Dr KK Dhruw and BJP candidate Dr Gambheer Singh.
In the 2018 Assembly poll in Marwahi, Ajit Jogi got 74,041 votes. He defeated BJP’s Archana Porte by a margin of 46,462 votes, while the Congress stood third.
In the 90-member state Assembly, now the Congress has 70 seats while BJP has 14, JCC(J) has four and BSP has two seats.
Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel tweeted that “Marwahi’s by-election was not merely an election to elect an MLA, but was a test of public democratic response to the deceit of the last 18 years with Marwahi. I am glad that the people of Marwahi have passed this examination with a strong majority.”
Chief minister Baghel also tweeted that “No one fights alone, the army fights and the army wins. I feel happy and proud, I am also emotional. I salute the tireless hard work done by the entire team including State President Mohan Markam ji, Minister Jai Singh Agarwal ji, Bhai Girish Devangan and Atal Srivastava. Thank you also to all the fellow MLAs who are constantly engaged in Marwahi.”
Reacting to the result, BJP state president Vishnu Deo Sai said that the people of Marwahi ahs given their mandate and its acceptable, it is absolutely acceptable. In a democracy, victory and defeat is a natural process but I salute the diligence and dedication of all BJP workers, who forced the entire ruling Congress and government to field in a single Marwahi (ST) by-election, he added.