New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) won both Dharamsala and Pachhad seats in Himachal Pradesh. Nehriya defeated nearest rival Rakesh Kumar, an independent candidate Rakesh Kumar by a margin of 6,673 votes, while the SC reserved Pachhad constituency was won by Reena Kashyap who defeated Gangu Ram Musafir of Congress by a margin of 2742 votes. The BJP were leading in majority of states and they also showed their influence in Sikkim where Sonam TSH Venchungupta defeated Nuk Tshering Bhutia of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) by 6200 votes. 
 
However, the BJP, which was looking to sweep all the seats in Gujarat and Punjab is now facing challenges against Congress which is leading in three seats of Gujarat, and two seats in Punjab.
 
In Radhanpur, Raghu Desai of Congress was leading by 3000 votes over BJP candidate Alpesh Thakor. Dhavalsinh Zala of BJP was trailing behind Jasu Patel of Congress by over 6,600 votes in Bayad while Dharmendra Patel of Congress was 200 votes ahead of Jagdish Patel in Amraiwadi seat.  
 
In Punjab, the Congress was leading in three seats of Phagwara, Jalalabad and Mukerin while Siromani Akali Dal (SAD) was ahead in Dakha bypolls, as per early trends.  
 
Congress nominee Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal was leading over the nearest rival and BJP candidate Rajesh Bagha by a margin of 6821 votes. In Mukerin, Indu Bala was leading by 2,684 votes against BJP nominee Jangi Lal Mahajan while SAD candidate Raj Singh Dibipura was trailing by Congress candidate Raminder Awla in Dibipura by 9,071 votes.
 
Besides this, the BJP was also trailing in Rajasthan as Congress candidate Rita Chaudhary was leading by 7,745 seats in Mandwa and Sushila Singra trailed by 144 votes in Khinwsar constituency.
 
The congress also won the lone constituency in Puducherry as John Kumar defeated his nearest rival Bouvanesvarane by 4170 votes.
 
Counting for the bypoll for 51 assembly constituencies along with 2 Lok Sabha constituencies across 17 states and one Union Territory has been taking place since 8 am on Thursday. The complete result including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Gujarat, and Punjab will be announced by 5 pm.

Posted By: James Kuanal