Gopinath Munde's daughter Pritam scripts history, wins Beed LS bypoll by 7 lakh votes

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Mumbai, Oct 20: BJP candidate Pritam Munde, daughter of late Union Minister Gopinath Munde, notched a big win in Beed Lok Sabha constituency on Sunday.

She polled a staggering 922,416 votes, trouncing her nearest Congress rival Ashok S. Patil by a margin of over 696,321 votes. The margin is even bigger than PM Narendra Modi's margin, who won the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat by 5.7 lakh votes.
While Patil trailed way behind with 226,095 votes, the third candidate - Independent Tejas A. Ghumare secured just 59,986 votes.

The Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party had not put up any nominees against Pritam Munde as a mark of respect to her father, whose death in June necessitated the by-election.

The Beed Lok Sabha constituency had falled vacant after her father's death in a road accident.

While, Pankaja, Munde's eldest daughter and sitting BJP MLA, defeated her estranged cousin Dhananjay Munde, a NCP nominee from Parli Assembly seat by 25,895 votes. She polled 96,904 against Dhananjay's 71,009 votes.

Top leaders of BJP, including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, had addressed campaign rallies for the Munde sisters in their respective constituencies.

(With inputs from agencies)

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