Sikkim bypoll result: BJP loses assembly to SDF candidate
According to the Election Commission, Thapa secured 8,406 votes to claim the Upper Burtuk seat while his nearest rival, Sharma, could only garner 374 votes out of the total 9,427 polled on April 12.
Five independent candidates got a cumulative 449 votes.
The bypoll was necessitated following the disqualification of sitting MLA Prem Singh Tamang, accused of misappropriation of funds during his tenure as the state Animal Husbandry department Minister in 1996-97.
Tamang, a former SDF leader, is founder of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, the largest opposition in the 32-member state assembly.