Haryana Bypoll Result 2020: BJP's Yogeshwar Dutt loses to Congress' Indu Raj in Baroda
Baroda, Nov 10: The BJP's Yogeshwar Dutt has lost the bypoll to the Baroda Assembly seat in Haryana's Sonipat district. Dutt, who was an Olympic wrestler, joined the party in September last year, was beaten by the Congress' Indu Raj Narwal. However, the Election Commission has yet to reveal the victory margin.
"I must be lacking something due to which I could not meet people's expectations. I don't know the exact reason but this is people's mandate. I worked hard, I will work hard. I have congratulated the winning candidate," Dutt told reporters after his loss.
The counting of votes for the Baroda Assembly bypoll in Haryana began at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and the result is expected by noon. The fate of 14 candidates, including seven Independents, will be decided during the day.
With 14 candidates in fray, the Baroda assembly seat had recorded an overall turnout of 68.57 per cent in voting conducted on November 3.
While the Congress hopes to retain the crucial seat, the exit polls on Saturday predicted a BJP dominance.
Baroda seat has conventionally been a Congress stronghold. In fact, Congress' Krishan Hooda had won the seat in three consecutive terms in 2009, 2014 and 2019.
The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has fielded Joginder Singh Malik. The bypoll was necessitated by the death of three-time Congress legislator Sri Krishan Hooda.
Baroda in Sonepat district is considered a stronghold of Congress leader and former two-time Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who aggressively campaigned along with his MP son Deepender Hooda.