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Jind by-poll result Updates: BJP's Krishan Lal Middha wins, Surjewala finishes third

By Anuj Cariappa

New Delhi, Jan 31: Ruling BJP won the high-stakes Jind bypoll in Haryana Thursday with party candidate Krishan Middha defeating his nearest rival, Digvijay Singh Chautala of Jannayak Janata Party, a breakaway outfit of INLD, by nearly 13,000 votes. The BJP wrested the seat from the main opposition Indian National Lok Dal, which was decimated in the by-election.

Jind by-poll result LIVE: Randeep Surjewala congratulates BJPs Krishna Middha

Middha won by a margin of 12,935 votes, Jind Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer Amit Khatri said. The JPP had fielded 27-year-old Digvijay Singh Chautala, the son of former Member of Parliament (MP) Ajay Singh Chautala and younger brother of Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala. All three were expelled by Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo and patriarch, Om Prakash Chautala for anti-party activities before they floated a new political party. The Congress, which had fielded its senior leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, sitting MLA from Kaithal, ended up at the third spot.

Here are the highlights of Jind bypoll results:

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3:40 PM, 31 Jan
After winning Jind bypoll, BJP's Krishna Middha said, “I would like to thank everyone who supported the party and me. It's their victory. There were big leaders in the contest as well, but we have defeated them too. We will follow the schemes launched by PM and take them forward.”
3:40 PM, 31 Jan
Congress candidate Randeep Surjewala congratulates BJP candidate on win. "Middha ji will fulfil the dreams of the people of Jind. I was given a responsibility by the party which I fulfilled to the best of my abilities, I congratulate Krishna Middha ji," says Congress candidate Randeep Surjewala
3:39 PM, 31 Jan
BJP's Krishan Lal Middha wins Jind bypoll Results with a margin of 12935 votes, garnering a total of 50566 votes. JJP's Digvijay Singh Chautala garners 37631 votes and Congress' RS Surjwala gets 22740 votes. Congress candidate Randeep Surjewala was a distant third.
3:14 PM, 31 Jan
BJP claims Haryana's Jind seat. The Jind bypoll was necessitated following the death of INLD MLA Hari Chand Middha, BJP candidate Krishna Middha's father.The result provides a glimpse into the political sentiment in Haryana months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and the state elections scheduled for later this year.
3:12 PM, 31 Jan
After the final round of counting, the BJP garnered 49,229 votes, while the JJP polled 37,681 votes.
2:51 PM, 31 Jan
Middha is still leading over his nearest rival from the Jannayak Janata Party in Jind bypoll. If BJP's candidate Krishan Middha manages to defeat JJP, it will be the first time that the party will win from the Jind Assembly seat.
2:39 PM, 31 Jan
After the 11th round of counting in Jind, the BJP is leading with 46,916 votes, while the JJP has polled 30,956. The Congress has garnered 19,611, with the LSP getting 12,508, and the INLD getting 3,020.
2:16 PM, 31 Jan
Counting of votes resumes in Jind after EVM glitch
2:16 PM, 31 Jan
Haryana police lathicharge outside the counting venue of Jind by-polls following a ruckus. “There was unlawful assembly which didn’t disperse when we asked them to leave. We had to use slight force to disperse them. Situation normal now. Counting underway,” SP Jind Ashwin Shenvi said.
1:29 PM, 31 Jan
BJP leading with a margin of 9408 votes at the end of seventh round of counting. Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) with 19403 votes and Congress 11647 votes. BJP candidate Krishan Middha is still leading over his nearest rival from the Jannayak Janata Party in Jind bypoll, Haryana.
1:28 PM, 31 Jan
So far, seven rounds of counting have been held for the Jind bypoll.
1:28 PM, 31 Jan
Ruckus had erupted over the tally of two EVMs inside the counting centre in Jind, interrupting the counting process.
11:43 AM, 31 Jan
After the fifth round of counting in Jind, the BJP is leading with 21,052 votes, while the JJP is second with 15,315 votes. The Congress is third with 8,805 votes.
11:06 AM, 31 Jan
After the fourth round of counting in Jind, the BJP has taken the lead with 15,481 votes. The JJP has now become second with 13,443 votes, while the Congress is maintaining the third position with 7,614 votes.
10:50 AM, 31 Jan
Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) leading with 11226 votes at the end of third round of counting. BJP 9350 votes, Congress 5813 votes, Loktantra Suraksha Party (LSP) 2649 votes and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) 1760 votes.
10:24 AM, 31 Jan
Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) leading with 7892 votes at the end of second round of counting. BJP 6554 votes, Congress 3923 votes and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) 1365 votes
9:53 AM, 31 Jan
As JJP leads with 3639 votes in Jind assembly election in Haryana, Congress's Randeep Surjewala is trailing behind.
9:52 AM, 31 Jan
Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) leading with 3639 votes, BJP 2835 votes, Congress 2169 votes, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) 992 votes.
9:52 AM, 31 Jan
Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) leading with 9773 votes, BJP 2835 votes, Congress 2169 votes, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) 992 votes.
9:31 AM, 31 Jan
After the first round of counting in Jind, the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) is in the lead with 834 votes, while the BJP has polled 200 votes.The Congress has got 153 votes.
8:52 AM, 31 Jan
The counting is currently underway at the multi-purpose hall of Arjun Stadium, Jind. Returning Officer (RO) and Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Virender Sehrawat informed that tight security arrangements have been made for counting. Virender said that 10 CCTV cameras have been installed at the centre and security officials have been deployed for smooth conduct of the counting process. The entire area of Arjun Stadium and outside activities are being monitored closely.
8:46 AM, 31 Jan
Congress's Randeep Surjewala and Jannayak Janata Party's Digvijay Chautala present at the counting centre in Jind as counting of votes has begun. Jind recorded nearly 76 per cent voter turnout on January 28.
8:04 AM, 31 Jan
Congress hopes to crash Chautala Party in Haryana’s Jind.
8:01 AM, 31 Jan
Counting of votes began at 8 am. Over 1.72 lakh registered voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in Jind. The constituency has a substantial vote of the Scheduled Castes (SC) and backward classes (around 50 per cent) and Jats (around 25 per cent).
8:00 AM, 31 Jan
Counting will get underway at 8 am. There is tight security in place.
6:47 AM, 31 Jan
The election was initially a direct fight between the BJP and INLD. However the battle turned into a high-stake one after the Congress fielded its senior leader, Randeep Surjewala, a Jat leader.
6:34 AM, 31 Jan
All four major contenders in Jind -- the ruling BJP, Congress, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), which was formed after a split in the INLD -- have pulled out all the stops for a victory, which could prove to be a morale booster for the rank and file.
6:34 AM, 31 Jan
The Jind bypoll was necessitated following the death of INLD MLA Hari Chan Middha, whose son Krishna Middha recently joined the BJP and is the saffron party's candidate for the by-election.
6:34 AM, 31 Jan
The Congress fielded its chief national spokesperson and sitting MLA from Kaithal constituency Randeep Singh Surjewala.
6:27 AM, 31 Jan
The INLD banked on Umed Redhu to retain the seat.

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