Amid tight security arrangements, counting of votes for the speculative Jind bypoll in Haryana began here at the multi-purpose hall of Arjun Stadium on Thursday. The counting began at 8 am and results are expected to be out by afternoon, officials here said. Twenty-one candidates, including two women, had contested the by-poll, which were held on January 28.
Over 75.77 per cent voting was recorded in Jind by-poll, where the key contenders were Digvijay Singh Chautala of Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), Randeep Singh Surjewala of Congress, also a sitting MLA from Kaithal, BJP’s Krishan Midha, and INLD’s Umed Singh Redhu. The by-poll was necessitated following the death of Inidan National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA Hari Chan Midha, father of Krishna Midha.
Returning Officer (RO) and Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Virender Sehrawat earlier said that adequate security arrangements have been made at the counting centre and security arrangements have been ensured by installing 10 CCTV cameras.
“Cameras have been installed at each gate of the strong room. In many circles, the security personnel and personnel of paramilitary have been deployed, who are giving round the clock duty. The entire campus of Arjun Stadium and outside activities are being monitored with the help of cameras,” Sehrawat said in a statement.
Congress’s Randeep Surjewala and Jannayak Janata Party’s Digvijay Chautala present at the counting centre in Jind as counting of votes began.
The Jind bypolls were dubbed as a prestige battle for all four major contenders ahead of the parliamentary and the assembly polls.
JJP’s Digvijay Chautala is leading with 1338 votes against BJP’s Krishna Middha. Congress’ Randeep Surjewala is trailing behind at the third spot.