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1.13 pm: According to the latest reports, Vivek Dhakar of Congress has won by a margin of 12,974 votes.
1.10 pm: 19 rounds of counting have been completed. Vivek Dhakar is now leading by a margin of 11136 votes. He secured 66349 votes. Shakti Singh Hada secured 55213 votes. Congress workers have already celebrating. They are bursting firecrackers.
12.52 pm: 18 rounds of voting have been completed in Mandalgarh. Congress is now leading by a margin of 6622 votes. Dhakar secured 60557 votes, Shakti Singh 53935 votes, Malviya 34524 votes.
12.33 pm: After 16 rounds of counting, Vivek Dhakar has gained a lead of 3000 votes.
11.54 am: Congress has maintained the lead even after 15 rounds of counting of votes. Vivek Dhakar has secured 48,749 votes, Shakti Singh 46324 votes and Gopal Malviya 25971 votes. 131191 votes have been counted.
After 14 rounds of counting, results were:
11.41 am: Fourteen rounds of counting of votes have come to an end. Congress has maintained the lead. Vivek Dhakar has received 45011 votes, Shakti Singh Hada 42999 votes and Gopal Malviya 24779 votes. 3163 votes went with NOTA.
11.31 am: Congress president Sachin Pilot will address a press conference at PCC headquarters in Jaipur at 12.30 pm. Workers are shouting slogans for Pilot.
11.28 am: 12 rounds of voting have been completed in Mandalgarh. Vivek Dhakar of Congress has secured 39464 votes. Shakti Singh Hada of BJP has secured 37600 votes. Gopal Malviya has received 19460 votes. Congress is now leading by 1864 votes.
11.20 am: A total of 21 rounds of counting of votes will take place. After the 11th round, Vivek Dhakar has taken the lead. He has secured 35,166 votes, while Shakti Singh has secured 35050 votes.
11.06 am: In the 11th round, Congress has taken lead by 116 votes.
11.04 am: According to reports, Congress has taken the lead in Mandalgarh also. It has come as a big blow to BJP as it is already trailing behind in Ajmer and Alwar.
11.01 am: In the 10th round of counting of votes, the difference in the margin of votes has narrowed. Shakti Singh Hada of BJP received 32216 votes, Vivek Dhakar of Congress 31882 votes and rebel Gopal Malviya 15451 votes. 2315 votes went with NOTA.
10.55 am: In the eighth round, BJP has received 3139 votes, Congress 4660 votes and independent 1340 votes.
10.50 am: Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that the by election will be an eye opener for BJP as it will be wiped out in the assembly elections due later this year. Congress workers started celebrating at PCC office in Jaipur and shouted slogans for Sachin Pilot and Rahul Gandhi.
10.39 am: 58778 votes have been counted. Of them, Shakti Singh Hada of BJP has received 24441 votes, Gopal Malviya has received 10670 votes, Vivek Dhakar of Congress has received 18824
10.30 am: Six rounds of counting have been completed. BJP is leading in the seventh round also. Gopal Malviya has damaged the prospects of a Congress win to a great extent.
10.11: Five rounds of counting have been completed. BJP led in all of them.
10.10 am: Shakti Singh Hada of BJP is leading with 17779 votes. Vivek Dhakar has so far received 11230 votes, while Gopal Malviya 7445 votes.
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9.44 am: Four rounds of counting have been completed. BJP has received 15417 votes, Congress 8296 votes and Gopal Malviya 6935 votes. 933 votes went with NOTA.
9.41 am: BJP is leading in the third round also with 11416 votes. Congress has slipped to number 3 position with 4877 votes. Independents has received 5551 votes. BJP is leading by 586 votes.
9.25 am: In the second round, BJP is leading in Mandalgarh with 7241 votes. Gopal Malviya has received 4169 votes. Congress has managed only 2850 votes. So far, 470 votes have gone with NOTA.
9.00 am: During the first round of counting, the BJP has gained a lead. Of the 7307 votes counted, BJP has got 2788 votes, independent candidate Gopal Malviya has received 2089 votes, while Vivek is trailing behind with 1506 votes.
8.40 am: When stopped from entering the counting center in Bhilwara, media persons staged a demonstration. They set on a dharna outside the center.
8.00 am: Counting of votes began. Mandalgarh bypoll results will be first to come out as only eight candidates are in the fray. Early trends will start to come in by 8.30 am. Heavy security arrangements have been made at the counting center. The results for Mandalgarh are likely to announced by 10.30 am. Votgeters in this Bhilwara district constituency are eager to know the results as an independent candidate Gopal Malviya has made the fight very interesting. Malviya is a Congress rebel.
Mandalgarh assembly constituency reported the highest voter turnout. Nearly 77% of the voters exercised their franchise. There were eight candidates in the fray including seven males. The total number of voters was 2,31,240.
By elections took place in Mandalgarh following the death of BJP MLA Kirti Kumari. She died of swine flu.
Congress fielded Vivek Dhakar against BJP’s candidate Shakti Singh Hada, the current zila pramukh of Bhilwara district.
Dissidence among some prominent local Congress leaders worried the party before the elections. After Congress nominated Vivek Dhakar as its candidate for the by election, some leaders from the party in the area filed nominations. They included Gopal Malviya and Mahavir Sharma. Congress asked them to withdraw their nomination, but when they didn’t budge; both were expelled from the party’s primary membership for six years.
While by taking a shift action in the matter, Congress has sent a message to its workers and leaders ahead of the assembly elections in December this year that the party would deal with dissidence and indiscipline strictly, the rebels were feared to have tilted the odds in favor of BJP. Malviya and Sharma sway influence over voters in the area.
However, a lot of things went in favor of Congress. Vivek Dhakar had lost the 2013 assembly elections to Kirti Kumari of BJP by a small margin of 19,000 votes. Many believed that Kirti managed the win due to the Narendra Modi wave that swept the entire nation at that time.
A section of the Rajput voters in the constituency declared support for Congress in the wake of controversies surrounding Padmaavati and Anandpal Singh encounter case.
Several organizations of Rajputs, Ravana Rajputs and Charan Rajputs declared that they would oppose the BJP candidate in Mandalgarh—Shakti Singh Hada—even though he is a Rajput.
Elections in Mandalgarh had always been in limelight. Shivcharan Mathur won assembly elections from this constituency for six times and went on to become the chief minister of the state twice.
By-elections are taking place in this constituency for the second time. The by-elections earlier took place in 1992 when Shivcharan Mathur was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) and the seat fell vacant.
High percentage of voter turnout led to many speculations. While people said it was very difficult to guess who would win, the margin of votes was going to be small. Mandalgarh has witnessed 15 assembly elections. Of them, five were won by a margin of less than 5,000 votes. In the 2013 assembly elections, the voter turnout percentage was 82 percent. The contest was directly between the BJP and Congress candidates, but Gopal Malviya has made the battle interesting by jumping into the fray this time.
Sand stone mining is a huge industry in Mandalgarh employing nearly 7,000 laborers.