Congress wins in Mandi Lok Sabha by-poll along with 3 Assembly Seats in HP

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November 02

In a major set back to the ruling BJP, Congress on Tuesday won the Mandi Lok Sabha by-poll along with all three Assembly constituencies like Arki, Fatehpur and Jubbal-Kotkhai — in by -polls.

Congress candidate Pratibha Singh, wife of six-time Chief Minister late Virbhadra Singh,  won the Mandi seat, which falls Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur’s home district. She defeated BJP’s greenhorn Brigadier Khushal Thakur (retired) by a slender margin of 8,766 votes.

The Congress candidates won Arki, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Fatehpur Assembly segments with comfortable margins.

The seat fell vacant with the death of two-time BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma.

Virbhadra Singh was elected from Mandi in 1971, 1980 and 2009. But, he lost from Mandi seat in 1977.

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