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Nail-biting finish in Bhind; Congress-BJP retain their seats in MP Assembly bypolls

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BHOPAL: Congress has won Ater assembly bypoll in Bhind while BJP won Bandhavgarh seat.

Of the two seats for which bypolls were held in Madhya Pradesh, both the parties retained their seats.

BJP won the Bandhavgarh seat comfortably--Shiv Narayan Meena defeated Savitri Singh of Congress by a margin of well over 25,000 votes. 

But the real fight was seen in Ater seat in Bhind district of Chambal region. Late Satyadev Katare's son Hemant Katare defeated Arvind Bhadoria of BJP in a nail-biting finish.

The result was declared in the evening after more than 20 rounds of counting. In initial rounds, Katare was ahead but later Bhadoria took lead. Later, once again Katare was ahead and the lead remained till the very end.

The victory would give Congress the much-needed boost. Bhind is part of Chambal region, which is considered Jyotiraditya Scindia's sphere of influence. A loss here, would have affected his prestige too.

BJP had made all efforts to snatch the seat. But the bypoll was mired in controversy after the EVM scandal when during a demo, VVPAT slip allegedly showed vote going to BJP though candidate for whom button was pressed belonged to other party.