Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidates continued to lead in the counting of votes polled in the bypolls to Balasore and Tirtol Assembly constituencies in Odisha, said an election official on Tuesday.
By the end of 16th round, BJD’s Bijay Shankar Das had polled 54,290 votes while BJP candidate Rajkishore Behera had secured 29,593 votes in Tirtol seat under Jagatsinghpur district. Congress candidate Himansu Bhusan Mallick has managed to get 14,084 votes, said an official.
In the Balasore seat, BJD candidate Swarup Das polled 56,309 votes while rival BJP candidate Manas Kumar Dutta bagged 50,201 votes. by the end of 17th round. Congress candidate Mamata Kundu got 3,713 votes.
The bypolls in the two constituencies were held on November 3. The by-elections were necessitated following the death of BJP MLA Madan Mohan Dutta in Balasore and BJD MLA Bishnu Charan Das in Tirtol.