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Ruling Congress in Uttarakhand on Saturday suffered a setback when its candidate and chief minister Vijay Bahuguna's son Saket lost to BJP's Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah in prestigious Tehri Lok Sabha bypoll by an emphatic margin.

The BJP nominee won by a margin of 22, 431 votes, polling 

 
24,52,92 votes while the Congress candidate secured 22,28,61 votes in the bypoll held on October 10, chief electoral officer Radha Raturi said.
BJP maintained lead against Congress in most of the assembly segments of the constituency throughout the counting process which began at 0800 hours in DehraDun amid tight security.

As the counting progressed, BJP's lead continued to surge with the party taking a decisive edge in Dehradun district with Shah forging ahead by miles against Saket in six out of the seven assembly segments in the distict.

Immediately after the victory, BJP workers thronged the streets distributing sweets, applying 'gulal' on each other, setting of firecrackers and raising slogans against price rise and the cap on LPG cylinders which were the opposition's major poll planks.


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