Bhubaneswar (SunstarTV Bureau): The vote counts for bypoll elections is still going on for Balasore and Tirtol assembly constituencies, Odisha. BJD is leading in both the constituencies.
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is leading in both the districts after 9th round of counting with a vote count of 33676 in Balasore Sadar and 8th 32075 in Tirtol Assembly, followed by BJP with a vote count of 29502 and17514 in Balasore and Tirtol respectively. Congress stands at bottom in both the polling counts with a voting number of 2011 in Balasore and 6835 in Tirtol constituencies.
The counting of votes started at 8 am amid tight security arrangements and strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines. The bypolls were held on November 3.
The electoral fortunes of 15 candidates stay hanging -six in Balasore and nine in Tirtol , will be decided today. The BJP has fielded Manas Kumar Dutta, the son of late MLA Madan Mohan Dutta, in the Balasore seat, while Swarup Das is the BJD candidate and the Congress nominated Mamata Kundu. The BJD has fielded Bijay Shankar Das, the son of Bishnu Charan Das, in the Tirtol seat, while the Congress candidate in Himansu Bhushan Mallick, and Rajkishore Behera is the BJP nominee.