The Congress, however, termed BJP's win with a lower margin than earlier as a 'moral defeat' for the ruling party. The by-elections at the seat were necessitated due to the death of BJP MLA Rajesh Yadav following illness. BJP candidate Chander Singh Sisodia won the by-polls by defeating Congress' Subhash Kumar Sojatia with a margin of 12,945 votes, an election officer said.

Sisodia got 81,449 votes while Sojatia bagged 68,504 votes, he added. The BJP had won the seat in the 2013 assembly polls with a margin of 25,755 votes. A total of 1,55,934 voters exercised their franchise in the by-polls, with 1,924 voting in favour of NOTA (None of the Above). In 2013, 1,63,892 votes were polled at the seat.

Eight candidates were in fray for the by-polls, but the main contest was between BJP's Sisodia and Congress nominee Sojatia. State Congress unit's chief spokesperson K K Mishra termed the BJP's victory with a reduced margin in the by-polls as the ruling party's 'moral defeat'. Alleging that BJP won the by-polls by misusing official machinery in a big way, he said that it is not the victory of BJP, but of its 'dishonesty'.

However, Madhya Pradesh's BJP unit spokesman Vishwas Sarang said it was a victory of the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

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