Meanwhile, Ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) candidate established an early lead in the by-elections to Narayankhed assembly constituency in Telangana's Medak district.

TRS candidate M Bhupal Reddy was leading by over 7,000 votes at the end of the third round of counting, Election Commission officials said. P Sanjeeva Reddy of Congress was second and Telugu Desam party's Vijayapal Reddy was at third place.There will be total 21 rounds of counting and the result is expected by noon.

In the by-election held on Saturday, 81.72 percent of 1.88 lakh voters had cast their votes. The by-election was necessitated due to the death of sitting Congress legislator P. Kishta Reddy in August 2015.

The Congress party, which fielded Kishta Reddy's son Sanjeeva Reddy, is banking on sympathy wave while TRS is looking to capture the Congress stronghold.

In Punjab, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal was leading in the first two rounds of counting of the Khadoor Sahib assembly by-election in Punjab, election officials announced.

After the second round, Akali Dal candidate Ravinder Singh Brahmpura was leading over six other candidates in the counting of votes which began at 8.00 am. Brahmpura was leading by nearly 8,500 votes. The opposition Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had opted out of the by-election.

The polls were held on February 13 amidst a boycott of the election by Congress and AAP, making it a one-sided contest for the Akali Dal

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