Ranchi, June 26: Congress candidate Shilpi Neha Tirkey won the by-election to Jharkhand’s Mandar seat on Sunday, defeating her nearest rival, BJP’s Gangotri Kujur, by a margin of 23,517 votes after the counting was completed at Pandra in Ranchi on Sunday.
Shilpi Neha, the daughter of former legislator Bandhu Tirkey and also supported by the ruling JMM-led coalition in the state, secured a total of 95,062 votes and gave credit to the people of Mandar for her success.
Kujur bagged a total of 71,545 votes, the official said.
AIMIM-backed Independent candidate Dev Kumar Dhan occupied the third slot with 22,395 votes.
Over 61 per cent of 3.5 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the election held on June 23.
The by-poll was necessitated after the disqualification of Bandhu Tirkey as an MLA in the wake of his conviction in a corruption case.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren who had been with the Congress candidate during filing of her nomination and had also campaigned for her at three places on a single day earlier this week has congratulated the young candidate of the alliance, Shilpi Neha Tirkey, on winning.
“The politics of money power, lies, deceit, arrogance and exploitation was blown away by the people of Mandar. The Jharkhand government has brought many welfare schemes related to jobs, employment, social security, education for the poor, exploited and deprived society. The more people take advantage of it, the more society will progress. The government is soon coming with a plan for financial assistance to poor students for the preparation of competitive examination,” said Soren.
After the announcement of victory, Shilpi’s husband Sunny Lakra said that now she will serve the public and do her best to solve the problems of the residents of the constituency.
Significantly, a special CBI court in Jharkhand had on March 28 sentenced Tirkey to three years imprisonment which led to subsequent disqualification from the Jharkhand Assembly and the by-poll.