Congress candidate Hemant Katare has defeated BJP’s Arvind Bhadoria by 857 votes in the by-poll held in Ater constituency in Madhya Pradesh.
The counting of votes for Ater constituency began at 8 am on Thursday.
The Election Commission has made three-tier security arrangements during the counting of votes to ensure free and fair polls.
Congress party has earlier alleged booth capturing by BJP-supporters in the Madhya Pradesh by-polls and accused the district administration of turning a blind eye towards the malpractices.
“As many as 19 officials were transferred after EVM tampering scandal but the Collector-SP are still in the district, helping the BJP candidate”, MP Congress chief Arun Yadav told media.
He also made a complaint to Election Commission in this regard.
He alleged that at least 40 polling agents of the party were detained and incidents of intimidation were reported at several places.
“Even a jawan was threatened and media persons were targeted. Despite the directions, there was no videography at sensitive booths”, he said.
“They ranged from gun snatched from policeman, stone pelting at Congress candidate, musclemen at sensitive booths, smashing of mediamen’s van and booth capturing bids,” he further added.
In the complaint, Yadav alleged that officials were in favour of the BJP workers. Congress party has given list of booths to the Election Commission.