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Abhey Chautala Wins Ellenabad Bypolls

PTI 23 Jan 2010, 17:01:02 PM IST

Opposition Indian National Lok Dal on Saturday in Chandigarh retained the Ellenabad Assembly constituency in Haryana when its candidate Abhey Singh Chautala defeated Bharat Singh Beniwal of Congress.

The by-election held on Januray 20 was necessitated following the resignation of INLD Chief Om Parkash Chautala, who had won from both Ellenabad and Uchana Kalan in the recent Assembly elections and preferred to keep the latter.

Abhey, former MLA and younger son of Chautala, defeated Beniwal by a margin of 6,227 votes, Chief Electoral Officer Sumita Misra said.

However, INLD's victory margin came down significantly this time compared to 16,000 votes by which the former chief minister had won in October defeating his nearest Congress rival.

With this win, the strength of INLD in the 90-member House has gone up to 31. PTI