Jind bypoll: People voted for development, says PM

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New Delhi, Jan 31: Hailing BJP's victory in the crucial Jind bypoll humbling Congress President Rahul Gandhi' close aide Randeep Surjewala, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the outcome only shows that his party's development agenda was finding support among all sections of the society.

"I thank the people of Jind for blessing BJP in Haryana. This (Jind) is a seat where the party has never won before. Glad to see the development agenda of BJP finding support among all sections of society," he tweeted.

"I congratulate the Haryana BJP and CM Manohar Lal Khattar for assiduously serving the people," he said.

A jubilant Chief Minister Mr Khattar said that the result in Jind shows the popularity of the saffron party and is a clear indication of things to come in the upcoming general and state assembly elections.

".....people will vote for development and shun those who mislead the country," he said.

BJP's Krishan Lal Middha wrested the seat polling 50,566 votes while his nearest Independent candidate and Jannayak Janata Party leader Digvijay Chautala got 35,293 votes.

AICC media in charge Mr Surjewala, known for his rhetoric against BJP and especially Prime Minister Modi, finished third with mere 22,740 votes.

'For Jind bypoll, people used all sorts of cheap and communal politics, but our government moved on the path of development rising above the divisive politics, taking everybody along,' the Chief Minister said.

'People have put their stamp on development rather than divisive politics," he said.

The defeat of Surjewala comes as a set back to a section of Congress party which had hoped to project him as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the state assembly elections due by October-November this year. (UNI)