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On Sunday 02 May The BJP retained the Salt assembly constituency in Uttarakhand with Mahesh Jeena defeating Congress’ Ganga Pancholi by 4,697 votes in a bypoll to the seat.

Snatching an early lead over his nearest rival, Jeena maintained it consistently up to the end of counting, garnering 21,874 votes against Pancholi’s 17,177, the Election Commission said quoting the returning officer of Almora.

The BJP’s win is significant as it was the first election contested after Tirath Singh Rawat took over in March as the chief minister of the state.
Bypoll to the seat, which fell vacant after the death of Surendra Singh Jeena due to Covid-19 late last year, was held on April 17.

Mahesh Jeena, the elder brother of Surendra Singh Jeena, was fielded by the BJP from the seat in the hope of making the most of sympathy votes.

Congress chose to rely on Pancholi as she had given a tough fight to the BJP on the seat in the 2017 assembly polls.

The strategy of fielding close kin of sitting MLAs in bypolls caused by their sudden demise has always worked for the BJP.