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By-Poll Results: Jayalalithaa shines in TN, BJP in MP

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By Keshav Chhabra

On 27th June, the voter turnout saw a rise in five states, going as high as 80 per cent for some seats in Tripura and Meghalaya. As the by-poll results of the five states (Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Meghalaya and Tripura) were announced today, NewsGram brings you a brief summary of the election results with major highlights.

Tamil Nadu: J Jayalalithaa has done it again in Tamil Nadu. The party offices of AIADMK were full of cheer and celebration with the chief minister winning in RK Nagar by-poll by a margin of more than 1.5 lakh votes; the closest candidate being C. Mahendran of the CPI.

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Kerala: For the assembly seat of Aruvikara, the Congress candidate K.A. Sabarinathan led the party to victory by a margin of around 10,000 votes. His nearest rival was CPI candidate M. Vijayakumar who got 46,320 votes while the BJP candidate, standing third in the race could manage 34,145 votes.

Madhya Pradesh: Though BJP struggled in Kerela, the party candidate Chandar Singh Sisodia registered a comfortable win with 81,449 votes, winning by a margin of around 13,000 votes over his nearest rival of the Congress party in Garoth assembly constituency by-poll.

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Tripura: The Bhartiya Janata Party had to meet disappointment in the state, where CPI-M won two assembly seats with a record margin, the nearest rival being BJP candidates.

Meghalaya: The state brought good news for the ruling Congress party where Bluebell Sangma registered a victory over National People Party’s candidate Phillipole D. Marak by 2,550 votes.

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Franco Mulakkal, bishop of the Indian city of Jalandhar, center, whom a nun has accused of rape, leaves after appearing for questioning by police in Kochi, India, Sept. 19, 2018. The bishop has denied the accusation. VOA

Indian police on Friday arrested a Catholic bishop accused by a nun of repeatedly raping her over a period of two years.

The arrest of Franco Mulakkal came after police questioned him for three days in southern Indian city of Kochi.

The nun with the Missionaries of Jesus order filed a police complaint in June accusing the bishop of raping her from 2014 to 2016.

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Nuns hold placards during a protest demanding justice after an alleged sexual assault of a nun by a bishop in Kochi, in the southern state of Kerala, India. VOA

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