The Congress candidate was leading by a margin of 2,778 votes within the Dantewada assembly bypoll wherever counting was haunted on Friday morning, officials said.
The counting of votes within the bypoll persisted September 23 within the Naxal-affected seat began at eight at the District Institute of Education and training (DIET) campus in Dantewada district headquarters,a poll official same.
As per the first trends, Devti karma of the Congress was leading by a margin of 2,778 votes against her nearest rival Ojaswi Mandavi of the BJP, he said.
Karma had secured 6,720 votes, whereas Mandavi got 3942 votes once initial rounds of counting, he added.
The ruling Congress and main opposition BJP area unit fastened during a direct fight during this seat, reserved for regular Tribe, wherever bypoll was necessitated once the death of sitting BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi during a Maoist attack in Apr this year.