Shimla: In an embarrassment for Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, his wife and Congress candidate from Mandi Lok Sabha seat Pratibha Singh was Friday defeated by BJP's Ram Swaroop Sharma.
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Sharma defeated Pratibha Singh by a margin of 39,796 votes, an election official told IANS here.
In the 2013 bypoll, Pratibha Singh won from the seat by a margin of 1,36,724 votes. The seat was vacated by Virbhadra Singh after he assumed charge as chief minister.
Election officials said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates are leading in other three Lok Sabha seats in the state.