Bihar bypolls: All you need to know about the poll-bound state

12 March, 2018, 09:17 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Voting for 3 Lok Sabha bypolls in UP, Bihar to be held tomorrow

After the voting Chief election officer of Bihar, Ajay Nayak reported to media persons and said that bypolls have passed off peacefully without any violence. The key contenders for the seat are RJD's Sarafaraz Alam, Taslimuddin's son, and the BJP's Pradip Singh.

Two Assembly constituencies Jahanabad and Bhabhua and one Lok Sabha seat of Araria today are undergoing voting that started at 7 AM and ended at 5 PM.

The bypolls are being watched with much eagerness as this is the first electoral battle in the state since last year's political realignment when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD (U), walked out of the Grand Alliance and rejoined the BJP-led NDA. Araria Loksabha bypoll saw 57% voter turnout while Bhabhua and Jehanabad saw 54.3% and 50.6% voters respectively.

BJP combine and the opposition RJD-Congress alliance were locked in a battle on the three seats. Mr Taslimuddin's death necessitated the by-election on this seat.

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Slow pace of voting on Sunday marked the by-elections for the high stakes battles in Gorakhpur and Phulpur as poll percentage in the two constituencies went down by almost 10% as compared to the 2014 LS elections.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded former mayor of Varanasi, Kaushlendra Singh Patel as its candidate from Phulpur while Upendra Shukla would contest from Gorakhpur.

The incendiary comment was made on March 9 when Rai was campaigning with party candidate Pradeep Kumar at Narpatganj. There were seven candidates in the fray in Araria, the third most important being Victor Yadav of Pappu Yadav's Jan Adhikar Party (JAP).

Janata Dal (United) is contesting the Jehanabad assembly seat, leaving Araria and Bhabua to its ally, the BJP.

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The results will be out on March 14. Another key candidate in the fray is JDU's Abhiram Sharma.

While the Uttar Pradesh constituencies fell vacant after Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath became UP Chief Minister and Phulpur MP Keshav Prasad Maurya became deputy chief minister, all 3 Bihar seats fell vacant due to the death of their respective representatives.

In 2014, Mr. Mandal had contested the Araria Lok Sabha seat on JD (U) ticket and got 22.73% vote.

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