Mega bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar; test for BJP and Nitish
12 March, 2018, 09:21 | Author: Kristen Ingram
"Webcasting was done from 197 polling stations and officials, including those from the Election Commission, watched it to keep tabs on the voting", said Bihar's chief electoral officer (CEO) Ajay V. Nayak.
In Araria, the contest is locked between RJD's Sarfaraj Alam, son of deceased MP Taslimuddin, and BJP's Pradip Singh while in Jehanabad the fight is between RJD's Suday Yadav, son of deceased MLA Mundrika Singh Yadav, and JD (U)'s Abhiram Sharma.
Average voter turnout marked the by-elections to the ArariaLok Sabha constituency and the Jehanabad and Bhabua Assembly seats in Bihar on Sunday as polling was held in peaceful conditions, without any violence.
The Bihar bypolls are seen as a litmus test for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he pulled out of the state's Grand Alliance and joined the BJP. Jehanabad and Bhabhua registered 50.6 and 54.3 per cent polling respectively. In Gorakhpur, the BJP had nominated Upendra Dutt Shukla against SP's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel and Sureetha Kareem of the Congress. The bye-elections were necessitated for both the seats after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated their constituencies following their election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council. Also, two assembly seats Jehanabad and Bhabhua will go for byelection.
The BSP is supporting the SP candidates in the two Lok Sabha seats whereas Congress, which contested the 2017 assembly poll with Samajwadi Party, had fielded its own candidates.
The results for the bypolls will be declared on March 14. The party gave ticket to Yadav's son Kumar Krishna Mohan.
Seven candidates are in the fray in the Araria parliamentary constituency.
The Bhabua assembly seat got vacant after the death of BJP's Anand Bhushan Pandey, and the party has fielded his widow Rinki Rani Pandey.
Congress and RJD had issues over seat-sharing before they finalised an arrangement in February under which the former was to contest from Bhabua alone. The total number of candidates in the fray here is 17.
Sarfaraz quit as a JD (U) MLA before becoming the RJD candidate from his father's fiefdom.
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