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Bypolls in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh : Details you should know

Bypolls in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh : Details you should know

The by-election to the Araria seat was necessitated by the death of RJD MP Mohd Taslimuddin.

While Araria Lok Sabha seat saw a turnout of 57 per cent, Assembly segments of Jehanabad and Bhabua recorded 50.6 per cent and 54.3 per cent turnout, respectively.

By-elections are being held in Gorakhpur formerly held by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath - and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.

A poll official in UP said there were complaints of electronic voting machine malfunctioning at a few booths, but the EVMs were promptly replaced without affecting the polling. Mr Singh had lost to Mohammad Taslimuddin in 2014 Lok Sabha poll.

Around 31.25 per cent voters cast their votes in the ongoing by-poll at for the Araria Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar on Sunday till 12 noon.

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In Jehanabad, the RJD hopes to retain the Assembly seat that fell vacant after the death of Mundrika Yadav.

From Phulpur, the BJP has pitted Kaushalendra Singh Patel and Upendra Dutt Shukla from Gorakhpur against the SP's Pravin Nishad and Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel respectively.

Meanwhile, the bypolls in Bihar are being considered as a direct battle between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav, who has been leading the RJD's campaign since his father Lalu Prasad Yadav was jailed in a corruption case. A total of 14 candidates are in the fray though the contest is mainly between the RJD nominee and JD (U)'s Abhiram Sharma who had won the seat in the 2010 Assembly polls. "Fresh polling must take place in all these booths", said Quadri.

On the other hand, the BJP is hopeful of retaining the Bhabhua Assembly seat riding on a sympathy wave for Anand Bhushan Pandey whose death at the age of 48 necessitated the bypoll. There were 17 candidates in the fray in Bhabhua. Sources are saying that this will be the first major electoral test for Nitish Kumar who walked out of the Mahagathbandhan a year ago and joined hands with the BJP to form the government.

An FIR has been lodged against Bihar BJP president Nityanand Rai for allegedly delivering a provocative speech on Friday while campaigning for the Lok Sabha bypoll in Araria district, which was held on Sunday without any major violence (See Metro Page 10).


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