Over 50% turnout in Bihar bypoll

Over 50% turnout in Bihar bypoll

Over 50% turnout in Bihar bypoll

BJP combine and the opposition RJD-Congress alliance were locked in a battle on the three seats.

Amid eleborate security arrangements, polling today began on peaceful note at 0700 hours for by-elections to one Lok Sabha seat and two Assembly seats with electorate exercising their franchise to decide fate of 38 candidates.

In the Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies, where by-polls were also held, the voter turnout was 54.03 per cent and 50.06 per cent respectively after polling ended at 5 pm, Bihar Chief Electoral Officer Ajay V Nayak said. The bypoll was necessitated by the death of RJD MP Mohammed Taslimuddin. The RJD is in fray sans its chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is behind the bars in a fodder scam case, though the party was successful in getting support of former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, who holds considerable sway in Jehanabad and Araria. Adityanath, who is also Mahant of Gorakhnath temple, had won Gorakhpur for five times in a row since 1998.

Forty three per cent voters cast their mandate in the Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency on Sunday while Phulpur recorded an even lesser 37.39 per cent turnout in the crucial bypolls to the two Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.

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The chief contest is between BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Grand Alliance comprising of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) [HAM (S)] or HAM-S.

Araria Lok Sabha constituency comprises Assembly segments of Narpatganj, Sikti, Jokihat, Forbesganj, Raniganj and Araria. The saffron party has fielded Pandey's wife Rinky Rani and her principal challenger is Congress candidate Shambhu Singh Patel.

In Jehanabad, the RJD hopes to retain the Assembly seat that fell vacant after the death of Mundrika Yadav. JD (U) which was earlier reluctant to contest election, fielded its candidate on request from BJP. On the other hand, BJP nominated Pradeep Kumar Singh.

Though fourteen candidates are in the fray in Jehanabad, the fight is mainly between the RJD's Kumar Krishna Mohan and JD (U)'s Abhiram Sharma, who took the seat in the 2010 assembly election.

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