Bihar bypolls: Over 55% turnout recorded in Araria
12 March, 2018, 10:19 | Author: Jason Torres
Reports claim that repolling may take place in Bhabhua on 23 polling booths on March 13 as EVMs were not working today. You can say that this seat is important because it has a sizeable population of Dalit voters, the Congress has put up Shambhu Patel, banking on the popularity of former Lok Sabha speaker and Dalit leader Meira Kumar.
In Araria Lok Sabha seat, the RJD fielded Sarfaraz Alam - son of Taslmiuddin - who was a sitting legislator of the ruling JD-U.
Polling for Bihar'sAraria Lok Sabha seat and the Assembly constituencies of Jehanabad and Bhabhua passed off peacefully with an average 54 per cent voting on Sunday.
The death of RJD MLA Mundrika Singh Yadav necessitated the bypoll for Jehanabad seat, and his son Uday Yadav is contesting for the seat.
This is the first electoral battle in the state since Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD (U), walked out of the alliance with the RJD and the Congress and joined the BJP-led NDA past year.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was among the early voters in Gorakhpur.
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Besides, complaints of EVM malfunctioning poured in from Jehanabad and Bhabua, the two Assembly constituencies where there is a straight contest between the NDA and the Grand Alliance.
Araria bypoll in Bihar: Fifty-seven per cent polling was recorded in the by-election to the Araria Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar, a senior poll official said.
The saffron party has fielded Kaushalendra Singh Patel from Phulpur and Upendra Dutt Shukla from Gorakhpur against the SP's Pravin Nishad and Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel, respectively.
The Araria seat fell vacant after the death of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Taslimuddin.
In 2014, Mr. Mandal had contested the Araria Lok Sabha seat on JD (U) ticket and got 22.73% vote. However, a total of 14 candidates including three women are in the fray. Besides Mr. Mandal, some local BJP leaders too are said to be scuttling the chances of the party nominee 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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