Lok Sabha Bypoll For UP's Gorakhpur, Phulpur And Bihar's Araria Underway

12 March, 2018, 09:17 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Sarfaraz Alam's victory would turn Araria into ISI hub says BJP Bihar chief RJD hits back

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. Mr Alam, son of RJD MP Mohammad Taslimuddin from Araria, whose death necessitated by-election, was JD (U) MLA from Jokihat and had recently joined RJD, deserting his party.

Voting for bypolls to 3 Lok Sabha seats took place on Sunday, for the Gorakhpur and Phulpur constituencies in Uttar Pradesh and the Araria constituency of Bihar.

This is the first bypoll for Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in Bihar after it severed ties with the grand alliance a year ago.

BJP combine and the opposition alliance of RJD-Congress are battling for the three seats, all of which fell vacant due to the deaths of the sitting representatives.

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The BJP has expressed confidence in winning the UP seats, especially the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat which was represented by Yogi Adityanath for 5 consecutive terms before he was appointed Chief Minister.

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.

In Araria, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress is pitted against the BJP-Janata Dal (United) alliance.

The incendiary comment was made on March 9 when Rai was campaigning with party candidate Pradeep Kumar at Narpatganj.

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The results will be out on March 14.

The BJP is counting on a sympathy wave for Anand Bhushan Pandey, whose death at 48 has necessitated the bypoll in Bhabhua, to help retain the seat.

Meanwhile, candidates in the fray for the Phulpur seat are Kaushalendra Singh Patel from the BJP, Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel from SP and Manish Mishra from Congress. There were 17 candidates in the fray in Bhabhua.

The battle in Jehanabad was between the ruling JD (U)'s Abhiram Sharma and RJD's Suday Yadav, son of late Munkrika Yadav who had won the seat in the 2015 Assembly polls. For the ruling JD (U)-BJP combine, it will be a test of the NDA's unity, CM's popularity and their governance policies.

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