Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Bihar Bypolls Araria Jehanabad and Bhabua

Bihar by-polls: Over 30% cast votes in Araria, around 25% in Jehanabad, Bhabua till noon Araria Lok Sabha Bypoll: FIR lodged against Bihar BJP Chief Nityanand Rai For 'Provocative Speech' During Campaign
Faye Gross | 12 March, 2018, 06:33

Polling for Bihar's Araria Lok Sabha seat and the Assembly constituencies of Jehanabad and Bhabhua passed off peacefully with an average 54 per cent voting on Sunday. The polling will continue till 5 in the evening.

For the BJP, the election is a prestige issue for chief minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya, who were Lok Sabha members from Gorakhpur and Phulpur respectively before taking up present positions.

Coming to Bihar bye-elections, a 57 percent voter turnout was recorded in Araria whereas in Jehanabad and Bhabhua 50.6 per cent and 54.3 voter turnout was registered respectively.

In Jehanabad, the RJD hopes to retain the assembly seat that fell vacant after the death of Mundrika Yadav. "Fresh polling must take place in all these booths", said Quadri. Besides Mr. Mandal, some local BJP leaders too are said to be scuttling the chances of the party nominee Pradeep Kumar Singh. The party gave ticket to Yadav's son Kumar Krishna Mohan.

It is high stake fight between the BJP-led NDA and Congress-RJD combine Araria parliamentary seat and two assembly segments - Jehanabad and Bhabua, considering that it's outcome would set the stage for the 2019 parliamentary 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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The Bihar by-election is the first electoral battle in the state since last year's realignment when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD (U), left the Grand Alliance and reunited with the BJP.

Also, in Araria, a seat that fell vacant after the death of RJD lawmaker Mohd Taslimuddin, the party has fielded his son Sarfaraz Alam, looking to capitalize on Muslim and Yadav voters who make up a big chunk of the electorate. The party has fielded his widow Rinki Rani Pandey now for the election.

The results for both states will be declared on March 14.

Meanwhile, an FIR was lodged against Bihar BJP chief Nityanand Rai for allegedly violating the model code of conduct when he said "Araria will turn into an ISI hub if the RJD candidate won the seat" while campaigning in Narpatganj on March 9.

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