In UP bypolls, turnout plunges by 10%, Yogi confident of win

In UP bypolls, turnout plunges by 10%, Yogi confident of win

In UP bypolls, turnout plunges by 10%, Yogi confident of win

According to election commission sources, the polling is so far peaceful. The poll was necessitated because of the death of Mohd Taslimuddin of RJD whose son Sarfaraz Alam has been fielded.

Voting for Araria Lok Sabha seat and Assembly Constituencies of Bhabua & Jehanabad: - Well, as you all may know that Bypolls on Lok Sabha seat and two assembly seats in Bihar is going on and votings are taking place today. The bypolls are being seen as a litmus test for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he pulled out of the state's Grand Alliance and joined the BJP. Araria Loksabha bypoll saw 57% voter turnout while Bhabhua and Jehanabad saw 54.3% and 50.6% voters respectively.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded former mayor of Varanasi, Kaushlendra Singh Patel as its candidate from Phulpur while Upendra Shukla would contest from Gorakhpur.

Slow pace of voting on Sunday marked the by-elections for the high stakes battles in Gorakhpur and Phulpur as poll percentage in the two constituencies went down by almost 10% as compared to the 2014 LS elections. 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.

The state BJP chief had reportedly told voters in Araria that if in case the RJD candidate wins, then Araria may become the hub for ISI activities.

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The results to be announced on March 14 are being keenly watched in Uttar Pradesh as it could lead to a bigger opposition alliance before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

While campaigning for his party's candidate at a public meeting at Narpatganj on March 9, Rao allegedly said, if the RJD candidate wins this election, Araria will become a safe haven for the ISIS.

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.

In 2014, Mr. Mandal had contested the Araria Lok Sabha seat on JD (U) ticket and got 22.73% vote.

The Araria seat fell vacant after the death of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Taslimuddin.

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