In UP bypolls, turnout plunges by 10%, Yogi confident of win
In UP bypolls, turnout plunges by 10%, Yogi confident of win
Araria By Elections 2018 BJP leader Nityanand Rai said an RJD victory will make a"safe haven for ISIS
12 March, 2018, 11:16
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.
Araria, where Muslims account for over 41 per cent of the electorate, the main contest was between the ruling BJP's Pradip Kumar Singh and RJD's Sarfaraz Alam, whose late father Mohammad Taslimuddin had won the seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls by a margin of over 1.46 lakh votes. Sources are saying that this will be the first major electoral test for Nitish Kumar who walked out of the Mahagathbandhan past year and joined hands with the BJP to form the government.
Araria saw a 57 per cent voter turnout, while Jehanabad and Bhabua witnessed 50.6 and 54.3 per cent polling, respectively.
BJP combine and the opposition RJD-Congress alliance were locked in a battle on the three seats.
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.
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.
Of the 11 preventive arrests made by the police today, one was arrested in Araria Lok Sabha constituency while others were nabbed in Bhabhua Assembly seat, police said.
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.
The results will be out on March 14.
The BJP is hopeful of retaining the Bhabhua Assembly seat riding on a sympathy wave for Anand Bhushan Pandey whose death at the age of 48 has necessitated the bypoll. JD (U) which was earlier reluctant to contest election, fielded its candidate on request from BJP. The total number of candidates in the fray here is 17.
The death of RJD MLA Mundrika Singh Yadav necessitated the bypoll for Jehanabad seat, and his son Uday Yadav is contesting for the seat.
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