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Bihar bypolls: All you need to know about the poll-bound state

12 March 2018, 09:17 | Myrtle Vega

Bihar: Around 12 pc voting till 10 am in bypolls for 1 LS and 2 Assembly seats

Bihar by-polls: Over 30% cast votes in Araria, around 25% in Jehanabad, Bhabua till noon

"Fresh polling must take place in all these booths", said Quadri. 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.

Bypolls for the three seats - Araria Lok Sabha and Bhabhua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies - were necessitated following the demise of RJD's Md Taslimuddin, BJP's Anand Bhushan Pandey and RJD's Mundrika Yadav respectively.

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 by-election to the Araria seat was necessitated by the death of sitting RJD lawmaker Mohd Taslimuddin.

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While the BJP led NDA is hoping to clinch the three seats on its development plank and upper caste- backward vote bank, the RJD-Congress combine is trying to queer the pitch for its rival by riding high on secularism and its Muslim-Yadav combination, especially in Araria and Jehanabad seats.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath took a dig at the new alliance, calling it a "the coming together of a mongoose and a snake when a storm brews".

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. Both the leaders have campaigned in their erstwhile Lok Sabha constituencies extensively while Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party held the fort for the opposition. The bypoll in Araria is being viewed as a test for the ruling JD (U)-BJP combine as well as the opposition RJD-Congress alliance, ahead of the big battle in the general elections due next year. On the other hand, BJP nominated Pradeep Kumar Singh. The total number of candidates in the fray here is 17.

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. 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.

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