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

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According to election commission sources, the polling is so far peaceful.

In Araria, ex-MP Taslimuddin's son, Mohammad Sarfaraz Alam, who resigned as a JDU MLA and joined the RJD, was pitted against BJP's Pradip Singh.

"The byelections in the three constituencies â€" one Lok Sabha and two Asssembly seats â€" in Bihar assume significance as this is the first-ever poll which has been held after Nitish Kumar switched sides and formed government with the help of BJP-led NDA after dumping his previous partners RJD and the Congress in July 2017.

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

Araria saw a 57 per cent voter turnout, while Jehanabad and Bhabua witnessed 50.6 and 54.3 per cent polling, respectively.

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The bypoll was necessitated after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated their seats in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, respectively, on taking office.

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. The saffron party has fielded Pandey's wife Rinky Rani and her principal challenger is Congress candidate Shambhu Singh Patel.

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

Though 14 candidates are in the fray for the Assembly constituency, 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 poll was necessitated because of the death of BJP's Anand Bhushan Pandey. There were 17 candidates in the fray in Bhabhua. 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. Reports claim that repolling may take place in Bhabhua on 23 polling booths on March 13 as EVMs were not working today.