Araria Bypolls: Counting to Begin in Lok Sabha Seat on 14 March
Catch all the live updates from the counting day in Araria Lok Sabha seat.
Araria by-election was held on March 11 as the seat was vacated after the death of sitting RJD lawmaker Taslimuddin in September last year. 57 percent polling was recorded in the bypoll to the Araria Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar on Sunday turned up for polling in the Lok Sabha seat. The election will conclude on with the voting that will take place on 14 March. Catch all the live updates.
Bihar Bypolls: 57% Polling Recorded in Araria
57 percent polling was recorded in the by-election to the Araria Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar on 11 March, a senior poll official said. The polling was by and large peaceful, the election official added.
In the Bhabua and Jehanabad assembly constituencies, where bypolls were also held, the voter turnout was 54.03 percent and 50.06 percent respectively after polling ended at 5pm on Sunday, Bihar chief electoral officer Ajay V Nayak said.
Araria Bypoll - The Electoral Batteground For 2019 Elections
The contest is mainly between RJD’s Sarafaraz Alam, Taslimuddin’s son, and BJP’s Pradip Singh, who had won the seat in 2009 and finished runner-up in 2014.
But the bypoll in Araria is being viewed as a test for the ruling Janata Dal (United) or JD(U) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine as well as the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-Congress alliance, ahead of the big battle in the general elections due next year.
The bypoll is the first electoral test for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he walked out of the Grand Alliance between JDU, Congress and RJD last year and teamed up with the BJP. But RJD is hopeful of its traditional support base among Muslim-Yadav (MY) combine along with Dalits, which forms a major chunk of the electorate in Araria.
(With PTI inputs)
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