A high voter turnout on Monday, 28 January, was recorded in by-elections to the Jind Assembly constituency in Haryana and the Ramgarh Assembly constituency in Rajasthan, where the Congress and BJP are locked in a battle of prestige.
In Jind bypolls, polling percentage was recorded at 75.77 percent, officials said. The bypoll was necessitated following the death of INLD legislator Hari Chand Midha. Congress has fielded party Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala against BJP's Krishna Midda in the constituency.
The turnout was 78.9 percent in Ramgarh, where the election was deferred following the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh a few days before the 7 December Rajasthan Assembly polls, which saw the Congress defeat the BJP-led dispensation in the state.
- Officials said the turnout in both seats is likely to increase as there were people in queues in several booths after 5 pm, the scheduled time for voting to end
- Counting of votes will take place on 31 January
- Senior leader Randeep Surjewala is the Congress’ candidate from Jind while BJP has fielded Krishna Midda
- The fight for Ramgarh is a three-way contest between the candidates of BJP, BSP and the Congress
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Who Are the Candidates in Jind?
Congress has fielded senior leader and party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala while BJP has fielded Krishna Midda, and JJP has fielded Digvijay Chautala from Jind.
Nearly 1.70-lakh people, including 80,556 women, are eligible to vote, officials said. Braving cold weather conditions, people could be seen queuing up at various polling booths to cast their vote. There are 71 polling booths in rural areas of this constituency and 103 polling booths fall in urban areas.
Voting Currently Underway in Jind
Voting is currently underway for bypolls to the Jind Assembly constituency.
Who Are the Candidates in Ramgarh?
- BSP has fielded former union minister Natwar Singh’s son Jagat Singh.
- Congress is relying on Safia Zubair Khan.
- BJP has fielded Sukhwant Singh.
Randeep Surjewala Offers Prayer at Somnath Temple
Randeep Surjewala offers prayer at Somnath temple.
Nearly 3,000 Policemen on Duty for Jind Bypolls
As part of elaborate security arrangements to ensure smooth and peaceful conduct of polling, nearly 3,000 policemen have been put on duty, a senior police official said. Besides, 500 home guards and over 200 personnel drawn from the CRPF and the Rapid Action Force have also been deployed.
Additional police forces have been deployed at sensitive and highly-sensitive booths.
The Jind assembly segment has been divided into 24 sectors, with six deputy superintendents of police being made in-charge to oversee security arrangements.
Voting Underway in Ramgarh
Voting is currently underway for the bypolls to Ramgarh Assembly constituency in Rajasthan.
Jind Bypolls: 92-Year-Old Woman Casts Her Vote
Dhanoo Devi, a 92-year-old woman, cast her vote at polling station number 111 in Jind. Voting is currently underway for the bypolls to Jind Assembly constituency.
Nearly 25% Polling Recorded in Jind
Nearly 25 percent polling has been recorded in the first few hours of the high-stake multi-cornered bypolls to the Jind assembly constituency in Haryana on Monday.
Polling began at 7 am and will continue till 5 pm. In the first two hours, 15 percent voters had exercised their franchise and by 10:30 am, the poll percentage rose to nearly 25 percent.
Nearly 29% Polling Recorded in Ramgarh
Nearly 29 percent turnout was recorded in the first few hours of the ongoing polls to the Ramgarh Assembly constituency.
“Polling started at 8 am. VVPAT machines at five booths were replaced during a mock poll drill and three were replaced after polling began,” Returning Officer Pankaj Sharma said.
We are Confident: Digvijay Chautala of JJP
Digvijay Chautala, the Jananayak Janata Party (JJP) candidate, said, “We are confident. People will see a positive change in politics. Politics that will rise above religion, caste and creed”.
Over 60 % Polling Recorded till 3 PM in Jind Bypoll
Over 60 percent polling percentage was recorded till 3 pm in Haryana's Jind assembly bypoll.
Ramgarh Bypoll: 68.73 Percent Voter Turnout till 3 PM
A voter turnout of 68.73 per cent was registered till 3 pm on Monday, 28 January, in the ongoing bypoll for Rajasthan's Ramgarh Assembly constituency.
Over 78% Turnout in Ramgarh Bypoll
Polling in Rajasthan's Ramgarh constituency ended on Monday, 28 January, with a voter turnout of 78.45 percent, officials said.
They, however, said the turnout is likely to increase as there were people in queues in several booths after 5 pm, the scheduled time for voting to end.
Final voting percentage will be released later, they said.
Polling for High-Stakes Jind Assembly Bypoll Ends, Turnout At Over 70%
Over 70 percent turnout was reported on Monday, 28 January, in the by-election to the Jind assembly constituency in Haryana, dubbed as a prestige battle for all four major contenders ahead of parliamentary and assembly polls.
The ruling BJP, Congress, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and and the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), which was formed after a split in the INLD, have pulled out all the stops for a victory.
As per preliminary figures, poll percentage at 5 pm crossed 70 percent.
According to the officials, the final turnout is likely to be higher as there were people in queues in several booths after 5 pm, the scheduled time for voting to end.