Bihar bypolls: Voting underway for Araria Lok Sabha, 2 assembly seats

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The results for the bypolls will be declared on March 14.

BJP combine and the opposition RJD-Congress alliance were locked in a battle on the three seats.

Voting for Araria Lok Sabha seat and Assembly Constituencies of Bhabua & Jehanabad: - Well, as you all may know that Bypolls on Lok Sabha seat and two assembly seats in Bihar is going on and votings are taking place today.

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The Lok Sabha seat for Araria, held by RJD Mohd Taslimuddin, fell vacant after his death, and the assembly seat for Jehanabad was vacated by the death of RJD lawmaker Mundrika Singh Yadav, and the Bhabua assembly seat was vacated after the death of the BJP's Anand Bhushan Pandey. The bypoll was necessitated by the death of RJD MP Mohammed Taslimuddin.

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. The RJD is in fray sans its chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is behind the bars in a fodder scam case, though the party was successful in getting support of former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, who holds considerable sway in Jehanabad and Araria. The bypolls are being seen as a litmus test for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he pulled out of the state's Grand Alliance and joined the BJP. Adityanath, who is also Mahant of Gorakhnath temple, had won Gorakhpur for five times in a row since 1998.

Reports of defective EVMs came from Bhabhua Assembly constituency, where voting was affected at 24 polling stations.

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The Lok Sabha by-election for two constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, namely Gorakhpur and Phulpur are underway. Besides Mr. Mandal, some local BJP leaders too are said to be scuttling the chances of the party nominee Pradeep Kumar Singh.

For bye-elections 2018, a total of 10 candidates are in the fray from Gorakhpur, while there are 22 candidates contesting from Phulpur.

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