Voting for Araria Lok Sabha seat and Assembly Constituencies of Bhabua & Jehanabad

Saul Bowman
March 12, 2018

Meanwhile, 57 per cent polling was recorded in the by-election to the Araria Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar.

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. There were seven candidates in the fray in Araria, the third most important being Victor Yadav of Pappu Yadav's Jan Adhikar Party (JAP). The bye-elections were necessitated for both the seats after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated their constituencies following their election to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council.

Out of the three seats, RJD held Araria and Jehanabad seats and the BJP Bhabua. Mr Yadav's son Kumar Krishna Mohan is contesting from this seat.

The BSP is supporting the SP candidates in the two Lok Sabha seats whereas Congress, which contested the 2017 assembly poll with Samajwadi Party, had fielded its own candidates.

"Gorakhpur recorded a turnout of 43 per cent and Phulpur 37.39 per cent. Polling was peaceful and no untoward incidents related to law and order were reported", said the State election officer. The counting of votes for Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Araria Lok Sabha Bye-elections 2018 will be conducted on March 14. In Gorakhpur, the BJP had nominated Upendra Dutt Shukla against SP's Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel and Sureetha Kareem of the Congress.

RJD candidate Mohammed Taslimuddin beat BJP's sitting MP Pradeep Kumar Singh in 2014 in Araria, a Lok Sabha seat that had been an NDA bastion since 1996. The party has fielded his widow Rinki Rani Pandey now for the election.

The chief contest is between BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Grand Alliance comprising of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) [HAM (S)] or HAM-S. Earlier this year the chief minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar stepped down from his post and broke up the alliance with Lalu Yadav and Congress and joined hands with BJP.

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