Bypolls underway for 10 seats across 5 states, 1 union territory; counting on June 26
An average 8.56 per cent votes were cast in the first two hours of polling in the by-election to UP’s Azamgarh and Rampur LS seats, while 13.49 per cent of 3.54 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 9 am in the by-election to Mandar assembly seat in Ranchi.
Bypolls for three Lok Sabha and seven assembly seats spread across five states and one union territory are underway, with Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha among the prominent candidates in the fray.
Counting of votes for the bypolls in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand will be taken up on Sunday.
In Uttar Pradesh, 18.81 per cent votes were cast in the first two hours of polling in the by-election to Rampur and 19.84 per cent in Amamgarh Lok Sabha seats, considered as the bastions of the Opposition Samajwadi Party.
The bypolls to the Azamgarh seat were necessitated by the resignation of Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav, who was elected to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly as an MLA in the elections earlier this year.
The Rampur seat was vacated by senior SP leader Azam Khan, who was also elected to the state Assembly.
All four assembly constituencies–Azamgarh, Mubarakpur, Sagdi, Gopalpur and Mehnagar–falling in this Lok Sabha seat were won by the SP in the recent assembly elections.
The voting for Punjab’s Sangrur Lok Sabha seat began at 8 am and will continue till 6 pm. A total of 12.75 per cent voters’ turn out was recorded till 11 am. All eyes are on the AAP, which is facing its first test of popularity after its impressive performance in the assembly elections.
The Sangrur Lok Sabha seat fell vacant after Bhagwant Mann resigned as MP after winning the Dhuri seat in the February 20 Assembly polls.
Tripura is witnessing bypolls to four assembly seats: Agartala, Town Bardowali, Surma and Jubarajnagar seats. Agartala recorded 34.26 per cent turn out till 11 am while Town Bardowali recorded 35.53 per cent, followed by Surma 33.50 per cent and Jubarajnagar 29.14 per cent.
The bypolls in Agartala and Town Bardowali constituencies were necessitated after Sudip Roy Barman and Asish Saha quit as BJP MLAs and joined the Congress in February.
The Surma seat in Dhalai district fell vacant after BJP legislator, Asish Das, was disqualified by Speaker Ratan Chakraborty and bypoll to Jubarajnagar was necessitated following the death to sitting CPI(M) MLA Ramendra Chandra Debnath.
Trinamool Congress and Left Front have fielded candidates in all the four seats.
In Andhra Pradesh, nearly 24.92 per cent voting was recorded till 11 am in the bypoll to the Atmakuru Assembly seat.
The bypoll is being held to fill the vacancy caused due to the death of then Industries Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy in February. His brother Vikram Reddy is the ruling YSR Congress candidate and he is locked in a contest with BJP’s G Bharat Kumar Yadav.
In Delhi, the voting is being held for the Rajinder Nagar seat. A total of 14.85 per cent turn out was recorded till 11 am. The two major contenders — the AAP and the BJP — have exuded confidence that their candidates will emerge victorious in the bypoll with a huge margin.
In Jharkhand, bypoll to Mandar assembly seat began amid tight security arrangements. Altogether, 29.13 per cent of 3.54 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 9 AM across 433 polling stations with 141 booths having been declared hyper-sensitive, 218 as sensitive, and 55 as vulnerable.
The by-election was necessitated after the disqualification of Bandhu Tirkey as an MLA in the wake of his conviction in a corruption case.