Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Voting for bypolls in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh underway

Voting for bypolls in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh underway

Bihar Chief Electoral Officer Ajay V Naik said polling was held peacefully in the three seats.

The Telegraph has not seen the footage, but Araria district magistrate (DM) Himanshu Kumar said that he ordered nodal officer Nishant to lodge the FIR after watching the video clip of Rai's speech during campaigning in Narpatganj on March 9. "If Nityanand means to say Bihar is a hub of ISI, it's a big shame for BJP and PM Narendra Modi because the saffron party is ruling at the Centre as well", RJD chief Lal Prasad's younger son and leader of opposition in legislative assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav said on Saturday.

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.

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A poll official in UP said there were complaints of electronic voting machine malfunctioning at a few booths, but the EVMs were promptly replaced without affecting the polling. JD (U) which was earlier reluctant to contest election, fielded its candidate on request from BJP.

The bypolls on the two seats are being termed by Chief Minister Adityanath as a rehearsal for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

By 1pm, polling percentages in Phulpur and Gorakhpur touched 19.2 and 30.2 percent, respectively.

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But a year ago, Nitish Kumar ended the alliance and came back at the head of another government formed with the BJP - a move that has been repeatedly castigated by Lalu Yadav and his son Tejashwi Yadav.

This is the first bypoll for Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in Bihar after it severed ties with the grand alliance a year ago. The Congress has nominated Sureetha Kareem for Gorakhpur and Manish Mishra for Phulpur Lok Sabha seat. You all may know that Mr. Alam is locked in a direct contest with the BJP's Pradip Singh who came second in the 2014 general elections but had won the seat in 2009. Shahnaz Khatoon, a first-time voter who has just taken her Class XII exam, said after casting her vote at a booth in Raniganj, "Each member of my family voted". The party has fielded his widow Rinki Rani Pandey now for the election.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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