Rival Alliances Go From Skirmishes To Showdown In Bihar By-Elections

The ruling Janata Dal (United) and the BJP are facing a Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal combine in the by-elections in Bihar -- Araria Lok Sabha seat, and Bhabhua and Jehanabad assembly constituencies

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Rival Alliances Go From Skirmishes To Showdown In Bihar By-Elections

Bihar bypolls: People wait in queue to cast their vote. Araria Lok Sabha seat is an important seat

Patna:  Voting is underway in Bihar's Araria Lok Sabha seat and in the assembly constituencies of Jahanabad and Bhabhua where two opposing alliances are looking to eject the other one out. Polling started at 7 am and has been peaceful, election officials of the Bihar by-elections said. Till noon, 31.25 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in Araria; it was 24.5 per cent in Bhabhua and 28.6 per cent in Jehanabad, news agency ANI reported.

The ruling Janata Dal (United) and the BJP are facing a Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal combine in all the three battles.

In Araria parliamentary constituency, seven candidates are fighting it out. Former BJP parliamentarian Pradeep Kumar Singh is hoping to wrest the seat from the RJD, which has fielded Sarfaraz Alam, whose father Mohd Taslimuddin was a parliamentarian from this seat. Mr Taslimuddin's death necessitated the by-election on this seat.

In Jehanabad, the RJD hopes to retain the assembly seat that fell vacant after the death of Mundrika Yadav. Mr Yadav's son Kumar Krishna Mohan is contesting from this seat.

Though fourteen candidates are in the fray in Jehanabad, the fight is mainly between the RJD's Kumar Krishna Mohan and JD(U)'s Abhiram Sharma, who took the seat in the 2010 assembly election.

The BJP is counting on a sympathy wave for Anand Bhushan Pandey, whose death at 48 has necessitated the bypoll in Bhabhua, to help retain the seat. It has fielded Mr Pandey's wife Rinky Rani. Her direct rival is Congress's Shambhu Singh Patel. Seventeen candidates are contesting on this seat.

The results will be out on March 14. 

The Bihar by-election is the first electoral battle in the state since last year's realignment when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD(U), left the Grand Alliance and reunited with the BJP.
 

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