Over 50% turnout in Bihar bypoll

All You Need To Know On Araria By-Elections Dates Significance Candidates Results

Voting for the crucial bye-elections in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur and Phulpur parliamentary constituencies and Bihar's Araria constituency will be held on Sunday amid tight security. The outcome of the bypolls are likely to set the tone for 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The death of RJD MLA Mundrika Singh Yadav necessitated the bypoll for Jehanabad seat, and his son Uday Yadav is contesting for the seat. Janata Dal (United) is contesting the Jehanabad assembly seat, leaving Araria and Bhabua to its ally, the BJP.

The arch-rivals Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) had come together in Phulpur and Gorakhpur, first time after 1991, to take on the BJP which swept Uttar Pradesh assembly elections a year ago. The major competition is between the candidates of Congress-Rashtriya Janata Dal and National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Mohan's main opponent is JD (U)'s Abhiram Sharma who had won the seat in the 2010 Assembly polls.

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Six Rajya Sabha seats are falling vacant on April 2 as sitting members - Mahendra Prasad alias King Mahendra, Vashishth Narain Singh and Anil Kumar Sahni- all of JD (U), are completing their terms on April 2 while two union ministers - Ravishankar Prasad and Dharmendra Pradhan, both of BJP are also completing their terms on same day.

Also, in Araria, a seat that fell vacant after the death of RJD lawmaker Mohd Taslimuddin, the party has fielded his son Sarfaraz Alam, looking to capitalize on Muslim and Yadav voters who make up a big chunk of the electorate.

The Bihar bypolls are seen as a litmus test for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he pulled out of the state's Grand Alliance and joined the BJP.

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The Election Commission has made a decision to use EVMs and VVPATs in the bye-elections in all the polling stations. The party has fielded his widow Rinki Rani Pandey now for the election. The counting of votes for Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Araria Lok Sabha Bye-elections 2018 will be conducted on March 14.

In 2014, Mr. Mandal had contested the Araria Lok Sabha seat on JD (U) ticket and got 22.73% vote.

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