Bihar bypolls: All you need to know about the poll-bound state

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha Bypolls 43 Per Cent Turnout in Gorakhpur 37.39 Per Cent in Phulpur

The state BJP chief had reportedly told voters in Araria that if in case the RJD candidate wins, then Araria may become the hub for ISI activities.

Around 31.25 per cent voters cast their votes in the ongoing by-poll at for the Araria Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar on Sunday till 12 noon. "Fresh polling must take place in all these booths", said Quadri.

The ruling Janata Dal (United) and the BJP are facing a Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal combine in all the three battles. The poll was necessitated because of the death of Mohd Taslimuddin of RJD whose son Sarfaraz Alam has been fielded.

This is the first electoral battle in the state since Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD (U), walked out of the alliance with the RJD and the Congress and joined the BJP-led NDA past year. The BJP has fielded Pradeep Kumar Singh from the seat, who lost the seat to Taslimuddin in 2014 by over 1.46 lakh votes.

The BJP, meanwhile, is hopeful of retaining the Bhabhua Assembly seat relying on the sympathy wave for Pandey's wife who is contesting from the seat.

The death of RJD MLA Mundrika Singh Yadav necessitated the bypoll for Jehanabad seat, and his son Uday Yadav is contesting for the seat. Another key candidate for the seat is Shambhu Patel from Congress.

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Rai is also a Lok Sabha member from Ujiarpur in Bihar.

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

Apart from the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and homeguards, 65 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed to ensure peaceful bypolls in Uttar Pradesh.

While campaigning for his party's candidate at a public meeting at Narpatganj on March 9, Rao allegedly said, if the RJD candidate wins this election, Araria will become a safe haven for the ISIS.

Gorakhpur is important for the saffron party as it has been the bastion of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who represented the seat in the Lok Sabha five times from the constituency.

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