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

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

Araria bypolls Both the ruling and the opposition is confident of winning the polls

The counting of votes will be held on March 14. You can say that this seat is important because it has a sizeable population of Dalit voters, the Congress has put up Shambhu Patel, banking on the popularity of former Lok Sabha speaker and Dalit leader Meira Kumar.

On the other hand, the bye-elections to Jehanabad and Bhabua assembly seats are being held following the demise of sitting legislators from the RJD and the BJP, respectively.

The BJP has expressed confidence in winning the UP seats, especially the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat which was represented by Yogi Adityanath for 5 consecutive terms before he was appointed Chief Minister.

While the NDA's candidate is highlighting the development works done by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the RJD candidate, who is hoping to draw the Extremely Backward Class (EBC) votes to its traditional Muslim-Yadav electoral bank, is relying on Mr. Kumar's "betrayal" of the grand alliance, making it his selling point of the campaign.

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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 saffron party has fielded Kaushalendra Singh Patel from Phulpur and Upendra Dutt Shukla from Gorakhpur against the SP's Pravin Nishad and Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel, respectively. Adityanath, who is also Mahant of Gorakhnath temple, had won Gorakhpur for five times in a row since 1998. Mr Alam, son of RJD MP Mohammad Taslimuddin from Araria, whose death necessitated by-election, was JD (U) MLA from Jokihat and had recently joined RJD, deserting his party.

Reports of defective EVMs came from Bhabhua Assembly constituency, where voting was affected at 24 polling stations. Another key candidate in the fray is JDU's Abhiram Sharma. In Araria parliamentary constituency, seven candidates are in the fray. The BJP has also fielded Rinki Pandey for the assembly by-election from Bhabua in Bihar.

The BSP is supporting the SP candidates in the two Lok Sabha seats whereas Congress, which contested the 2017 assembly poll with Samajwadi Party, had fielded its own candidates.

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