Assembly by-elections: Clashes mar bypoll in Odisha’s Dhamnagar; SP alleges booth capturing in Gola Gokarannath | The Financial Express

Assembly by-elections: Clashes mar bypoll in Odisha’s Dhamnagar; SP alleges booth capturing in Gola Gokarannath

The electoral contest is symbolic of the fierce turf war between the BJP and regional parties.

Assembly by-elections: Clashes mar bypoll in Odisha’s Dhamnagar; SP alleges booth capturing in Gola Gokarannath
Counting of votes will be on November 6. (Photo: ANI)

Polling for by-elections to seven vacant Assembly constituencies spread across six states, which began at 7 AM, is underway. Voting will go on till 6 PM on Thursday. The polling is being held in two constituencies of Bihar – Mokama and Gopalganj, Andheri (East) of Maharashtra, Adampur of Haryana, Munugode of Telangana, Gola Gokarannath of Uttar Pradesh, and Dhamnagar of Odisha.

The counting of votes will take place on November 6.

The electoral contest is symbolic of the fierce turf war between the BJP and regional parties. In the seven seats where polls are being held, the BJP was in power in three of them, the Congress in two, and the Shiv Sena and the RJD, in one constituency each.

A total 38.75 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the Dhamnagar assembly by-poll till 1 pm.

Despite the strict security for the day, there were reports of clashes between BJD and BJP workers in polling booths 169 and 170 at Rameswarpur in the constituency while voting was on and two persons were injured. Police said case was filed against both on the basis of allegations of the two sides and the injured were taken to a nearby hospital.

The Andheri (East) Assembly constituency saw a voter turnout of nearly 17 per cent till 1 PM, where polling is underway at 256 polling booths. This is the first Assembly election in Maharashtra after the Uddhav Thackeray-helmed Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government collapsed in June following a revolt by Shiv Sena MLAs led by incumbent Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.

Seven candidates, including Rutuja Latke, the widow of the sitting MLA Ramesh Latke, whose death necessitated the by-poll, are in fray in the electoral contest.

At the Gola Gokarannath by-poll, a voter turnout of over 33 per cent has been recorded till 1 PM.

Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party (SP) alleged booth capturing by the ruling BJP. The SP in a tweet said that polling centres in Lalahapur, Madanpur and Lakshmanjati were allegedly captured by BJP workers. However, District Magistrate Mahendra Bahadur Singh ruled out the allegations, saying he personally visited the three polling centres but found no such thing, as reported PTI.

Over 3.90 lakh voters are eligible to decide the fate of seven contestants in the fray.

In the Munugode Assembly constituency in Telangana, over 25 per cent polling was reported till 11 AM on Thursday.

Over 2.41 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the election. Of the 298 polling stations, 105 booths have been identified as ‘critical’ in the constituency. A total of 47 candidates are in fray for the by-poll.

In Bihar, a voter turnout of 24.17 per cent was recorded till 11 am in Mokama and Gopalganj assembly constituencies.

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The bypolls to the two seats are the first election in the state after the formation of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government around three months back. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the de-facto leader of the Janata Dal (United), dumped the BJP, and formed a new coalition government with the RJD, Congress and Left parties in early August.

Of the total 15 candidates in the fray, nine are contesting from Gopalganj and six are in the fray from Mokama.

In Haryana’s Adampur, voter turnout was at 22.51 per cent till 11 AM.

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First published on: 03-11-2022 at 09:05 IST