By-elections are being held in Gorakhpur formerly held by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath – and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.
In Bihar, voting is being held for bypolls to the Araria parliamentary seat.
Bypolls in Uttar Pradesh:
Uttar Pradesh is voting for by-elections to two parliamentary seats – Gorakhpur and Phulpur.
Forty percent of the electorate had voted in Gorakhpur – vacated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath – till 4 pm while a low 29 per cent turnout was recorded in Phulpur till that time.
“Our victory margins will be as big as in 2014,” Mr. Adityanath said today. The bypolls are being seen as a prestige battle for the BJP; it will also test the new electoral arrangement between arch rivals, the Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
In Uttar Pradesh, the voter turnout till 11 am was 16.80 percent in Gorakhpur and 12.20 percent in Phulpur.
By 1pm, polling percentages in Phulpur and Gorakhpur touched 19.2 and 30.2 percent, respectively.
Bypolls in Bihar :
Bihar is voting for by-elections to the Araria parliamentary seat and two assembly seats i.e, Jehanabad and Bhabua.
In Bihar, it is the first electoral test for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he walked out of the “grand alliance” last year and teamed up with the BJP.
In Araria, the death of Mohd Taslimuddin necessitated the bypoll, while in Jahanabad, the death of Mundrika Yadav led to the seat falling empty. In Bhabhua, Anand Bhushan Pandey’s death at the age of 48 has necessitated the by-election.
The polls in Bihar recorded around 12 percent voting till 10 am.
By 12 noon, 31.25 percent voter turnout was recorded in Bihar’s Araria constituency, 24.5 percent in Bhabhua and 28.6 percent in Jahanabad.