Results for by-elections held in 10 Assembly constituencies spread across eight different states will be announced on Thursday. The fate of key constituencies and candidates in states like Karnataka, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and the national capital of Delhi will be decided once results for these bypolls are out.
The constituencies that underwent polling on 9 April include Rajouri Garden (Delhi), Litipara (Jharkhand), Nanjangud and Gundlupet (Karnataka), Dholpur (Rajasthan), Kanthi Dakshin (West Bengal), Ater and Bandhavgarh (Madhya Pradesh), Bhoranj (Himachal Pradesh) and Dhemaji (Assam).
By-election to West Delhi's Rajouri Garden assembly seat is seen as the trailer to the upcoming municipal elections this month. The seat fell vacant after the Aam Adami Party's Jarnail Singh quit to contest the Punjab Assembly polls held earlier this year. The bypoll had seen meagre voter turnout, with Delhiites registering just 47 percent. In the 2015 Assembly elections, when the Aam Aadmi Party swept to power, the constituency had witnessed 72 percent voter turnout.
In Assam's Dhemaji constituency, BJP lawmaker Pradan Baruah had contested and won the Lok Sabha election from Lakhimpur constituency. Sarbananda Sonowal had vacated the seat upon becoming the chief minister, after winning from Majuli.
In Jharkhand's Litipara seat, considered a prestigious constituency, both for the ruling BJP and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).
Meanwhile, in Karnataka's Gundlupet, a record 80 percent of the electorate cast their franchise, while the Nanjangud constituency, there was 76 percent turnout was registered. Nanjangud in Mysuru will have by-elections after former Congress lawmaker Srinivasa Prasad resigned his seat to recontest on a BJP ticket.
In Jammu and Kashmir, the repolling ordered by the Election Commission in 38 polling stations of Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, where the bypoll on 9 April was marred by violence, began on Thursday amidst tight security arrangements.
The polling began at 7 am and will end at 4 pm. All these polling stations are located in central Kashmir's Budgam district, the worst-hit by violence during polling on Sunday.
Seven of the eight deaths in security forces firing during Sunday's polling took place in Budgam district, especially in the areas where the Election Commission ordered to hold a repoll.
With inputs from PTI
Published Date: Apr 13, 2017 01:40 pm | Updated Date: Apr 13, 2017 01:42 pm