Byelections in Country: By-elections were held in five states in the country and in Delhi for three Lok Sabha seats and seven assembly seats. During this, Tripura recorded the highest voter turnout of 76.62 per cent and Punjab recorded the lowest voter turnout of 37%.
Byelections in Country: The by-elections in the country were held on Thursday. Barring the stabbing of a policeman in Tripura, polling in five states and bypolls to three Lok Sabha and seven assembly seats in Delhi on Thursday was overall peaceful. During this, Tripura recorded the highest voter turnout of 76.62 percent. In Punjab, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, the turnout was less than 45 per cent, while it was 56 in Jharkhand and 67 per cent in Andhra Pradesh. However, the final figures are expected to change.
Voting took place in 2 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh
In Uttar Pradesh, 43 percent voter turnout was recorded in the by-elections to Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha seats. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of misusing power to disrupt polling. He alleged that the Election Commission was apprised about the developments but the election machinery remained a mute spectator.
According to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Kiran Gitte, 76.62 percent voting was recorded in the by-elections to four assembly seats in Tripura. Gitte said the voting process was largely peaceful, barring a few sporadic incidents, including the stabbing of ‘off-duty’ policeman Sameer Saha in Kunjaban area of Agartala constituency. Saha is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital.
Opposition’s allegation on the by-election
The opposition Congress demanded re-polling in four booths in Agartala constituency, alleging massive rigging, while the Trinamool Congress alleged that “democracy was murdered” in the name of bypolls.
Lowest voting in Punjab
In the by-election to the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab, around 37 percent voter turnout was recorded. In a tweet, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann demanded the Election Commission to extend the polling time till 7 pm, saying that many people are still working in the fields due to the paddy sowing season. The Chief Secretary of the state also demanded extension of polling time. However, the commission pulled up the authorities for making such a demand.
AAP vs BJP in Delhi
More than 43 percent voters exercised their franchise in the by-election to Delhi’s Rajendra Nagar assembly seat. The bypoll to this seat is largely being seen as a fight between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Elections remained peaceful in Andhra Pradesh too
About 67 per cent exercised their franchise in the by-elections to the Atmakuru assembly seat in Andhra Pradesh. State Chief Electoral Officer Mukesh Kumar Meena said, “Barring a few minor incidents, there was no incident of violence, no serious complaint and no disturbance during polling.”
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