Counting Of Votes On 7 Seats In 6 States Underway
6 November, 2022 | Riya Girdhar
Among the prominent candidates in the race are Bhavya Bishnoi, grandson of Bhajan Lal, who ran on a BJP ticket, and Neelam Devi, whose husband Anant Singh's disqualification forced the by-election ...
The counting of votes for seven assembly constituencies in six states, including former chief minister Bhajan Lal’s family bastion Admapur in Haryana, began on Sunday.
Among the prominent candidates in the race are Bhavya Bishnoi, grandson of Bhajan Lal, who ran on a BJP ticket, and Neelam Devi, whose husband Anant Singh’s disqualification forced the by-election in Bihar’s Mokama.
The results of the November 3 bypolls will also be released in Gopalganj, Bihar, Andheri (East), Maharashtra, Munugode, Telangana, Gola Gokarannath, Uttar Pradesh, and Dhamnagar, Odisha.
Among the seven seats contested by the BJP and regional parties, the saffron party held three, the Congress two, and the Shiv Sena and the RJD one each.
The BJP and the RJD are the main contenders in Bihar’s byelections, while the Congress, INLD, and AAP are the main contenders in Haryana.
The TRS, SP, and BJD are the main contenders in Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and Odisha, respectively, against the BJP.
The BJP is attempting to retain the Gola Gokarannath seat in Uttar Pradesh and Dhamnagar in BJD-ruled Odisha by relying on sympathy votes by fielding the sons of sitting MLAs whose deaths necessitated the bypolls.
After the death of BJP MLA Arvind Giri on September 6, the Gola Gokarannath seat became vacant. With the BSP and Congress staying away from the byelections, it appears that the BJP’s Aman Giri will face off against the SP’s candidate, former Gola MLA Vinay Tiwari.
The BJD has fielded Abanti Das, the only female candidate among the five in Dhamnagar. The death of BJP MLA Bishnu Charan Sethi necessitated the by-election. Suryabanshi Suraj, Sethi’s son, is running for the saffron party.
The BJP and the ruling TRS have been aggressively campaigning in Munugode, Telangana, where the Congress MLA has resigned and is running on the saffron party’s ticket.
After former chief minister Bhajan Lal’s younger son Kuldeep Bishnoi resigned as MLA from the seat and switched from the Congress to the BJP in August, a by-election was called in Adampur. Bhavya Bishnoi, Bishnoi’s son, is now running as the BJP’s candidate.
Since 1968, the Adampur seat has been held by the Bhajan Lal family, with the late ex-chief minister representing it nine times, his wife Jasma Devi once, and Kuldeep four times.
The first electoral test for Nitish Kumar’s ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government, formed less than three months ago after the JD(U) split with the BJP, was held in Bihar.
The RJD and the BJP previously held the seats of Mokama and Gopalganj in Bihar.
The BJP is contesting from the Mokama constituency for the first time, after previously leaving the seat to its allies. In the bypolls, both the BJP and the RJD have fielded the wives of local musclemen.
The BJP’s Sonam Devi will face RJD’s Neelam Devi, whose husband Anant Singh’s disqualification has forced the by-election.
Mokama has been Anant Singh’s stronghold since 2005. He was elected on JD(U) tickets twice, and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has urged voters to support him.
Kusum Devi, the wife of deceased BJP MLA Subhash Singh, ran for office in Gopalganj. Mohan Gupta is the RJD candidate, while Indira Yadav, wife of Lalu Yadav’s brother-in-law Sadhu Yadav, is the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate.
The Shiv Sena’s Rutuja Latke is expected to easily win the Andheri East Assembly constituency in Mumbai after the BJP withdrew from the race. This is the first election since the Shiv Sena split following a rebellion by Eknath Shinde, who succeeded Thackeray as Maharashtra chief minister.
The NCP and Congress have both endorsed her candidacy.
The by-election was called after Latke’s husband, Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke, died in May.