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Bihar: Around 12 pc voting till 10 am in bypolls for 1 LS and 2 Assembly seats

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

About 12 per cent electorate cast their votes till 10 am in the bypolls for one and two Assembly seats in today, where the ruling JD(U)-BJP combine and the opposition RJD-alliance are locked in a battle.

The bye-elections are being held for Araria seat and, constituencies.

According to election commission sources, the polling is so far peaceful.

In Araria parliamentary constituency, seven candidates are in the fray. Former BJP is seeking to regain the seat from the RJD which has fielded Sarfaraz Alam, the death of whose father has necessitated the bypoll.

In Jehanabad, the RJD hopes to retain the Assembly seat that fell vacant after the death of The party has given ticket to Yadav's son

A total of 14 candidates are in the fray though the contest is mainly between the RJD nominee and JD(U)'s who had won the seat in the 2010 Assembly polls.

The BJP is hopeful of retaining the seat riding on a sympathy wave for whose death at the age of 48 has necessitated the bypoll.

The saffron party has fielded Pandey's wife and her principal challenger is candidate The total number of candidates in the fray here is 17.

Counting of votes will take place on March 14.

The bye-elections are being watched with much eagerness as this is the first electoral battle in the state since last year's political realignment when Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD(U), walked out of the and rejoined the BJP-led NDA.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 11:00 IST