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Jind bypoll: Polling begins for 3-cornered battle among BJP, Congress, INLD

The bypoll was necessitated following the death of INLD legislator Hari Chand Middha last August last year

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Voting began for the high-stake multi-cornered bypoll to the assembly constituency of on Monday.

The polling began at 7 am and will continue till 5 pm.

All necessary arrangements have been put in place for smooth and peaceful conduct of polling, officials here said.

The constituency is witnessing a multi-cornered contest with prestige at stake for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the opposition Indian Lok Dal (INLD), and the fledgling (JJP), formed by Lok Sabha after the split in the

The bypoll was necessitated following the death of last August last year.

Nearly 1.70-lakh people, including 80,556 women, are eligible to vote, officials said. Braving cold weather conditions, people could be seen queuing up at various polling booths to cast their vote. There are 71 polling booths in rural areas of this constituency and 103 polling booths fall in urban areas.

As part of elaborate security arrangements to ensure smooth and peaceful conduct of polling, nearly 3,000 policemen have been put on duty, a said. Besides, 500 home guards and over 200 personnel drawn from the CRPF and the have also been deployed.

Additional police forces have been deployed at sensitive and highly-sensitive booths.

assembly segment has been divided into 24 sectors, with six deputy superintendents of police being made in-charge to oversee security arrangements.

Counting of votes will take place on January 31.

Twenty one candidates, including two women, are in the fray.

Prominent among the candidates include senior Randeep Singh Surjewala, who is also the party's sitting MLA from Kaithal, late Hari Chand Middha's son and BJP candidate and INLD's Umed Singh Redhu.

The bypoll will also decide the fate of Digvijay Singh Chautala and Vinod Arshi, respective candidates of two newly-formed political outfits -- JJP and (LSP) of BJP rebel

Arch rivals BJP, Congress, and the JJP are eyeing the results as a self-assessment exercise ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The election is considered as a referendum on the and also a semi-final ahead of the

First Published: Mon, January 28 2019. 08:25 IST