Votes are counted today in three Lok Sabha and seven congressional seats in five states and Delhi, where a poll was held on June 23. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha is one of the leading candidates for the by-election.
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Tripura bypolls were held on seats – Agartala, Jubarajnagar, Surma and Town Bardowali. Rajya Sabha MP Mr Saha who fought from Bardowali town must win to continue as Chief Minister.
Lok Sabha by-elections were held in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur and Azamgarh, and Sangrur in Punjab.
The other places where the assembly was held were Rajinder Nagar in Delhi, Mandar in the Ranchi district of Jharkhand and Atmakuru in Andhra Pradesh.
In Rampur, the BJP took on Ghanshyam Singh Lodhi, who recently joined the party. Asim Raja, chosen by Azam Khan, is the candidate of the Samajwadi party. Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj party did not fight from Rampur.
The Azamgarh seat saw a triangular match between BJP’s Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Nirhua’, an actor-singer from Bhojpuri; Dharmendra Yadav of the Samajwadi Party and Shah Alam of the Bahujan Samaj Party, also known as Guddu Jamali.
In Punjab, the AAP drafted Gurmail Singh, the party’s Sangrur district in charge; the main opposition congressional former Dhuri MLA Dalvir Singh Goldy, while the BJP candidate is former Barnala MLA Kewal Dhillon, who had joined the party on June 4.
Kamaldeep Kaur, sister of Balwant Singh Rajoana, a convict in the murder case of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, was handled by the Shiromani Akali Dal. The Amritsar chief of the Akali, Simranjit Singh Mann, is also taking part in the competition.
The Jharkhand by-election was necessitated by the disqualification of MLA Bandhu Tirkey after he was convicted in a corruption case. Congress nominated his daughter, Shilpi Neha Tirkey, as the joint candidate of the ruling JMM-led coalition, while the BJP nominated former MLA Gangotri Kujur in the seat. Independent candidate Dev Kumar Dhan, backed by Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), also contested Jharkhand’s bypolls.
In Rajinder Nagar, Delhi, AAP’s Durgesh Pathak is likely to have a close match with BJP’s Rajesh Bhatia, who was a councilor from the area. The nominee of the congress is Prem Lata.
Andhra Pradesh by-election was held to fill a vacancy after Industry Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy passed away in February. His younger brother Vikram Reddy is the reigning candidate for the YSR Congress. The BJP candidate is G Bharat Kumar Yadav.
With inputs from PTI