Assembly Bypolls 2022: Fierce Battle in 7 Seats Across 6 States on Thursday

The stage is all set for a troublesome battle in six states – Maharashtra, Telangana, Bihar, Haryana, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh – for the high-stakes bypolls in seven meeting constituencies on November 3. These elections had been necessitated after both the sitting MLAs died, switched events, or had been despatched to jail in felony instances.

Polling will likely be held from 7 am to six pm amid a decent safety and the counting of votes will likely be completed on November 6.

Right here’s all it is advisable learn about these seven meeting constituencies:

1. Munugode (Telangana)

The competition within the Munugode meeting constituency is essential for all main events in Telangana – the ruling TRS, opposition BJP, and Congress. Over 2.41 lakh voters would train their franchise at 298 polling stations unfold throughout the constituency.

The bypoll has been necessitated by the resignation of sitting Congress MLA Komatireddy Raj Gopal Reddy from the occasion and his submit in August. He has joined the BJP and is in search of re-election. Whereas 47 candidates are within the fray, the principle contest is confined to Raj Gopal Reddy (BJP), former MLA Kusukuntla Prabhakar Reddy of TRS and Congress’ Palvai Sravanthi.

The bypoll assumed nice political significance because the winner would have an edge over others forward of subsequent yr’s legislative meeting polls in Telangana. The TRS, not too long ago renamed as Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS), goals to reveal its dominance in state politics and go nationwide with a giant win right here. The BJP, in the meantime, hopes to provide a push to its plans to emerge as the choice to TRS with a victory in Munugode.

For the beleaguered Congress, it’s nearly a do-or-die battle in view of its under par performances within the 2014 and 2018 Meeting elections and the following bypolls. If Congress loses, it will be a double whammy for the occasion as Munugode was its sitting seat.

2. Andheri East (Maharashtra)

A complete of two,71,502 voters and 256 polling cubicles are all set for byelection to the Andheri East meeting constituency in Mumbai on Thursday. Andheri East is a cosmopolitan space comprising largely Maharashtrian voters, north Indians, south Indians, Christians and Muslims.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena faction has fielded Rutuja Latke, the spouse of incumbent Sena MLA Ramesh Latke whose dying in Could necessitated the ballot. She is pitted towards six candidates – 4 of them Independents.

The BJP fielded Murji Patel, however he later withdrew his candidature after the occasion determined to not contest.

It’s the first election after the revolt within the Shiv Sena by Eknath Shinde and 39 different legislators led to the collapse of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities.

In accordance with information company PTI, political observers have claimed that the BJP’s transfer to withdraw its candidate was aimed toward denying Uddhav a morale booster or an higher hand ought to Latke emerge victorious on the hustings. The principle goal of the BJP and the Shinde faction is to unseat Thackeray’s Sena from the cash-rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) the place the elections are due in subsequent few months, they additional claimed.

3. Mokama (Bihar)

For the Mokama bypolls, the BJP has left no stone unturned to win the seat for the primary time, whereas the ruling Mahagathbandhan’s largest constituent RJD goes all-out to retain it.

BJP nominee Sonam Devi is up towards RJD’s Neelam Devi, whose husband Anant Singh’s disqualification has necessitated the by-election. Neelam’s nomination was supported by the seven-party grand alliance, shaped after stripping the saffron camp of energy within the state in August.

Mokama is the stronghold of Anant Singh since 2005. He gained the seat twice on JD(U) tickets. Singh fought as an RJD candidate within the 2020 elections and retained the seat. However he was disqualified from the meeting following his conviction in a felony case.

BJP’s Sonam Devi, spouse of an area muscleman Lalan Singh who has been against Anant Singh, is a greenhorn. Her husband is thought to be a confidant of Suraj Bhan Singh, a dreaded gangster-turned-politician who had made his electoral debut within the 2000 meeting elections.

The BJP is contesting from the Mokama constituency for the primary time because the saffron occasion had, on earlier events, left the seat to its allies.

Round 2,70,166 electorates within the meeting phase are eligible to train their franchise.

4. Gopalganj (Bihar)

Aside from Mokama, by-election to Goapalgunj will even be held, and this would be the first electoral take a look at for the Nitish Kumar-led ‘Mahagathbandhan’ authorities, shaped lower than three months in the past. The seat fell vacant after the dying of sitting BJP MLA Subhash Singh. BJP has given the ticket to his spouse Kusum Devi and can contest towards RJD candidate Mohan Prasad Gupta.

5. Adampur (Haryana)

Practically 1.71 lakh eligible voters will resolve the destiny of the Bhajan Lal household in Adampur meeting constituency bypoll because the household holds on to its bastion of 5 a long time.

Twenty-two candidates, all males, are within the fray. The principle events contesting are the BJP, Congress, Indian Nationwide Lok Dal and the Aam Aadmi Celebration.

Former chief minister Bhajan Lal’s youthful son Kuldeep Bishnoi has maintained that Adampur has been his household’s citadel. The Adampur seat has been held by the Bhajan Lal household since 1968, with the the late ex-chief minister representing it on 9 events, his spouse Jasma Devi as soon as and Kuldeep on 4 events.

The bypoll was necessitated after Kuldeep Bishnoi resigned as MLA from the seat and switched sides from the Congress to the BJP in August.

Bishnoi’s son Bhavya, who’s contesting the bypoll because the BJP candidate, had additionally stop the Congress and joined the BJP. The Congress has fielded former Union minister Jai Prakash, a three-time MP from Hisar and two-time MLA as effectively. The INLD picked Congress insurgent Kurda Ram Nambardar as its candidate. The AAP has fielded Satender Singh, who converted from the BJP.

A complete of 180 polling cubicles have been arrange – 36 of them are delicate and 39 hypersensitive.

6. Gola Gokrannath (Uttar Pradesh)

The bypolls to the Gola Gokarannath meeting constituency are set to witness a contest between the ruling BJP and the Samajwadi Celebration because the Congress and the BSP opted out of the electoral battle. A complete of seven candidates have filed papers for the elections.

The bypolls to the constituency had been necessitated by the dying of sitting MLA Arvind Giri on September 6. The BJP has fielded his son Aman Giri for the bypolls whereas the Samajwadi Celebration (SP) has given ticket to former MLA Vinay Tiwari.

7. Dhamnagar (Odisha)

BJD has fielded Abanti Das, the lone lady among the many 5 candidates, for the bypolls.

BJP has fielded Suryabanshi Suraj. Odisha BJP president Samir Mohanty, the occasion’s state in-charge D Purendeswar, Chief of Opposition JN Mishra, MPs and MLAs too campaigned for Suraj, the son of late Dhamnagar MLA Bishnu Charan Sethi, whose premature demises on September 19 necessitated the by-poll.

The saffron occasion is optimistic of retaining Dhamnagar seat based mostly on sympathy votes. In two by-polls held in Dhamnagar in 1961 and 1990, the spouse and son of deceased MLAs had gained the seat.

The BJP has taken the by-poll as a status subject forward of the 2024 normal election as Dhamnagar seat was gained by the occasion within the 2019 state ballot. The occasion had misplaced the Balasore sadar seat within the by-poll held amid the pandemic in 2020 although it had gained it only a yr in the past.

Additionally within the fray is the AAP candidate Anwar Sheikh.

Over 2.38 lakh voters will train their franchise in 252 polling stations within the constituency. Round 107 polling stations have been recognized as delicate.

(with inputs from PTI)

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