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Voting underway for 7 seats in 6 states, struggle between Bjp and regional parties


By CNBCTV18.com IST (Released)

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While a victory in the secondary polls will not affect their position in the assemblies, the parties have not taken the fight lightly and have campaigned high.

Voting is underway on Thursday in the by-election of seven assembly constituencies in six states – a contest symbolic of the fierce turf war between the Bharatiya Janata Party and regional parties. Polling is taking place in the constituencies of Mokama and Gopalganj in Bihar, Andheri (East) in Maharashtra, Adampur in Haryana, Munugode in Telangana, Gola Gorakhnath in Uttar Pradesh and Dhamnagar in Odisha. Among the seven seats where partial polls are held, the BJP held three seats, the Congress two while the Shiv Sena and the RJD had one each.

While a victory in the secondary polls will not affect their position in the assemblies, the parties have not taken the fight lightly and have campaigned high.

The counting of votes will take place on November 6.

Here are the latest updates:

# Odisha: People voted for the indirect vote of Dhamnagar.

# Maharashtra: People queuing to vote for Andheri East bypass ballot.

# Uttar Pradesh: People voting at Guru Nanak Girls Inter College polling station for Gola Gokarannath by-election.

# Haryana: In Adampur, the by-election was necessitated after Kuldeep Bishnoi resigned his MP seat and moved from Congress to BJP in August. Bishnoi’s son, Bhavya, is now running as a BJP candidate.

# Bihar: The state will see the first electoral test for the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government led by Nitish Kumar, formed less than three months ago after the JD(U) split from the BJP. Bypolls are taking place in the seats of Mokama and Gopalganj in Bihar, previously held by the RJD and BJP respectively.

# Maharashtra: Shiv Sena’s Rutuja Latke is expected to comfortably win the Andheri East Assembly constituency in Mumbai after the BJP withdrew from the contest. The by-election was necessitated by the death of Rutuja Latke’s husband and Shiv Sena MP Ramesh Latke in May this year.

# Uttar Pradesh: The seat of Gola Gorakhnath became vacant after the death of BJP MP Arvind Giri on September 6. The BJP fielded Aman Giri, son of Arvind Giri, while the SP candidate is former Gola MP Vinay Tiwari.

# Odisha: The BJD fielded Abanti Das in Dhamnagar. The death of BJP MLA Bishnu Charan Sethi necessitated the bypoll.

# Telangana: The indirect vote was necessitated by the resignation of incumbent Congressman Komatireddy Raj Gopal Reddy from the party from his post in August. He joined the BJP and is seeking re-election.


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