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Bypolls Highlights: Highest voter turnout in MP's Amarwara at 78.38%

Bypolls Highlights: By-elections in 13 assembly constituencies across 7 states are being held today, prompted by deaths or resignations of incumbent members.
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Bypolls Live Updates: People cast their votes at a polling booth in Pipariya Rajguru as polling is underway for the Amarwara assembly bypoll in Chhindwara on Wednesday.
Bypolls Live Updates: People cast their votes at a polling booth in Pipariya Rajguru as polling is underway for the Amarwara assembly bypoll in Chhindwara on Wednesday.

Bypolls Highlights: Voting for by-elections in 13 assembly constituencies across seven states began at 7 am on Wednesday. This electoral exercise, the first since the Lok Sabha elections, will determine the fate of several veterans and newcomers, including Kamlesh Thakur, wife of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. The constituencies involved are Raiganj, Ranaghat Dakshin, Bagda, and Maniktala in West Bengal; Badrinath and Manglaur in Uttarakhand; Jalandhar West in Punjab; Dehra, Hamirpur, and Nalagarh in Himachal Pradesh; Rupauli in Bihar; Vikravandi in Tamil Nadu; and Amarwara in Madhya Pradesh....Read More

The bypolls are being held due to vacancies caused by deaths or resignations of incumbent members.

Voter turnout:

Bihar

Rupauli - 51.14%

Himachal Pradesh

Hamirpur - 65.78%

Nalagarh - 75.22%

Dehra - 63.89%

Madhya Pradesh

Amarwara - 78.38%

Punjab

Jalandhar West - 51.30%

Tamil Nadu

Vikravandi - 77.73%

Uttarakhand

Badrinath - 47.68%

Manglaur - 67.28%

West Bengal

Bagda - 65.15%

Raiganj - 67.12%

Maniktala - 51.39%

Ranaghat Dakshin - 65.37%

Key assembly seats going for polls:

- Himachal Pradesh: The Congress party nominated Kamlesh Thakur, who is the wife of chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, for the elections.

- Punjab (Jalandhar West): Chief Minister Bhagwat Mann is actively campaigning for the AAP's candidate, Mohinder Bhagat.

- West Bengal: In West Bengal, three out of four seats previously won by the BJP in 2021 are now vacant due to members defecting to the Trinamool Congress. Krishna Kalyani and Mukut Mani Adhikhari, former BJP members, will contest for the TMC in Raiganj and Ranaghat Dakshin.

- Uttarakhand: In the Badrinath constituency, Rajendra Bhandari, a former Congress MLA who joined the BJP, is running against Congress candidate Lakhpat Butola. In the Muslim-majority Manglaur constituency, Congress has nominated senior leader Qazi Nizamuddin, while the BJP, which has never won this seat, is fielding Kartar Singh Bhadana.

- Tamil Nadu: The AIADMK has chosen to boycott the elections in Vikravandi, citing concerns over the electoral process's fairness.

- Bihar: The electoral contest in Bihar is between the RJD and JD(U), with both parties fielding candidates from the predominant Gangota community.

- Madhya Pradesh: The BJP aims to challenge Congress veteran Kamal Nath's constituency by fielding Kamlesh Shah, while the Congress has nominated Dheeran Shah Invati in the tribal-dominated area.

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July 10, 2024 7:26 PM IST

Bypolls LIVE Updates: Highest voter turnout in MP's Amarwara at 78.38%

Highest voter turnout in MP's Amarwara at 78.38%

July 10, 2024 6:07 PM IST

Bypolls LIVE Updates: Highest voter turnout in TN's Vikravandi at 77.73% as of 5pm. See full list

Voter turnout as of 5pm:

Bihar:

Rupauli - 51.14%

Himachal Pradesh:

Hamirpur - 65.78%

Nalagarh - 75.22%

Dehra - 63.89%

Madhya Pradesh:

Amarwara - 72.89%

Punjab:

Jalandhar West - 51.30%

Tamil Nadu:

Vikravandi - 77.73%

Uttarakhand:

Badrinath - 47.68%

Manglaur - 67.28%

West Bengal:

Bagda - 65.15%

Raiganj - 67.12%

Maniktala - 51.39%

Ranaghat Dakshin - 65.37%

July 10, 2024 5:03 PM IST

Over 50 per cent voter turnout registered till 3 pm in Bengal bypolls

A voter turnout of 50.43 per cent was recorded till 3 pm on Wednesday in the bypolls to four assembly constituencies in West Bengal, an Election Commission official said.

Among the constituencies, Raiganj registered the highest turnout of 53.89 per cent followed by Ranaghat Dakshin (SC) 52.41 per cent, Bagdah (SC) 50.81 per cent and Maniktala at 43.78 per cent.

Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from Bagdah and Ranaghat Dakshin as the BJP accused TMC activists of assaulting its booth agents and stopping its candidates from visiting some polling stations.

PTI

July 10, 2024 4:17 PM IST

Bypolls LIVE Updates: 42 pc voter turnout till 3 pm in Rupauli assembly bypoll in Bihar

By 3 pm on Wednesday, more than 42% of the over three lakh voters had cast their ballots in the bypoll for the Rupauli assembly seat in Bihar, according to an official.

Voting began at 7 am and will continue until 6 pm.

This bypoll was needed because the sitting MLA, Bima Bharti, resigned. She had won the seat for JD(U) several times but left the party to run for the Lok Sabha elections as an RJD candidate. After losing the parliamentary election, she is now running in the bypoll as an RJD candidate.

July 10, 2024 3:26 PM IST

Vikravandi bypoll: 50.95% turnout by 1 pm

Voters turned out in large numbers for the bypoll to the Vikravandi assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. By 1 pm, the Election Commission reported a 50.95% voter turnout. Polling started at 7 am, and by 9 am, 12.94% of voters had already cast their votes. This bypoll was needed because DMK legislator N Pughazhendhi passed away due to illness on April 6.

In Vikravandi, it's a three-way race with DMK's Anniyur Siva (also known as Sivashanmugam A) competing against PMK's C Anbumani and Naam Tamilar Katchi's K Abinaya. There are 29 candidates in total. Votes will be counted on July 13. Security is tight at polling stations, where 2.37 lakh voters, including 1.16 lakh men and 1.20 lakh women, will cast their ballots. The AIADMK and its ally DMDK are boycotting the election.

July 10, 2024 2:50 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh assembly bypolls: About 48% polling recorded till 1 pm

A voter turnout of about 48 per cent was recorded till 1 pm on Wednesday in the bypolls in three assembly constituencies of Himachal Pradesh.

The Nalagarh assembly constituency recorded the highest polling of 51.59 per cent, followed by Hamirpur (47.05 per cent) and Dehra (46.47 per cent), according data till 1 pm shared by the state election department .

The seats fell vacant after Independent legislators Hoshiyar Singh (Dehra), Ashish Sharma (Hamirpur) and K L Thakur (Nalagarh), who had voted in favour of the BJP in the Rajya Sabha polls held on February 27, resigned from the state assembly on March 22 and joined the party the next day.

Their resignations, however, were accepted by the speaker on June 3. Their seats were declared vacant, necessitating the bypolls.

PTI

July 10, 2024 2:18 PM IST

Bypolls LIVE Updates: Former Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur on bypolls

"We are confident that despite the (state) government's pressure, we will win. I am seeing that during these (by-) polls in Himachal this time, the government exerted so much pressure that the voters, businessmen... they have made everyone's life difficult, they were threatened. Still, I will say people are in favour of the BJP," says former Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur.

July 10, 2024 1:57 PM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: Highest voter turnout in MP's Amarwara at 51.59% as of 1 pm

Bypolls Live Updates: As of 1 pm, Amarwara in Madhya Pradesh recorded the highest voter turnout at 51.98%, while the lowest turnout has been recorded in Uttarakhand's Badrinath at 33.08%.

Voting is underway in a total of 13 Assembly constituencies across seven states.

July 10, 2024 12:39 PM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: Union Minister and BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar on Raiganj byelection

Bypolls Live Updates: Regarding the by-elections being held for four assembly seats in the state, Union Minister and BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar stated, "The voting percentage is very low... TMC goons are standing at the intersections everywhere and threatening people. TMC knows that if the public comes out to vote, BJP will win all four seats, so they are threatening people, but I am confident that if the people will come out and vote, we will win..."

July 10, 2024 11:40 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: Scuffle breaks out between TMC workers and BJP candidate in West Bengal's Raiganj

Bypolls Live Updates: A scuffle broke out between TMC party workers and BJP candidate Manas Kumar Ghosh at a polling booth in Raiganj during the Assembly bypolls.

Krishna Kalyani is contesting as the TMC candidate from the Raiganj assembly seat in the by-election.

July 10, 2024 10:46 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: ‘Situation is normal,’ says official amid reports of clash in Uttarakhand's Manglaur

Bypolls Live Updates: Amid reports of a clash between two groups in Uttarakhand's Manglaur, SP Rural Swapan Kishore Singh said, “The situation is normal here. The voting is happening peacefully. Enough police force has been deployed. We received information about a controversy and that is why we are here. There is no confirmation on bullet firing yet. We are trying to bring normalcy.”

July 10, 2024 10:37 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: Clash breaks out between two groups in Uttarakhand's Manglaur amid voting

Bypolls Live Updates: A clash erupted between two factions in Uttarakhand's Manglaur during the by-election voting on Wednesday.

“Miscreants openly fired. This is an assault on Democracy. There are reports of injuries. There was no ambulance or any arrangements to transport the injured to the hospital,” Manglaur Congress candidate Qazi Nizamuddin was quoted as saying by PTI.

The voter turnout in the constituency as of 9 am stands at 8.58 per cent.

July 10, 2024 10:33 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: Voting underway at Vikravandi constituency in TN

Bypolls Live Updates: Polling is underway for the by-election in Vikravandi assembly constituency, Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday, with a voter turnout of 12.94 per cent recorded as of 9 am.

- A total of 29 candidates are contesting in the election, with the counting of votes scheduled for July 13.

- The constituency has 2.34 lakh voters, comprising 1.15 lakh men and 1.18 lakh women.

- Tight security measures are in place at polling stations for the triangular contest, featuring DMK's Anniyur Siva, PMK's C Anbumani, and Naam Tamilar Katchi's K Abinaya.

- The AIADMK and its ally DMDK have opted to boycott the bypoll, while PMK and NTK are aiming to challenge the ruling DMK's dominance.

- The by-election was necessitated by the demise of DMK MLA N Pughazhendhi on April 6.

July 10, 2024 9:50 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: Voter turnout highest in MP's Amarwara at 16.90% as of 9 am; lowest in Badrinath at 6.50%

Bypolls Live Updates: According to approximate trends from the Election Commission of India's Voter Turnout App, the highest voter turnout in the bypolls as of 9 am has been recorded in Madhya Pradesh's Amarwara at 16.90%, while the lowest turnout has been recorded in Uttar Pradesh's Badrinath.

July 10, 2024 9:18 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: BJP Candidate Hoshiyar Singh casts vote in Dehra Assembly constituency

Bypolls Live Updates: BJP's candidate Hoshiyar Singh for the Dehra Assembly constituency cast his vote on Wednesday.

“This election has been the most exciting and challenging in Himachal Pradesh's history. On one side, there was the entire government machinery and the Chief Minister himself; on the other side, it was just me standing. The competition is tough. They used administration to influence, but we influenced the people... The government made our task easier by attempting to dominate and intimidate the people... The Chief Minister's tenure will not last long now,” he said.

July 10, 2024 8:54 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: JD(U) candidate Kaladhar Prasad Mandal casts his vote in Bihar's Rupauli

July 10, 2024 8:34 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: People cast their votes for Raiganj Assembly bypoll

Bypolls Live Updates: People are voting at a polling booth in Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur, as the Raiganj Assembly bypoll is underway.

In Maniktala, the BJP has nominated Kalyan Chaubey, who will contest against TMC's Supti Pande. Mukut Mani Adhikari is the TMC candidate facing off against the BJP candidate in Ranaghat Dakshin. In Bagdah, TMC's candidate, Madhuparna Thakur, is competing against the BJP's candidate. Krishna Kalyani is the BJP's candidate in Raiganj, challenging the TMC candidate.

July 10, 2024 8:17 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: Voters flock to polling booths for Amarwara Assembly by-election in MP

Bypolls Live Updates: Voters were seen casting their ballots at a polling station in Pipariya Rajguru as polling commences for the Amarwara assembly by-election in Madhya Pradesh's Chhindwara.

In this contest, the BJP aims to challenge Congress veteran Kamal Nath's stronghold with candidate Kamlesh Shah. The Congress, on the other hand, has nominated Dheeran Shah Invati for this tribal-dominated constituency.

July 10, 2024 8:04 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: Visuals from Jalandhar West Assembly seat

Bypolls Live Updates: People gather to vote as the by-election is underway in Punjab's Jalandhar West Assembly constituency. (HT Photo)
Bypolls Live Updates: People gather to vote as the by-election is underway in Punjab's Jalandhar West Assembly constituency. (HT Photo)

Bypolls Live Updates: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has selected Mohinder Bhagat as their candidate for the Jalandhar West assembly seat by-polls, while the Congress has nominated Surinder Kaur for the same constituency.

The seat became vacant after Aam Aadmi Party MLA Sheetal Angural resigned on March 28. Angural has since been announced as the BJP's candidate for the by-polls. His resignation followed his departure from AAP and subsequent joining of BJP, alongside former AAP MP Sushil Kumar Rinku, in March.

July 10, 2024 7:40 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: Voting underway in Himachal Pradesh's Dehra

Bypolls Live Updates: Voters were observed casting their votes at a polling booth in Kharian, Kangra for Himachal Pradesh's Dehra Assembly Bypoll.

Today, byelections are being held for the Dehra, Hamirpur, and Nalagarh assembly constituencies, which became vacant after the Speaker accepted the resignation of three Independents on June 3.

July 10, 2024 7:35 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: DMK candidate Anniyur Siva casts his vote in Vikravandi Assembly seat

Bypolls Live Updates: DMK candidate Anniyur Siva displays his inked finger after voting at a polling station in Vikravandi, Tamil Nadu, during the assembly bypoll.

Although it is a three-way contest, a total of 29 candidates are participating in the Vikravandi by-election, which began at 7 am and will continue until 6 pm on July 10.

The votes will be counted on July 13.

July 10, 2024 7:29 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: Congress' Charanjit Singh Channi takes dig at ruling AAP in Punjab over ‘ration’

Bypolls Live Updates: Former Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi alleged that AAP workers were caught distributing ration and clothes to attract voters in the Jalandhar constituency, where by-elections are scheduled for Wednesday.

"Aam Aadmi Party and Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, fearing their defeat in Jalandhar, want to win the election by using every means. Today in the constituency, AAP workers were caught distributing ration and clothes to lure people, who left all the goods on the spot and ran away," Channi said in a post on 'X'.

July 10, 2024 7:15 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: BJP's Jairam Thakur on byelection in Himachal Pradesh

Bypolls Live Updates: Discussing the upcoming by-elections in three Assembly constituencies of Himachal Pradesh, Leader of Opposition and former chief minister Jairam Thakur expressed confidence in the BJP's victory across all three seats.

He said that the BJP is poised to win decisively in the bypolls for Dehra, Hamirpur, and Nalagarh assembly segments, with campaigning concluding on Monday evening.

Voting for these by-elections is scheduled for July 10.

July 10, 2024 7:12 AM IST

Bypolls Live Updates: Voting begins in 13 Assembly seats across 7 states

Bypolls Live Updates: Voting for by-elections in 13 Assembly constituencies across seven states began at 7 am on Wednesday.

The 13 assembly seats going to bypolls today are - Raiganj, Ranaghat Dakshin, Bagda and Maniktala (West Bengal); Badrinath and Manglaur (Uttarakhand); Jalandhar West (Punjab); Dehra, Hamirpur and Nalagarh (Himachal Pradesh); Rupauli (Bihar); Vikravandi (Tamil Nadu) and Amarwara (Madhya Pradesh).

July 10, 2024 6:52 AM IST

Bypoll Live Updates: Officials conduct mock poll in Dehra, Vikravandi

Bypoll Live Updates: Preparations for the Dehra Assembly bypoll in Himachal Pradesh and the Vikravandi bypoll in Tamil Nadu are underway, with mock polls and final arrangements being conducted at respective polling booths. Videos shared by news agency ANI show officials gearing up for the commencement of voting shortly.

Today, polling is scheduled across 13 assembly constituencies spread across seven states.

July 10, 2024 6:41 AM IST

Bypoll Live Updates: Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhu predicts Cong's seats will increase to 41

Bypoll Live Updates: Himachal Pradesh chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said on Tuesday that the Congress expects its tally to rise from 38 to 41 in the 68-member House.

- Elections for the Dehra, Hamirpur, and Nalagarh assembly constituencies, which became vacant after the Speaker accepted the resignations of three Independents on June 3, are scheduled for Wednesday.

- Sukhu reiterated that the BJP attempted to overthrow the democratically elected government using "money power" and struck a deal with Independent MLAs to force their resignations. According to a statement issued, he urged voters to demonstrate their disapproval of these "turncoats" by defeating them in the upcoming by-polls.

July 10, 2024 6:25 AM IST

Bypoll Live Updates: All about Assembly byelection in West Bengal's four seats

Bypoll Live Updates: In West Bengal, the ruling TMC and BJP face high stakes following their performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections. The TMC aims to build on its gains, while the BJP seeks to capitalise on its victories in Raiganj, Ranaghat Dakshin, and Bagda, despite later defections of BJP MLAs to the TMC.

The bypoll in Maniktala was triggered by the death of TMC MLA Sadhan Pandey in February 2022. Pandey's wife Supti is now the TMC candidate for the seat. Meanwhile, Krishna Kalyani and Mukut Mani Adhikari are contesting from Raiganj and Ranaghat Dakshin respectively for the TMC.

In the Matua-majority constituency of Bagda, the TMC has nominated Madhuparna Thakur, daughter of party Rajya Sabha MP Mamatabala Thakur and a member of the Matua Thakurbari.

Krishna Kalyani, Mukut Mani Adhikari, and Biswajit Das previously contested unsuccessfully in the Lok Sabha elections on TMC tickets after resigning from the BJP.

July 10, 2024 6:15 AM IST

Bypoll Live Updates: Polling in 13 assembly seats across 7 states today

Bypoll Live Updates: By-elections for 13 assembly constituencies across seven states are taking place todayto determine the fate of several veteran politicians and newcomers. These polls are being conducted to fill vacancies arising from the deaths or resignations of incumbent members.

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