Voting is underway for one Lok Sabha seat in Punjab and four assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Meghalaya along with Karnataka assembly elections today. Polling has started for Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat of Punjab from 8 am today. Besides, voting is held in Swar and Chhanbey in Uttar Pradesh, Jharsuguda in Odisha and Sohiong assembly seats in Meghalaya.
By-election in Uttar Pradesh
The Swar seat has fallen vacant due to cancellation of assembly membership of Abdullah Azam Khan, son of senior SP leader Azam Khan following his conviction in a case in Uttar Pradesh. Besides, the Chhanbey seat had fallen vacant after the demise of BJP’s ally Apna Dal MLA Rahul Kol. There is a straight competition between the ruling coalition and the opposition Samajwadi Party in Swar and Chhanbey seats in UP. Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided not to contest the Bypolls.
By-election in Meghalaya also
Polling is underway in Meghalaya’s Sohiong. The seat was vacant following the death of UDP candidate HDR Lyngdoh ahead of the state assembly elections. Sohiong’s vote was postponed because of Lyngdoh’s death. Voting for the by-election in Sohiong assembly seat began at 7 am today amid tight security.
The seat fell vacant after assassination
The By-elections in Odisha were necessitated after the assassination of the then health minister of the state, Ban Kishore Das. Voting for Jharsuguda assembly seat started at 7 am today amid tight security. CCTV cameras have been installed at sensitive booths and central forces have been deployed. Election officials said that 2,21,070 voters will be able to exercise their franchise at 253 polling stations in the voting till 6 pm.