Punjab’s Sangruru has lowest turnout; Tripura 76.6%

Bypolls 2022: Voting begins in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha seats, which are seen as bastions of the state’s opposition Samajwadi Party (SP). (Image: Twitter/@ANI)

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new Delhi: On Thursday, three Lok Sabha and seven parliamentary seats in five states and one Federal Territory were voted. The Lok Sabha seats participating in the polls include: Azamgarh and Rampur in Uttar Pradesh and Sangrur in Punjab. The parliamentary seats are Rajinder Nagar in Delhi; Manda in Jharkhand; Atmakur in Andhra Pradesh; Agartala, Bordovali Town, Surma and Jabba in Tripura Rajnagar.

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  • Punjab’s Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency recorded a voter turnout of just over 36 percent in the polls held on Thursday. In the 2019 election, Sangrur’s turnout was 72.44%.
  • Azamgarh’s turnout was 48 percent, while Rampur’s was 39 percent. Rampur was vacant after SP’s Azam Khan entered the state assembly. In the 2019 election, the final percentage for this seat was 63.19%.
  • Rajinder Nagar in Delhi with 43.75% turnout
  • The Election Commission has sought explanations from DC Sangrur and Principal Secretary Punjab for extending the polling time to the 4pm cut-off without any new facts emerging on the day of the poll, in an attempt to influence some voters.

30% of Sangrur’s vote continues until 3 p.m.

  • 30% poll not recorded until 3pm in Sangrur Lok Sabha polls. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann in a tweet asked for the polling time to be extended to 7pm. He said they should also be able to exercise their franchise given the current paddy planting season, with a lot of people out.

Mandar’s turnout was 56.03%, Jharkhand

  • A total of 56.03% of 354,000 voters exercised their right to vote until 3pm in the by-election for the Mandal assembly seat in Jharkhand’s Ranchi district.

Delhi Rajendnagar with 33% turnout

  • Turnout for the Rajinder Nagar parliamentary constituency reached 33 per cent until 3pm. For this seat, 14 candidates are competing. The match is expected to be between AAP and BJP.

Here is the turnout list for other Lok Sabha and Parliament seats

Atmakur (Andhra Pradesh) – 44.14%

Agartala (Tripura) – 54.20%

Bardo Valley (Tripura) – 52.16%

Surma (Tripura) – 53.50%

Jubarajnagar (Tripura) – 46.56%

Mandal (Jharkhand) – 44.81%

Rajinder Nagar (Delhi) – 26.24%

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Voting for the three Lok Sabha seats started off dull, with only 4.07% of voters exercising their rights in Sangrur, Punjab, in the first two hours, compared with 7.86% and 9.21% in Rampur and Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.

In Tripura, about 14.66 percent of the 189,000 voters cast their ballots in the four parliamentary constituencies by 9 a.m., according to election officials.

Until 11am, about 12.75% of voters had exercised their right to vote in the Sanghrul ballot in Punjab, compared to 18.81% in Rampur in Uttar Pradesh and 18.81% in Azamgarh 19.84%. In Atmakur, Andhra, 24.92% of voters cast their ballots, while Delhi’s Rajendra Nagar witnessed 14.85% voter turnout. In Tripura’s four seats, as of 11am, turnout was Agartala (34.26%), Badowali Township (35.43%), Surma (33.50%) and Jubala Jenagar (29.14%).

The three Lok Sabha seats to be polled are Azamgarh and Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, and Sangrur in Punjab. The seven parliamentary seats are Rajinder Nagar in Delhi, Mandar in Jharkhand, Atmakur in Andhra Pradesh and Agartala in Tripura, Bordowali Township, Surma and Jabarajnagar.

Voting begins at 7pm and is scheduled to run until 6pm. Counting will take place on June 26.

Delhi

The polls for Delhi Rajendnagar began under tight security arrangements. This is largely seen as a battle between the assertive Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the dynamic Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for key parliamentary constituencies.

A total of 1,64,698 voters were eligible to vote in the by-elections, of which 14 candidates ran.

The election was necessitated in the wake of AAP leader Raghav Chadha leaving the seat after being elected to the Rajya Sabha recently.

During the voting period, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha voted. In an interview with reporters, Chadha expressed confidence that the people of Rajendnagar will vote for his party’s candidate again. “I believe that even in the time to come – remembering the work done by our government, which I did as an MLA for about 2 years – the people of the Rajendnagar parliamentary constituency will be given a chance to meet again , a man who will not let this slow down,” he said.

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“People will vote for corruption-free governance and everyone’s right to a life of dignity,” Chadha added.

AAP sent Durgesh Pathak to fill Chadha’s vacant seat for former BJP MP Rajesh Bhatia and MP Prem Lata.

The polls come as opposition parties criticise the Arvind Kejriwal-led government’s alcohol policy.

Uttar Pradesh

Voting also began in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha seats, which are considered bastions of the state’s opposition Samajwadi Party (SP).

More than 3.5 million people were eligible to vote in the by-election, with 19 candidates running. Of these, 13 candidates were from Azamgarh with 1.838 million voters eligible to exercise their right to vote, while Rampur had 6 candidates and 1.706 million eligible voters cast ballots in the ongoing by-election.

The deputy vote for the Azamgarh seat is necessary as SP chief Akhilesh Yadav was selected as the priority for the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly in elections earlier this year. The Rampur seat was vacated by senior SP leader Azam Khan, who too was elected to the state Assembly.

SP leader Azam Khan accused the police of violence and money transfers ahead of the vote on the Rampur Lok Sabha seat.

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Senior SP leaders also accused the Yogi Adityant-led government of wreaking havoc ahead of the vote.

Punjab

In the AAP-ruled state of Punjab, polls for the Sangrur parliamentary constituency began in the morning.

A total of 15,69,240 voters will exercise their right to vote at 1,766 polling stations, 296 of which are vulnerable. A total of 16 candidates – 13 men and 3 women – competed.

Sangrur’s vote was necessary after Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann won the February 20 parliamentary poll in Dhuri. Mann won the Sangrul seat in the 2014 and 2019 parliamentary elections and resigned as MP after winning the Duri parliamentary seat.

AAP leaders and Punjab Higher Education Minister Gurmeet Singh meet Hayer to vote in Sangrur. “Three months ago, people gave AAP a huge mandate, and within three months we started delivering. I hope AAP wins with a huge mandate,” Haye told reporters.

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Jharkhand

Voting for a seat in the Mandal assembly in the Ranchi district of Jharkhand has begun under tight security arrangements.

More than 354,000 voters, including 175,000 women, were eligible to vote in by-elections, of which 14 candidates ran.

The Mandar vote was necessary after Bandhu Tirkey was convicted in a corruption case and he was disqualified from the MLA.

Congress sent Bandhu Tirkey’s daughter, Shilpi Neha Tirkey, while the BJP pitted former MLA Gangotri Kujur against her. BJP rebel candidate Deo Kumar Dhan is running as an independent candidate, backed by the All India Parliament (AIMIM).

The polls are crucial for both the ruling coalition (including Jharkhand Mukti Mocha (JMM), Congress, etc.) and the BJP. If Congress wins a copy, it will be a victory for the ruling coalition to win all deputy elections after the Hant Soren government came to power in 2019 trying to set up a referendum to make people unhappy with the ruling coalition government.

Tripura

Voting in Tripura’s four parliamentary seats – Agartala, Bordovali town, Surma and Jabalajnagar – began in the morning under strict security arrangements. A total of 1,89,032 voters were eligible to vote in the by-elections, of which 25 candidates ran.

Voting in the Agartala and Town Bardowali constituencies is required after Sudip Roy Barman and Asish Saha resigned from the BJP MLA and joined Parliament in February. The Surma seat in Dhalai district was vacant after BJP MP Asish Das was disqualified by Speaker Ratan Chakraborty and a by-election for Jubarajnagar was necessary following the death of incumbent Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA Ramendra Chandra Debnath.

Andhra Pradesh

Voting has also opened for Andhra Pradesh’s Atmakur parliamentary seat under strict security arrangements.

A vote in the Atmakur parliamentary constituency was necessary due to the death in February of Mekapati Gutham Reddy, the current lawmaker and industry minister.

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