New Delhi, Jnn. Voting was held on Thursday for by-elections to three Lok Sabha and seven assembly seats in five states and one union territory, including Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Punjab. The counting of votes will take place on Sunday (June 26). In the by-elections to Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, 48.58 percent and Rampur’s 40 percent votes were cast amidst tight security arrangements. There are 13 candidates in the fray in Azamgarh and six in Rampur.

More than 57 percent voting in Azamgarh

In Azamgarh, 57.54 percent voters had exercised their franchise in 2019. During the mock poll, polling started half an hour late due to EVM glitches in 45 booths. Here BJP candidate Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirhua and SP candidate Dharmendra Yadav are residents of non-district, so they did not vote. Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali is contesting from BSP.

Rampur Lok Sabha seat status

Asim Raja from SP and Ghanshyam Lodhi from BJP are contesting the Rampur Lok Sabha seat vacated by Azam Khan’s resignation. Due to the heat, fewer people came out of their homes to cast their votes. Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, SP Azam Khan, his wife former MP Dr. Tajeen Fatma, son MLA Abdullah also voted.

Votes cast in Delhi and Jharkhand also

The by-election was held on the Rajinder Nagar seat in Delhi that fell vacant after Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha went to the Rajya Sabha. Jharkhand’s Mandar Assembly seat by-election saw 61.25 per cent votes polled, with the fate of 14 candidates being captured in EVMs.

76.62 percent polling in Tripura

In Tripura, 76.62 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm for the by-elections to the four assembly seats of Agartala, Town Bardowali, Surma and Jubarajnagar. Around 67 per cent polling was recorded in the Atmakuru assembly seat in Andhra Pradesh. The by-election had to be held here due to the death of state Industries Minister Mekapati Gowtham Reddy.

Only 36.40 percent polling in Sangrur

Voters did not show much enthusiasm in the by-election to the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat, which fell vacant due to the election of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann as an MLA. According to preliminary information released by the Election Commission, only 36.40 percent voters exercised their franchise. Here Gurvinder Singh from Aam Aadmi Party and former MLA from Dhuri Dalveer Singh Goldy from Congress are in the fray, while BJP has fielded former Barnala MLA Kewal Dhillon.

Edited By: Krishna Bihari Singh