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Bypoll Elections 2021 Latest Updates, Bypoll Today Live: The counting of votes will be held on November 2. The electoral battle is expected to witness close fights between several political heavyweights.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 30, 2021 10:31:31 pm
Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Khardah, West Bengal, on Saturday. (Express Photo: Partha Paul)

Bypoll Elections 2021 Live News: A turnout of 50 percent to over 80 per cent was recorded on Saturday in bypolls to three Lok Sabha and 29 assembly seats spread across 13 states, with INLD leader Abhay Chautala, who quit the Haryana assembly in protest against the agri laws, and Congress’ Pratibha Singh, wife of late chief minister Virbhadra Singh, among the prominent candidates in the fray. The polling passed off peacefully and with all Covid-19 safety measures followed.

Among the constituencies where bypolls were held, Mizoram, Telangana, Haryana and Meghalaya recorded over 80 per cent voter turnout.

The electoral battle is expected to witness close fights between several political heavyweights as political parties ramped up campaigning efforts in the weeks leading up to the high-stakes elections. The counting of votes will be held on November 2.

The three Lok Sabha seats where bypolls will be held are Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. The elections to the LS seats were necessitated following the deaths of the sitting members.

Among the 29 Assembly constituencies going to the bypolls, five are in Assam (Gossaigaon, Bhabanipur, Tamulpur, Mariani and Thowra), four in West Bengal (Dinhata, Santipur, Khardah and Gosaba), three each in Madhya Pradesh (Jobat, Raigaon and Prithvipur), Himachal Pradesh (Arki, Fatehpur and Jubbal-Kotkhai) and Meghalaya (Rajabala, Mawryngkneng and Mawphlang), two each in Bihar (Tarapur and Kusheshwar), Karnataka (Hanagal and Sindgi) and Rajasthan (Vallabhnagar and Dhariawad) and one seat each in Andhra Pradesh (Badvel), Haryana (Ellenabad), Maharashtra (Deglur), Mizoram (Tuirial) and Telangana (Huzurabad).

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October 30 bypolls: The Lok Sabha seats where bypolls were held include Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. The Assembly byelections were held in 29 seats. Follow live updates here:

22:31 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Meghalaya by-elections peaceful; over 80 pc of polling recorded in 3 seats

Over 80 per cent of the one lakh plus voters exercised their franchise in the bye-elections to three assembly constituencies in Meghalaya on Saturday, Chief Electoral Officer FR Kharkongor said. There was no report of any untoward incident during the polling in Mawryngkneng, Mawphlang and Rajabala, he said.

“The voter turnout is 80.86 per cent till 7 pm. Reports are awaited from some of the remote polling stations,” Kharkongor said.

The highest voter turnout at 90.63 per cent was recorded in Rajabala while Mawphlang and Mawryngkneng registered 76.9 per cent and 75.06 per cent polling respectively. (PTI)

21:56 (IST)30 Oct 2021
81.28 per cent votes cast in by-poll in Mizoram

At least 81.28 per cent of the 17,911 electorate cast their votes in the by-poll to Tuirial assembly seat in Mizoram which was held amidst tight security on Saturday, state chief electoral officer P Jawahar said.

The polling hours was extended by an hour beyond the normal time of 5 pm for the Sabbath followers and coronavirus posiive patients, he said, None of the 663 Bru voters who are in camps in Tripura cast their votes in the by-poll, he said.

“81.28 per cent turnout was recorded till 6 pm, which could increase a little after the final tally,” Jawahar added. (PTI)

21:20 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Over 75 per cent turnout in bypoll to Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha seat

Byelection to the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha constituency recorded 75.51 per cent turnout as the voting concluded at 7 pm on Saturday, Election Commission officials said.

The polling which started at 7 am proceeded peacefully across 333 booths in the constituency which is part of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, they said. (PTI)

17:58 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Meghalaya bypolls: 64 per cent turnout recorded

Voting for bypolls to three assembly seats in Meghalaya has been peaceful so far, with an average of around 64 per cent turnout recorded till 3 pm on Saturday, Chief Electoral Officer FR Kharkongor said. 

He also stated that the poll percentage improved during the second half of the day. (PTI)

17:03 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha bypoll: 53.17% voting till 4 pm

A voter turnout of 53.17% was recorded till 4 pm in the bypoll to the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha constituency on October 30.

17:00 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Himachal bypoll: Country's first voter casts vote in Kinnaur

The first voter of independent India, 104-year-old Shyam Saran Negi, cast his vote in the Mandi parliamentary bypoll at the model polling station of Kalpa in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday. Express photo by Pradeep Kumar.

16:21 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Assam bypolls: 51.65pc turnout recorded

Voting has largely been peaceful for bypolls to five assembly constituencies in Assam with 51.65 per cent turnout recorded till 1 pm on Saturday, an official said. Polling is underway in Gossaigaon, Bhabanipur, Tamulpur, Mariani and Thowra assembly segments, with strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols, he said.

An estimated 51.65 per cent of the total 7.96 lakh electors exercised their franchise in the first six hours of voting with the highest turnout recorded in Bhabanipur at 62 per cent, followed by Gossaigaon (57.94 per cent), Thowra (54.52 per cent), Tamulpur (47 per cent) and Mariani (35.13 per cent). (PTI)

16:02 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Telangana's Huzurabad Assembly constituency records 61.66% voter turnout

Huzurabad Assembly constituency in Telangana has recorded 61.66 per cent polling till 3 pm today. Voting will go on till 7 pm. In December 2018 Assembly polls, Huzurabad had polled over 84 per cent. 

15:08 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Karnataka bypolls: Hanagal records 44.59% voter turnout till 1pm; 32.49% voter turnout in Sindgi

Voting percentage for bypolls in Karnataka at 1pm:

Sindgi constituency - 32.49 per cent 
Hanagal constituency - 44.59 per cent

14:06 (IST)30 Oct 2021
DNH bypoll after Mohan Delkar’s death – constituency profile and top candidates

Bypolls to the Lok Sabha constituency of Dadra Nagar Haveli (DNH), now part of the unified Union Territory of Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, will be held on October 30. The election was necessitated by the death of Mohan Delkar who was one of the four independent MPs in Lok Sabha. Delkar’s body was found hanging in a room in a private hotel in Mumbai on February 22. Read our Explainer

13:51 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Nearly 38% turnout recorded in Bihar till 1 pm

Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur assembly seats in Bihar, which are currently witnessing voting for the by elections, have recorded a voter turnout of 37.92% till now.

13:32 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Why Bihar’s two bypolls could end up having a wider impact in state

Assembly bye-elections are scheduled at Tarapur (Munger) and Kusheshwar Sthan (Darbhanga) in Bihar on October 30. The bypolls were necessitated by the deaths of MLAs Shashi Bhushan Hazari (Kusheshwar Sthan) and Mewalal Choudhary (Tarapur), both from the JD(U). The results will not have an immediate impact on the numbers in the House; however, they will likely have a bearing on the wider political situation in the state, where the NDA led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has a small majority. Read our Explainer

13:12 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Himachal bypolls: Jubbal-Kotkhai seat records highest turnout, Mandi lowest

The Jubbal-Kotkhai assembly seat in Himachal Pradesh witnessed highest voter turnout of over 27 per cent while the Mandi Lok Sabha seat saw the lowest polling at over 19 per cent till 12 pm as voting for the bypolls to four seats in Himachal Pradesh began on Saturday, officials said. Voting for the by-elections to Mandi Lok Sabha and Arki, Fatehpur, and Jubbal-Kotkhai assembly seats began at 8 am, they said.

Mandi Lok Sabha seat recorded 19.78 percent voting between 8 am and 12 pm, while the turnout in Fatehpur, Arki and Jubbal-Kotkhai was 22.27, 24.02 and 27.85 per cent respectively, they said. The voting began on a slow pace but is gaining momentum, an election official said. A total of 12,99,756 voters for Mandi Lok Sabha, 87,222 for Fatehpur, 92,609 for Solan (Arki) and 70,965 voters for Jubbal-Kotkhai Vidhan Sabha seats may exercise their right to franchise till 6 pm. According to officials, 2,484 polling stations and 312 auxiliary polling stations have been set up for bypolls. The by-elections were necessitated following the death of sitting members. (PTI)

12:53 (IST)30 Oct 2021
With electorate divided, how Mandi bypoll will shape future political discourse in Himachal

With the Mandi parliamentary constituency in Himachal Pradesh going to polls Saturday, voters are vertically divided in picking the new Member of Parliament in the bypoll, necessitated after the death of two-time BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma. Here’s why the Mandi bypoll outcome is key to the future of the political discourse in Himachal Pradesh. The poll outcome is being seen as a referendum on the performance of the CM and late CM Virbhadra Singh. Read Our Explainer

12:36 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Over 25% voter turnout recorded in Rajasthan

The voter turnout in Rajasthan's Vallabhnagar and Dhariawad assembly seats currently stands at 25.23%. 

12:10 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Karnataka bypolls: Voter turnout of over 25% till 11 am

While the Sindagi constituency in Karnataka recorded a voter turnout of 26.75 per cent, the number stood at 24.31 per cent for Hanagal.

11:56 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Huzurabad bypoll: 33.27% turnout till 11 am

The Huzurabad Assembly constituency in Telangana recorded a voter turnout of 33.27 per cent till 11 am on Saturday.

Polling started at 7 am as voters queued up outside 306 polling stations established across five manuals of the constituency. Till 9 am, about 10.5 per cent of voters had exercised their franchise. Polling will continue till 7 pm. As many as 1,17,933 males, 1,19,102 females, and one person in the other category are eligible to cast their vote.

Heavy security deployments are in place to avoid any untoward incidents. 127 of the 306 polling stations are categorised as sensitive. 1,715 polling personnel and 3,865 police personnel, including the central paramilitary forces, will be on the ground on poll duty. The Election Commission has made it mandatory for voters to wear a mask inside the polling booths. Their body temperatures would be screened and they would be handed disposable gloves as part of Covid protocols. The bye-election was necessitated following Rajender’s resignation on June 4 from the TRS and his MLA post after being dropped unceremoniously from the Cabinet on May 1 over allegations of land grabbing by a company owned by his family. Rajender is now BJP’s candidate and the bye-election is seen as a matter of prestige for TRS and CM Rao, and an issue of political survival for Rajender.

As many as 30 candidates, including BJP's Eatala Rajender, TRS' Gellu Srinivas Yadav, Congress' Balmoor Venkat, are in the fray. (ENS)

11:40 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Why Ellenabad bypoll result will be a bigger referendum for farmers than Abhay Chautala or BJP

Several farmer leaders, including BKU’s Rakesh Tikait, will be in Haryana’s Sirsa district on Wednesday to campaign against Gobind Kanda, the joint candidate of BJP-JJP alliance for the bypoll to the Ellenabad Assembly seat. A few groups of farmers have already staged protests against the BJP-JJP leaders amid the ongoing canvassing. The Indian Express explains why this bypoll is important for the farmers protesting against the three central agri laws and how they aim to hit the ruling BJP. Read Our Explainer

11:22 (IST)30 Oct 2021
‘Cash-for-votes’: Cong appeals to EC to cancel Huzurabad bypoll

Alleging that the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are distributing cash for votes, the Congress on Friday appealed to the Election Commission to cancel bypolls to the Huzurabad Assembly Constituency in Telangana – scheduled to be held Friday.

A delegation of Congress leaders led by AICC general secretary Randeep Surjewala and the party’s Telangana in charge Manickam Tagore visited the Election Commission office to reiterate the party’s demand on Friday. Surjewala said the Huzurabad bypolls have become the most corrupt and most expensive polls in India’s electoral history. Read More

11:20 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Voter turnout rises to 21.79% in Bihar

After recording a low turnout of 5% till 9 am, the number rose to 21.79% at 11 am for the Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur Assembly seats in Bihar.

Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala campaigns for BJP's Gobind Kanda in Ellenabad (Express photo)

Earlier, bypoll was also announced for the Shamator-Chessore Assembly constituency in Nagaland. However, on October 13, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party's candidate S Keoshu Yimchunger was declared elected uncontested.

Adequate security and Covid safety measures have been put in place for the electoral exercise held amid the pandemic.

Also Read | Ellenabad bypoll Live Updates: Abhay Chautala eyes fourth win from seat

Also Read | Karnataka bye-elections Live Updates: Voting under way in Hanagal, Sindgi assembly seats

Also Read | October 30 bypolls: Where are they happening; who are the main candidates?

Also Read | Explained: Why Bihar’s two bypolls could end up having a wider impact in state

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