Assembly Bypolls 2022 Highlights: The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday alleged that some polling centres have been captured by workers of the ruling BJP in Gola Gokarannath constituency in Uttar Pradesh. However, a senior official told PTI that voting was going on peacefully there. In the first five hours of polling, an average voter turnout of over 33 per cent was recorded in the constituency where SP and BJP are directly contesting as Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress decided to stay away from the poll.
Meanwhile, over 93 per cent voting was reported in Telangana’s Munugode and Haryana’s Adampur. A voter turnout of 31.90 per cent was recorded in Mokama and Gopalganj assembly constituencies in Bihar till 1 PM. Adampur constituency, which is considered a litmus test for the BJP-JJP ruling alliance in Haryan was necessitated following Kuldeep Bishnoi’s exit from Congress and move to the BJP in August.
The Andheri battle is significant for the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena as it is the first election following a rebellion spearheaded by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and other MLAs. The bypoll became necessary following the sudden demise of Shiv Sena MLA Ramesh Latke in May. TheRamesh Latke’s wife Rutuja is the Thackeray-led Sena’s candidate. There are six more nominees in the fray but none from the ruling alliance. The BJP withdrew its candidate Murji Patel following appeals from the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the NCP, among others.