Voting in the bye-elections to the Jind Assembly constituency in Haryana took place today with 70 per cent of the people exercising their franchise. The bypoll, which comes months ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, is witnessing a multi-cornered contest among the ruling BJP, opposition INLD, Congress and Jannayak Janta Party, a breakaway outfit of the Chautala family.
The voting began at 7 am and continued till 7 pm in the evening, with long queues at polling station delaying the process. A total of 21 candidates are in the fray for the polls. A direct fight between BJP and INLD initially, the bypoll turned into a high-stakes contest after the Congress fielded Jat leader and AICC communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala, while the JJP nominated political greenhorn Digvijay, the brother of Dushyant Chautala, who has been expelled from the INLD on charges of indiscipline amid a family feud.