Among Loksabha seats that went to the polls was UP’s Kairana where the BJP faces a united opposition.
Bypolls became necessary here after the death of Hukum Singh whose daughter Mriganka Singh is the BJP candidate. She is in a straight fight with Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Tabussum Hasan.
She is supported by the Congress, SP and the BSP. Meanwhile, the RLD, SP and BJP have approached the EC with complaints of EVM tampering. The BJP has spoken of repoll if needed.
The Kairana seat has been touted as politically crucial in view of the 2019 polls. Its 17 lakh electorate comprises mostly Muslim, Jat and Dalits. The opposition hopes to repeat the wins in Gorakhpur and Phoolpur by combining the anti-BJP vote while the BJP wants to prove that it is still strong in Western UP.
Two Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, Bhandara-Gondiya and Palghar went to polls on Monday. The seat was vacant after the passing of BJP MP Chintaman Vanaga in January. Shiv Sena has fielded Venaga’s son Srinivas Vanaga while the BJP has given ticket to former Congress leader Rajendra Gavit.
In Bhandara-Gondia the BJP is in a direct fight with the NCP. Congress is supporting NCP here while the Shiv Sena has not fielded any candidate here. It would be interesting to see whether the voters go towards BJP or NCP-Congress.
Bypoll for one Lok Sabha seat was made necessary due to resignation of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Nefu Rio’s resigning his Lok Sabha membership. Rio is now the Chief Minister of the state.
Palus Kadegaon (Maharashtra), Noorpur (UP), Jokihat (Bihar), Gomiya and Sili (Jharkhand), Chenganur (Kerala), Anpati (Meghalaya), Shahkot (Punjab), Tharali (Uttarakhand) and Maheshtala (West Bengal)
Voting was also held for RR Nagar Vidhan Sabha seat in Karnataka on Monday
Results will be declared on the 31st of May.