Assembly bypolls: Voting underway in 13 seats across seven states, high stakes battle in Bengal

Assembly bypolls: Voting underway in 13 seats across seven states, high stakes battle in Bengal

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Assembly Bypolls: Voting for by-elections in 13 assembly constituencies across seven states, Bihar, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh, today (July 10). The polling process that started at 7 am will conclude at 6 pm. Some of the assembly seats undergoing by-elections were vacated during the Lok Sabha elections, while others became vacant due to the death of the sitting MLAs.  

This electoral exercise, the first since the Lok Sabha elections, will decide the fate of many veterans and some debutantes, including Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu’s wife, Kamlesh Thakur. 

Key assembly seats going for polls

1.West BengalRaiganj, Ranaghat Dakshin, Bagda and Maniktala
2.UttarakhandBadrinath and Manglaur 
3.PunjabJalandhar West
4.Himachal PradeshDehra, Hamirpur and Nalagarh
6.Tamil NaduVikravandi
7.Madhya PradeshAmarwara

West Bengal bypolls

In West Bengal, the stakes are significant for both the ruling TMC, aiming to build on its strengthened performance in the Lok Sabha elections, and the BJP, seeking to capitalize on its substantial gains in the four constituencies during the parliamentary polls.

In West Bengal, the BJP and the ruling TMC are contesting on all four assembly seats. Three of these constituencies were won by the BJP in 2021; however, they were left vacant due to defections to the TMC. The fourth seat, Maniktala, became vacant following the death of sitting TMC MLA Sadhan Pandey in February 2022. The TMC won the Maniktala seat in the 2021 West Bengal elections while the BJP won Raiganj, Ranaghat Dakshin and Bagda. Later, the BJP MLAs switched to the TMC.



Also Read: Assembly bypolls: Congress releases list of candidates for Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh

Also Read: BJP announces candidates for Punjab, Bengal Assembly bypolls


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