Polling commenced on Thursday for by-elections to four Assembly constituencies in Haryana (three) and Punjab (one)that would seal the fate of 81 candidates including former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal.
Police personnel have been deployed in strength in Adampur, Indri and Gohana Assembly constituencies in Haryana and Amritsar South Assembly seat in Punjab, where the election commission has also deployed personnel of central Para-military personnel.
The by-poll for the three seats in Haryana arose due to the disqualification of sitting MLAs from Adampur, Gohana and Indri Bhajan Lal, Dharam Pal Malik and Rakesh Kamboj respectively under the anti-defection law after they joined the Haryana Janhit Congress -BL (HJC-BL) formed by former Chief Minister's son Kuldeep Bishnoi.
The Amritsar South seat fell vacant due the death of sitting Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate Raminder Singh Bolaria. All the eyes are on Adampur assembly seat where Bhajan Lal is seeking re-election though on the nomination of a new party HJC-BL. Th 40 opponents of Bhajan Lal include five other Bhajan Lals.