The byelections to four Lok Sabha and five assembly seats in four states went off without any disturbance, and the results will be announced on June 5.
The highest voter turnout — 66% — was recorded in the Howrah Lok Sabha constituency, held by the Trinamool, in West Bengal. Being held in the aftermath of several ponzi scams, which has led to investors losing their money and 18 suicides in West Bengal, the election assumes significance because it comes just ahead of the panchayat elections in the state.
The Trinamool had fielded former national football captain Prasun Banerjee.
In Gujarat, two Lok Sabha and four assembly constituencies went to polls. The opposition Congress had won all the six seats in the last elections.
The Banaskantha Lok Sabha seat fell vacant after the death of Mukesh Gadhvi, and in Porbandar, previous winner Vitthal Radadiya, who was in the news as MP for pointing a gun at a toll-booth attendant, is contesting this time as the BJP candidate after resigning his seat and from the Congress.
An estimated 45% of the electorate cast their votes during the by-election to the Maharajganj Lok Sabha seat in north Bihar.
After the death of RJD MP Uma Shankar Singh earlier this year, his son Jitendra Swamy was not nominated by the party and he is contesting as the Congress nominee.
With details from PTI
Weddings no transport of joy
Robbed off their cars by the administration, bridegrooms and baratis in poll-bound Maharajganj have been on a wedding march, literally. Only with luck, they hitched a ride in autorickshaws or tractors. Security forces, on the other hand, have been moving around in gilded and festooned vehicles inscribed with the names of the bride and the groom. Over the last week, mandated to shore up their fleet for the Sunday elections, security forces had commandeered hundreds of cars for poll duty in Saran and Siwan districts. HTC