Polling began on Monday for the twin seats of Jharkhand’s Godda and Panki. Voting began at 7.00 a.m. and will end at 3.00 p.m.
In the first two hours, 17% polling was recorded in Panki and 14% in Godda. According to police, 250 booths have been declared sensitive in Panki for which additional 1,700 security personnel have been deployed.
Similarly, 1,000 security personnel were deployed in Godda, since out of 250 booths, 80 booths were declared sensitive. In total, 15 candidates are in the fray for the Godda seat, prominent being Amit Mandal of the BJP, Sanjay Yadav of the RJD and Sanjiv Marik Yadav of the JMM.
Nine are in the race for Panki, including Kushwaha Sashibhushan Mehta of the JMM, Devendra Kumar Singh of the Congress and Lal Suraj of the BJP.
The by-polls for the two seats were necessitated following the deaths of BJP MLA Raghunandan Mandal Godda and Bidesh Singh of the Congress from Panki.
Results will be declared on May 19.