Bypolls 2023 updates: Kerala, Tripura, Bengal see high turnout, moderate in rest
Voting for the by-elections to the seven assembly constituencies of six states, including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Kerala, Tripura, West Bengal and Jharkhand, began at 7 am on Tuesday – the first contest between the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Opposition's newly formed Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) ahead of the assembly polls this year and the Lok Sabha elections in 2024. ...Read More
The bypolls are being held for two seats – Boxanagar and Dhanpur – in Tripura, while Kerala's Puthuppally seat fell vacant due to the demise of Oommen Chandy. The Ghosi seat fell vacant after the resignation of Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA and OBC leader Dara Singh Chauhan, who rejoined the BJP.
Dhupguri assembly constituency in north Bengal, Dumri in Jharkhand and Uttarkhand's Bageshwar are also going to the polls on Tuesday. The results of bypolls will be announced on Friday, the Election Commission said.
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: Voter turnout trend after polling-end
High voter turnout was recorded in most of the six assembly constituencies in seven states where the by-election was held on Tuesday.
Dhanpur and Boxanagar seats in Tripura, where the Congress had extended support to the CPI(M), the turnout was around 76 per cent. Six persons were injured in a stray incident of violence in the northeastern state.
In Dhupguri in West Bengal and Puthuppally in Kerala, where the INDIA bloc constituents were up against each other, the turnout was around 76 per cent and nearly 73 per cent respectively.
The by-election saw the INDIA alliance also putting up a united front in the Ghosi constituency in Uttar Pradesh, where the voting was moderate at around 50.30 per cent, and in Jharkhand’s Dumri where a total of 64.84 per cent of 2.98 lakh voters exercised their franchise
Uttarakhand's Bageshwar, where the main contest is between the BJP and the Congress, saw 55.44 per cent voting.
Out of the seven seats, three (Dhanpur, Bageshwar and Dhupguri), were held by the BJP and one each by the SP (Ghosi), CPI(M) (Boxanagar), JMM (Dumri) and the Congress (Puthuppally).
In Uttar Pradesh, the Ghosi seat fell vacant after the resignation of Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA and OBC leader Dara Singh Chauhan, who rejoined the BJP. (PTI)
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: Over 55% voter turnout recorded in Uttarakhand's Bageshwar assembly
More than 55 per cent of the electorate cast their votes on Tuesday to seal the fate of five candidates in the fray for the Bageshwar assembly bypoll in Uttarakhand. Till 5 pm, 55.42 per cent voting was recorded, Bageshwar District Magistrate Anuradha Paul told PTI.
Voters were still standing in the queue at the booths at 5 pm, the closing time for polling. Those already in queue will be allowed to vote and the final polling percentage will go up, the DM said. Polling was peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere, she said, adding an EVM machine at Mandal Sera polling booth went out of order at 2 pm which was quickly replaced.
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: Over 75% voter turnout in Bengal's Dhupguri
Around 76 per cent of 2.6 lakh eligible voters exercised their franchise in the by-election to the Dhupguri assembly seat in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district till 5 pm on Tuesday, an official said.
Two BJP leaders including an MLA, who are not residents of the constituency, were found in a party office. One of them, the BJP district president, had to leave as he could not show any document allowing him entry into Dhupguri during the voting.
"Till 5 pm, 75.82 per cent of votes were cast. Tight security measures are in place and there is an adequate number of forces,” the Election Commission official told PTI.
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: 6 injured in stray violence in Tripura
Police said six persons were injured when they were allegedly attacked by some villagers at Mohanbhog in Dhanpur Assembly constituency.
The villagers set fire to five motorcycles, triggering tension, but the situation was brought under control, a police officer said, adding, the injured have been admitted to hospital and are out of danger.
"I urge the people to maintain peace during the polling and repeat the precedent of peaceful voting like of last assembly elections," Chief Minister Manik Saha said in a Facebook post.
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: 59 % voter turnout till 3 pm in Jharkhand
About 59 per cent of 2.98 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 3 pm on Tuesday in the by-election to Dumri assembly seat in Jharkhand, an official said.
The polling is underway peacefully across the constituency, and the turnout was 58.92 per cent after the first eight hours of voting, he said.
Chief Minister Hemant Soren extended his wishes to voters and polling officials and appealed to electors to exercise their franchise.
"Today, there is an election in Dumri to empower those who protect Jharkhandi pride, today is the election to honour the one who dedicates himself to his people, today Dumri will choose its future who will always fight for the protection of Jharkhand and Jharkhandi, today in Dumri, democracy will once again defeat money system," Soren wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: Check out latest voter turnout in Tripura seats
78.69% at recorded in Tripura's Boxanagar seat and 74.69% turnout in Dhanpur seat till 3 pm
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: 51% voting marked till 1 pm in Bengal assembly seat
Around 51 per cent of voting was recorded in the by-election to the Dhupguri assembly seat in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district till 1 pm, an official said. Polling began amid tight security at 7 am across 260 booths in the constituency, he said.
"Around 51 per cent of votes were cast till 1 pm. Tight security measures are in place and there is an adequate number of forces,” the Election Commission official told PTI.
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: Big turnout recorded in Kerala's Puthuppally assembly seat
At 2 pm, the voter turnout percentage was 51.34 per cent with 90,572 voters -- 45,639 men, 44,931 women and two transgenders -- casting their votes, the district administration said. There are over 1.76 lakh registered voters in the constituency.
The ruling CPI(M) and the opposition Congress are locked in a fierce battle for the assembly seat representing this constituency that fell vacant after the demise of Congress stalwart and former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy.
Chandy represented the constituency in Kottayam district for more than five decades without any break until his demise on July 18.
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: Over 33% voting recorded in Ghosi till 1pm
Tripura Bypolls 2023 LIVE: 61.61 % polling recorded at Boxanagar and 59.62% Dhanpur till 1 pm
61.61 % polling recorded at Tripura's Boxanagar and 59.62% Dhanpur till 1 pm.
38% voting up to 1pm in Uttarakhand's Bageshwar
38% voting up to 1pm in Uttarakhand's Bageshwar
Bypolls 2023 LIVE: Over 27% voter turnout till 11 am in Dumri assembly
Over 27 per cent of 2.98 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the by-election to Dumri assembly seat in Jharkhand, an official said.
The polling is underway peacefully across the constituency, and the turnout was 27.56 per cent after the first four hours of voting, he said. (PTI)
Bypolls 2023 LIVE: Over 34% votes cast till 11 am in Dhupguri assembly seat
More than 34 per cent voting was recorded in the by-election to Dhupguri assembly seat in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district till 11 am , an official said.
Polling began amid tight security at 7 am across 260 booths in the constituency, he said.
“At the moment, polling is absolutely peaceful. Tight security measures are in place and there is an adequate number of forces,” the Election Commission official told PTI.
Long queues of voters were seen outside various polling stations across the constituency.
UP's Ghosi assembly records 21.57 per cent polling till 11 am, Uttarakhand’s Bageshwar at 26.03
Over 20 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 11 am for the Ghosi assembly bye-election in Uttar Pradesh began on Tuesday morning, the Election Commission of India said.
The voting for the bye-elections to the other six assembly constituencies of several states, including Uttarakhand, Kerala, Tripura, West Bengal, and Jharkhand, started on Tuesday at 7 am.
Voting is slated to go on till 5 pm.
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Mau District Magistrate on Ghosi bypolls
Mau, UP: "Votes are being conducted peacefully. The process is going smoothly at all polling booths. Our officials are on the field. There is no problem so far. We are taking feedback constantly from zonal magistrate..." says Mau District Magistrate Arun Kumar
Kerala's ruling CPI(M) contemplates dropping case against NSS over 'namajapa' protest
The ruling CPI(M) in Kerala is mulling over withdrawing the case lodged against members of the influential Nair Service Society (NSS) for their 'namajapa' protest over Speaker A N Shamseer's alleged remarks about a Hindu deity.
An indication in this regard came on Monday, on the eve of Puthuppally assembly bypoll, through the legal opinion of a government lawyer advising the police to drop further investigation in the case and to file a final report to that effect before the jurisdictional court.
Tripura bypolls: Boxanagar recorded at 40.49% and Dhanpur recorded 39.48% turnout till 11am
Voting at total 110 polling stations Boxanagar and Dhanpur constituencies in Tripura's Sepahijala district were recorded at 40.49 percent and 39.48 percent till 11 AM on Tuesday, said an official from the Election Department.
Barring few polling stations, voting started in these two constituencies began at 7 AM.
The by-polls became necessary after the seats fell vacant following death of CPM legislator of Boxanagar constituency Samsul Haque and resignation of Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment who won from Dhanpur seat on BJP ticket.
The ruling BJP and opposition CPM are the only party to contest against each other in the by-polls as the TIPRA Motha and Congress didn't put up their candidates.
The Congress , however, decided to support the CPM, though they initially expressed dissatisfaction over CPM's declaration of candidates without any consultation with them.
Kerala: UDF’s Congress candidate Chandy Oommen cast his vote for the Puthuppally bypolls
Uttarakhand Bageshwar assembly by-election
People began queuing up outside the polling booths from 6 am and by 9 am 10.13 per cent polling was recorded, Bageshwar District Magistrate Anuradha Paul told PTI.
Five candidates are in the fray. The BJP has fielded Parvati Das while the Congress has pitted Basant Kumar against her.
Das is the wife of Chandan Ram Das whose death in April this year necessitated the bypoll. He had won from the seat four times since 2007.
SP alleges Muslim voters being prevented from voting in Ghosi
SP has alleged misuse of official machinery and has written to the Election Commission on the matter. It was alleged that Muslim voters were being prevented from voting in some places, reported PTI.
The SP's national executive member Arvind Kumar Singh has written to the Chief Election Commissioner alleging that Muslim voters in booth number 147 are being not allowed to vote by the polling officer.
Despite their names being on the voter list, they are being told to go back since their votes have already been cast, he alleged.
The letter claimed that when voters resisted, the police and polling officials "at the behest of the ruling BJP are using abusive words to drive them away". It is a criminal act to deprive any voter of his franchise, Singh said in the letter.
It also alleged that Ravindra Nath, a village head, and Dharmendra Yadav, a polling agent, were being pressured to vote in favour of the BJP.
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: 27.56 % voting recorded Dumri, Jharkhand till 11am.
27.56 % voting recorded Dumri, Jharkhand till 11am.
Over 21% voting recorded in UP's Ghosi by 11 am
21.57% voter turnout recorded in Ghosi by 11 am.
Voting underway for bypoll in Bageshwar assembly seat
Voting for bypoll at Uttarakhand's Bageshwar Assembly seat is underway.
The voting procedure started on Tuesday at 7 am. Even though there are five candidates in the fray, the main contest in the constituency is likely to remain between the Bhartiya Janta Party's Parvati Das and the Congress' Basant Kumar.
The death of Parvati’s husband, Chandan Ram Das, from the Bageshwar constituency necessitated a bye-election in the Bagehwar Assembly. Kumar was previously the vice president of the Aam Adami Party (AAP) state unit. He resigned from the AAP to join the Congress Party. Notably, Parvati's husband was a strong candidate from the Bageshwar seat as he had been winning the elections from the same seat for four consecutive polls since 2007.
JMM candidate from Dumri casts her vote in Assembly bypolls
Jharkhand Minister and Dumri by-poll candidate Bebi Devi cast her vote on Tuesday morning and exuded confidence in people's support.
While speaking to ANI, after coming out of the polling booth, Bebi Devi said, "I have full support from the people here. I have cast my vote. Anything can only be said after September 8, when the results are announced..."
A bypoll in Jharkhand's Dumri was necessitated after the death of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MLA Jagarnath Mahto.
JMM filed Mahto's wife, Bebi Devi, who is representing the India bloc, against NDA's Yashoda Devu and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Abdul Rizvi.
Tripura bypoll: 18.71% voter turnout recorded in first two hours in two assembly seats
An average voter turnout of 18.71 per cent was recorded in the first two hours of polling on Tuesday in the by-elections to Dhanpur and Boxanagar assembly seats in Tripura's Sepahijala district, an EC official said.
Polling began at 7 a.m. in 59 booths in Dhanpur assembly constituency and 51 in Boxanagar, and is scheduled to continue till 4 p.m.
"Polling began in two assembly constituencies peacefully. I appeal to the voters to come out and exercise their democratic rights. I also urge the people to maintain peace during the polling and repeat the precedent of peaceful voting like of last assembly elections," Chief Minister Manik Saha said in a Facebook post.
21.22% polling recorded till 10 am in Puthuppally
21.22% voting recorded till 10 am in Kerala's Puthuppally.
17.25% votes polled till 9am in West Bengal
17.25% voting recorded till 9am in West Bengal's Dhupguri
9.12% polling recorded till 9am in Ghosi bypoll
Over 18% voting recorded in Tripura bypoll
18.97 % poling at Boxanagar and 18.71% at Dhanpur in Tripura
Dhupguri bypoll: A litmus test for parties ahead of Lok Sabha elections
Voting for the Dhupguri bypoll in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal is underway with a total of 2,69,416 voters exercising their franchise to decide the fate of the candidates of the three major parties – the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), the BJP, and the CPI(M), backed by the Congress.
The triangular contest will be a litmus test for these major parties mainly for the INDIA bloc which are pitted against each other in Dhupguri.
The seat, won by BJP’s Bishnu Pada Ray in 2021 Assembly polls by over 4,300 votes, fell vacant after Ray’s death in July, thereby necessitating the bye-elections.
The TMC has fielded Nirmal Chandra Roy, a professor at the local girls’ college, while the BJP has given the ticket to Tapasi Roy, whose CRPF jawan husband was killed in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir. The CPI(M), on the other hand, has fielded famous folk artist Iswar Chandra Roy.
Bypolls 2023 LIVE: 11.4 % polling recorded in Dumri till 9am
11.4 % polling in Dumri, Jharkhand till 9am.
Bypolls 2023 LIVE: 12.5% voting recorded after first hour of polling in Puthuppally
12.5% voting recorded after first hour of polling in Puthuppally bypoll, Kerala.
Voting in Maoist-affected Dumri underway
With the deployment of polling officials and security personnel in their respective booths, the voting in Maoist-affected Dumri assembly seat is undwerway for by-election on Tuesday when nearly three lakh voters will decide the electoral fate of six candidates.
The polling in 373 polling stations, of which 200 are Maoist-affected, began at 7 am and continue till 5 pm.
As many as 1,640 polling personnel have been deployed for the exercise, a top official said.
Ghosi bypoll: Dara Singh Chauhan returned to the BJP and was picked by the party to contest
The Ghosi bypoll was necessitated by the resignation of Dara Singh Chauhan, who had won the seat in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, from the Samajwadi Party (SP) in July.
The OBC leader returned to the BJP and was picked by the party to contest the Ghosi bypoll.
In the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Chauhan had defeated BJP candidate Vijay Kumar Rajbhar by a margin of 22,216 votes. Ghosi had recorded a polling percentage of 58.59.
This time, Chauhan is pitted against the SP's Sudhakar Singh.
Chauhan is also being supported by NDA partners Apna Dal (Sonelal), Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal (NISHAD) Party and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, a former SP ally.
Opposition alliance candidates don't stand a chance against NDA in UP: Anupriya Patel
Union minister and Apna Dal (Sonelal) president Anupriya Patel said on Monday that the opposition INDIA bloc has no existence in Uttar Pradesh and its candidates do not stand a chance in an electoral contest in the state against the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
She also claimed that the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) will soon disintegrate like a "house of cards".
Voting for the by-election to Dhupguri assembly constituency in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district underway
Congress veteran Oomen Chandy's death necessitated the bypolls in Kerala's Puthupally
Congress veteran Oomen Chandy's death necessitated the bypolls in Kerala's Puthupally seat. Congress has fielded Oommen Chandy's son, Chandy Oomen, while the ruling party CPI (M) has fielded Jaick C. Thomas from this constituency.
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: By-elections in five states necessitated due to deaths of sitting MLAs, while two other MLAs resigned from their posts
Bypolls in five states were necessitated due to the deaths of the sitting MLAs, while the two other MLAs resigned from their posts. In Uttar Pradesh's Ghosi, Dara Singh Chauhan's reelection as Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA necessitated bypolls. Chauhan joined the BJP after leaving the SP. The BJP has filed Chauhan against SP's Sudhakar Singh for the Ghose byelections.
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: Voting underway in six states for 7 assembly seats
Voting for the bye-elections to the seven assembly constituencies of six states, including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Kerala, Tripura, West Bengal, and Jharkhand, started on Tuesday at 7 am. Notably, this is the first election between the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Opposition bloc's newly formed Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA). Voting for bye-elections is being held for Kerala's Puthupally, Dhupguri seat in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri, Dumri in Jharkhand and Uttarkhand's Bageshwar, and Boxanagar and Dhanpur in Tripura. The Election Commission will release the results of bye-elections on Friday, September 8.
Voting for Bageshwar assembly bypoll begins in Uttarakhand
Voting for the bypoll to the Bageshwar assembly seat in Uttarakhand began at 7 am on Tuesday.
The bypoll was necessitated by the death of sitting BJP MLA and cabinet minister Chandan Ram Das in April. He had won the seat in four consecutive polls since 2007.
The bypoll is important as its verdict will reflect the mood of voters in Uttarakhand ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The BJP won all the five Lok Sabha seats in the state in the 2014 and 2019 general elections.
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Bypolls 2023 LIVE: Voting underway for bypolls to two assembly seats in Tripura
Voting for the by-elections to Dhanpur and Boxanagar assembly seats in Tripura's Sepahijala district is underway on Tuesday, amid heavy deployment of security personnel, an official said.
Polling began at 7 a.m. in 59 booths in Dhanpur assembly constituency and 51 in Boxanagar, and is scheduled to continue till 4 p.m.
BJP's Tafajjal Hussain, who unsuccessfully contested the last assembly election from Boxanagar, is contesting against CPI(M) nominee Mizan Hussain.
The Boxanagar assembly segment has 66 per cent minority voters of a total of 43,087 electors.
Bypolls 2023 LIVE: Jharkhand's Dumri battle is expected to be between INDIA's joint candidate and NDA
The byelection to Dumri assembly seat was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA Jagarnath Mahto. A total of eight candidates have submitted nominations for the seat. However, the battle is expected to unfold mainly between Jharkhand minister and INDIA's joint candidate Bebi Devi, and Yashoda Devi of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Bebi Devi is the spouse of former minister Mahto, whose demise prompted the election.
Which seven seats will go to bypolls?
The bypolls will be held for two seats in Tripura, and one seat each in Kerala, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: Voting to 7 assembly seats begins
Voting to 7 assembly seats for bypolls begins
Tripura bypolls: CPI(M) and BJP contesting
In Tripura’s Dhanpur, BJP's Pratima Bhoumik resigned to retain her Lok Sabha seat leaving the assembly vacant.
BJP is fielding Bhoumik's brother, Bindu Debnath against Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) candidate Kaushik Chanda in Dhanpur for the bypolls.
CPI(M) and BJP will contest against each other in Tripura’s Boxanagar seat which was left vacant by the death of CPI(M) MLA Samsul Haque.
Ghosi bypoll crucial affair for SP and BJP
Dara Singh Chauhan’s resignation as Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA necessitated bypolls in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghosi. Chauhan joined BJP after his resignation and BJP is fielding Chauhan against SP’s Sudhakar Singh for the bypolls.
Singh was previously MLA in Ghosi from 2012 to 2017 but lost in consecutive Assembly polls since then. Congress is backing its INDIA ally, SP.
Ghosi bypoll is a crucial affair for SP and BJP as it is the first face-off since the formation of the Opposition coalition INDIA.
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: By-elections necessitated due to the deaths of the sitting MLAs
The bypolls in Dhupguri, Puthuppally, Bageshwar, Dumri and Boxanagar were necessitated due to the deaths of the sitting MLAs, while the MLAs of Ghosi and Dhanpur resigned from their posts.
Bypoll 2023 LIVE: Stage set for Tripura assembly by-elections today
The stage is set for the bypolls to Dhanpur and Boxanagar assembly seats in Tripura's Sepahijala district, which will witness a straight fight between the ruling BJP and opposition CPI(M) on Tuesday.
All polling booths will be manned by central paramilitary forces, while Tripura State Rifles personnel will be deployed outside them to maintain strict security, an official said.
Dhanpur assembly constituency has 59 booths and Boxanagar has 51.
"All necessary arrangements have been made for conducting free, fair and peaceful elections," Additional Chief Electoral Officer UG Mog told PTI.