Amid elaborate security arrangements, polling on Sunday began on the peaceful note at 7 am for by-elections to one Lok Sabha seat and two Assembly seats in Bihar with electorate exercising their franchise to decide the fate of 38 candidates.
Official sources said here that voters are casting their votes for Araria Lok Sabha seat, Jehanabad assembly seat and Bhabhua assembly seat where by-polls were necessitated following deaths of sitting representatives. A total of seven candidates are in the fray in Araria Lok Sabha seat but main contest is between Sarfaraz Alam of RJD and Pradeep Singh of BJP. Alam, son of RJD MP Mohammad Taslimuddin from Araria, whose death necessitated by-election, was JD(U) MLA from Jokihat and had recently joined RJD, deserting his party.
Singh had lost to Mohammad Taslimuddin in 2014 Lok Sabha poll. Similarly, the death of RJD MLA from Jehanabad Mundrika Singh Yadav necessitated by-poll for the seat and his son Suday Yadav has been made candidate by the RJD. JD(U) which was earlier reluctant to contest the election, fielded its candidate on request from BJP. The counting of votes is scheduled on March 14.
JD(U) has fielded Abhiram Sharma as its candidate who is giving tough challenge to RJD candidate Yadav. However, a total of 14 candidates including three women are in the fray.