Bihar bypolls: Voting underway for Araria Lok Sabha and 2 Assembly seats
Araria (Bihar), Mar 11 (ANI): Voting for the by-elections for Bihar's Lok Sabha Araria seat and two Assembly seats -Jehanabad and Bhabua are underway. The bypolls are seen as a litmus test for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after he pulled out of the state's Grand Alliance and joined the BJP. The Araria seat fell vacant after the death of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Mohammad Taslimuddin. The key contenders for the seat are RJD's Sarafaraz Alam, Taslimuddin's son, and the BJP's Pradip Singh. The Bhabua assembly seat got vacant after the death of BJP's Anand Bhushan Pandey, and the party has fielded his widow Rinki Rani Pandey. Another key candidate for the seat is Shambhu Patel from Congress. The death of RJD MLA Mundrika Singh Yadav necessitated the bypoll for Jehanabad seat. His son Uday Yadav is contesting for the seat. Another key candidate in the fray is JDU's Abhiram Sharma. The results will be declared on March 14.