Over 42 pc voter turnout till 3 pm in Rupauli assembly bypoll in Bihar

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Patna, Jul 10 (PTI) More than 42 per cent of over three lakh electors exercised their franchise till 3 pm on Wednesday in the bypoll to the Rupauli assembly seat in Bihar, an official said.

Polling started at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm.

The bypoll was necessitated following the resignation of sitting MLA Bima Bharti, who won the seat for JD(U) several times in the past but quit the party to contest the Lok Sabha elections on an RJD ticket.

Following her loss in the parliamentary election, she is contesting in the bypoll as an RJD candidate.

"A voter turnout of 42.19 per cent was recorded till 3 pm," an Election Official said.

Over three lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise and will decide the electoral fate of 11 candidates.

The JD(U) has fielded Kaladhar Prasad Mandal, who had contested the 2020 assembly polls from the seat as an independent.

Former MLA Shankar Singh, who had quit the LJP (Ram Vilas) headed by Union minister Chirag Paswan, is also in the fray as an independent. PTI CORR PKD BDC