Voting has ended for Assembly bypolls for five seats in four states – RK Nagar Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu, Sabang in West Begnal, Sikandra in Uttar Pradesh and two seats, Pakke-Kessang and Likabali in Arunachal Pradesh. The counting of votes will be held on December 24.
The bypoll to RK Nagar Assembly constituency in Chennai was necessitated by the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who represented the constituency twice, before her death on December 5, 2016. This bypoll is mainly being seen as a three-cornered fight between the ruling AIADMK, its rival faction led by Dhinakaran and the DMK.
Voting is also underway for the high stakes bypolls in two assembly constituencies of Arunachal Pradesh Pakke-Kessang and Likabali. The Likabali seat had fallen vacant after the state health and family welfare minister Jomde Kena passed away this year. The Pakke-Kessang fell vacant after the Gauhati High Court declared null and void the election of Kameng Dolo in the 2014 polls following a petition.
The by-election in the Sabang assembly was necessitated as its candidate was elected to Rajya Sabha on a TMC ticket.
The Sikandara Assembly seat in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh fell vacant after sitting BJP MLA Mathura Prasad Pal died earlier this year in July after a prolonged illness.