Along with the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has announced to hold by-elections in the vacant seats of different states of the country. By-elections have been announced for 64 seats in different states of the country, under which bye-elections have been announced for 11 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh. These 11 seats will go to polls on October 21 and the results will come on October 24.
By-elections in 64 seats in 17 states
64 seats by-elections in 17 states of the country have been announced. These include 63 assembly and one Lok Sabha seat. By-elections will be held in 5 assembly and one Lok Sabha seats of Bihar. Apart from this 4 of Assam, 15 of Karnataka, 5 of Kerala, 1 of Madhya Pradesh, 1 of Meghalaya, 1 of Odisha, 1 of Puducherry, 4 of Punjab, 2 of Rajasthan, 2 of Sikkim, 2 of Tamil Nadu, 1 of Telangana Elections will be held in 11 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, 1 in Chhattisgarh, 4 in Gujarat and 2 in Himachal Pradesh. Votes will be cast on all these seats along with Haryana and Maharashtra on October 21.
By-elections in 11 UP seats
The 11 assembly seats of Uttar Pradesh are happening at a time where two and a half years of the Yogi government have been completed. This by-election is considered a 2023 semifile. In such a situation, BJP wants to maintain its political dominance through a by-election. Whereas SP, BSP and Congress want to regain their lost support base through a by-election.
By-elections in Uttar Pradesh
Cantt of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Zaidpur of Barabanki, Manikpur of Chitrakoot, Gangoh of Saharanpur, Iglas of Aligarh, Rampur, Govindnagar of Kanpur, Balha of Bahraich, Pratapgarh, Ghosi of Mau and Jalalpur of Ambedkar Nagar are the assembly seats.
Let us know that due to the victory of UP MLAs in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, 12 seats have become vacant. Of the 12 assembly by-elections, 9 seats have been in BJP's possession and one seat was with its ally Apna Dal (S). However, the Election Commission has not announced the election on Tundla seat of Firozabad out of these 12 seats.
Apart from this, in the 2017 assembly elections, SP candidate Azam Khan from Rampur and BSP candidate Ritesh Pandey Prachand won the Jalalpur assembly seat. The seats of Satyadev Pachauri, Rita Bahuguna Joshi and SP Singh Baghel, who were ministers in the Yogi government which won the Lok Sabha elections, have also become vacant. Fagu Chauhan, who was an MLA from Ghosi, has resigned after becoming the Governor of Bihar. Apart from this, BJP MLAs have been elected as MPs from the remaining seats.