Ramgarh Bypolls: Voter turnout of 67.96 pc recorded, counting on March 2

Ramgarh: Voting on Monday peacefully ended for the by-polls on the Ramgarh seat of the Jharkhand Assembly in which an average voter turnout of 67.96 percent was recorded. As per the data provided by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, a total of 2,28,152 voters turned out at the polling booths to cast their votes which included 1,15,931 male and 1,12,221 female voters. 

With the end of the polls, the fate of the 18 candidates who were in the race for this seat has been locked in the EVMs. The counting of the votes will be held on March 2 for which the strong room has been built at Ramgarh College. Despite 18 candidates in the fray, the main battle in the elections was between Bajrang Mahto of the Congress and Sunita Chowdhary of the AJSU party.

While Congress is part of the Mahagathbandhan government of Jharkhand led by the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, AJSU is in the NDA folder led by the BJP. The by-polls were necessitated on the seat after Congress MLA Mamta Devi lost the membership of the house after she was awarded five years of imprisonment by a Hazaribagh MP-MLA court on December 13, 2022 in connection with the Gola Firing Incident case.

The by-poll is the fifth in the present tenure of the Mahagathbandhan government of Jharkhand being led by JMM’s Hemant Soren as after coming to power in December 2019 it had to face by-polls in Dumka Bermo Madhupur and Mandar in which all the seats were saved by the parties in power. As a UPA candidate of the Congress party Mamta Devi had managed to win the Ramgarh seat and had gone on to become a first-time MLA.

She had got a total of 99,944 votes while Sunita Chowdhary wife of Giridih MP Chandraprakash Chowdhary’s had secured 71,226 votes to come at the second position while Rananjay Kumar alias Kantu Babu of BJP had finished third having got 31,874 votes.

In the Assembly elections of 2019 the BJP and AJSU had parted their ways and had contested separately but since then a lot of political changes have taken place in the state and this time Ramgarh is seeing a bi-polar contest.

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