Shillong, May 10: Polling is underway for four assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Meghalaya, and Punjab. In Uttar Pradesh, the election is expected to be a contest between the Samajwadi Party and BJP’s ally Apna Dal.
Voters in the assembly seats of Suar and Chhanbey in Uttar Pradesh, Jharsuguda in Odisha, and Sohiong in Meghalaya have already begun casting their votes.
In Punjab, the Lok Sabha seat in Jalandhar fell vacant following the sudden death of Congress MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary in January of this year. Chaudhary had suffered a cardiac arrest during the party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jalandhar’s Phillaur.
The by-election in the constituency is expected to be a closely contested affair, with multiple political parties vying for the seat.
The outcome of these elections could have an impact on the political landscape in these states. In Uttar Pradesh, a win for the Samajwadi Party could give it a boost ahead of the 2022 assembly polls.
In Punjab, the Congress party is hoping to retain the Jalandhar seat and improve its performance in the upcoming state assembly elections. Similarly, the BJP and its allies in Uttar Pradesh and Meghalaya will be looking to maintain their electoral dominance in these states.
As the polling continues, officials are ensuring that all COVID-19 safety protocols are being followed. Polling booths are being sanitized regularly, and voters are being asked to wear masks and maintain social distancing. The Election Commission has also issued guidelines to ensure the safety of voters and poll workers.
The results of these elections are expected to be announced in the coming days, and political parties are eagerly awaiting the outcome. The results could have a significant impact on the political dynamics of these states, and could also influence the broader political scenario in the country.