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Polling has also begun for byelections to Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat and Rampur and Khatauli Assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. 

Bypolls to the Padampur Assembly seat in Odisha, Sardarshahar in Rajasthan, Kurhani in Bihar, and Bhanupratappur in Chhattisgarh are also underway. The counting of votes will take place on 8th December.

In Uttar Pradesh, the Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency fell vacant following the demise of senior Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav. Samajwadi Party has fielded Dimple Yadav from Mainpuri who is a former MP and wife of the Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav. Raghuraj Singh Shakya is the BJP’s



candidate for this seat. 

The Rampur seat fell vacant due to the disqualification of Azam Khan after being sentenced in a hate speech case. 

A total of ten candidates including Akash Saxena of BJP and Aseem Raja of Samajwadi Party are contesting on this seat. 

Khatauli assembly seat fell vacant due to the disqualification of BJP legislator Vikram Singh Saini after his conviction and sentence of two-year imprisonment in a 2013 riot case. BJP has fielded Rajkumari Saini, while Madan Bhaiya is RLD-SP’s candidate. Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party are not contensting by-polls.



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