Purnia (Bihar): An estimated 44.55 per
cent votes were polled on Saturday as by-election to the prestigious
Purnia Assembly constituency passed off, by and large,
Amid heavy rains which disrupted polling temporarily
at some booths and boycott of voting at six booths on local
issues, 44.55 per cent voters cast their votes, reports
received from the Control room claimed.
While the voters boycotted polling at booth nos. 82,
83, 84, 85, 86 and 87 complaining of poor development in the
area, two votes each were polled at two other booths in
Chimani Bazaar in the constituency.
The District Magistrate-cum-Returning Officer
suspended a presiding officer in Purnia town at booth no. 55
on the charge of dereliction of duty, official sources said,
adding action was also taken against an ASI for doing duty in
an inebriated state.
Bypoll to the seat was necessitated following the
murder of BJP MLA Raj Kishore Keshri who was stabbed to death
by a woman teacher Rupam Pathak in full public view at his
residence in Purnia on January four.
Prominent among the seven contestants were Keshri`s
wife Kiran Keshri (BJP), Congress nominee Ramcharitra Yadav
and CPI-M candidate Amit Sarkar, son of slain CPI-M MLA Ajit
While Lalu Prasad-led RJD lent support to Sarkar, his
partner LJP decided to support the Congress nominee,
apparently bringing to the fore the rift in the alliance
between the two parties.