Voting is going on amidst tight security under the by-election on the Kudni seat of Bihar Legislative Assembly.

Voting is going on amidst tight security under the by-election on the Kudni seat of Bihar Legislative Assembly.

Kudhani seat comes under Muzaffarpur district.

According to the information received from the election branch of the district, the polling started at 7 in the morning amidst tight security, which will continue till 6 in the evening.

Adequate number of EVMs and VVPATs have been arranged along with deployment of paramilitary forces at all 320 polling stations for fair, peaceful and smooth polling.

A total of 13 candidates are in the fray in this by-election of Kudhani seat, out of which five are independent candidates.

For this by-election, 3,11,728 voters will exercise their franchise.

The main contest in this by-election is believed to be between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's party Janata Dal United (JDU) candidate Manoj Singh Kushwaha and opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Kedar Gupta.

In the 2020 Bihar Assembly elections, Gupta lost to Rashtriya Janata Dal's (RJD) Anil Kumar Sahni by over 700 votes.

After separating from each other about four months ago, JDU and BJP are face to face for the first time in the electoral fray.

The bypoll to Kudhani seat was necessitated after Sahni was disqualified.

Sahni was convicted in a cheating case following an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and sentenced to three years in prison.

The RJD, the largest party in the grand alliance of seven ruling parties in Bihar, has left this seat for its ally JDU.

Two smaller parties Vikas Insan Party (VIP) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) have also fielded their candidates against BJP and JDU from this seat.

While VIP has fielded Nilabh Kumar, AIMIM has fielded Mohammad Ghulam Murtaza, a former member of the All India Momin Conference.

The result of the by-election will be announced on December 8.

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