Jamshedpur, Feb 10 (PTI) Polling for the Kharswanassembly bypoll from where Jharkhand Chief Minister ArjunMunda is contesting to enter the state assembly began thismorning amidst tight security arrangements.
The Returning Officer-cum-Sub-Divisional Officer ofSaraikela, C K Singh said polling began at 7 am.
Apart from the existing district police force, sixcompanies of central para-military forces have been deputed tomaintain law and order during the polling, Singh said.
Munda had represented the seat thrice in a row since 1995till he resigned after he was elected to Lok Sabha fromJamshedpur parliamentary seat in the last general election,was locked in a straight contest against Babulal Marandi-ledJharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) (JVM) candidate, DasrathGagrai, a consensus candidate of opposition parties includingCongress and National Jharkhandi Alliance.
Besides, Bahadur Oraon of CPI (ML) and four independentcandidates were also left in the fray.
Kharswan by-poll was necessitated after sitting BJP MLAMangal Singh Soy resigned two months ago to pave way for Mundato enter the House.