Polling begins for Kharswan bypoll

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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.

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