New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: BJP veteran Prem Kumar has registered a comfortable win over Mahagathbandhan's Akhauri Onkar Nath defeating the Congress candidate by a margin of 11,898 votes.  This is Prem Kumar's eight-win from the Gaya Town assembly seat. Kumar has garnered 66932 votes while INC's Onkar Nath got 55034 votes. With 1476 votes, NOTA was the third most popular option among voters. Notably, this was Kumar's eighth win in the urban constituency. Gaya Town assembly seat went to the polls on October 28 and an overall voter turnout of 49.49% was recorded on the polling day, a marginal dip from 2015 when 52.03% of registered cast their votes.

Kumar had received more than 66,000 votes in 2015, which was 51.82 per cent of the total votes in Gaya Town Vidhan Sabha Constituency. Kumar’s rival Priya Ranjan, meanwhile, had managed to get over 44,000 votes in 2015 Bihar Assembly Election.

Kumar had parted ways with the BJP in 2015 and contested the election with the Grand Alliance. He, however, broke ties with the Mahagathbandhan in 2017, following corruption charges against RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav. He later formed the government with the NDA again and was again sworn-in as chief minister of Bihar on July 27, 2017.

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A total of 28 candidates were in fray for the crucial seat in South Bihar. Gaya Town has been a BJP stronghold for decades with state agriculture minister Prem Kumar elected seven times from the segment. Kumar was up against Grand Alliance’s Akhauri Onkar Nath, who has been fielded by the Indian National Congress. With a strong anti-incumbency wave in Bihar, it could be a closely-fought poll battle. The percentage of votes given to LJP's Kamlesh Sharma and BSP's Sheo Bachchan Yadav could impact the fate of top contenders.

Here are the LIVE Updates on Gaya Town Election Result:

5:10 pm: Prem Kumar is ahead of Mahagathbandhan's Onkar Nath by 8834 votes

1: 35 pm: BJP takes lead over Congress in close fight in Bihar’s Gaya Town constituency. BJP candidate Prem Kumar is ahead by a margin of 3,408 votes against Congress candidate Akhauri Onkar Nath.

12:00 am: Prem Kumar has taken a lead of 1777 votes over Congress' Onkar Nath

10:00 am: NDA is currently leading in 106 seats, RJD is leading in 110 seats., LJP is leading in 9 seat., Others are leading in 9 seats.

9:00 am: As per the initial trends, BJP veteran Prem Kumar is leading from Gaya Town assembly seat

8:00 am: The counting of votes for Bihar Assembly elections has begun. Congress Akhauri Onkar Nath will be looking to unseat BJP veteran Prem Kumar in the high stake poll battle.

7:00 am: Kumar has created a history of sorts by representing this region for 30 years, winning consecutive elections in a total of 7 assembly elections since 1990.

6:45 am: Special security arrangements have been made for the counting of votes today. in place which limit the number of people who can be present in the counting halls.

6:30 am: In 2015, Kumar registered a win against Priya Ranjan of INC defeating him by a margin of 22,789 votes which was 17.65% of the total votes polled in the constituency.

6:15 am: The counting of votes for Bihar Assembly elections will begin today  i.e.Novermber 10, at 8 AM. 

The three-phase elections were held from 28 October to 7 November amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The saffron party had a vote share of 51.82% in 2015 in the seat. In 2010 assembly polls, Kumar defeated CPI's Jalal Uddin Ansari by a margin of 28,417 votes which was 27.55% of the total votes polled in the constituency. BJP had a vote share of 53.92% in 2010 in the seat.

 

Posted By: Rakesh Kumar Jha