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When electorates in Jharkhand’s two Assembly constituencies – Godda and Panki- exercise their franchise during by- polls on May 16,they will have multiple choices.
For instance,if 15 candidates including Amit Mandal of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sanjay Yadav of the RJD and Sanjiv Marik Yadav of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) are in the fray at Godda,nine candidates including Kushwaha Sashibhushan Mehta of JMM, Devendra Kumar Singh (Congress) and Lal Suraj (BJP) are in the race in Panki.
The results are slated to be declared on May 19.The ruling BJP, however, is learnt to be struggling to remain in the fray in both these constituencies.
The by polls were necessitated following the death of BJP legislator Raghunandan Mandal at Godda and Legislator Bidesh Singh of the Congress in Panki.
To hold the by polls peacefully,the Election Commission has recorded 250 booths in Panki and 80 booths in Godda as “sensitive”.