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Bihar Bye-Elections: Rjd Seeks Removal Of Returning Officer At Kusheshwar Asthan

On the eve of the bye-elections for the Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur assembly seats in Bihar, the tallying started. The biggest opponent Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) appealed to the Electoral Commission to dismiss the returning officer (RO) at Kushweshwar Asthan, stating that his behaviour had been under scrutiny as he reportedly harassed candidates throughout the 2020 assembly votes.

Sanjeev Kumar Kapar, who is the returning officer at Kusheshwar Asthan, and who also is a sub-divisional commander at Biraul, supposedly frightened individuals to cast a ballot for the governing party all through the 2020 legislative elections in Bihar, according to a message transmitted to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra at 12.37 a.m. on Tuesday.

Jha also sent video and audio evidence with his message to further his argument and back up his allegations about Kapar.

Representatives of the media were also sent a copy of the message.

In his message to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Jha stated that they are attempting to write the letter to express their single most powerful reservations that the said officer's existence as returning officer for the vote-counting process will severely impact the concept of unrestricted and reasonable election campaigns, and that the officer in question should be relieved of his duties as returning officer for this essential exercise.


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The two bye-election positions were tallied beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, with postal votes being tallied initially, accompanied by EVM votes.

Both the governing Janata Dal (United) or JD(U) and the rival Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) are interested in the by-elections. Nitish Kumar, officials from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the opposition leader, and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav had all attended rallies before the polls.

Both the governing Janata Dal (United) or JD(U) as well as the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) have been accusing poll officials of political conduct and misusing government apparatus.

The Janata Dal (United) or JD(U) responded angrily on voting day last Saturday when it was revealed in a recording surfacing on social networking sites that a block improvement officer was allegedly threatening a top aide of the presumptive candidate from Kusheshwar Asthan.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has previously protested about suspected partisan behaviour by a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) on election duty in Biraul, Darbhanga. Before the bye-elections, the security guard was withdrawn from duty at the time.

Janata Dal (United) or JD(U), as well as the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), will benefit from the outcome of the bye-polls.

In the context of CM Nitish Kumar's model of development and susshashan good corporate governance push, a victory for the Janata Dal (United) or JD(U) will provide the governing party with a much-needed chance to take on opposition RJD.

A win for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) will not only boost the current party count of MLAs to 75, but it will also allow Tejashwi Yadav and Lalu Prasad Yadav to intensify stress on the ruling Janata Dal (United) or JD(U), among many other benefits.