Ranchi: The bypoll to the Kolebira assembly constituency in Jharkhand will be held on Thursday. The political campaigning ended on Tuesday. Elaborate security arrangement has been made to ensure peaceful and fair polls.Also Read - Sonu Sood Once Praised by BJP, Now Considered Tax Evader: Shiv Sena on IT Raids at Actor's Properties

According to Deputy Commissioner, Jata Shankar Chaudhary, preparations are in place for Thursday’s bypoll. There are five candidates in the fray. Also Read - PM Modi's Birthday: BJP Workers Cut 71-Feet-Long Syringe-Shaped Cake in Bhopal

The main contest is between the Congress, BJP and Jharkhand Party. The BJP has fielded Basant Soreng, while the Congress candidate is Viksal Kongadi. The Jharkhand Party has put up Menon Ekka. The Congress is supported by all the opposition parties except the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM). Also Read - Jharkhand Unlock: Govt Releases Guidelines For Durga Puja Celebrations, Allows Schools To Reopen For These Classes | Details here

The JMM is supporting Menon Ekka who is the wife of former minister Enos Ekka.

The Kolebira seat fell vacant after Enos Ekka was convicted in the murder case of a teacher and awarded life sentence. In Kolebira, there are 2,79,332 voters. There are 270 polling booths, of which 70 are sensitive.

The results of the Kolebira bypoll will be announced on December 23. It is assumed that the result will set the tone for the battle for upcoming Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand in the general elections due a few months from now, as well as the Assembly elections in the state that are likely to take place towards the end of next year.

Recently, Congress has grabbed three important seats in the assembly elections. Reportedly, BJP has never won the seat from here. The saffron party hopes that a win in Kolebira would help it counter the perception that there is a huge shift of Adivasi voters away from it.