Jind (Haryana): Polling for the Jind and Ramgarh assembly constituency will be held on Monday, January 28. Ahead of the bypolls, security has been beefed up and necessary arrangements have been put in place for the smooth and peaceful conduct of polling. At least 21 candidates including two women are in the fray for the Jind bypoll. Voting for the elections will be conducted between 7 AM and 5 PM, said the Election Commission officials.

Nearly 1,71,113 people, including 80,000 women, are eligible to vote, officials said, adding 158 polling stations have been set up, of which 67 are in rural areas. As part of elaborate security arrangements to ensure smooth and peaceful conduct of polling, nearly 3,000 policemen will be put on duty, a senior police official said.

Meanwhile, polling will take place in Ramgarh Assembly constituency from 8 AM to 5 PM today. At least 20 candidates including two women are in the fray for the assembly polls which will be held on 278 booths in the constituency on January 28.

The Jind assembly segment has been divided into 24 sectors, with six deputy superintendents of police being made in-charge to oversee security arrangements. The counting of votes will take place on January 31.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Congress and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP), formed by Lok Sabha MP Dushyant Chautala after a split in INLD will be seen fighting for seats in tomorrow’s bypoll. Prominent candidates include senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, who is in the party’s sitting MLA from Kaithal, the late Hari Chand Middha’s son and ruling BJP candidate Krishan Middha and INLD’s Umed Singh Redhu.

The bypoll was necessitated following the death of Indian National Lok Dal legislator Hari Chand Middha in August last year.

Earlier, the high-decibel canvassing exercise, which came to an end on Saturday evening, was dominated by barbs, charges and counter-charges as arch-rivals BJP, Congress, INLD and JJP are eyeing the results as a self-assessment exercise ahead of Lok Sabha polls this year. The high-stakes election is considered a referendum on the Manohar Lal Khattar government and also a semi-final ahead of Lok Sabha elections.

(With inputs from agencies)