Chandigarh/Jaipur: The counting of votes for Haryana’s Jind and Rajasthan’s Ramgarh assembly constituencies will be held on January 31. Notably, both the constituencies recorded a high voter turnout and are locked in a tight contest between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Also Read - Lockdown Extended Till December 31: This States Imposes Total Shutdown in COVID Hotspots, Clamps Night Curfew in 12 Districts | Read Details

The voting for Jind and Ramgarh took place on December 28. Jind witnessed around 75.77 per cent voter turnout while in Ramgarh, 79.16 per cent of the electorate voted. Also Read - COVID-19: BJP MLA Kiran Maheshwari Passes Away, PM Modi Condoles Demise

The Jind by-election was necessitated after the death of two-time INLD legislator Hari Chand Middha, whose son is in the fray on BJP ticket. The four main candidates are Randeep Singh Surjewala (Congress), Krishan Middha (BJP), Umed Singh (INLD) and Digvijay Chautala (JJP). This by-election is being seen as a referendum on the over four years of the BJP government in Haryana. Also Read - Regretting Error: Congress MP Anand Sharma Clarifies After Praising PM Modi's Visit to Vaccine Facilities

The election in Ramgarh constituency was scheduled on December 7 along with the rest of Rajasthan Assembly seats but was postponed after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Laxman Singh died due to cardiac arrest. There were 20 candidates in the fray but the main contest involved Congress’ Shaphia Zubair Khan, BJP’s Sukhwant Singh and BSP’s Jagat Singh. Further, the constituency had 235,625 registered voters including 110,947 females. The Congress is aiming to win the seat to hit a century in the 200-member House.

(With agency inputs)