The results are expected to be declared by Thursday afternoon, according to an Election Commission official. Araria went to polling on Sunday (March 11) along with two Assembly seats of Jehanabad and Bhabua.
Alam, who crossed over from JD (U) to Lalu Prasad's party RJD to contest the bypoll, is son of Taslimuddin.
Gorakhpur/Patna: Counting of votes for bypolls to three Lok Sabha seats - Phulpur and Gorakpur in Uttar Pradesh and Araria in Bihar - began at 8 am on Wednesday.
Similarly in Bihar, the bypolls is a test for former deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yadav to lead the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) against Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar-led alliance, in the absence of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who is now in jail in the fodder scam case.More news: White House Issues Order Prohibiting Broadcom's Bid for Qualcomm
A total of 12 candidates are in contention at Jehanabad seat.
Jehangabad SS College has been selected as the counting centre for the counting of votes for the assembly. In the Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies in Bihar, where by-polls were also held, the voter turnout was 54.03 per cent and 50.06 per cent respectively, he said.
The contest in Araria is mainly between RJD's Sarafaraz Alam, Taslimuddin's son, and BJP's Pradip Singh, who had won the seat in 2009 and finished runner-up in 2014.
In Bhabua, BJP's Rinki Pandey is leading over Congress' Sambhu Patel, while Janta Dal-United's Abhiram Sharma is leading from Jahanabad assembly seat over Rashtriya Janata Dal's Suday Yadav.More news: 3 arrested in connection with Bloomington mosque bombing
Bihar, where votes are being counted for one Lok Sabha constituency and two Lok Sabha seats, seems headed for a status quo. I know the voters of that area, we will have a win with a comfortable margin of a lakh, says Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya.
Along with the by-elections in Bihar, elections were also held in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, Uttar Pradesh.
In a stunning development, the Samajwadi Party (SP) takes a lead of around 11000 votes in UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's bastion, Gorakhpur constituency as counting is in the final stage.More news: France's Macron pledges €700m to solar energy push