The main contest is between BJP and Congress, though 15 candidates are in fray for the bypoll.Winning the Maihar bypoll is not only crucial for Congress, but equally for BJP whose political graph in the country is on a decline after it suffered a drubbing in Bihar state elections last year. For Congress, the bypoll is a prestige issue as it won the seat in 2013, despite BJP getting over two-third majority in the state Assembly.
The Congress, had, however, suffered a major jolt in 2014 Lok Sabha elections when its Maihar candidate and elected MLA Narayan Tripathi switched over to the BJP.This led to the defeat of the party nominee and former Leader of Opposition in state Assembly, Ajay Singh, in parliamentary polls from Satna Lok Sabha seat, a political analyst said.

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