A total of six candidates are in the fray for the bypoll to the reserved SC seat including ruling Congress's Mamata Rakesh, BJP's Rajpal Singh and four Independents – Gurmel, Darshana Devi Rathore, Dipak Surya and Pritam Singh. The seat fell vacant after the death of Cabinet Minister Surendra Rakesh in February this year.
The Congress has fielded his widow Mamata Rakesh from the constituency to make the most of sympathy votes in favour of the deceased MLA who died of cancer, while the BJP has nominated a relative greenhorn Rajpal Singh from the seat.

Surendra Rakesh had won the seat on a BSP ticket in 2012 Assembly elections but was later expelled by the party for alleged anti-party activities. Winning the seat is important for the ruling Congress in Uttarakhand as it will help the party get the elusive majority figure in the state Assembly on its own.
It has 35 members of its own in the 70-member House at present and enjoys the support of the seven-member PDF of which Rakesh was a part. If the Congress wins the Bhagwanpur Assembly seat, its own tally in the House will rise to 36.
Haridwar District Magistrate and Returning Officer H C Semwal said all preparations have been made to conduct free and fair poll on the seat with a strict vigil being maintained.          
The entire constituency has been divided into 16 sectors where 143 polling booths have been set up in a total of 86 polling stations.There are 1,12,069 voters in the constituency out of which 60,789 are males and 51,280 females.

SSP Sweetie Agarwal said five companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), 183 SIs, 13 Inspectors, 1,900 constables and 200 homeguard personnel have been deployed in the constituency to ensure peaceful polling.

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