Nearly 65 pc voting in western UP, up by 14 pc from 2009 polls
Nearly 65 per cent voting was today
recorded in 10 Lok Sabha constituencies of western Uttar
Pradesh including riot-hit Muzaffarnagar, polling for which
passed off peacefully.
The voting percentage saw a 14 per cent rise from 51.30
per cent in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. It was 61.78 per cent in
the 2012 Assembly polls.
As many as 68.27 per cent of the electorate including
hundreds of riots victims exercised there franchise in
More than 250 people,�who were displaced in last year's
communal riots in the district,�exercised their franchise�at
Khampur village where they are now living in a newly
constructed housing colony.
They were displaced�from Lisad, Kutba Kutbi, Rathora and
Phugana villages following the riots in September last year
that left over 60 dead.
Four gang-rape victims�also cast their votes and were
given full police protection, Muzaffarnagar District
Magistrate Kushal Raj Sharma said
Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha said
the polling was peacefully with no major incident reported
"In these 10 constituencies spread over 11 districts of
western UP, polling percentage was 64.96," he said.
registered maximum of 73.43 per
polling, while minimum of 57.10 per cent votes were polled in
Besides, 69.40 per cent voting was recorded in Kairana,
68.27 per cent in Muzaffarnagar, Bijnore 66.05 per cent,
per cent, Gautam Buddha Nagar 62.67 per cent and
61.60 per cent.
The electoral fate of 146 candidates has been sealed in
the EVMs in the 10 Lok Sabha seats, where a total of 1.74
crore voters -- 95.96 lakh men and 78.37 lakh women -- were
eligible to exercise their franchise.
Prominent candidates included RLD chief Ajit Singh from
Baghpat and actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada from Bijnor.
Film stars Nagma and Raj Babbar are in the fray on Congress
Besides them, AAP's Shazia Ilmi and BJP's VK Singh from
(BJP) from Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar riot accused Kadir Rana
(BSP) and Hukum Singh (BJP) from Kairana, and Sanjiv Baliyan
(BJP) from Muzaffarnagar are in the fray.