Thursday, April 10, 2014

Voting picks up in Haryana; brisk in Chandigarh

Voting picks up in Haryana; brisk in Chandigar
After a dull start in the morning, polling picked up in Haryana with nearly 40 per cent
of the electorates casting their votes in 10 Lok Sabha
constituencies in the first six hours while brisk polling was
recorded in Chandigarh with over 30 per cent voters exercising
their franchise.
After polling began on a dull note in Haryana, it started
picking up and over 40 per cent of the 1.6 crore voters had
cast their vote during first six hours of polling which
commenced at 7 this morning, officials said adding that
polling was by and larger peaceful.
"Polling has started picking up and there are long queues
at many places," Haryana's Chief Electoral Officer Shrikant
Walgad said.
The 10 Lok Sabha seats are witnessing a four-cornered
contest among candidates of Congress, BJP-HJC BL combine,
main opposition Indian National Lok Dal and new entrant Aam
Aadmi Party.
    According to Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning
Officer, polling began in Chandigarh on a brisk note and
nearly 30 per cent of the six lakh voters had cast their
vote in over five hours.
In Haryana, among those who cast their vote early included
HJC chief Kuldeep Bishnoi, who along with his wife Renuka and
other family members exercised his franchise at Adampur in
Hisar district.
AAP's leader and Gurgaon candidate Yogendra Yadav cast
his vote in Saharanwas village in Rewari district while
greenhorn and INLD candidate from Hisar, Dushyant Chautala
voted in Sirsa.
Congress' Rohtak candidate Deepender Singh Hooda, son
of Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda, was likely to miss his date
with the ballot as he is undergoing treatment at All India
Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi, for his back
ailment, sources said.
However, the Chief Minister accompanied by his wife Asha
and other family members cast votes in their native village
Sanghi in Rohtak district.
     The 17 candidates are in fray in from Chandigarh
including Congress candidate and former Railway Minister
Bansal, who is seeking re-election for the fifth time and is
pitted against three women in the four-cornered contest.
    However, two prominent women he is fighting against- BJP's
Kirron Kher and AAP's Gul Panag - are not registered as voters
here. The other woman candidate in the fray here is BSP's
Jannat Jahan-ul-Haq.
Bansal accompanied by his family members, cast his vote
in the morning.
In Haryana, the key candidates amongst a total of 230
include industrialist Naveen Jindal, Deepender Hooda, Avtar
Singh Bhadana, Shruti Chaudhry (Cong) and former Union
Minister Rao Inderjit Singh (BJP).
     Officials said polling had to be stopped for a brief
period at two polling booths in Ambala Parliamentary
constituency after EVM machines malfunctioned.
Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party's Rohtak candidate Naveen
Jaihind alleged he was threatened by two unidentified
motorcycle-borne men.

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