Medium to high polling in 54 assembly seats in 10 states amid fears of Kovid-19

Bhopal / Lucknow / Ahmedabad. In the midst of the fear of Covid-19, 54 assembly seats in 10 states of the country were voted at a moderate to high level on Tuesday. 68 percent voting was recorded in 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh, which will decide the fate of the seven-month-old BJP government. According to officials, there were sporadic incidents of clash between BJP and Congress workers in Madhya Pradesh where one person was injured in a shootout in Morena district. Overall the turnout was quiet. Voters wearing masks and gloves were seen standing in long rows outside the election booths where election workers wearing PPE kits helped them. This was the first such electoral exercise in the country.

Election Commission Secretary General Umesh Sinha said, “The electoral process going on in the country is the biggest exercise in the whole world amid the epidemic … The percentage of polling in the first phase has been spectacular”. The level of confidence in this phase is going on and has been very high. ”The by-election was held with the second round of voting in the Bihar assembly elections. The counting of votes will take place on 10 November. According to the official data of the respective states, Pungaro Kiffire seat in Nagaland had the highest voter turnout of 89.8 percent, while Rajarajeshwari seat of Karnataka had the lowest 39.15 percent polling.

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Most other seats saw more than 50 percent voting. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders appealed to the people to vote in large numbers.

Voting was over 53 percent in UP
More than 53 percent of the votes were polled in the seven assembly seats of Uttar Pradesh till 6 pm on Tuesday. Joint Chief Electoral Officer Ramesh Chandra Rai said that for the by-election in seven seats till 5 pm, an average of 53.62 percent votes were cast in all the seats. Polling started from 7 am to 6 pm. He told that initially the pace of voting was slow, but as the day went on it increased. Till 6 pm, 61.50 percent votes were cast on Naugawa Sadat seat, 52.10 percent in Bulandshahar seat, 54 percent in Tundla seat, 50.59 percent in Bangarmau seat, 49.42 percent in Ghatampur seat, 51.05 percent in Deoria seat and 56.65 percent in Malhani seat.

Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath earlier tweeted and appealed to the voters to participate in this mahaparva of democracy.

According to the report received from Firozabad, in Tundla assembly by-election, voters at some places boycotted the vote complaining of no development work. The voters of Rudhu Mustakil polling booth number 30 have boycotted the vote shouting slogans of ‘No development, no vote’. Voters continued to boycott votes, despite persuasion from some key people.

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According to the report received from Unnao, in the by-election of Bangarmau seat, voting was boycotted in Bucha Ghadi village. However, after the assurance given by the administration, the voting started about four hours later. BJP candidate Sangeeta Chauhan, in Naugawa Sadat seat, had demanded the removal of the burqa of Pardeshin women by casting a vote, alleging fake voting.

Sangeeta told reporters, ‘Fictitious voting is happening, but the administration did not hear any hearing after our repeated calls. Voting should be done only after removing the burqa. ID must be checked. It will be justified according to the law.

When asked about this, the state’s Chief Electoral Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said that he will get these allegations investigated.

66.28 percent voting in Madhya Pradesh
At the same time, a total of 66.28 percent polling was held till 6 pm on Tuesday in the by-elections in 28 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh. This is 6.65 percent less than the average turnout in these seats in the 2018 assembly elections.

In the last assembly election, on an average 72.93 percent polling was held in these seats. However, these 28 assembly segments have polled 0.06 percent more than the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, on an average 66.22 percent polling was held in these 28 seats.

Till 6 pm in the state, the highest turnout was 81.26 percent in Badnawar seat in Dhar district and 42.99 percent in Gwalior East seat.

Apart from this, till 6 pm, 80.54 percent in Agar Malwa, 51.65 percent in Ambah, 67.60 percent in Anuppur, 69.79 percent in Ashok Nagar, 77.51 percent in Bamori, 71.59 percent in Bhander, 80.01 percent in Biaora, 57.10 percent in Dabra, in Dimani. 57.50 percent, 52.88 percent in Gohad, 49.77 percent in Gwalior, 80.84 percent in Hatpipalya, 66 percent in Jaura, 72.11 percent in Karera, 68.06 percent in Bara Malhara, 73.44 percent in Mandhata, 58.13 percent in Mehgaon, 57.80 percent in Morena, Mungavali The turnout was 73.15 percent, 72.65 percent in Nepanagar, 70.05 percent in Pohri, 68.87 percent in Sanchi, 74.34 percent in Sanwer, 53.36 percent in Sumavali, 70.55 percent in Surkhi, 79.97 percent in Suvsara.

In this regard, an official said, “A total of 66.28 percent polling was held for the 28 assembly seats of the state today. This is the figure till six in the evening. Finally, there may be some changes in this figure.

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and senior BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia voted in Gwalior. Former Chief Minister Kamal Nath along with senior party leaders including Digvijay Singh were monitoring the voting from the control room set up in the state Congress office.

The polling officer said that polling started at seven in the morning with the guidelines of Kovid-19 and it continued till six in the evening. In six districts of the state, 66.28 percent voters exercised their franchise till 6 pm.

The official said that the last hour of polling was scheduled for patients infected with Corona virus and suspected patients. He informed that the political fate of 355 candidates, including 12 ministers of the state, will be decided in the by-election.

58.58 percent voting in Gujarat
58.58 percent voters exercised their franchise in the by-elections in eight seats in the Gujarat assembly. Polling in the constituencies of Abadasa (Kutch district), Limbdi (Surendranagar), Morbi (Morbi district), Dhari (Amreli), Gadhada (Botad), Karajan (Vadodara), Dang (Dang district), Kaprada (Valsad) constituencies from seven in the morning. It was six o’clock in the evening. According to provisional data shared by the election officials, 58.58 percent voters exercised their franchise.

Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Murali Krishna said, “The voting took place in a peaceful manner. No untoward incident occurred. We have received 17 written complaints about various violations. “All these complaints have been sent to the concerned district election officials for further action,” he said. In some cases, an FIR has also been registered.

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Activists of the ruling BJP and opposition Congress in the state went on a rampage outside a polling station in Gadda Nagar over alleged fake voting. The police separated the two groups.

A total of 81 candidates are in the fray in eight seats in Gujarat.

Due to the resignation of Congress MLAs before the Rajya Sabha elections held in June, it was necessary to have a by-election on these seats. Five of these later joined the ruling BJP and the party has fielded them from those seats.

68 percent voting in Haryana
At the same time, in the by-election for Baroda assembly seat of Haryana, 68 percent voting was recorded. This seat was 68.43 percent polling in the 2019 Haryana Assembly elections. The Baroda seat fell vacant in April after the death of Congress MLA Krishna Hooda, who had won this seat in the 2009, 2014 and 2019 assembly elections. The Congress has made Indu Raj Narwal its candidate this time. At the same time, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is the BJP candidate from Baroda.

Karnataka’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly constituency in Bengaluru urban district recorded the lowest 39.15 percent polling while Sira seat in Tumkuru district recorded 77.34 percent polling.

SAD’s JD (S) MLA Satyanarayana died and R.K. R. The by-elections were held in these seats due to the resignation of Muniratna, the Congress MLA of the city.

77.25 percent voting in Chhattisgarh

77.25 percent voters exercised their franchise at Marwahi assembly seat in Chhattisgarh till 6 pm. Eight candidates, including the ruling party Congress and main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, are in the election reserved for the tribal class. The seat has been vacant since the death of former state Chief Minister Ajit Jogi.

At the same time, the by-election in Dubbak assembly seat of Telangana was about 82 percent. Official sources said that polling started at 7 am in Dubbak (Siddipet district), about 100 km from Hyderabad and ended at 6 pm. There were 315 polling stations.

Jharkhand saw 62.46 percent voting in the by-elections for Dumka (reserved) and Bermo assembly seats. With the end of voting, the decision of the political fate of a total of 28 candidates from both the seats was closed in EVM machines. The office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Jharkhand said that today the turnout was 65.27 percent for Dumka (reserved) seat and 60.20 percent for Bermo assembly seat of Bokaro.

70 percent voting in 2 seats in Odisha
At the same time, more than 70 percent of the people exercised their franchise in the by-elections for two assembly seats in Odisha. Chief Electoral Officer SK Lohani said that the voting was almost peaceful with strict security and strict observance of precautions related to Kovid-19. He said that 71 percent polling was recorded in Balasore seat and 69.9 percent in Teerthol seat in Jagatsinghpur district.

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In Nagaland, about 87.1 percent of the people cast their votes on the two assembly seats.

Chief Electoral Officer Abhijeet Sinha told reporters that 84.41 percent polling was held at 22 polling stations of Southern Angami-1 seat in Kohima district while 89.8 percent people polled at 77 polling stations in Pungro Kiffire seat in Kipire district, the highest.


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