66 pc polling in Udupi dist

Election was held for 25 ZP and 95 TP seats in the district. Karkala taluk recorded highest percentage of polling with 72.01 per cent followed by Kundapura taluk—65 per cent and Udupi taluk—64.47 per cent. There was good response for polling in Naxal infested areas in the district. A large number to voters exercised their franchise in the Naxal infested areas. In fact, Naxal affected areas had registered 50 per cent polling by noon. Higher Primary School, Andaru village of Karkala taluk recorded 47.3 per cent voting at 11.15 am. However, owing to the failure of of EVMs in one of the polling booths in Andaru village, delayed the process and people had to wait for nearly an hour to cast their vote. Polling station at Government Higher Primary School, Konkanarabettu of Hebri ZP registered 50 per cent polling at 12 noon. Kukkunduru Sri Durgadevi Aided Higher Primary School in Karkala taluk registered 20.64 per cent by 10.30 am.  Amasebailu of Kundapur taluk recorded nearly 50 per cent of polling by noon.

The district had recorded an average 42.54 per cent of polling at around 1 pm. Udupi taluk registered 37.62 per cent, Kundapur taluk recorded 44 per cent and Karkala 46 per cent of polling at 1 pm.

The district registered 52.41 per cent polling at 3 pm. Illiterate rural people overcast literate people in their enthusiasm to choose their representatives. Aged persons irrespective of their ailing condition were seen casting their votes.

One Kitti Shetty aged 89 cast her vote at Government Higher Primary School, Mutlupadi in Muniaylu ZP. Akki Poojarthi aged 78 cast her ballot at Kukkunduru Higher Primary School.
Polling started an hour late due to technical snag of EVMs in booths at Kodavor, Alevoor in Udupi taluk, Gangoli, Muluru in Kundapur taluk and Madaru in Karkala taluk. However, they were rectified and polling was carried out without any hindrance.

A section of people in Anagalli of Basruru Zilla Panchayat area and Halliberu and Golligudde of Kollur Gram Panchayat had called for boycotting the polls demanding proper roads and bridges.

Police were patrolling across the district. Emergency Combat Units were deployed in the sensitive areas.  Speaking to Deccan Herald, Deputy Commissioner Hemalatha informed that polling was peaceful without any untoward incidents in the district. “We had come across problems with some EVMs in the district. However, they were attended immediately,” she said.The rift between party workers were brought under control by the police at Kirimanjeshwar and Shiroor.

Mild caning
Police had to resort to mild lathicharge in Udyavara Melpete polling booth which is considered as one of the hypersensitive booths in Udupi.
In St Francis School polling booth at Udyavara Melpete, BJP had opened its booth within 100 metres radius of the polling booth. Moreover, BJP Taluk Panchayat candidate Santhosh Suvarna was moving in and around the poling booth. This was objected by Udyavara Grama Samrakshana Samithi member Sudhakar Kotian. This lead to verbal fight between the BJP and  Udyavara Grama Samrakshana Samithi members.
In fact, Santhosh Suvarna and Radhakrishna Sriyan assaulted Sudhakar Kotian. Instead of initiating action against the BJP members, police wielded lathi at Samithi members, alleged Samithi members.

Woman dies before voting
Sadiyamma (70) of Beejadi in Koteshwar ZP area died due to heart attack when she was about to go to cast her vote.

Ashwini Akkunji’s name missing
International athlete Ashwini Akkunji’s name was not found in voters list. Reacting to Deccan Herald, her father Chidananda Shetty said “Normally Ashwini used to visit her native once in a year and never used to stay for long. Hence, her name was missing in the voters list. As a result, she could not be included in the voters list. We are in Bangalore to receive Varshada Kannadiga award instituted by Bangalore Press Club,” he added.

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