Hatia in Jharkhand polls a low 37.92 pc

Hatia in Jharkhand polls a low 37.92 pc

Moderate to heavy voting was recorded in the by-polls held on Tuesday to 26 Assembly seats spread across eight states, while the Hatia seat in Jharkhand, in contrast, polled a low 37.92 per cent votes.

By-poll was also held for the Nellore Lok Sabha constituency in Andhra Pradesh.
Counting of votes will be taken up on June 15.

An estimated 80 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the 18 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh which also saw sporadic violence.

Besides these seats, by-polls were held for Maheswar (SC) in Madhya Pradesh, Nalchar (SC) in Tripura, Daspur and Bankura in West Bengal, Mant in Uttar Pradesh, Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu and Kaij in Maharashtra.

Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampat said in Delhi that the average turnout for the 18 seats in Andhra Pradesh was around 80 per cent while it was 69 per cent for the two seats in West Bengal.
A high turnout of around 80 per cent was recorded in Maheshwar in Khargone district of MP, a traditional bastion of the Congress.

In Tripura, there was 95 per cent voting for the Nalchar assembly seat in Sipahijala district. Around 62 per cent polling was recorded for Mant assembly seat in Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh.
In Hatia, Team India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was among the voters.

Accompanied by his parents, Dhoni went to his school Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Shyamli to cast his vote.

Brisk voting in TN

An estimated 75 per cent of the electorate cast their votes in brisk polling for the Assembly by-election to the Tamil Nadu Assembly from Pudukottai.

The polling was “by and large peaceful”, State Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar said here this evening. As many as 20 candidates are in the fray where the main contest is between the ruling AIADMK and DMDK.

After a brisk start, polling dulled a bit due to the hot weather but picked up significantly later in the afternoon. The turnout was much better in the rural pockets than in Pudukottai town with women, in particular, seen standing in long queues to exercise their franchise. The polling was continuously monitored by the CEO’s Office in Chennai, as well as by the District Election Officer’s office at Pudukottai through web-casting and video coverage of the proceedings in all the polling stations, Kumar said.

Adequate security has been provided to the premises where the electronic voting machines will be kept in the strong room of the counting centre, he said.

Moderate in WB, UP

Despite the heat, moderate polling was recorded in Daspur West Midnapore district and Bankura in Bankura district of WB.

“More than 65 per cent polling was recorded in the two assembly by-polls,” an election commission official said.

“Polling personnel were given ORS by the police in view of the intense heat in both the places,” the official said.

The by-elections to Bankura and Daspur in the Maoist-hit districts of Jangalmahal and West Midnapore respectively were caused by the death of TMC legislators there.

Kashinath Mishra of TMC had won the Bankura seat last year by defeating the CPM by a margin of 29,090 votes, while Ajit Bhunia of the TMC had defeated the CPM in Daspur by a margin of about 25,000 votes.

When Trinamool nominated Bhunia's widow Mamata Bhunia from Daspur and Mishra's widow Minati Mishra from Bankura the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) fielded Samar Mukherjee in Daspur constituency and Nilanjan Dasgupta in Bankura.

Though BJP has fielded its candidates in both the seats, Congress skipped the polls. A turnout 61.25 per cent polling was recorded for the Mant seat in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh.

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