Stray incidents of violence

Stray incidents of violence

Mizoram Armed Police stand guard as voters leave after casting their ballot for the Karnataka Assembly election 2018 in Bengaluru on Saturday. PTI photo

Polling was peaceful, barring stray incidents, in the state on Saturday.

Police resorted to mild lathi charge as workers of BJP and Congress clashed in minor incidents at Nargund, Gadag district. 

Tension prevailed at a polling station near the City Municipal Council (CMC) office as workers of the two parties indulged in a heated exchange of words. Police caned the workers to disperse them. The police lathi-charged the activists of the two parties at Somapura on the Hubballi-Vijayapura national highway.

There were a verbal duel and throwing stones at Shivaji Circle. BJP candidate C C Patil noticed a principal returning officer giving directions to voters when he came to cast his vote at a booth at Adhyapak Nagar. He called up the deputy commissioner, urging him to change the officer.

BJP and Congress workers threw stones at each other at Chigarihala in Kembhavi seat in Yadgir district.

Aide votes on disabled woman's behalf

A disabled woman was allowed to send her sister-in-law to vote on behalf of her at Chikkanargund in Nargund, Gadag district. The voter, Basamma Gobbaragumpi, signed the register sitting inside a vehicle. She sent Siddamma, her sister-in-law, to go to the voting compartment to cast the vote on her behalf. The polling officer said there was a provision in the rules to do so.