Chandigarh, May 25: Counting began this morning for one parliamentary seat in Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, three assembly seats of Adampur, Indri and Gohana in Haryana and one assembly seat of Amritsar (South) in Punjab, amid tight security arrangements.
According to official reports the counting was progressing peacefully in all the places.
The counting of votes for Hamirpur Parliamentary Constituency by-election held on May 22 is being taken up at Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Una and Dehra.
As many as 1100 officials including four Observers, 18 Returning Officers, Assistant Returning Officers have been deployed for the counting.
In Hamirpur 50.79 per cent of the 11,72,944 electorates had cast their votes to decide the fate of four candidates in fray, the main being BJP's Anurag Thakur, who is son of Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, and OP Ratan of Congress. The other two candidates are PC Kaundal of Bahujan Sakti Party and independent candidate Amin Chand.
In Punjab's Amritsar (South) assembly seat where around 52 to 55 percent of 1,32,172 voters excercise their franchise there are four candidates in fray but the main contest is between the SAD-BJP nominee, Inderbir Singh and Navdeep Goldie of the Congress. The other two candidates are Bhai Ram Singh of the SAD (Amritsar) of Simranjit Singh Mann and Sharanjit Singh, an independent.
In Haryana, where over 75 per cent turnout was reported in the three assembly constituencies the counting is going on peacefully.
Adampur where 41 candidates are in fray has emerged as the most important seat as former chief minister and now a HJC stalwart Bhajan Lal is pitted against former finance and INLD leader Sampat Singh, former deputy prime minister Devi Lal's son and Congress candidate Ranjit Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party's state unit's vice-president Swami Raghavanad.
In Indri, among the 13 aspirants the prominents are HJC's Rakesh Kamboj, Congress candidate Bhimsen Mehta and INLD's Ashok Kashyap.
Gohana assembly seat, also witnessing a triangular contest among HJC's Dharmpal Malik, Congress candidate Jagbir Singh Malik and INLD's K C Bangad. There are 21 candidates in fray here.