Election Game: Violence hits Haryana but 'relaxed' Hooda plays Badminton

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Bhupinder Singh Hooda
Chandigarh, Oct 15: Violence hit Haryana as the state went to assembly election on Wednesday, Oct 15. Reports of clashes came from different places across the state. All three major political parties were involved in violent fights.

Congress and BJP workers clashed with the INLD supporters in Nyana village of Barwala, Hisar, The clashes erupted between Jat and Dalit voters.

At around 1 pm voting stopped and electoral officials were not able to resume polling till 5:30 pm. Many bikes parked near the election booth were set on fire and some people were injured as well. Later, the police had to fire teargas to control the rampaging crowd as clashes died out.

While the state was burning at one side, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was playing badminton.He looked relaxed at his morning game of badminton, as his state began to vote for a new government. The 67-year-old said he was "confident" that his Congress would win a third straight term.

He was quoted as saying, "Lok Sabha polls are completely different from Assembly polls. Modi is not contesting for the CM's post here. For the first time I've seen a PM campaigning at this level...it felt like Modi was fighting for the CM's post in Haryana."

In Haryana, 1,351 candidates are fighting for 90 assembly seats; over 1.63 crore voters, including 87.37 lakh women, 88,662 service voters and 12 NRI's can vote today. Counting of votes will take place on Oct 19.

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