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About 60 per cent polling for 11 Assembly And 2 LS seats

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) About 60 per cent polling was today reported in the byelections to the 11 Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats which was by and large peaceful.

In the Bobbili and Karimnagar Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh around 71 per cent and 57 per cent polling took place respectively.

The Karimnagar bypoll was caused by the resignation of Telengana Rashtriya Samithi Chief K Chandrasekhara Rao and the Bobbili by-poll by the death of Telugu Desam Party's sitting MP K Paidithalli Naidu.

In the bypolls to Chhattisgarh's Kota assembly constituency, an estimated 70 per cent of 1.46 lakh voters exercised their franchise. Congress and BJP workers clashed at some places leaving four people injured.

Voting began on a dull note but picked up in the first few hours.

The high-profile contest is witnessing former state Chief Minister Ajit Jogi's wife Renu (Congress) and Mr Bhupendra Singh Thakur (Bharatiya Janata Party) locked in a multi-cornered contest.

Despite tight security by the police and central paramilitary forces, Congress and BJP workers clashed at a few places, leaving four persons injured. The victims, reportedly hailing from Gwalior in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, were referred to the Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences at Bilaspur.

The byelection was necessitated following the demise of Congress veteran Rajendra Prasad Shukla, who was the first speaker of the Chhattisgarh Assembly and a former speaker of undivided Madhya Pradesh's Vidhan Sabha.

About 65 per cent of the 3.68 lakh electorate today sealed the electoral fortunes of 14 candidates, including former Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah (Congress), in the byelection to the prestigious Chamundeswari Assembly seat.

The bypoll was necessiated by Mr Siddaramaiah resigning the seat prior to joining the Congress from the JD(S). He had won four times from the seat out of six attempts.

Though polling began on a dull note, it picked later in the day, despite prohibitory orders being imposed as a precautionary measure.

Serpentine queues were seen at several villages in the second largest constituency in the state. Women outnumbered men in exercising their franchise.

A massive voter turn out of 84.11 per cent was recorded in Thiruvambadi Assembly by-poll in Kerala, the first after the CPI (M)-led Left Democratic Front government assumed office in the state six months ago.

Chief Electoral Officer and District Collector B Sreenivas told UNI that close to around 84.11 per cent, of a total of 160,984 voters, exercised their franchise as polling came to a close at 1700 hrs.

The Dungarpur Assembly (ST) seat in Rajasthan reported 55 per cent polling. 55 per cent of the 58,628 strong electorate exercised their franchise.

The byelection was necessitated by the demise of six-time Congress MLA Nathuram Ahari. The fight was mainly between the Congress'Punjilal Parmar and BJP candidate Surmal Parmar though an independent candidate was also in the fray.

An estimated 46 per cent electorate cast their votes in the by-election to Manihari Assembly seat in Bihar.


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