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Moderate to heavy po11ing for 11 Assembly And 2 LS seats

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) Moderate to heavy polling was today reported in the by-elections to the 11 Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats which was by and large peaceful.

About 35 and 26 per cent polling was registered by 1100 hrs in the by-elections to Bobbili and Karimnagar Lok Sabha seats, respectively, in Andhra Pradesh.

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

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

Of the 346 polling booths in the constituency, 209 had been classified as hyper-sensitive and 129 as sensitive. Only eight booths had been categorised under the normal category.

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 A massive voter turn out 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 close to around 80 per cent voters, of a total of 160,984 voters, exercised their franchise as polling came to a close at 1700 hrs.

More than 50 per cent of a 1.56-lakh electorate peacefully exercised their franchise in Khandwa district's Pandhana constituency, official sources said.

The byelection was necessitated by the assassination of MLA Kishorilal Verma, the father of nominee Devendra.

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 by-election 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.

State election office sources said here that no untoward incident was reported from any of the 183 booths, where polling was held under tight security arrangements.

More than 60 per cent of 12,299 electorate exercised their franchise in the Roing Assembly seat under Lower Dibang Valley district in Arunachal Pradesh.

However, at least 10 people were injured in Kota in Chhattisgarh in a clash between Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers where Congress leader Ajit Jogi's wife Renu was pitted against the ruling BJP candidate.

UNI Team SB ND1934

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