63 pc voting in Chhattisgarh by-polls
Raipur, June 2 (UNI) Nearly 63 per cent of the 3.19 lakh voters have exercised their right to franchise in the Assembly by-elections to the Khairagarh and Malkharoda (SC) constituencies in Chhattisgarh.
Polling was by and large peaceful including in the naxal areas of Khairagarh, state election officials said. While the voter turnout was 66 per cent in Khairagarh, the corresponding figure was 61 per cent in Malkharoda.
In Khairagarh, Congress candidate Padma Singh, BJP candidate Komal Janghel and the BSP's Kumbhlal Sahu are locked in a nine-corner contest while 18 candidates are in the fray in Malkharoda where the key contest is between the BSP's Lalsai Khunte, the BJP's Nirmal Sinha and Mr Mohan Mani Jatwar of the Congress.
By-election in Khairagarh was necessitated following the resignation of Congress MLA Devavrat Singh, Ms Padma's husband, subsequent to his election to the Lok Sabha in a by-election from Rajnandgaon. Malkharoda fell vacant after the High Court disqualified sitting BSP legislator Khunte on a poll petition.
Counting is scheduled for June 5.