Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gujarat, UP, Punjab votes for Lok Sabha, assembly

Brisk polling in Gujarat as 26 Lok Sabha seats go to polls - Polling started on a brisk note in most of Gujarat's 26 Lok Sabha seats Wednesday with long queues witnessed at some places even before the polling stations opened. According to state election officials, an average of 8-10 percent voting has been recorded ...
Chandigarh, Apr 30 (IANS): Balloting began Wednesday in Punjab for all its 13 Lok Sabha seats that went to the polls in a single phase, officials said.
Prominent candidates are Akali Dal's Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Bharatiya Janata Party's Arun Jaitley, Congress's Amarinder Singh, and three-time BJP MP, actor Vinod Khanna.
As many as 253 candidates are in the fray.
People queued up at polling stations even before 7 a.m.
A total of 234,011 poll officials have been deployed.
The Election Commission is expecting a voter turnout of 80 percent this time. In the 2009 election, Punjab had recorded over 70 percent polling.
Over 75,000 police and paramilitary personnel have been stationed across the state to ensure peaceful polling, said Director General of Police Suresh Arora.
Punjab has 13,582 polling stations and 22,060 polling booths. Out of these, 2,442 polling stations have been declared hyper-sensitive and 4,632 sensitive, Arora said.
Lucknow, Apr 30 (IANS): Lok Sabha polls in 14 constituencies and by-polls for two state assembly seats began in Uttar Pradesh Wednesday, officials said.
The candidates to look out for include Congress president Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli and Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh from Lucknow.
The other prominent contenders include BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi from Kanpur against former union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal of the Congress.
Over 24.6 million voters are eligible to vote at 25,380 polling booths.
As many as 233 candidates are in the fray for the Lok Sabha polls.
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