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Punjab Votes' 07 


Polling in Mansa highest
Chandigarh, February 13
The fate of 1,038 candidates, including 55 women candidates, now stands sealed in electronic voting machines (EVMs), which will be opened on February 27.

Voters defy rain; 74 pc turnout in Banur, Rajpura
Sarpanch arrested for ferrying voters
Banur/Rajpura, February 13
Turning out in large numbers, voters of Banur and Rajpura constituencies today defied the inclement weather by registering nearly 74 per cent voting in a peaceful election.
A voter being helped by relatives on the way to the polling booth at Kurali Heavy rain could not stop voters from casting votes at Ghanaur
A voter being helped by relatives on the way to the polling booth at Kurali. ó A Tribune photo Heavy rain could not stop voters from casting votes at Ghanaur. ó Photo by J.S. Virdi








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Punjab Chief Minister and Congress candidate for the Patiala constituency Amarinder Singh after casting his vote

The daughter-in-law of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Ms Rishma, makes the victory sign

Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal shows his ink mark at his native village Badal

Punjab Chief Minister and Congress candidate for the Patiala constituency Amarinder Singh after casting his vote. ó Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar The daughter-in-law of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Ms Rishma, makes the victory sign. ó Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal shows his ink mark at his native village Badal. Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Rain, cold fail to deter voters
Polling high and peaceful
Mohali, February 13

Voters braved the cold, damp weather to make a beeline to polling booths in the Kharar Assembly constituency, which recorded a turnout of 65 per cent today. Polling was by and large peaceful barring reports of heated exchanges from here and there between supporters of various candidates. The police registered cases against two persons for allegedly indulging in the violation of the code of conduct. As many as seven vehicles were impounded for allegedly being used to ferry voters.

Voters brave rain to cast vote at a polling booth in  Phase VI, Mohali, on Tuesday. ó Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Voters brave rain to cast vote at a polling booth in  Phase VI, Mohali, on Tuesday

75 pc turnout in Morinda
Kharar/Morinda, February 13

Winners all- that seemed to sum up the sentiment as polling ended here today. Almost every candidate who contested the elections from here claimed to have attracted the winning margin of votes.




A security man examines the I-card of a voter at a polling centre in Kharar on Tuesday.
ó A Tribune photograph
A security man examines the I-card of a voter at a polling centre in Kharar on Tuesday

Ghanaur records 77 pc voting
Ghanaur, February 13
The Ghanaur Assembly segment in Chief Minister, Capt Amrinder Singh's home district, reported one of the highest voting percentage with over 77 per cent voters casting their votes.

Last hour was most crucial
Kharar/Morinda, February 13
The last hour of voting proved to be the most crucial for the candidates vying for a seat in the Punjab Assembly. While it rained almost through the day, the sky cleared by 4 pm and polling booths were suddenly flooded with voters.

Much good in small parties
Barnala/Chandigarh, February 13
In a neck-and-neck fight where every vote is crucial, parties other than the Congress or the SAD-BJP combine will decide who wins the electoral battle in Punjab this time. As polling drew to a close this evening on a rain-marred day, it was clear that smaller parties would surely decide who would form the government.

Not allowed to vote despite voter card
Mohali, February 13
Complaints were received from certain voters that they were not allowed to exercise their fundamental right even when they had voter identity cards with them. Others made complaints that they were not given their photo identity cards by authorities concerned even when they had completed all formalities required in this regard.

Photo-crazy Dullo gets EC notice
Chandigarh, February 13
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, who is also the party candidate for the Khanna constituency, was today served a notice by the Election Commission for getting himself filmed while pressing the EVMís button to cast his vote.

Preneet misplaces voter card
Patiala, February 13
While Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was issued a duplicate voter identity card by the Returning Officer (RO) concerned of the Patiala Assembly segment late last evening with the permission of Election Commission, his wife and MP, Preneet Kaur, MP, could not cast her vote till late afternoon as she had misplaced her voter card in her Moti Bagh Palace.

Clash at Badal village
Lambi (Muktsar), February 13

Even as the election process was by and large peaceful in the high-profile constituency of Lambi, supporters of the SAD and the Congress clashed at a polling booth in SAD supremo's native village Badal. The clash occurred over the domicile of an elderly voter at about 9.30 am, half an hour after former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his wife Surinder Kaur Badal exercised their franchise.
Supporters of the SAD and the Congress clash outside a polling booth in Badal village on Tuesday
Supporters of the SAD and the Congress clash outside a polling booth in Badal village on Tuesday. ó Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

It was a party: Long queues, tea, smiles...
Patiala\Sangrur, February 13
Contrary to the apprehension that rain would play spoilsport, people cast their vote braving the rain. There was enthusiasm among voters, especially the youth and women. People waited for hours in long queues to exercise their right to vote. At several places, supporters of main parties, the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal, exhibited harmony while managing their polling camps. 

Ministerís son booked for assault
Gurdaspur, February 13
Supporters of the SAD and the Congress clashed at several places in the district. In the Sujanpur constituency, Mr Naresh Puri, son of Transport Minister and Congress candidate Raghunath Sahay Puri, was booked for assaulting BJP workers at a polling booth in Shahpur Kandi.

They signed, but didnít vote
Section 49-0 of the Representation of Peopleís Act allows voters to go to a polling booth, where they are entitled to cast their vote, sign the register containing the electoral rolls and return without voting.

Candidate traced
Amritsar, February 13
The SAD (A) candidate, Mr Savinder Singh, who is contesting from the Jandiala Guru constituency and had been missing for the past couple of days, today returned to Amritsar.

 

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