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Keenly contested seats witness heavy turnout
Women line up to vote in Thanesar Assembly constituency.
HARYANA VOTES

Keenly contested seats witness heavy turnout

Constituencies with sure winners see relatively poor polling22 Oct 2019 | 8:42 AM

CHANDIGARH: An interesting pattern of polling has emerged in the Assembly elections in Haryana where a heavy turnout has been witnessed in constituencies where keen contests were expected while fewer voters turned up where a relatively ‘one-way’ contest was being expected.

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Sushil Manav

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 21

An interesting pattern of polling has emerged in the Assembly elections in Haryana where a heavy turnout has been witnessed in constituencies where keen contests were expected while fewer voters turned up where a relatively ‘one-way’ contest was being expected.

Besides this, a clear rural-urban divide has been seen in the polling pattern with villagers coming out in large numbers to cast their votes in rural Assembly segments while on the urban seats a low turnout has been witnessed.

In Tohana, where the state BJP chief Subhash Barala was locked in a tough contest with Devender Babli of the JJP, the highest turnout at 80.56 per cent has been witnessed, while the lowest turnout of 45 per cent was seen on the Panipat City seat where BJP’s Pramod Vij was said to be in a comfortable position.

Similarly, the Karnal Assembly seat where Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was said to be contesting a ‘one-way’ election practically, only 49.30 per cent voters came out to cast their votes.

Among the seats that witnessed a high turnout were: Kaithal (77.79 per cent), where AICC Media Incharge Randeep Surjewala was locked in a tough contest with Lila Ram Gujjar of the BJP; Kalayat (75.2 per cent), where Jai Prakash of the Congress was in a triangular contest with the BJP and the JJP; Jagadhari (73 per cent), where Haryana Assembly Speaker Krishan Pal Gujjar was facing a tough contest from Adarsh Pal Singh of the BSP and Akram Khan of the Congress; and Fatehabad (76.7 per cent), where Dura Ram of the BJP was facing a fierce battle with Virender Siwach of the JJP and Prahlad Singh Gillankhera of the Congress.

Likewise, Narnaund where Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu was facing a tough challenge from Ram Kumar Gautam of the JJP, 77.75 per cent voters came to cast their ballot.

Uchana, where JJP’s Dushyant Chautala was facing Prem Lata of the BJP, a fairly high turnout of 67 per cent was witnessed.

Former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s Garhi-Sampla-Kiloi (67.1 per cent), Naina Chautala’s Badhra (70 per cent) and Kiran Choudhry’s Tosham (70 per cent) are some other Assembly segments where tough contests were witnessed. In contrast, Panchkula (58.7 pc), Ambala Cantt (56.6 per cent), Hisar (53.8 pc) are some Assembly seats where the BJP candidates were said to be comfortably placed. A clear difference can be witnessed in twin cities of Yamunanagar and Jagadhari, where a turnout of 62.46 per cent and 73 per cent, respectively, was witnessed.

Ghanshyam Dass Arora of the BJP has a distinct edge over his rivals at Yamunanagar while Speaker Kanwar Pal Gujjar is locked in a tough contest at Jagadhari.

“When contenders are locked in a keen battle, their supporters try to bring every possible sympathiser of their candidate to the polling booth for casting votes, whereas in a one-way poll, no one bothers, since the stakes are low,” said a political observer.

He said that as far as the rural-urban divide in poll percentage is concerned, it is an old trend that rural people come out in more numbers than their urban counterparts to exercise their right to franchise. 

Polling pattern

80.56%

Tohana

State BJP chief Subhash Barala locked in a tough contest with JJP’s Babli

45%

Panipat City

BJP’s Pramod Vij said to be in a comfortable position

49.3%

Karnal

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said to be contesting a ‘one-way’ election

The dice is cast, now all eyes on october 24

Turnout takes a dip

The voter turnout remained 65.1% till 6 pm on Monday. In the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year, the turnout was 70.64%. The voting percentage in the 2014 Assembly polls was 76.13%. In 2009 polls, the turnout was 72.29%.

13 FIRs registered

As many as 13 FIRs, including seven in Nuh, four in Rohtak and two in Narnaul, registered during the elections. As many as 70 FIRs were registered in the the recent Lok Sabha polls. In the 2014 Assembly polls, there were 34 FIRs.

7 hurt in poll-related violence

Seven persons were injured in poll-related violence in Nuh district. In Ferozepur Jhirka, firing incidents were reported in Jhimravat and Rithad villages. A woman suffered serious injuries, but no death was reported

High voting percentage at Tohana

Tohana, from where state BJP president Subhash Barala is contesting, stood first with 80.56% voter turnout, followed by Narnaund (77.75%), from where Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu is contesting, and Bawani Khera (SC) at 77.71%. 

Our target was to cross 76% turnout. We sent SMS to 45 lakh voters and five lakh posters and banners were distributed. IAll these initiative must have an impact on polling. But a lot depends on perception about political parties and candidates, which has resulted in a low turnout.  Anurag Agarwal, chief electoral officer

To vote, women go by their men85,07,775 Women voters | 104 Women candidates

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22 Oct 2019 | 7:33 AM

CHANDIGARH/AMBALA: Unlike the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year when women voters stayed away from rallies and village programmes of candidates, the Assembly elections stirred some interest among the fairer sex as they came out of homes not only to hear out candidates, but also to participate enthusiastically in the polling on Monday in the entire state.

Brisk polling in rural Hisar, turnout low in urban areas

Brisk polling in rural Hisar, turnout low in urban areas

22 Oct 2019 | 7:33 AM

HISAR: The polling passed off peacefully in Hisar, Sirsa and Bhiwani districts, except a few minor incidents of skirmishes and technical snags in EVMs.

BJP councillor held for attack on Cong worker

BJP councillor held for attack on Cong worker

22 Oct 2019 | 7:33 AM

ROHTAK: Rohtak witnessed largely smooth and peaceful polling on Monday. Barring a few clashes between workers of ruling and opposition parties, the polling process went on quietly.

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Will promote sports: Phogat

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Fest of democracy: Booths wear colourful look

Fest of democracy: Booths wear colourful look

22 Oct 2019 | 7:33 AM

KAITHAL/KURUSHETRA: It was voters’ day out today in Haryana with electors, especially women and first-time voters, dressed in a riot of colours thronging the polling stations in large numbers to celebrate the “festival of democracy”.

Dushyant alleges bogus polling at Prem Lata’s village

Dushyant alleges bogus polling at Prem Lata’s village

22 Oct 2019 | 8:08 AM

HISAR: Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala, who is locked in a tough contest with Prem Lata of the BJP in the Uchana Kalan Assembly constituency in Jind district, today alleged bogus polling in Dumarkha village of the constituency.

Low turnout in Karnal, voting peaceful

Low turnout in Karnal, voting peaceful

22 Oct 2019 | 7:33 AM

KARNAL: Even after all-out efforts by the district administrations and political parties, only around 64 per cent voters cast their vote on Monday in the district. That is a downfall of around 11 per cent compared to the last Assembly elections in 2014 which was around 75 per cent voting in Karnal district.

Urban voters trail rural counterparts

22 Oct 2019 | 7:33 AM

FARIDABAD/PALWAL: With lower turnout than 2014 in Faridabad and Palwal districts on Monday, rural voters beat their urban counterparts by a good margin in overall polling percentage.

Khattar takes train to Karnal, rides cycle to polling boothThey turn voters for a day

Khattar takes train to Karnal, rides cycle to polling booth

22 Oct 2019 | 8:08 AM

KARNAL: Giving a message to save the environment, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday travelled by train from Chandigarh to Karnal and then rode a bicycle to the polling booth.

Technical snag in Panipat, 22 VVPAT machines replaced

Technical snag in Panipat, 22 VVPAT machines replaced

22 Oct 2019 | 7:41 AM

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22 Oct 2019 | 7:33 AM

KURUKSHETRA: Barring sporadic incidents of EVMs developing technical snags and a verbal spat between BJP and Congress workers, the polling went off peacefully in all four Assembly constituencies (Thanesar, Pehowa, Shahabad and Ladwa) of Kurukshetra.

In Yamunanagar, 9% fall in voting from 2014

22 Oct 2019 | 7:33 AM

YAMUNANAGAR: The district has observed a decline of nine per cent from the 2014 Assembly elections. All four Assembly seats in the district recorded 73.01 percent mark, around 8.95 percent less than 81.96 per cent recorded in the 2014 elections.

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HISAR: Residents of Paintawas Khurd village in Dadri segment boycotted polling over their demand for adequate potable water supply.

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Dushyant Chautala alleges bogus polling in Dumarkha village

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HISAR: Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala, on Monday alleged bogus polling in the Dumarkha village of the Uchana Kalan constituency.

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21 Oct 2019 | 2:51 PM

CHANDIGARH: A woman was injured as a clash took place between two groups outside a polling booth in Malaaka village in Nuh district in Haryana’s Mewat region on Monday, a senior police official said.

Khattar travels by train to Karnal, then rides bicycle to cast his vote

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PANIPAT: Candidates of all parties on Sunday went from door to door to woo voters and remained busy meeting workers and settling issues with annoyed voters in their constituencies.

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21 Oct 2019 | 7:58 AM

AMBALA: The first impression was of a festive scene, as about 100 men gathered outside the election office of a candidate from Ambala City on the eve of the Assembly elections.

Aiming hat-trick, Vij fights alone

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21 Oct 2019 | 7:58 AM

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21 Oct 2019 | 7:58 AM

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21 Oct 2019 | 7:58 AM

HISAR: The police have arrested two persons, including a reporter with a Hindi paper on charges of extortion on the complaint of Abhimanyu, a personal assistant (PA) of the Haryana Chief Minister, in Hansi town of the district on Sunday.

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FARIDABAD: The JC Bose University and Science and Technology, YMCA, Faridabad, today announced to adjust or transfer all the students of Echelon Institute of Technology (EIT), Faridabad, who are admitted in and registered with the university for academic session 2017-18 and 2018-19, to its other affiliated institutes and colleges.

Karnal to see keenly contested fight

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21 Oct 2019 | 7:58 AM

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20 Oct 2019 | 10:17 PM

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