Peaceful but low polling in by-poll

RSTV Bureau

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Polling in the crucial by-polls for 10 Assembly seats in Bihar, 2 of Punjab and the 3 assembly seats of Madhya Pradesh was peaceful on Thursday, but marked by low turnout, Election Commission (EC) said.

The EC arranged for boats in the flood-affected areas Mohiuddinagar and Parbatta constituencies to ferry voters to the polling stations. Boats were also used to move polling personnel and security forces to their destinations.

Polling was also brisk in both Patiala and Talwandi Sabo Assembly constituencies of Punjab as during the first four hours the poll percentage was around 20 and 25 per cent respectively in the two Assembly seats where by-polls were underway.

In Patiala, a triangular contest happened among former Union Minister and wife of Congress leader Amarinder Singh Preneet Kaur, Bhagwan Das (SAD) and Harjeet Singh of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Preneet Kaur had lost the recent Lok Sabha polls to AAP’s Dharamvira Gandhi.

Madhya Pradesh also faced low voting turn out where less electorate exercised their franchise for the three by-polls in Madhya Pradesh at Bahoriband, Vijayraghogarh and Agar assembly constituencies.

The polling went peacefully without any untoward incident reported from anywhere, election office sources said.

By-polls of ten Assembly seats in Bihar which took place today will answer whether the Modi magic still continues or if Nitish -Lalu’s alliance wins.

The polling started at 7 AM and concluded at 6 PM.

The result will be declared  on 25th August.