Highest 78.6% show up in Jubbal-Kotkhai

Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 30

The polling for the byelections to Mandi Lok Sabha and three Assembly seats of Fatehpur, Arki and Jubbal-Kotkhai today was peaceful. The apple heartland of the Jubbal-Kotkhai segment reported a heavy turnout of 78.69 per cent.

Pratibha Singh and her son Vikramaditya Singh at Rampur. Photo: Jai Kumar

As compared to the polling in the three Assembly segments, there was a relatively low polling for the Mandi seat comprising 17 Assembly segments. While there was heavy polling in Seraj, the home segment of the Chief Minister, the polling was low in Rampur, home town of Congress candidate Pratibha Singh, wife of Virbhadra Singh.

The voting, which was sluggish in the morning, picked up in the afternoon with brisk polling reported in the last two hours. The final polling in Mandi was 57.73 per cent, 66.20 per cent in Fatehpur, 64.97 per cent in Arki and 78.69 per cent in Jubbal-Kotkhai.

The polling was peaceful and there was no report of any violence. Three panchayats in Kinnaur boycotted the poll against the coming up of the Jangi Thopan hydel project.

The voter turnout was the highest in Jubbal-Kotkhai with a final percentage of 78.69 per cent by 6 pm. A total of 55,708 votes were polled of a total of 70,792 votes.

Men outnumbered women with a voter turnout of 81.9 per cent (28,827) as compared to 75.45 (26,881) per cent by women.

At Arki in Solan district, the final polling percentage was 64.97 with 59,701 persons casting their vote of a total of 91,884 electorate.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was among the first senior leaders to cast his vote at the Bharari polling station under Murhag panchayat in Seraj along with his wife and two daughters.

"I urge people to come out in large numbers to exercise their right as this will strengthen democracy," he said. BJP candidate from Mandi Brig Khushal Thakur (retd) cast his vote at the Nagwain polling booth along with his family.

66.20% in Fatehpur

Dharamsala: The Fatehpur constituency witnessed around 66.20 per cent voter turnout today. Of the 87,222 voters, 56,726 exercised their franchise. Long queues of voters were seen at polling booths. Many physically challenged voters came out to vote. The district election authorities made special arrangements for them. The corona patients were allowed to vote through postal ballot.

At the Tatwali polling station, a 104-year-old woman, the oldest one in the segment, cast vote. Deputy Commissioner Nipun Jindal said no untoward incident was reported and the polling was peaceful. The constituency was witnessing a triangular contest between Congress candidate Bhawani Singh Pathania, BJP candidate Baldev Thakur and independent Rajan Sushant. The high percentage of voting was being viewed from different perspectives by political parties. — TNS

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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