HIGHLIGHTS: Just 6.5 per cent voting in Srinagar bypolls as five killed in violence; Farooq Abdullah terms it govt failure

Voting is currently underway in ten assembly constituencies and a parliamentary constituency on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 9, 2017 6:32 pm
Voting underway in Bandhavgarh assembly seat in Madhya Pradesh. (Source: ANI)

Voting for by-elections in ten assembly constituencies and a parliamentary constituency ended on Sunday with Srinagar registering worst 6.5 per cent turnout. Among the high profile seats that went to polls include Delhi’s Rajouri Garden, Madhya Pradesh’s Ater and Jammu-Kashmir’s Srinagar.

HIGHLIGHTS:

6:27 pm: Total 6.5% voting recorded in Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll.

5:35 pm: Separatists call for 2-day strike from tomorrow in J&K to protest the death of five persons during voting for Srinagar Lok Sabha bypolls.

5:18 pm: Around 69 per cent votes were cast till 4 PM in the by-election to Dholpur Assembly constituency
in Rajasthan.

5:00 pm: A total of 56.35 per cent of over two lakh voters exercised their franchise till 3 PM in the bypoll to Dhemaji Assembly constituency in Assam.

4:56 pm: Budgam Protesters-Security forces clash: Deat toll rises to five. Another youth killed at Check Kawoosa.

12:45 pm: Budgam Protesters-Security forces clash: Death toll rises to three. Low voter turnout in several places and incidents of stone pelting continue to be reported in several places.

12:38 pm: Madhya Pradesh Congress committe Pressident Arun Yadav said that he will complaint to Election commission regarding case of booth capturing in the state. “Since last night about 35 polling booth officers have been taken to unknown location. I will complain to Election Commission about booth capturing,” he said to news agency ANI.

12:33 pm: Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the situation of elections and campaigning in the state has deteriorated this year. Speaking to news agency ANI, Abdullah said, ” I have been a politician for 20 years. I have never seen such a bad situation for elections and campaigning in the state. It is the failure of State Govt, Centre and Election Commission.”

12.27 pm:  NC president Farooq Abdullah and son Omar Abdullah cast their votes in Srinagar. The two leaders strongly condemned the poll violence in the capital. “Elections should have been peaceful today, this government has failed in giving a peaceful atmosphere for people to come and vote,” Farooq Abdullah told news agency ANI.

(Source: ANI)

12.10 pm: Another person was killed in poll-related violence in central Kashmir, according to PTI. Earlier, one person was killed and five were injured as protesters clashed with security personnel in Budgam district. Answering the separatists call to boycott the Srinagar parliamentary bypoll, protesters pelted stones at polling booths and security forces. This resulted in low voter turnout at several places.

12.05 pm: A car belonging to a Congress candidate contesting in the Ater bypoll was attacked allegedly by BJP workers. The candidate alleged that shots were fired at his car, shattering the rear glass panel. He claimed that he barely managed to escape from the attack along with his driver. Allegations of booth capturing by the BJP were also levelled by the candidate.

11.25 am: There have been reports of stone pelting in at least three places. The BSF opened fire in Pakharpora near Charar-e-Sharif area to quell stone-pelting protesters. wo polling stations had to be abandoned because of heavy stone pelting in the area.

11.09 am: One person was killed and five others were injured in poll violence in Budgam district of central Kashmir, news agency PTI reported.

10.18 am: Petrol bombs hurled at a polling station in Budgam, news agency ANI reported. Two people have been injured during a clash between protesters and security personnel near a polling station in Budgam’s Dalwan Pakerpora.

10.11 am: We getting reports that shots have been fired at five places in Srinagar and several have been reportedly injured, according to NDTV. The channel is also reporting that Ater in Madhya Pradesh is also hit with violence.

10.09 am: News agency ANI reporting that four malfunctioning EVMs were replaced in Bandhavgarh assembly bypoll in Madhya Pradesh.

10.06 am: Counting of votes will begin on April 13 for all the ten assembly seats. Result of the Lok Sabha seat in Srinagar will be declared on April 15.

10.00 am: Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken casts his vote in the Rajouri Garden bypoll.

(Source: ANI)

9.40 am: Here are visuals from the bypoll in Srinagar.

8.30 am: With just a year left for the Karnataka Assembly polls, by-election in Karnataka’s Gundlupet will be an litmus test for the Congress and BJP. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa had campaigned extensively ahead of today’s polls. Former minister Mahadev Prasad’s wife Gita will be taking on Yeddyurappa’s loyalist CS Niranjan Kumar.

8.20 am: In Madhya Pradesh, all eyes are on Ater, where a VVPAT machine allegedly dispensed only BJP slips during a trial run. The seat fell vacant after the death of  Congress leader Satyadev Katare. His son Hemant Katare will take on BJP’s Arvind Singh Bhadoria. Polling is also underway in Bandhavgarh (ST) seat in Umari district.

8.10 am: The Aam Aadmi Party will be looking to consolidate Rajouri Garden as the over 1.5 lakh electorate goes to polls today. The party’s Harjeet Singh will be hoping to win against BJP-SAD candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa. The bypoll was necessitated after AAP’s Jarnail Singh vacated the seat to contest in the recently concluded Punjab Assembly elections.

8.00 am: Security has been beefed up in Srinagar as separatists called for a boycott of the by-election. The bypoll was necessitated as former PDP leader Tariq Hamid Karra resigned in protest last year against the alleged police excess at the height of the Kashmir unrest. National Conference leader and former J-K chief minister, Farooq Abdullah is fighting PDP’s candidate Nazir Ahmad Khan in a virtual straight contest. All the polling stations have been declared hyper-sensitive by the Election Commission and internet access has been blocked as a security measure.

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