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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Ellenabad Bypoll Highlights: 81.3% turnout; Abhay Chautala eyes fourth win from seat

The election to the majorly rural constituency in Haryana's Sirsa district was necessitated following the resignation of Abhay Chautala in support of the farmers' protest.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 2, 2021 8:06:21 am
Voters standing in queues to cast their vote at a polling booth in Ellenabad. (Express photo by Sukhbir Siwach)

Over 1.86 lakh voters are eligible to cast their votes for the Ellenabad bypoll in Haryana Saturday. The bypoll contest is a triangular contest among the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), BJP-JJP and the Congress.

Voting began at 7 am and is expected to continue till 6 pm. The counting will take place on November 2.

The bypoll to the majorly rural constituency in Haryana’s Sirsa district was necessitated following the resignation of Abhay Chautala, then the lone MLA of INLD, in support of the farmers over their agitation against the agricultural laws. This is the first election in any Assembly constituency in Haryana since the farmers’ agitation began 11 months ago. The results of the bypoll may emerge as a referendum on whether the ongoing agitation has had any impact on electoral politics.

The main contest Saturday is between Chautala, BJP’s Gobind Kanda and Pawan Beniwal from the Congress. More than half the polling booths in Ellenabad have been declared sensitive or hyper sensitive.

Sirsa Election Officer Anish Yadav told The Indian Express: “A total of 211 polling booths have been set up for 1.86 lakh voters. As many as 121 polling booths (57 per cent) have been declared sensitive or hyper sensitive.” Apart from personnel from Hisar range, 34 companies of paramilitary forces have also been deployed to ensure a free and fair election.

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Ellenabad Bypoll Higlights: Voting for bye-election to Ellenabad in Haryana today; main contest between Abhay Chautala of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Gobind Kanda for BJP-JJP and Pawan Beniwal of Congress. Read latest news on bypolls to 32 seats here

19:00 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Over 73% voting till 5 pm in Ellenabad Assembly bypoll

The estimated voter turnout in the Ellenabad Assembly bypoll till 5 pm was 73.31 per cent, according to the Election Commission's data. (PTI)

17:04 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Over 63% turnout recorded till 4 pm

Over 63 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 4 pm in the Ellenbad Assembly bypoll Saturday. The voting will continue till 6 pm.

14:30 (IST)30 Oct 2021
45% polling registered by 2 pm

45 per cent polling was registered by 2 pm in the Ellenbad Assembly bypoll Saturday. 

12:25 (IST)30 Oct 2021
28% polling registered by 11 am

Over 28 per cent polling was registered by 11 am in the Ellenabad Assembly bypoll Saturday. Nearly 1.86 lakh voters in the constituency shall decide the fate of the three key contestants in the fray. The voting will continue till 6 pm, while the results will be declared on November 2. 

11:22 (IST)30 Oct 2021
In pics: Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Ellenabad

 (Express photo by Sukhbir Siwach)
(Express Photo: Manoj Dhaka)

10:41 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Over 10% polling registered by 10 am

Over 10 per cent polling was registered by 10 am in the Ellenabad Assembly bypoll Saturday. Nearly 1.86 lakh voters in the constituency shall decide the fate of the three key contestants in the fray. The voting will continue till 6 pm, while the results will be declared on November 2. 

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10:16 (IST)30 Oct 2021
121 polling booths declared as sensitive or hypersensitive

More than half the polling booths in Ellenabad, which is currently voting, have been declared sensitive or hyper sensitive.

Sirsa Election Officer Anish Yadav told The Indian Express: “A total of 211 polling booths have been set up for 1.86 lakh voters. As many as 121 polling booths (57 per cent) have been declared sensitive or hyper sensitive.”

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09:37 (IST)30 Oct 2021
34 paramilitary forces deployed to ensure free and fair election: Hisar range IGP Rakesh Aryan

Tight security arrangements have been made for the bypoll with the deployment of 30 companies of central security force, five companies of the Rapid Action Force and the Haryana Police.

Hisar range IGP Rakesh Arya said that apart from the personnel from Hisar range, 34 companies of paramilitary forces have also been deployed to ensure free and fair election.

“As many as 65 patrolling parties have been formed for nearly 80 villages where the election process will take place. The patrolling party aims to reach any spot within 5-7 minutes of receiving a complaint. We have installed 52 nakas on the borders of Punjab and Rajasthan. Similar nakas have been installed by the neighbouring states too in their jurisdiction following our request,” he said.

09:24 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Over 1.86 lakh voters to cast their vote in 211 booths

Over 1.86 lakh voters, including 99,42 men and 86,973 women will vote today to decide the fate of INLD candidate Abhay Singh Chautala, Congress nominee Pawan Beniwal, and BJP’s Gobind Kanda, who are locked in a triangular contest for the Ellenabad seat.

09:06 (IST)30 Oct 2021
Explained: Why Ellenabad bypoll result will be a bigger referendum for farmers than Abhay or BJP

Why is this election important for the farmers?

This is the first election in any Assembly constituency in Haryana after the farmers’ agitation began 11 months ago. The state has lately emerged as the agitation’s epicentre. Now, the results for the bypoll to Ellenabad constituency may emerge as a referendum on whether the ongoing agitation has had any impact on electoral politics. The farmers say if they succeed in ensuring defeat of the BJP candidate in Ellenabad with an impressive margin, it may reflect the direction the wind is blowing in the region. The bypoll has come months ahead of the Assembly elections in Punjab. The ruling BJP in Haryana has been claiming that agitation has support of “a handful of people”. However, farm leaders have been citing several occasions when thousands of farmers took to the roads over issue that matter to them and also when they forced the state government to rethink its decisions.

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08:57 (IST)30 Oct 2021
As Ellenabad votes today, Abhay eyes hat-trick of bypoll wins, 4th from seat

The bypoll to the majorly rural constituency in Haryana’s Sirsa district was necessitated following resignation of Abhay Chautala, then the lone MLA of INLD, in January over the farm laws issue. He is now eying a fourth win from the seat that has till now witnessed 14 elections and in which the candidates of the party led by late Devi Lal or its associates have emerged victorious in 12. The INLD leader is pitted in a triangular contest with BJP’s Gobind Kanda, who is also brother of Haryana Lokhit Party chief and Sirsa MLA Gopal Kanda, and Congress’s Pawan Beniwal, who had unsuccessfully contested the previous assembly poll against Abhay. Sixteen other candidates too are in fray.

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Why Ellenabad bypoll is a referendum for farmers

The Ellenabad Bypolls is the first election in any Assembly constituency in Haryana after the farmers’ agitation began 11 months ago. The state has lately emerged as the agitation's epicentre. Now, the results for the bypoll to Ellenabad constituency may emerge as a referendum on whether the ongoing agitation has had any impact on electoral politics. The farmers say if they succeed in ensuring defeat of the BJP candidate in Ellenabad with an impressive margin, it may reflect the direction the wind is blowing in the region.

The bypoll has come months ahead of the Assembly elections in Punjab. The ruling BJP in Haryana has been claiming that agitation has support of “a handful of people”. However, farm leaders have been citing several occasions when thousands of farmers took to the roads over issue that matter to them and also when they forced the state government to rethink its decisions.

Ellenabad bypoll: Officials probe claims of money distribution 

A flying squad team including executive magistrates is probing a complaint filed by the INLD in which it has accused BJP-JJP supporters of “distributing money to influence voters at several locations in Ellenabad constituency ahead of the bypolls.

Tikait hints farmers will support Abhay Chautala

As campaigning for the high-voltage Ellenabad bypoll wrapped up Wednesday, senior Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait hinted that farmers will support INLD candidate Abhay Singh Chautala – who had resigned from the Haryana Assembly in support of agitating farmers in January.

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