While there are 17 candidates in the fray, the contest in Panchkula in the Haryana Assembly election scheduled for Wednesday seems to be mainly between the Indian National Lok Dal’s Kulbhushan Goyal and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Gian Chand Gupta.
While Goyal, a local builder, is banking on the his two-month-long campaign in the district, Gupta believes the Modi factor will swing the votes in his favour.
Among other candidate are sitting Congress MLA D K Bansal and the Haryana Janhit Congress’s Ravinder Rawal.
However, in Kalka, where there are 12 candidates, it is a four-cornered contest, with three first-time women candidates in the fray. Sitting INLD MLA Pardeep Chaudhry is facing the BJP’s Latika Sharma, the Congress’s Manvir Kaur Gill and the Haryana Jan Chetna Party’s Shakti Singh.
A total of 1,95,974 voters will cast their votes in Panchkula constituency while in Kalka, the number is 1,56,921. The percentage of female voters in both constituencies is around 46.5. The majority of voters belong to the age group of 30-39.
Voting will begin at 7 am and conclude at 6 pm. There are a total of 185 polling stations in Panchkula constituency, and 195 in Kalka. As many as 79 polling stations are extra-sensitive and 26 sensitive in the two constituencies, and extra security arrangements have been made for these.
“All arrangements are done. The electronic voting machines were checked, and sent to the polling stations. There will be web-casting of polling in 30 stations of both constituencies,” said Hema Sharma, Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Panchkula, also the Returning Officer.
Deputy Commissioner S S Phulia said, “No banner, flag or any political party’s campaign material will be allowed within 200 metres of the polling stations.’’