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Kairana Lok Sabha Bye-Election 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: Faulty EVMs affecting polling, allege SP, RLD

Kairana Lok Sabha Bye-Election 2018: The bypoll has been necessitated following the death of Hukum Singh. Read all the latest updates here.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: May 28, 2018 9:02:09 pm
Kairana Lok Sabha Bye-Election 2018 LIVE Kairana: Voters arrive to cast their vote at a polling station, during Kairana constituency Assembly by-election, at Kairana, on Monday, May 28, 2018. (Source: PTI)

Kairana Lok Sabha Bye Election 2018: Voting for the Kairana Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh began on Monday at 7 am. The Kairana parliamentary constituency has five assembly segments — Shamli, Thana Bhawan and Kairana in Shamli district, and Gangoh and Nakur in Saharanpur district.

Today’s vote for the vacant Lok Sabha seat in the state will test the potential of a united opposition in the state that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept in 2014 and 2017. The bypoll hold much importance for the ruling BJP after the recent drubbing in the Gorakhpur and Phoolpur bye-election where arch rivals Samajwadi Party tied up with the Bahujan Samaj Party to defeat the saffron party.

The Kairana bypoll was necessitated following the death of BJP MP Hukum Singh in February. To cash in on the sympathy wave towards Singh’s family, the BJP has fielded his daughter Mriganka in Kairana, while RLD has nominated Tabassum Hasan, who has the support of the BSP, SP and Congress. With independent MLA Kanwar Hasan joining the RLD this week, it will virtually be a two-way contest.

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Kairana Lok Sabha Bye-Election 2018 Live Updates: Follow the latest developments here

20:59 (IST)28 May 2018
Kairana witnesses over 54% voter turnout

Over 54 per cent polling was recorded in the Kairana Lok Sabha constituency on Monday, amid complaints of EVM malfunctioning. A voter turnout of 54.17 per cent was registered, an Election Commission official told PTI.

18:28 (IST)28 May 2018
17:49 (IST)28 May 2018
Over 43% voter turnout recorded in Kairana

In the Kairana Lok Sabha constituency, over 43 per cent polling was recorded till 4 pm today.

17:31 (IST)28 May 2018
Noorpur bypoll witnesses 57% voting till 5 pm

Meanwhile, a voter turnout of 57 per cent was recorded till 5 pm in Noorpur assembly by-election, reports ANI.

16:43 (IST)28 May 2018
VVPAT machines replaced, smooth polling resumes: Shamli DM Vikram Singh
16:24 (IST)28 May 2018
SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav asks for re-polling

We demanded from EC, re-polling in places where more than 1 & a half hours were wasted & extra time after 6 pm for voters in places where less time was wasted so that they can vote: RG Yadav, SP after multi-party delegation met Election Commission over by-polls in Kairana&Noorpur pic.twitter.com/TcsUS5ItsY— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 28, 2018

14:44 (IST)28 May 2018

RLD spokesman Anil Dubey said there are reports of EVM malfunctioning in both the constituencies, especially in areas where the RLD-SP have influence. "We (RLD and SP) are going to meet the CEO to lodge a formal complaint in this regard," Dubey said.

-PTI

13:41 (IST)28 May 2018
NCP rakes up EVM malfunctioning issue
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13:17 (IST)28 May 2018
12:51 (IST)28 May 2018
Over 21 per cent voting till 11 am

Over 21 per cent polling was recorded till 11 am in Kairana parliamentary constituency while 22 per cent votes were polled in Noorpur Assembly constituency where bypolls are underway. According to Election Commission, Kairana recorded 21.34 per cent polling, while the polling percentage in Noorpur Assembly constituency was 22 per cent.

-PTI

12:19 (IST)28 May 2018
Akhilesh Yadav raises EVM tampering claims in Kairana

As the polling is underway in bye-elections to Kairana and Noorpur assembly constituencies, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has raised concerns about the reported malfunctioning of voting machines in some areas.

"Upchunav mein jagah jagah se EVM kharab hone ki khabrein aa rahi hain, lekin phir bhi apne matadhikar ke liye zaroor jayen aur apna kartavya nibhayan," Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said on Twitter.

11:53 (IST)28 May 2018
BJP's initial strategy was to hold elections in Ramzan so that people won't vote: Tabassum Hasan
11:17 (IST)28 May 2018
Tabassum Hasan writes to EC over faulty EVMs
11:13 (IST)28 May 2018
10.20 % voting till 9 am: EC

According to the Election Commission, till 9 am, Kairana recorded 10.20 per cent polling, while the polling percentage in Noorpur Assembly constituency was six per cent, reports PTI.

10:48 (IST)28 May 2018
BJP resorting to unfair means to avenge Gorakhpur, Phulpur defeats: SP leader

"There are reports that in Noorpur, 140 EVMs are faulty which is because they have tampered.  There are similar reports from Kairana. They (BJP) want to avenge defeat in Phulpur and Gorakhpur, which is why they want to defeat us at any cost," ANI quotes Rajendra Chaudhary, Samajwadi Party, as saying.

10:41 (IST)28 May 2018
RLD candidate Tabassum Hasan accuses BJP of tampering EVMs
10:25 (IST)28 May 2018
Noorpur bypoll witnesses 6 % voting till 9 am

Meanwhile, a voter turnout of six per cent has been recorded till 9 am in Noorpur assembly by-election., reports ANI.

10:10 (IST)28 May 2018
12 per cent voter turnout till 9 am

In the first two hours, the voter turnout has been slow and only 12 per cent polling has been recorded in Kairana parliamentary seat, IANS quoted a poll official as saying. 

10:08 (IST)28 May 2018

The Election Commission has deputed 53 companies of the para-military forces here and 10 companies of the provincial armed constabulary (PAC) for the high stake polls in the state, reports IANS

10:03 (IST)28 May 2018

In the general assembly elections in 2014, Hukum Singh had won the seat with 5,65,909 votes, followed by SP's Nahid Hasan who bagged 3,29,081 votes. 

Kairana has come under the spotlight a couple of years back after Hukum Singh claimed scores of Hindu families had been forced to move out of the area. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna/File)

The Kairana Lok Sabha seat has some 16 lakh voters, which include an estimated 5.5 lakh Muslims and 1.5 lakh Jats. That, plus 2.5 lakh Dalits (mostly Jatavs, who traditionally vote for the BSP, makes for a formidable combination on paper favouring the RLD candidate.

READ | How retaining Kairana has suddenly become tougher for BJP

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First published on: 28-05-2018 at 07:08:24 am
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