Several Maoist-affected districts witnessed a considerable increase in polling, a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) report said.
The report says there was 56.40 per cent polling in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar, which saw several violent incidents and death of nearly 20 people, from 47.33 per cent in 2009.
Three constituencies, Chatra, Lohardaga and Palamau in Jharkhand saw a large number of people defying CPI(Maoist) call for poll boycott on April 10 and recorded 53.88 per cent, 59 per cent and 59.39 per cent polling respectively. In 2009, there was 45.67 per cent voting in Chatra, 52.21 per cent in Lohardaga and 45.94 per cent in Palamau.
In Bihar, polling was 51 per cent in Aurangabad, 54 per cent in Gaya and 52 per cent in Jamui, compared to 43.50 per cent, 42.44 per cent and 38.12 per cent votes respectively in 2009.
In Orissa, four Naxal-affected districts Bolangir (76 per cent), Kalahandi (74 per cent), Koraput (75.80 per cent) and Nabrangpur (78 per cent) recorded the highest-ever turnout.
Naxal-affected Gadchiroli-Chimur in Maharashtra saw a high of 69.65 per cent voting on April 10, up from 65.21 per cent in 2009.
The Centre has identified 33 districts in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh as highly sensitive owing to Maoist violence in Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and 2009 and assembly polls in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013.
In 2013, there were 383 incidents of violence in Jharkhand in which 150 civilians and security personnel were killed and there were 353 such cases in Chhattisgarh where 110 people lost their lives.
In Bihar, 69, including security personnel, lost their lives in 176 incidents of violence in 2013 and in Orissa, 35 people were killed in 101 cases of violence.
Cong to EC: Postpone Ramdev’s Vadodara event till polling
VADODARA: The Vadodara unit of Congress Tuesday lodged a complaint with District Election Officer regarding Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s April 26 event in the city. The Congress has alleged that Ramdev’s programme is a tacit election propaganda of the BJP and demanded poll officer to stop the event till the polling day — April 30.
Ramdev’s April 26 event, titled “Yogdiksha Avam Rashtriya Nirman Sabha”, states in its open public invite that it is furthering the “unmatchable mission of the RSS, the VHP and other socio-religious organizations”, in the meeting to be held in the city. The Congress has contended that Ramdev’s event is in violation of the poll guidelines that prohibits “use of places of worship as a forum for election propaganda in any manner”. ENS