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15-20 pct polling in Punjab by-polls till noon

Between 15 to 20 per cent of total about 4.76 lakh electors exercised their franchise till noon on Monday in the by-polls to three Assembly constituencies.

Between 15 to 20 per cent of total about 4.76 lakh electors exercised their franchise till noon on Monday in the by-polls to three Assembly constituencies of Jalalabad,Kahnuwan and Banur in Punjab.

The polling to the the three Assembly constituencies was peaceful as no untoward incident was reported from any part of the area going to by-polls,an election office spokesman said here.

The stakes are high for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in these by-polls with its president Sukhbir Singh Badal contesting from Jalalabad seat in Ferozepur district. He had to resign from the post of Deputy Chief Minister last month as he failed to neter the State Assembly within the stipulated six months after his nomination to the post.

A total of 21 candidates are contesting the by-polls with the main contest between ruling SAD and opposition Congress on all the three seats.

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The SAD has fielded its candidates on all the seats but it is litmus test for the SAD-BJP alliance with the Akalis hoping that sulking BJP leaders will bring around their workers to back its candidates.

The by-polls were necessitated after Kahnuwan MLA Partap Singh Bajwa (Cong) and Jalalabad MLA Sher Singh Ghubaiya (SAD) were elected to the Lok Sabha,while Banur representative and Cooperation Minister Kanwaljit Singh was killed in a road accident.