Around 44.27 lakh of the 1.1 crore strong electorate exercised their franchise in the capital for the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday,registering a 40.25 per cent turnout till late afternoon.
Though starting with impressive numbers,the queues at polling stations started thinning across the city around noon as the mercury touched 36 degrees Celsius.
President Pratibha Patil,Vice President Hamid Ansari,Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,Congress chief Sonia Gandhi,her son and Amethi MP Rahul and daughter Priyanka were among the early voters in the capital. The first four hours recorded a turnout of 18 per cent but the figure climbed up to 40.25 per cent by three pm.
The Chief Electoral Office said North West Delhi seat was on top of the list with 47.11 per cent polling till three pm followed by North-East Delhi seat at 43.40 per cent. New Delhi and East Delhi constituencies also saw brisk polling,recording 42.6 and 42.5 per cent voting respectively while in Chandni Chowk,40.19 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise. South Delhi saw a 40.1 per cent turnout. The least turnout till three pm was recorded in West Delhi seat which witnessed 38 per cent polling. Polling was also held for by-elections to the Rohtas Nagar Assembly constituency where the polling percentage was 36.33.
60 per cent poll in Punjab
The fate of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s daughter-in-law and wife and son of his predecessor Capt Amarinder Singh was sealed today as the polling to four Lok Sabha seats in the state ended on a by and large peaceful note. The polling was however marred by few incidents of violence at Barnala and Patiala in which six persons were injured.
About 60 per cent of the 52.75 lakh voters cast their votes,initial reports said.
Five persons,including four Congress supporters were injured when they were attacked by activists of Students Organisation of India (SOI) owing allegiance to ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) outside a polling booth at Barnala bus stand.
An Akali worker Musa Khan received bullet injury in his arm when two unidentified persons shot at him at Arnabarna chowk in Patiala. Tampers ran high between SOI activists and Congress supporters outside a booth at Bathinda grain market forcing police to fire a shot in air to calm down the situation.
64 per cent poll in Haryana
Around 64 per cent of nearly 1.20 crore voters exercised their franchise as the polling for the ten Lok Sabha seats in Haryana today remained peaceful. “Nearly 64 per cent people have cast their vote. The polling remained by and large peaceful,” official sources said.
Barring a few minor incidents,the polling was peaceful in the state. The voter turnout in 2004 parliamentary elections was 65.67 per cent in the state. Polling picked up gradually as the day progressed and people made a beeline at the polling booths. Among those who cast their votes in the morning included Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda,his mother Har Devi,wife Asha Hooda and MP son Deepinder Singh,all of whom cast their votes in Rohtak. Former chief minister Bhajan Lal (78),who is contesting from Hisar constituency on a Haryana Janhit Congress ticket cast his vote in Adampur while INLD president Om Prakash Chautala exercised his franchise in Sirsa district.
Amid tight security arrangements,voting began at 7 am for the ten seats for which 210 candidates are in the fray. Votes were cast across 12,894 polling stations with the use of over 23,000 Electronic Voting Machines.