Over 70 pc polling in Punjab
Over 70 per cent electorate today exercised their franchise in all thirteen Lok Sabha seats of Punjab.
Giving polling details, an Election Commission spokesman said that Sangrur Lok Sabha seat recorded 74.04 per cent, followed by Bathinda 72 per cent, Patiala 71.31 per cent, Fatehgarh Sahib and Faridkot 71 per cent each, Anandpur Sahib, Amritsar and Ludhiana 70 per cent each, Gurdaspur 69.73 per cent, Khadoor Sahib and Jalandhar 68 per cent each and Hoshiarpur 65 per cent voting today.
A report from Patiala said AAP candidate for Patiala Lok Sabha seat Dharam Vir Gandhi was today allegedly attacked by Akali Dal workers with sharp-edged weapons. The vehicle in which he was travelling was badly damaged by a group of violent men. It is alleged that the attackers were led by Akali Dal Municipal Councillor Rajinder Singh Virk. Later, Dr Gandhi sat on a dharna along with party supporters. It was learnt that a number of incidents of intimidation by Akali Dal workers were reported all day long from various booths.
The polling was suspended for about 45 minutes at Lalkurti polling station in Ferozepur Lok Sabha seat following heated arguments between SAD and Congress supporters.
Workers of both the parties also indulged in same manner at Gill Patti and Lehra Mohabbat villages in Bathinda Lok Sabha seat.
A report from Moga said at least seven people were injured after SAD and Congress workers attacked each other near a sensitive polling booth at Sangatpura village under Baghapurana in district Moga.
Another report from Jalandhar said barring minor incidents and manhandling of a woman Congress leader and her husband at the hands of SAD leader and former Mayor Suresh Sehgal at booth no 168 in Rasta Mohalla here.
In Kazi Mandi too, two addicts said to be the workers of the SAD with sticks entered in a booth and started caning the voters queued up for casting votes. The police immediately pounced upon them and dragged them out of the booth to be handed over to Ramamnadi police.
In Phillaur also, an EVM at booth no. 160 developed a snag. Polling got suspended for one hour and was resumed only after one hour, the fault was removed.
(Posted on 01-05-2014)