Voters show their election card before casting their votes during the assembly elections in Uttarakhand. (ANI Photo)
Former chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' was forced to leave the polling booth at Balawala area of his assembly constituency on Monday.
Nishank's presence at the booth was opposed by the supporters of independent candidate SP Singh, leading to the police action.
Scores of supporters of Singh shouted slogans against Nishank when the latter arrived at Balawal polling booth premises in the afternoon. This forced the security personnel to ask Nishank to leave. However, the former CM resisted, causing the police to force his eviction, much to latter's annoyance.
Meanwhile, polling remained peaceful, barring some skirmishes between the Congress and BJP workers. Voters in five villages refused to cast their votes for they were annoyed with lack of development in their areas.
Polling booths bore a deserted look, at least till late afternoon, as not a single voter was ready to vote. Voters who boycotted the poll were from Gondaar village in Rudraprayag assembly constituency and Bhagway and Tirmoli villages in Bageshwar assembly segments of Kumaon.
Villagers of Masloon and Takhnaar village in Kapkot assembly segment and Lakhyu village in Pauri Garhwal refused to cast their votes in protest against state government's indifferent attitude towrds developing roads and providing other basic facilities in their villages.
Earlier in the day, Congress and BJP workers had a face off at Paltan Bazaar area in Dehradun when the two groups clashed over alleged bogus voting against each other. The situation turned serious when Congress workers objected to a BJP supporter who was trying to influence voters to vote for his party candidate. This resulted into heated argument. The matter was resolved following police intervention. The incident took place at CNI Inter College in Paltan Bazaar.