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Live: Kirron Kher wins by 69,642 votes

chandigarh Updated: May 16, 2014 16:10 IST
HT Correspondents
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Hindustan Times
Chandigarh Lok Sabha poll results

Kirron Kher wins Chandigarh Lok Sabha constituency by 69,642 votes.

Bharatiya Janta Party would begin victory road show from Sector 33 office at 3pm in Chandigarh. With only four rounds of counting left and with a margin above 60,000, BJP's Kirron Kher is all set to win.

BJP's Kirron Kher leads by 58355 votes after Rd 16

BJP's Kirron Kher leads by 54567 votes after Rd 15

BJP's Kirron Kher leads by 47743 votes after Rd 14

BJP's Kirron Kher leads by 40142 votes after Rd 12

BJP's Kirron Kher leads by 34830 votes after Rd 11

BJP's Kirron Kher leads by 30973 votes after Rd 10

BJP's Kirron Kher leads by 24677 votes after Rd 9

BJP’s Kirron Kher leads by 20958 votes after Rd 8

BJP’s Kirron Kher leads by 19708 votes after Rd 7

BJP’s Kirron Kher leads by 15767 votes after Rd 6.

BJP’s Kirron Kher leads by 9304 votes after Rd 5.

After Rd 4, Kirron Kher leads by 5371 votes.

Kirron Kher (BJP): 36390

Pawan Kumar Bansal (Congress): 31019

Gulkirat Kaur Panag (AAP): 24231

BJP’s Kirron Kher leads by 2157 votes after second round.

Chandigarh Parliamentary constituency after round 1:

Kirron Kher (BJP) 9752; Pawan Kumar Bansal (INC) 9500; Gulkirat Kaur Panag (AAP) 5707; Jannat Jahan (BSP) 1300; NOTA 170

Initial trend shows BJP’s Kirron Kher Leading From Chandigarh

Counting begins from 8 am.

Thirty four days after the city recorded its highest-ever Lok Sabha election turnout of 73.8%, it is time to know the residents’ will as votes are counted on Friday.Four-time Lok Sabha MP and former railway minister, Pawan Bansal from the Congress and his key challengers — Kirron Kher from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gul Panag from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) — will be anxious to know the future that the city’s voters chose for them on April 10. Seventeen candidates are in fray.

Thirty four days after the city recorded its highest-ever Lok Sabha election turnout of 73.8%, it is time to know the residents’ will as votes are counted on Friday.

Four-time Lok Sabha MP and former railway minister, Pawan Bansal from the Congress and his key challengers — Kirron Kher from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gul Panag from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) — will be anxious to know the future that the city’s voters chose for them on April 10.

Seventeen candidates are in fray.

For sitting MP Bansal, who has won the seat three times in a row and with a record margin of more than 58,000 votes in 2009, the going is seen to be tough. An anti-incumbency wave against him and the UPA government at the centre could play a role, as also the April 2013 rail bribery scam, when he was railway minister, in which his nephew was allegedly caught fixing a post in his ministry. The result will also have a bearing on his political future as some young leaders in the party had opposed his candidature this time.

The BJP has faced humiliating defeats in the past three elections. However, party candidate Kirron Kher, a last-minute choice due to infighting among local leaders, hopes to win, riding the ‘Modi wave’. Kher was able to take top local leaders, party chief, Sanjay Tandon, former MPs, Satya Pal Jain and Harmohan Dhawan, along with her, during campaigning, even as some of them were intitially opposed to her candidature.

Chandigarh has mostly fought predictable elections, but this time the entry of the AAP with Gul Panag as its candidate has made it difficult to judge the outcome. She remained a source of worry for mainstream political parties with her aggressive campaign style.

Jannat Jahan of the BSP and Surinder Bhardwaj of the JDU, among others, have a remote chance, but will eat into the votes of the main contenders.

Arrangements
Counting, to be done in 19 rounds on 28 tables, will begin at 8am at the Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), Sector 26, with 200 people on duty
A screen, displaying all information will be set up
The 100-meter periphery around the counting centre will be demarcated a pedestrian zone

3,000 cops to be deployed
More than 3,000 cops will be deployed in a three-tier cordon to maintain law and order of which 2,000 personnel will be present at the counting centre, from 5am. Police have identified 14 trouble prone areas. Quick reaction teams and separate teams for victory processions have been constituted. Traffic police will supervise parking. Video recording will be done. No mobile phones will be allowed inside the centre when the counting is on.

Liquor vends to remain closed
One-day prohibition on the sale/service of liquor has been imposed by the Chandigarh administration. Liquor will be prohibited in hotels/clubs, CSD canteens.
SMS alerts
Residents can subscribe to alerts on counting by sending an SMS at 9216164606. They will have to type REG to +91 9216164606. You can also check live result updates on website:
http://ceochandigarh.nic.in/electionresult.htm

ON EVMS
More than 1020 EVMs units have been used in these polls. All parties have been asked to nominate 28 counting agents, one each at the counting table. The EVM is connected to control unit. To know more about EVM and counting process listen to videos at <http://eci.nic.in/eci_main1/evm1.aspx>

profileofmaincontenders

Pawan Bansal, 65, Congress
An advocate, Pawan Bansal has won the Chandigarh seat four times — 1991, 1999, 2004 and 2009 and lost twice in 1996 and 1998. He has also been the union parliamentary affairs minister and the railway minister. In May 2013, he resigned as railway minister after nephew Vijay Singla was caught by the CBI for allegedly accepting a bribe of `90 lakh to fix a post in the railway ministry.
Plan for today
He will be visiting the counting center for some time; will stay at home thereafter and meet workers.

Kirron Kher, 61, BJP
Actor-turned-politician, Kher joined the BJP in 2009. Initially, she participated in TV debates for the party and campaigned for the party in the 2010 municipal corporation elections in Chandigarh. A Panjab University alumna, Kher made her acting debut in 1983 in a Punjabi movie.
Plan for today
She will be visiting the party office in Sector 33 at around 10 am with party leaders and thereafter visit the counting centre. She will be at the party office thereafter.

Gul Panag, 35, AAP
Actor and social activist, Gul Panag won the Miss India title in 1999. She turned towards social activism and has been vocal against female foeticide. The founder-trustee of an NGO, The Colonel Shamsher Singh Foundation, she was given the ticket after comedian Jaspal Bhatti’s wife Savita Bhatti opted out.
Plan for today
She is expected to be at the counting center by 7 am and will remain there for quite some time. After that she will meet workers at the party office in Sector-21.

Jannat Jahan, 34, BSP
Jannat Jahan is a sitting councillor in the Chandigarh municipal corporation. Daughter of businessman Ashok Kumar, the owner of KC Group, she changed her name from Naina Chaudhary to Jannat Jahan while marrying Hafiz Anwar-ul-Haq. Haq is the convener of the party and has contested in parliamentary elections.
Plan for today
She will remain at home with her kids all through the morning and plans to visit the counting centre at around 10am. She plans to be at home after that.