AAP candidate from Patiala Dr Dharamvira Gandhi has been attacked by 20-25 unidentified youth, allegedly belonging to SAD-BJP councillor Rajinder Singh Virk at village Rassolpura Saidan in Patiala parliamentary constituency.
Four Congressmen were injured after a clash between the Congress and Akalis at Dult village under Fatehgarh Churian assembly segment. The injured, who were allegedly beaten up by the ruling SAD-BJP, were admitted to civil hospital in Batala.
61.22 per centand 60 per cent polling in Gurdaspur and Amritsar constituencies respectively till 5 pm.
65% Polling in Patiala Lok Sabha Constituency till 5.20 pm
64 % polling in Punjab till 5 pm
3.khadoor sahib 63%
6.Anandpur Sahib 63%
8.Fatehgarh Sahib 63%
A proclaimed offender who had been eluding police for the last two years, was finally arrested when he came to cast his vote at a polling station in Garhshankar on Wednesday. Gurmukh Singh, the said accused, was wanted in a fraud case. The police had submitted a list of proclaimed offenders to the poll staff. When Gurmukh arrived to cast his vote in Gogo village, police were alerted and he was caught.
54 per cent votes polled in Punjab till 3 pm
Polling percentage till 3 PM in Punjab
3.Khadoor Sahib 52%
6.Anandpur Sahib 53%
8.Fatehgarh Sahib 54%
Nearly 800 voters of Dhadiala village in Urmur assesmbly segment of Hoshiarpur, boycotted poll in protest against police's inaction to arrest the killers of a village youth Ravinder Singh who was found hanging in a tubewell room of a fellow villager on March 9. DIG Jalandhar range GS Dhillon, Hoshiarpur SSP Sushil Kumar and other senior civil and police officials and political leaders tried to placate them but the villagers did not relent. They alleged that the police did not make any effort to nab the culprits. Poll staff informed that only four out of 816 votes were polled. Sources said the village has had Akali leanings.
Akali Dal workers break voting machine at Patiala, FIR registered
Polling crosses 50% in Patiala at 1:30pm, highest among all constituencies
40 per cent voting in Punjab till 1 pm
3.Khadoor Sahib 40%
6.Anandpur Sahib 43%
8.Fatehgarh Sahib 42%
Former chief minister and senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal cast her vote at Lehra, Sangrur
Congress Patiala candidate Preneet Kaur along with her daughter Jai Kaur cast their vote in Patiala.
Former MP governor Balram Jakhar and his son and Ferozepur Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar exercised their franchise at Abohar
25 per cent voting in Punjab till 11 am.
Voting in constituencies till 11 am
3.Khadoor sahib 24
6.Anandpur Sahib 23
8.Fatehgarh Sahib 25
A 48-year-old woman, Kamlesh Kumari, an Aanganwari supervisor, died of cardiac arrest during election duty at Nihal Singh Wala town in district Moga.
12 per cent polling reported in Punjab till 10 am
1. Gurdaspur 8.10
3.khadoor sahib 6.40
6.Anandpur Sahib 10.60
8.Fatehgarh Sahib 12.5
SAD-BJP Patiala candidate Deepinder Dhillion, alon with his family also exercised his franchise at Chatt vllage near Zirakhpur.
Cong Sangrur candidate Vijay Inder Singla casts his vote
Union minister Santosh Chaudhary casts her vote.
CPS Navjot Kaur Sidhu also casts her vote.
Cong-PPP candidate Manpreet Badal casts his vote at Badal village. He was followed by Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal and his wife and Bathinda candidate Harsimrat Badal.
Bhogpur booth in Jalandhar constituency leading with 31 percent polling so far
Punjab Congress chief and Congress candidate from Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency, Partap Singh Bajwa, cast his vote at booth no 150 at the Sikh National College in Qadian at about 9 am. He was accompanied by his wife, Qadian MLA Charanjeet Kaur Bajwa and son Vikram Bajwa.
Speaking on the occasion, Bajwa claimed that the Congress would win all the 13 Lok Sabha seats from Punjab due to strong incumbency against the SAD-BJP government in Punjab. He said that he will retain the Gurdaspur seat by a margin of at least 1.25 lakh votes.
11 per cent voting in Gurdaspur till 9am.
12 per cent voting in Fatehgarh Sahib till 9am.
10 per cent voting in Hoshiarpur till 9am.
6 per cent voting in Jalndhar till 9 am.
15 per cent voting in Patiala till 9am.
17 per cent voting in Amritsar till 9 am.
3.18 voter turnout has been recorded in Punjab till 9am. With 2.1 per cent, lowest voting was recorded in Khadoor Sahib while Sangrur recorded brisk polling with 4.6 voter turnout till 9 am.
AAP Amritsar candidate Dr Daljit Singh casts vote in Amritsar
Getting inked! BJP MP Avinash Rai Khanna casts his vote in Hoshiarpur
Seven people have been injured at Sangatpura village under Baghapurana in district Moga . While both SAD and Congress workers attacked each other near a sensitive polling booth. The injured rushed to the nearby hospital immediately. Police offical said that three people have been rounded up and situation is under control at the moment. The injured have been identified as Congress leader Dilbagh Singh Bhau, SAD leader Karnail Singh and Jassa Singh. Further investigation is underway.
Two EVMs found non-functional in mock poll in the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency, replaced.
All returning officers reports to CEO polling begin on smooth and brisk note.
Capt Amarinder Singh will not cast his vote at Patiala as he decided to stay in his constituency.
AAP’s youngest candidate in Punjab and party nominee, Jyoti Mann, from Jalandhar among early voters use their right to franchisee.
AAP candidate from Hoshiarpur Yamini Gomar casts vote along with her husband.
In North Ludhiana mostly senior citizens were found voting between 7 to 8 am.
BSP Hoshiarpur candidate Bhawan Singh Chouhan also casts his vote.
Capt Amarinder son's Raninder Singh casts his vote at Government College for Girls in Patiala.
A total 1,95,27,114 voters (1,02,66,743 male voters and 92,60,371 female voters) would decide the fate of 253 candidates in 13 parliamentary constituencies in Punjab.
22,000 polling parties, comprising of 114798 civil staff and 47355 security personnel are of duty.
Booths in Manwal village in Pathankot saw a large number of voters in the morning.
AAP candidate Dr Dharamvira Gandhi casts his vote at Govt College for women in Patiala.
Voting starts smoothly on all booths in Jalandhar parliamentary seat. SAD candidate Pawan Kumar Tinu cast his vote at Adampur.
Huge enthusiasm in first time voters and urban voters.
SAD-BJP Sangrur candidate Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa among early voters, casts his vote along with his son and Punjab finance minister Parminder Singh Dhinda, wife Harjeet Kaur, daughter Ramandeep Brar, daughter-in-law Gagandeep Kaur Dhindsa at his native village Uahawal in Sangrur at 7 am.
Arun Jaitley went early morning to Golden Temple and spent time there listening to the Gurbani.
The Central Para Military Forces (CPMFs) have been deputed on 3324 polling locations while 8600 such locations were being manned by Punjab Armed Police/State Armed Battalions.
Besides this, 689 additional mobile parties of CPMFs have been deputed in Tarn Taran, Kapurthala and Ludhiana districts.
9152 micro observers have also been stationed at different polling locations while 3378 polling booths are being covered through video/still photography.
The arrangements have been made for web casting on 338 polling booths.
The state has 33,000 EVMs and 43,000 ballot units for uninterrupted voting.
10 constituencies, where the number of candidates was more than 16, the EVMs of ECIL, Hyderabad are being used for voting while in three constituencies namely Ferozepur, Fatehgarh Sahib and Gurdaspur where the number of candidates was less than 15, EVMs of BEL, Bangaluru are being used.
43 and 11 Engineers from these companies have already reported in the state to meet any eventuality on EVM front.
The polling booth of Bajewala village has minimum number of voters i.e. 168.
The Ferozepur Cantt polling location have maximum number of votes i.e. 8588
Five polling parties have been deputed there to ensure efficient polling there.
The polling locations like Ferozepur Cantt, Gurdaspur Cantt and Jalandhar Cantt where the voters were from security force only, the candidates are allowed to depute the polling agents from outside but they should be from the same constituency.
A total seven polling locations were across the river Sutlej and these include six in Ferozepur and one in Fazilka district respectively.
A total 40279 Election Duty Certificates and 8,000 Postal Ballots have been issued to civil staff deputed on poll duty.
14000 EDCs and 2,000 Postal Ballots are issued to security personnel while 383 EDCs are being issued to other employees like drivers/cleaners/peons deputed on poll duty.
Polling begins in the 13 Lok Sabha constituencies of Punjab at 7 am.
Stakes high for SAD-BJP combine, Cong as Punjab goes to polls.
The single-phase polling for 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab would be held on Wednesday where the spotlight is firmly on the encounter in Amritsar between Congress' Amarinder Singh and BJP's Arun Jaitley.
The polling will see 1.95 crore voters sealing the fate of 253 contestants, including 19 women.
Unlike many other states, Congress cadre in Punjab is optimistic about the party prospects after the top leadership rolled up its sleeves and is fighting the battle from
the front even as ruling SAD-BJP is banking on development works in the state and the Modi factor.
The spotlight is firmly on the encounter in Amritsar where it is a clash of titans as Amarinder Singh and Arun Jaitley are locked in a fierce battle.
Bathinda also grabbed eyeballs as Congress candidate Manpreet Singh Badal is facing Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's daughter-in-law and sitting MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Since 2012 when Manpreet deserted SAD to float Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP), the outfit's performance in assembly and panchayat bodies polls has been dismal as it failed to open its account and Manpreet, four times MLA too lost from Maur and Gidderbaha assembly seats.
Jaitley is fighting his maiden Lok Sabha polls and a victory is likely to propel him to a position of power if the NDA forms the government, while Amarinder's win will revive his political fortunes and he will again emerge as the key Congress leader in the state.
The pitch for Jaitley to contest from Amritsar was raised by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at the cost of three times BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was left out as he did not enjoy good equations with Badals duirng his stint as MP from the holy city.
Besides, Punjab Congress head Partap Singh Bajwa is locking horns with actor-turned-politician and BJP's Vinod Khanna, former union minister Ambika Soni is fighting her maiden Lok Sabha battle from Anandpur Sahib and Sunil Kumar Jakhar, son of Balram Jakhar and leader of opposition in the assembly is Congress man in Ferozepur.
Congress has to prove a point this time as the party had lost two back to back assembly polls in 2007 and 2012 in the state.
For the first time in the state, there is a credible third contender in the fray in the form of AAP. Observers feel that AAP has made inroads into the state's political arena and is likely to eat into the vote bank of SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress.
AAP is feeding on anti-incumbency votes of both SAD-BJP alliance and Congress are facing in the state. SAD-BJP combine is ruling the state for the last seven years, while Congress led UPA is at power at Centre for the past ten years.
BJP, which is contesting Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur as per seat sharing agreement with its ally SAD, is facing voters' wrath over the imposition of taxes, even as it is riding high on the "Modi wave." Candidates from other parties like BSP, CPI, CPM, SAD (Amritsar) and Samajwadi Party have also jumped in the fray.