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76% cast votes in Kurukshetra, 70% in Karnal

Vishal Joshi , Hindustan Times  KARNAL/KURUKSHETRA, April 10, 2014
First Published: 19:56 IST(10/4/2014) | Last Updated: 10:42 IST(11/4/2014)

With about 76% voters exercising their franchise, Kurukshetra parliamentary constituency registered second highest polling in the state in the elections held on Thursday. All assembly constituents of the segment polled more than 70% voting.

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In Karnal parliamentary segment, 70.5% voters cast their franchise.

In Kurukshetra, the rural assembly segment of Radaur had the highest 80% polling.

According to date provided by the Election Commission of India by 8.30pm, the polling in different assembly segments was Ladwa (79.6%); Shahbad (79.1%); Pehowa (77.6%); Gulha (74%); Kalayat (73.6%); Thanesar (73.3%); Kaithal (73.6%) and Pundari (72.9%).

Of these, four rural assembly segments of Kurukshetra - Radaur, Ladwa, Kalayat and Guhla - are being represented by the INLD.

As per the data provided by election department, in Karnal segment, Indri segment topped polling chart at 75.2%, followed by Ghraunda (73.9%), Nilokheri (73.2%), Samalakha (71.1%), Assandh (71%), Panipat Rural (69%), Israna (67%), Karnal (65.7%) and Panipat City (66.6%)

In Kurukshetra, industrialist-turned-Congress MP Naveen Jindal, Balbir Singh Saini of the INLD and Raj Kumar Saini of the BJP are the main contestants, besides Balwinder Kaur of the AAP.

In Karnal, Arvind Sharma of the Congress, Ashwini Kumar Chopra Minna (BJP), Jaswinder Singh Sandhu (INLD), Maratha Virender Verma (BSP) and Paramjeet Singh (AAP) are the main candidates.

The polling was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the constituencies of Karnal and Kurukshetra.

As voters were leisurely coming to the polling stations, no long queues were seen at most of the booths.

Women voters were equally enthusiastic in the rural areas and they were seen displaying their photo I-cards and photo electoral slips outside the polling booths.

A group of elderly persons at Gheerh village in Karnal district said that they could by experience day that the contest was direct between the Congress and the BJP.


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