The fate of chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, urban development minister Mohd Azam Khan, UPCC president Salman Khurshid’s wife Louis Khurshid was locked in electronic voting machines on Wednesday.
Amid massive security arrangement around 50 per cent electorate exercised their franchise in the third phase of state assembly election. There was no report of violence and booth capturing from anywhere in 57 constituencies spread in ten districts in north-west UP.
Talking to newsmen here the chief electoral officer AK Bishnoi said apart from problems in 11 EVM at some places the commission had received 20 complaints regarding disappearance of names and difficulties in photo identity cards, which included missing name of UPCC president Salman Khurshid and his wife Louis Khurshid who was Congress nominee from Qaimganj. Bishnoi said the couple’s name was in the mother list, which was later provided to the presiding officer at polling station.
He said the commission had already ordered inquiry into the matter on the complaint of deputy election commissioner JP Prasad, who reached Qaimganj after getting the information. Salman Khurshid has demanded repolling in the constituency. Bishnoi said he did not know whether Salman Khurshid and Louis cast vote on the basis not mother list or not.
The CEO said district wise polling percentage was Bijnore (52), Barielly (49), Rampur (45.29), Moradabad (49), Pilibhit (51), Badaun (49), Sahajahanpur (47), Farrukhabad (44.12) and Kannauj (46). The percentage of JP Nagar (Amroha) was not available.
While in Gunnaur from where the chief minister was in the fray the polling was 46 per cent, Khan’s Rampur City constituency recorded 38 per cent. Louis Khurshid’s constituency Qaimganj registered 44.33 per cent. He said EVMs were immediately replaced. There was no hindrance in polling process. Of the total 1.51 crore voters, 50 per cent electorates decided the fate of 861 candidates.
Bishnoi said these constituencies had recorded 59 per cent voting in 2002 elections. While the polling started on dull note early in the morning, it picked up during the day and there was massive rush of the people by the time the polling came to a close.