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70% voter turnout in Haryana, may touch 73%

An impressive 70% voter turnout was registered in 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana on Thursday, surpassing 68% recorded in 2009.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2014 02:08 IST
HT Correspondent

An impressive 70% voter turnout was registered in 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana on Thursday, surpassing 68% recorded in 2009.

Sirsa topped the list with over 76% turnout followed by Hisar (75.9%), Kurukshetra (75.8%) and Ambala (70.7%), Gurgaon and Karnal (70.2% each), Bhiwani-Mahendragarh (69.5%), Sonepat (68.4%) and Rohtak (67.3%).

Faridabad, which is the smallest constituency in terms of area, recorded the lowest turnout of about 60%.

Chief electoral officer Shrikant Walgad said the final voter turnout is likely to touch 73%.

The polling was marred by a violent clash between Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) workers in Hisar.

Two persons, including a close relative of BJP candidate from Rohtak, OP Dhankhar, were injured in a scuffle when they were allegedly attacked by a relative of Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The polls, a virtual semi-final before the assembly polls later this year, holds high stakes for Hooda who is eyeing a third term in the state.

The Congress which won nine out of these 10 seats in 2009, repeating its 2004 performance, is fighting a strong anti incumbency wave.

The outcome will also be crucial for INLD, the principal opposition in Haryana which fought the polls in the absence of its top leaders Om Prakash Chautala and son Ajay Singh, sentenced in JBT teachers recruitment scam.

Much is at stake for former chief minister Bhajan Lal's son Kuldeep Bishnoi and his HJC, as his alliance with the BJP looks shaky.

The BJP is also looking at a complete resurrection having won over several Congressmen into its fold.

Elections for the 10 Haryana seats, along with 81 constituencies in 14 states and union territories, were held in the third of nine phases of voting on Thursday.

Kerala witnessed the highest turnout of 74% by 6pm, while impressive voter percentages were recorded in Delhi, Jammu, Andaman Nicobar, Chandigarh, west Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Lakshadweep and Bihar.

Elsewhere on Thursday, an attack by Maoist rebels on security forces guarding polling booths killed two CRPF jawans in Bihar. On Wednesday, the rebels had killed three policemen in Chhattisgarh.

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Key players

1. Kurukshetra

Congress - Naveen Jindal (Sitting MP)
BJP - Rajkumar Saini
INLD - Balbir Singh Saini
AAP- Balwinder Kaur

2. Hisar

Congress - Sampat Singh
HJC - Kuldeep Bishnoi (Sitting MP)
INLD Dushyant Chautala

3. Rohtak

Congress - Deepender Singh Hooda (Sitting MP)
BJP - Om Prakash Dhankhar
INLD - Shamsher Singh Kharkara

4. Gurgaon

Congress - Rao Dharampal
BJP - Rao Inderjit Singh (Sitting MP)
AAP - Yogendra Yadav

5. Faridabad

Congress - Avtar Singh Bhadana (Sitting MP)
BJP - Krishan Pal Gurjar
INLD - RK Anand

Polling in other states:

Bihar|Chandigarh|Chattisgarh|Delhi|Jharkhand|Jammu|Kerala|Madhya Pradesh|Maharashtra|Odisha|Uttar Pradesh