High voter turn out for Madhya Pradesh by-polls

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2014 16:25 IST

Brisk voting was reported from three assembly seats that went to polls in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday, officials said, the first major electoral activity in the state since the April-May national polls are seen as a test of popularity of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Although the results of these elections have little bearing on Chouhan's government, which has over two-thirds majority, the by-elections assume significance because his administration has, of late, been buffeted by major corruption charges.

The Bahoriband constituency registered 71.80% polling, the highest out of the three seats, officials said, adding that the number of women voters here were also the highest at 67.20%.

The Agar constituency witnessed a polling percentage of 70.09 out of which 76.39% were male and 63.27% female voters.

The Vijayraghavgarh constituency saw a 68.05% turnout with 64.0% of the voters being women.

No untoward incident was reported from any of these constituencies, said election commission officials.

Congress has fielded Vijendra Mishra against BJP's Sanjay Pathak from Vijayraghavgarh constituency. Pathak had won this seat on Congress ticket in 2013 assembly polls but changed loyalties later, which necessitated by-poll in this constituency.

Bahoriband seat was vacated after sitting MLA Prabhat Pandey passed away. BJP relied on his son Pranav Pandey who is pitted against Congress' Sourabh Singh. In Agar, Congress has fielded Rajkumar Gore, who is contesting against BJP's Gopal Parmar.

Counting will be held on August 25.

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