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Poll din comes to an end

india Updated: Jan 29, 2012 14:52 IST
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Candidates conducted hectic rounds of canvassing on Saturday as campaigning came to a close in the state, where 788 candidates are in the fray this time for 70 assembly seats.

Around 63 lakh voters would exercise their franchise in the state assembly election to be held on January 30.

The meteorological department has already forecast that the state could witness dry spell from January 27 to 30, which could help in good polling percentage this time.

In view of the poll, the Indo-Nepal border has been sealed for 48 hours to curb the entry of miscreants.

Section 144 has been promulgated around the polling centres and booths, and sale of liquor has also been prohibited till the end of polling.

Candidates of all parties conducted hectic rounds of campaigning on the last day so as to get maximum mileage among the voters.

Chief minister BC Khanduri, who is BJP’s star campaigner, conducted various meetings in Kotdwar, where he is contesting on the BJP ticket.

Congress candidate Surendra Singh Negi also conducted tours of the city.

Baharatiya Janata Party national spokesperson Arun Jaitley conducted election meetings in Kashipur where Baharatiya Janata Party candidate Harbhajan Singh Cheema took out rallies urging the voters to cast their votes in his favour. Jaitley also addressed the media in Dehradun.

Central health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad conducted election meeting in Ramnagar where he urged people to vote for the Congress to bring about change.

Member of parliament from Nainital seat KC Singh Baba took out a rally in Kashipur in support of Congress candidate Manoj Joshi.

Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (P) MLA Pushpesh Tripathi who is contesting for a second term conducted meetings in Chaukhutiya.

UKD (P) candidate from the Dharchula seat Kashi Singh Aeri conducted meetings in Munsyari and far-flung areas. The counting of votes would begin on March 6.

In all, 97 cases of violation of the model code of conduct were received against candidates in the political arena this time.

There are 9,744 polling booths in the state this time, out of which 1,794 have been labelled as sensitive and 1,252 as hyper sensitive. There are 62 auxiliary polling booths in the state this time.