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Vidisha turnout worries BJP

LOW TURNOUT of voters in Vidisha and high polling in Bada Malhera on Monday sent ripples of worries in the BJP camp. According to official sources, polling in the Vidisha Lok Sabha seat was around 45 per cent and over 60 per cent in the Bada Malhera assembly seat.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 15:21 IST

LOW TURNOUT of voters in Vidisha and high polling in Bada Malhera on Monday sent ripples of worries in the BJP camp. According to official sources, polling in the Vidisha Lok Sabha seat was around 45 per cent and over 60 per cent in the Bada Malhera assembly seat.

Even if BJP candidate Rampal Singh wins the Vidisha seat, his victory margin may not exceed  2.60 lakh votes registered by Shivraj Singh Chouhan, now the CM. in the 2004 Lok Sabha election.

High turnout in Malehra is being interpreted as good news for Bharatiya Janshakti candidate Rekha Yadav. Lodhis and Yadavs, the two predominant communities in the constituency, are reported to have voted en bloc in favour of Uma Bharti’s candidate.

The Congress reportedly shifted its votes to the Janshakti candidate at the last moment under a secret pact.
BJP workers attributed the low turnout in Vidisha to chikungunya-like diseases besides harvesting of soybean and Rabi sowing season.

“We are going door to door to motivate people to cast votes. They don’t say no but don’t come to the polling booth either. Almost every family has one or two members suffering from diseases,” said Rajkumar Yadav, a BJP worker from Raisen, at the Collectorate Colony polling booth. Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha district general secretary Manoj Dubey echoed the same opinion.

Till noon, the polling booths wore almost a deserted look at many places in the constituency. Voting picked up some momentum in the afternoon but still was not up to the BJP expectations. In Raisen, polling was low even in the afternoon.
The highest polling was registered in the BJP nominee Rampal Singh’s Udaipura assembly segment (52 per cent) while the lowest in the Vidisha segment (38 per cent).

In the Sanchi assembly segment, polling was 28 per cent till 10 am at the Government High School Pagneshwar. Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar, who was suspended from the BJP two days ago for supporting Uma Bharti’s candidate, represents the seat.

A heavy police force assisted by CRPF and SAF companies was deployed in both the constituencies to ensure peaceful polling.  Bharatiya Janshakti and Congress candidates demanded re-polling in seven to eight polling booths in Bada Malehra and four in Vidisha.

The electorate at Hinotia village in the Shamshabad Assembly segment boycotted polling in protest against lack of development. Rinia villagers also were adamant against voting but they later relented.

At Vidisha’s ward no. 9 polling booth police had to resort to mild lathi charge to disperse a crowd. Rumours of booth rigging and fake voting did the rounds the whole day.

A report was lodged with the police regarding kidnapping of BJ’s mandal president Collector Singh Dangi. Bharatiya Janshakti workers rent the air with slogans like “Nagada baj riya hai” on about 25 km stretch from Sanchi to Raisen.

In Vidisha, however, the Janshakti and the Congress seemed to be struggling with paucity of resources –human and otherwise.  According to the election control room at Ranital village of the constituency, supporters of the Bhartiya Janshakti and the BJP had heated arguments.  A heavy police force assisted by CRPF and SAF companies was deployed in both the constituencies to ensure peaceful polling. 

Bharatiya Janshakti and Congress candidates demanded re-polling in seven to eight polling booths in Bada Malehra and four in Vidisha.

The electorate at Hinotia village in the Shamshabad Assembly segment boycotted polling in protest against lack of development. Rinia villagers also were adamant against voting but they later relented.

At Vidisha’s ward no. 9 polling booth police had to resort to mild lathi charge to disperse a crowd. Rumours of booth rigging and fake voting did the rounds the whole day.  A report was lodged with the police regarding kidnapping of BJ’s mandal president Collector Singh Dangi.

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