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Vote on Chouhan turf today

THE BUDHNI by-election, which will decide the fate of Shivraj Singh Chouhan as Chief Minister, wll be held on Wedneday. Tight security is in place for the bypoll in which the BJP and other parties drew Election Commision flak for violation of model code of conduct.

india Updated: May 03, 2006 15:55 IST

THE BUDHNI by-election, which will decide the fate of Shivraj Singh Chouhan as Chief Minister, wll be held on Wedneday.  Tight security is in place for the bypoll in which the BJP and other parties drew Election Commision flak for violation of model code of conduct.

Two battalions of paramilitary force and eight battalions of Special Armed Force (SAF),  besides 214 PTS jawans, have been deployed in the constituency where 75 booths are considered either sensitive or highly sensitive. A total of 1,74,709 voters are eligible to vote in the 189 polling booths from 8 am. Nearly 300 personnel from Sehore district reserve police force would also assist in maintaining law and order.

Eighteen sector magistrates, 36 zonal officers and 36 police mobile units would oversee the polling. At 22 points police personnel would monitor movements of people and vehicles.

On Tuesday evening, a flag march was conducted in the constituency by police and paramilitary forces to instil confidence
in the electorate.

More than electorate the polling parties are struck by the soaring temperature. High temperature might force a sizeable number of voters to stay indoors.

Counting will be held on May 6. Earlier, the polling was to take place on April 24 but the Election Commission deferred the poling date after complaints of violation of the model code of conduct. After that the campaigning strategy of BJP candidate Shivraj Singh Chouhan changed. He turned a foot soldier and asked the supporters to keep the campaigning at low pitch.

The Chief Minister is pitted against Congress candidate Rajkumar Patel and Gondwana Ganatantra Party’s Gulzar Singh Markam who has support of the Bharatiya Janshakti Party president Uma.

A dozen more candidates are in the fray. Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Patidar is in touch with EC observers on the situation in the constituency. Shivraj is reported to have reached his native village Jait this evening. He would stay there tonight and cast his vote in the morning.