75% polling in Ferozepur, no incident of violence

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, FEROZEPUR
  • Updated: Apr 30, 2014 22:48 IST

Registering a heavy turnout, over 75% voters out of a total 15.18 lakh of this border parliamentary constituency, exercised their right to franchise amid, by and large, peaceful polling.

In the morning hours till 12.30 pm, polling remained between 18-20%, but with time, it started gaining momentum and, till evening, over 70% polling was reported. At some polling booths, voters were standing in queues till late in the evening.

Even though voting remained, by and large, peaceful, yet at polling booth nos. 68 & 69, SAD and Congress workers were reportedly involved in a clash and polling remained suspended for about half-an-hour.

SSP Rahul S, along with heavy police force, reached the spot. Polling, which was disrupted for about half-an-hour resumed after a case was registered against unidentified people at local Cantonment police station.

At a local polling booth, one Kanwalpreet Singh was intercepted by election officials while carrying publicity material of a party following which he was booked, the SSP added.

About a dozen EVMs at some booths developed some technical problems, but polling was hampered nowhere, said Manjit Singh Narang, deputy commissioner-cum- district electoral officer, Ferozepur who, accompanied by Amit Kumar, ADC (general) also awarded appreciation certificates to first-time voters at one of the 23 model booths set up in the area.

SAD sitting MP and nominee Sher Singh Ghubaya, the former governor of Madhya Pradesh and father of Congress candidate Sunil Kumar Jakhar. Balram Jakhar, and AAP nominee Satnam Pal Kamboj, Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma, local Congress MLA Parminder Singh Pinki and many other leaders cast their votes in respective booths.

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