79.94% polling in Mansa district

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mansa
  • Updated: Apr 30, 2014 22:50 IST

The polling in the district by and large went off peacefully amid allegations of distribution of liquor and money among voters and minor incidents of clashes at a few places.

A total of 79.94% polling was reported in the district which went till 6.00 pm at many places.

The district police impounded the car of DSGMC chief Manjinder Singh SIrsa after Congress and AAP workers alleged that the occupants of the car were distributing money among voters in the car.

The car having Delhi number (DL9C 5464) was impounded from near near 'chungi ghar' in ward no. 16 in the city. However, the police found nothing in the car after the police searched it before the Congress workers.

The Congressmen even sat on a dharna to demand action against the occupants of the car.
Meanwhile, the police claimed the polling was held peacefully in the district and there was no report any major violence.

SSP of Mansa Bikrampal Singh Bhatti claimed that the polling was peaceful; however, there were reports of minor clashes at a few places.

A Congress poling agent Bhupinder Singh was reportedly injured in an attack after he alleged that Gurvinder Singh, an Akali polling agent, was helping in polling bogus votes at booth no. 125 in the Phoosmandi village. Bhupinder was allegedly admitted to a hospital after he was hit by a rod.

Minor clashes were also reported from Jhandakalan and Sadhuwala villages but no one was reported injured.
Having great expectations from their candidates on issues such a s unemployment and education, first-time voters came out enthusiastically to vote in large numbers.

Polling pace

Mansa district witnessed 11% polling till 9 am while Budhlada and Sardulgarh saw 14 and 11%. The percentage rose to 21%, 30% and 26% in Mansa, Budhlada and Sardulgarh respectively. At around 1 pm, the percentage was 41%, 45% and 47% in Mansa, Budhlada and Sardulgarh. Till 5 pm, the polling percentage went to 63% in Mansa, 74% in Sardulgarh and 64% in Budhlada.

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