Heavy rain during the early hours on Wednesday played a spoilsport for council elections in six parts of Ludhiana district, where the turnout for polls was as low as 13% in some areas till 10am. Voting only gained momentum after 12 when rain subsided completely.
A few people were soon at polling booths of their wards at Samrala, Payal, Khanna, Doraha, Raikot and Jagraon. Disruptions in voting were also caused in many areas due to accumulation of water in front of many schools and other areas.
Polling in almost all areas went peacefully with a large number of residents coming out after 12 to cast their vote. Most of the areas of Ludhiana district received heavy rain, and thunderstorm that also affected party booths installed near the polling stations.
Polling percentage at Payal municipal council was 15% till 10am and it increased to 40% by 12 and significantly increased to 80% till 2pm. Similarly, the polling percentage at Doraha was 16% till 10am and it increased to 38% till 12 and 55% till 2pm.
Harpreet Singh, a resident of Doraha, said due to heavy rain in morning that continued till noon, people were not able to reach their polling stations. “Residents were able to go for polls only after 12,” Singh said.
According to the school of climate change and agricultural meteorology, Ludhiana received 7mm rainfall. As per the information, weather in Ludhiana is also expected to remain partly cloudy with possibility of thunderstorm in next 24 hours.
At Khanna, residents had to face inconvenience at AS Modern Senior Secondary School School, where polling booth was established, people were forced to walk into the water to reach for casting their
At every council, residents voted for lack of development in their areas and lack of basic amenities. Paramvir Singh, a resident of ward number 9 of Samrala, said there was no community centre at his ward that was a major cause of inconvenience to the residents.
Meanwhile, heavy police presence was witnessed at almost all booths. The process of polling was also being videographed by the authorities to avoid any untoward incident at the councils. Police personnel were seen on roads along polling booths and even inside to keep a vigil at the activities.
No reports of violence were received from any of the six councils in Ludhiana district.