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Centurion casts vote in Srinagar

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, April 29, 2014
First Published: 21:42 IST(29/4/2014) | Last Updated: 20:44 IST(30/4/2014)

A 100-year-old man cast his votewhile former Hurriyat Conference leader Abdul Hussain Mosavi exercised his franchise for the first time as polling for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat was held today amid tight security.

"I have never missed a chance to vote. It is our right to vote and it is not good to waste it," centurion Haji Mohammad Sultan told reporters after casting ballot at Bakshipora in Eidgah area here.


Srinagar breaks 2009 record, reaches 26 per cent polling till 3 pm

District wise voter turnout:

Ganderbal  38.77%
Budgam     32.29%
Srinagar    8.58%

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100-year-old man exercises his franchise, first-timers excited

21.61 per cent polling in Srinagar till 1pm

District wise voter turnout:
Srinagar       7.64%
Ganderbal  31.48%
Budgam     25.72%

Stone pelting has been reported from some Civil Lines areas like Batamaloo.

In the old city and some civil lines areas-- some polling booths had registered ‘nil’ or just one or two votes even after three hours of polling was over.

Though most polling stations in Srinagar did not witness long queues like those in the semi-urban parts of constituency like Budgam and Ganderbal, but many booths are getting voters in small groups of twos and threes.

13 per cent polling in Srinagar till 11 am

District wise voter turnout:

Budgam      15.06
srinagar        5.14
Ganderbal   20.40

Farooq Abdullah after casting his vote said if India becomes communal it will be a tragedy for the state.

National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, chief minister of J&K cast their votes.

4.99 per cent polling has been reported in Srinagar constituency till 9 a.m.

For the first time, Aam Aadmi Party will test waters in the valley too with Raja Muzaffar contesting against the old horses.

Today’s polls will determine the fate of political bigwig Farooq Abdullah, a National Conference leader and a sitting MP, and also of Peoples Democratic Party's Tariq Hameed Karra.

Around 600 youth have been picked up in the police clampdown. Most separatist groups have called for a poll boycott.

Of total 1,546 polling stations in the constituency, 1,021 remain hyper-sensitive, 470 as sensitive and only 55 as normal.

The election commission, which has reduced the polling time by an hour as the polling will end by 5pm only, has declared 324 polling stations in Budgam district critical.

The authorities have deployed security forces' 27 battalions, around 450 additional companies and around 10,000 cops. Around 75,000 security personnel will ensure peaceful polls tomorrow.

There are 30,054 migrant votes, around 256 service voters.

There are 6.28 lakh males and 5.72 lakh females

The constituency covers 15 assembly segments in three districts.

12.31 lakh voters eligible to exercise their right to franchise in Srinagar Lok Sabha seat

Srinagar has been registering very low turnout since the outbreak of militancy. In 2009 only 25 percent voters exercised their ballot.

This is the second constituency in the valley going to polls. NC party patron Farooq Abdullah is seeking re-election. He is being challenged by PDPs Tariq Hamid Karra.

A slow start to polling in the prestigious Srinagar constituency. While Srinagar assembly segment is yet to warm up to polling, people are lining outside booths in Budgam and Ganderbal constituencies.

Polling begins in the Srinagar constituency of Jammu & Kashmir at 7 a.m.


Battleground Srinagar: False alarms, mobilisation of 75,000 troops, arrests keeps people indoors on poll eve 


Srinagar's parliamentary constituency witnessed false alarms, mobilisation of 75,000 troops, clamp-down against separatist supporters, unofficial holiday and thin traffic on roads on the eve of polls.
 
Tension gripped Srinagar's Bemina area on Tuesday morning when an unattended bag spread a bomb scare. A bomb disposal squad was rushed to the spot and turned out to be a false alarm. "The bag contained 14 women suits," said a police spokesman. It took an hour to restore traffic on Srinagar-Baramulla highway because of the bag.
 
Tuesday's incident was second such alarm since Monday. An unattended lunch box sparked similar reaction at Srinagar's tourist hub Dalgate yesterday.
 
With polling staff being mobilised in advance to sensitive areas like the city's old parts, a number of schools, government offices and administrative buildings remained shut. Employees also left home earlier in the day.

"There have been false alarms of attacks throughout the day. My family decided to reach home before the sundown given the sense of unease on the roads," said Rashid Ahmad, a government employee from old city Srinagar.
The recent twin attacks on poll rallies and mobilisation of security forces infused a sense of fear among people. There was a thin traffic plying on otherwise buzzing commercial areas of Srinagar.
 
The authorities have deployed security forces' 27 battalions, around 450 additional companies and around 10,000 cops. Around 75,000 security personnel will ensure peaceful polls tomorrow.
 
The election commission, which has reduced the polling time by an hour as the polling will end by 5pm only, has declared 324 polling stations in Budgam district critical.
 
Of total 1,546 polling stations in the constituency, 1,021 remain hyper-sensitive, 470 as sensitive and only 55 as normal.

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