Polling underway in J&K, MP

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Bhopal
May 10, 2004 12:52 PM IST

Polling for the final phase of the LS polls to 17 seats in Madhya Pradesh began this morning under tight security arrangements.

Polling for the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections to 17 constituencies in Madhya Pradesh began this morning under tight security arrangements.

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An estimated 2.32 crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 155 candidates.

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Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure free, fair and peaceful balloting, particularly in dacoit-infested Chambal belt and areas adjoining Uttar Pradesh and communally sensitive areas like Dhar.

Shoot-at-sight orders in the event of booth capturing have been issued and borders to neighbouring states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have been sealed.

Polling are being held in Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Betul, Hoshangabad, Bhopal, Vidisha, Rajgarh, Shajapur, Khandwa, Khargone, Dhar, Indore, Ujjain, Jhabua and Mandsaur constituencies.

Prominent BJP candidates in the fray include Union Ministers Sumitra Mahajan (Indore), Satyanarayan Jatiya (Ujjain), the party state unit chief Kailash Joshi (Bhopal), party's national general secretary Shivraj Singh Chauhan (Vidisha), former Union Minister Sartaj Singh (Hoshangabad) and Laxman Singh (Rajgarh).

The notable Congress nominees include scion of royal Scindia family Jyotiraditya Scindia (Guna), retired Justice Shambhu Singh (Rajgarh), sitting MP in the dissolved Lok Sabha Kantila Bhuriya (Jhabua) and former state minister Satyadev Katare (Bhind).

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