Lok Sabha elections 2019: Maoist cadre attack candidate in Madhya Pradesh
The six seats which went to the polls in the fourth phase of the ongoing general elections include Jabalpur, Balaghat, Mandla, Chhindwara in Mahakoshal region and Sidhi and Shahdol in Vindhya region. A bypoll was also held in the Chhindwara assembly seat.Updated: Apr 30, 2019 07:21 IST
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
Barring an incident of violence in the Maoist-affected Balaghat district, polling in six parliamentary constituencies in Madhya Pradesh was peaceful on Monday.
According to the official app of the Election Commission 73.83% polling was registered in the state. (All voter turnout figures have been updated using this app).
The six seats which went to the polls in the fourth phase of the ongoing general elections include Jabalpur, Balaghat, Mandla, Chhindwara in Mahakoshal region and Sidhi and Shahdol in Vindhya region. A bypoll was also held in the Chhindwara assembly seat, where chief minister Kamal Nath is contesting against Bharatiya Janata Party’s Vivek Sahu. The bypoll was necessitated as the seat fell vacant after the resignation of Congress MLA Deepak Saxena.
This time, the CM’s son Nakul Nath is contesting the Lok Sabha poll from the family’s pocket borough of Chhindwara.
According to the CEO, in all, 103 ballot units (BUs), 85 control units (CUs) and 253 Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were replaced during mock poll and actual polling.
BJP candidate from Sidhi Riti Pathak alleged booth capturing at two polling centres by her rival candidate. She also alleged that her rival candidate’s supporters misbehaved with her and abused her at one of the polling booths in Churhat area in Sidhi district.
Talking to mediapersons in Chhindwara, CM Nath said, “PM Narendra Modi is not able to give an answer to people as to what happened to his promises... People of MP are innocent but they can’t tolerate deceit.”
Power supply went off while chief minister Kamal Nath cast his vote at 8 am in Shikarpur. The CM, who nevertheless managed to cast his vote, later said that he would enquire into the matter.
First Published: Apr 29, 2019 23:52 IST