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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Of 3 Jharkhand seats in phase one, Lohardaga registers highest polling

The highest polling percentage in the five assembly segments under Lohardaga Lok Sabha seat were reported from Lohardaga (70.14%).

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 30, 2019 11:58 IST
Manish Raj
Manish Raj
Hindustan Times, Mandar
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Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Mandar under Lohardaga parliamentary constituency, Jharkhand, Monday, April 29, 2019. (Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo )

Of the three Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand that went voted in the parliamentary elections on Monday, Lohardaga registered highest 64.88% polling.

The main contest here is between BJP candidate and union minister Sudershan Bhagat and Congress’ nominee Sukhdeo Bhagat . The results will be declared on May 23.

There were a total of 1,747 polling booths, of which only 76 were in urban pockets. No untoward incident was reported in the 100 booths that were marked as ‘vulnerable.’ The highest polling percentage in the five assembly segments under Lohardaga Lok Sabha seat were reported from Lohardaga (70.14%) followed by Sisai (68.73%), Mandar (64.21%), Bishunpur (63.90%) and Gumla (62.30%)

Earlier, Ranchi deputy commissioner Rai Mahimapat Ray along with senior superintendent of police, Anish Gupta arrived at Mandar—part of Ranchi district—on Sunday night. Specially-abled voters were presented flowers at a model booth, while first-time voters were felicitated at various booths on Monday.

Braving the soaring temperature, scores of women reached the polling booths in the area. This included elderly and first time voters.

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Sharifan Khatun, an 80-year-old woman, had reached the booth at the middle school in Mandar at 10 pm. Khatun, who has a dozen grandchildren, said that she had never missed voting in the last four decades.

Voters queuing up outside polling booths were witnessed in various parts of the parliamentary constituency.

At another booth in Chanho, 75-year-old Indwa Oraon had walked 2 km to reach the polling booth. Oraon said that the facilities for voters had improved during the present elections. In an adjacent queue, Seema Udain (28) had come to vote with her 3-month-old boy, Vikas Oraon. “I hope my son grows up to be a sensible voter,” Seema said.

At primary school, Kathchacho in Mandar first time voters Airen Xalxo, Ekta Preeti Xalxo and Monali Xalxo, all students from Ranchi, were waiting for their turn to vote. The trio had skipped their classes to exercise their franchise.

“I always heard about the voting process from others. Today I am experiencing the excitement,” Airen said.

Nearby, missionary sisters, Punam Horo and Roshani Horo were also in the queue of voters. “Voting is democracy is as important as providing service to the needy,” Punam said.

First Published: Apr 30, 2019 11:57 IST

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