Lok Sabha elections 2019: Stray clashes, ink complaints mar voting in key east Uttar Pradesh seats

Among the state’s 80 seats, 13 went to polls including Varanasi, Maharajganj, and chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s home turf Gorakhpur. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party were in alliance in the state.
Madhya Pradesh, May 12 (ANI): Female voters in a long queue wait outside a polling booth to cast their vote for sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Bhopal on Sunday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Madhya Pradesh, May 12 (ANI): Female voters in a long queue wait outside a polling booth to cast their vote for sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Bhopal on Sunday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Updated on May 20, 2019 07:47 AM IST
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Varanasi/Gorakhpur | By HT Correspondent

Thirteen seats went to polls in Uttar Pradesh bringing down the curtains on the 17th general elections. The state recorded a voter turnout of 58.01% as per the Voter Turnout app of the Election Commission. In Varanasi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood for a re-election, the voter turnout was 57.81%.

Among the state’s 80 seats, 13 went to polls including Varanasi, Maharajganj, and chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s home turf Gorakhpur. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party were in alliance in the state.

SP and Bharatiya Janata Party workers clashed over installing their party flags at Parashurampur polling booth in Chandauli. The police had to use mild force to control the situation.

In another incident, residents of Tarajeevanpur village in Chandauli Lok Sabha constituency, along with SP-BSP workers, staged a protest outside Alinagar police station alleging that BJP workers forcibly applied indelible ink on the fingers of five people and gave them ~500 each asking them to skip voting.

“On the complaint of villagers, the police registered a case against seven people and arrested two of them,” superintendent of police (SP), Chandauli, Santosh Singh said.

“This is the ploy of our rivals to defame us. Why would the BJP do such things when we are already winning the seat by a huge margin?” BJP spokesman Harish Srivastava asked.

Voters of two villages, Odauli in Sonbhadra and Madhopur in Varanasi, boycotted polling. Residents of Odauli said despite their demands, link road to the village was not repaired. In Madhopur too, people said no development took place in their village.

In Gorakhpur and Bansgaon constituencies, two election officials died of sudden illness.

“Rajaram, 56, a polling officer at Prathmik Vidyalay Madhopur in Pipraich area in Gorakhpur seat, suddenly fell ill. He was rushed to a community health centre where he was pronounced dead,” assistant election officer JN Maurya said. In Bansgaon, Vinod Srivastav, 50, died around midnight due to cardiac arrest. He was an employee with the sugarcane department.

Reports of EVM malfunctioning were reported from some places but polling was not hampered.

Eight farmers were detained in Kushinagar when they boycotted election and staged a protest by carrying sugarcane-laden tractor trolley to booths, alleging that a sugar mill had stopped cane crushing and their produce was perishing.

Besides Modi, 25 other candidates were in the fray in Varanasi. Modi’s main challengers were Congress’ Ajay Rai and SP-BSP candidate Shalini Yadav.

(With Agency inputs)

 

BIHAR
Arrah Rajkumar Singh, BJP
Buxar Ashwini Kumar Choubey, BJP
Sasaram Chhedi Paswan, BJP
Karakat Upendra Kushwaha, RLSP
Jahanabad Arun Kumar, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party
Nalanda Kaushalendra Kumar, JD(U)
Patna Sahib Shatrughan Sinha, BJP (now with Congress)
Patliputra Ram Kripal Yadav, BJP
PUNJAB
Amritsar: Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Congress
Anandpur Sahib Prem Singh Chandumajra, SAD
Bathinda Harsimrat Kaur, SAD
Faridkot (SC) Sadhu Singh, AAP
Fatehgarh Sahib (SC) Harinder Singh Khalsa, AAP
Ferozepur Sher Singh Ghubaya, SAD
Gurdaspur Sunil Jakhar, Congress
Hoshiarpur (SC) Vijay Sampla, BJP
Jalandhar (SC) Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Congress
Khadoor Sahib Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, SAD (SAD-Taksali)
Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu, Congress
Patiala Dharamvira Gandhi, AAP
Sangrur Bhagwant Mann, AAP
CHANDIGARH
Chandigarh Kirron Kher, BJP
HIMACHAL PRADESH
Kangra Shanta Kumar, BJP
Hamirpur Anurag Thakur, BJP
Mandi Ramswaroop Sharma, BJP
Shimla Virender Kashyap, BJP
JHARKHAND
Godda Nishikant Dubey, BJP
Dumka Shibu Soren, JMM
Rajmahal Vijay Hansdak, JM
UTTAR PRADESH
Ballia Bharat Singh, BJP
Bansgaon Kamlesh Paswan, BJP
Chandauli Mahendra Nath Pandey, BJP
Deoria Kalraj Mishra, BJP
Ghazipur Manoj Sinha, BJP
Ghosi Harinarayan Rajbhar, BJP
Gorakhpur Praveen Kumar Nishad, SP
Kushi Nagar Rajesh Pandey, BJP
Robertsganj Chhotelal, BJP
Salempur Ravindra Kushwaha, BJP
Varanasi Narendra Modi, BJP
Mirzapur Anupriya Patel, Apna Dal
Maharajganj Pankaj Chaudhary, BJP
MADHYA PRADESH (8)
Dewas Manohar Untwal, BJP
Dhar Savitri Thakur, BJP
Indore Sumitra Mahajan (BJP)
Khandwa Nandkumar Singh Chouhan (BJP)
Khargone Subhash Patel, BJP
Mandsaur Sudhir Gupta, BJP
Ratlam Kantilal Bhuria, Congress
Ujjain Prof Chintamani Malviya, BJP
WEST BENGAL
Barasat Kakali Ghosh Dastidar, Trinamool
Basirhat Idris Ali, Trinamool Congress
Joynagar Pratima Mondal, Trinamool Congress
Mathurapur Choudhury Mohan Jatua, Trinamool Congress
Diamond Harbour Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
Kolkata South Subrata Bakshi, Trinamool Congress
Jadavpur Sugata Bose, Trinamool Congress
Kolkata North Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Trinamool Congress
Dumdum Saugata Roy, Trinamool Congress
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