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Odisha registers 61% voter turnout in third phase, polling official dies

The state is hosting simultaneous elections to the 147-member Assembly, in addition to 21 Lok Sabha constituencies.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 24, 2019 08:23 IST
Debabrata Mohanty
Debabrata Mohanty
Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
There are 61 candidates in the fray in the Lok Sabha seats and 356 candidates in assembly constituencies.
There are 61 candidates in the fray in the Lok Sabha seats and 356 candidates in assembly constituencies.(ARABINDA MAHAPATRA/HT PHOTO)
         

Voting for the third phase of elections in 6 Parliamentary and 42 Assembly constituencies in Odisha ended on Tuesday with 61 per cent of the 9.2 million eligible voters casting their votes by 5 pm.

The state is hosting simultaneous elections to the 147-member Assembly in addition to 21 Lok Sabha constituencies.

Polling started from 7 am onwards at 10,464 booths with thousands of first-time voters thronging the polling booths. There are 61 candidates in the fray in the Lok Sabha seats and 356 candidates in assembly constituencies.

In Dhenkanal district, polling official Nabakishore Nayak collapsed and died inside booth no-41 at Parjang after he suffered a heart attack while voting was in progress. Officials said his body would be handed over to his family members after the post-mortem.EVM and VVPAT glitches were reported from two booths in Badamba and Deogarh assembly constituencies’, following which polling was adjourned.

Meanwhile, Krushna Jagdev, a senior BJP leader of the Satyabadi Assembly constituency in Puri alleged that some miscreants attacked and vandalized his car on the day of polling.

Unlike 2014, when the fight was triangular between the BJD, BJP and Congress, the contest is mostly between the BJD and BJP in almost all the 42 assembly and 6 Lok Sabha constituencies in the third phase. In Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar and Sambalpur Lok Sabha constituencies, the BJD and BJP were locked in an intense struggle.

Though there were no particular issues, BJD raised the issue of central neglect of Odisha with CM Naveen Patnaik criticizing the absence of central leaders during the time of natural disasters in Odisha. Patnaik also took on the slogan of BJP calling it a derailed engine. The BJP campaign led by PM Modi called for dethroning of the Naveen Patnaik government accusing it of being steeped in corruption.

The Congress did not have any rally involving either Rahul or Priyanka Gandhi and its campaign was very subdued.

First Published: Apr 24, 2019 08:23 IST