Voters queue up in Haryana

Voters queue up in Haryana

11Chandigarh, Oct 15 (IANS) Long queues formed at polling stations across Haryana as balloting took place for 90 assembly seats Wednesday.

Nearly 15 percent polling was reported from Haryana in the first three hours.

Enthusiastic ballotting was reported from majority of the booths. Voters patiently stood outside rural polling stations in most of the 21 districts in the state. In urban polling booths also, brisk voting was reported.

A clash took place between BJP and INLD workers in Baansgaon of Narnaund assembly constituency in Hisar district. BJP candidate Abhimanyu alleged that INLD workers captured the polling booth and stopped the webcast from there.

Kurukshetra and Yamunanagar districts led in polling with nearly 20 percent and 17 percent voting.

Voters could be seen queued up at some polling stations even before the official start time of 7 a.m. Women voters were also seen queuing up enthusiastically, especially in rural areas.

Over 1.63 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. Polling across will be held at 16,357 polling centres between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

There are 1,351 candidates in the fray, including a record 116 women. Most seats are witnessing multi-cornered contests this time.

The main contest is between the ruling Congress, the main opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Among the early voters Wednesday were Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the country’s richest woman Savitri Jindal, INLD candidates Naina Chautala and Dushyant Chautala, who is the Hisar MP, Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) president Kuldeep Bishnoi, union Minister of State Krishan Pal Gurjar and former union minister Venod Sharma.

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