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Voting begins in HP

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

Voting began in the hill state of this morning in 68 constituencies where 337 candidates including 62 MLAs are in the fray.

A total of 50,25,941 voters are eligible to cast their vote.


As many as 7,525 polling booths have been set up in the state and 37,605 polling personnel have been deputed for poll duty.

Besides 17,850 personnel of police and Home Guards and 65 companies of central paramilitary force have been deployed.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, 10 ministers, eight Chief Parliamentary secretaries, Deputy Speaker Jagat Singh Negi, former chief minister Dhumal and over a dozen former ministers are among those who have thrown their hat in the ring.

The ruling led by the chief minister and the led with former chief minister Dhumal are contesting all 68 seats while theBSP is contesting 42 seats, followed by the CPI(M) 14, Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI-3.

The 12-days high-voltage campaign, which came to an end on Tuesday, saw over 450 rallies by star campaigners of the and the including Prime minister Narendra Modi and chief Amit Shah who addressed seven and six rallies respectively.

Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressed three rallies.

Corruption was the main focus of the campaign with the party training its guns at Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, while the hit out at the over the issue of GST and demonetisation.

There is straight contest only in one constituency (Jhanduta) while the maximum number of 12 candidates is in fray in Dharamsala.

The has fielded four Congressmen including former minister Anil Sharma and given ticket to on Independent from Chopal while had fielded two independents from Paonta Sahib and Kangra.

Both Chief Minister and Dhumal have shifted their constituencies and are contesting from Arki and Sujanpur.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mansa Ram, who was elected for the first time in 1967 from Karsog(SC), is in the fray for eleventh time.

There are 19 women in the fray including six fielded by the and three by the while seven rebels each of and are also contesting the polls.

At present, the and the have 35 and 28 MLAs respectively in the 68-member House besides four independents while one seat is vacant.

Over 180 independents and a dozen rebels of the including former ministers Singhi Ram (Rampur) and Vijay Singh Mankotia (Shahpur) are in the fray.

Elaborate arrangements have been made for ensuring free and fair polls and29 general, three police, 22 Expenditure Observers and 71 Assistant Expenditure Observers, 1,561 Micro Observers, besides, 193 Sector Magistrate and 789 Sectors officers have also been deployed throughout the state.

Web-casting would be used in 2,307 polling stations in the state for live monitoring of polling activities in the state.

The state has 100 per cent Photo Identity Card (EPIC) holders and 7,525 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) are being used.

VVPAT machines are being used for the first time in this Vidhan Sabha Election and 10 per cent of total EVMs and VVPATs have been kept in reserve.

The Election Commission has also allowed the electors to cast their vote by producing any one document out of the 12 identity documents.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 08:32 IST
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