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Haryana sees 51.80% voting till 4 p.m. (Third Lead) (4 p.m.)

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

on Sunday witnessed 51.80 per cent voting till 4 p.m. for the state's 10 seats, an said.

The highest voter turnout was recorded in the seat at 53 per cent, followed by Sonipat, and Sirsa, the told IANS.

Voting began at 7 a.m. for the Ambala, Kurukshetra, Gurugram, Faridabad, Hisar, Sirsa, Karnal, Sonipat, and constituencies.

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In a written complaint to Yash Garg, Deepender Hooda, in the fray from his home turf for a fourth straight victory, demanded the registration of a criminal case against Grover.

Acting on the complaint, the election authorities directed Grover to remain in his office till the voting gets over.

Long queues of voters were seen outside polling booths across the 10 seats in the morning. But by the afternoon most looked deserted as temperatures soared.

Election officials expect the turnout to increase just before polling ends at 6 p.m.

In the 2014 elections, the polling percentage was 73 per cent, higher than 68 per cent in 2009.

Polling was delayed in some booths in Yamunanagar, Mahendragarh and Gohana towns due to Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) malfunctioning.

Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, former Minister and candidate from Hooda, Union Ministers Rao Inderjit Singh, and and Indian were among the early voters in the state.

The state along with his wife exercised their franchise in town.

(JJP) candidate and sitting voted in

Rao Inderjit Singh, and Hooda were among the 223 candidates, including 11 women, whose fate will be sealed by an estimated 1.80 crore voters.

The elderly didn't miss an opportunity to exercise their franchise.

Som Dutt, 98, exercised his franchise at a booth in Yamunanagar, Shanti Devi, 92, who reached the booth on a wheelchair, cast her vote in city.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, the Om Prakash Chautala-led (INLD) and its breakaway faction the (JJP) are the main political parties in the fray.

The BJP won seven of the 10 seats in 2014 with a vote share of 34.7 per cent as compared to 17.21 per cent in 2009 when it failed to win any seat.

The then ruling Congress lost eight of the nine seats it had won in 2009 and saw its vote share decline to 22.9 per cent as compared to 41.77 per cent five years back.

The INLD, which won two seats in 2014, increased its vote share to 24.4 per cent from 15.78 per cent in 2009.



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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 17:28 IST