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Polling underway for 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Polling began Sunday morning in ten constituencies of in the sixth phase of elections, which will seal the fate of 223 candidates, including Union ministers and

Polling began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm in the 10 parliamentary constituencies, officials said.

was among the early voters in Karnal.

Haryana's Electoral Officer said over 1.80 crore people are eligible to vote in the state. Of them, 97,16,516 are male, 83,40,173 female and 207 transgenders.

Over one lakh of the total voters are physically challenged and special facilities have been provided for them, he said.

Altogether, 223 candidates, just 11 of them women, are in the fray. Prominent among them are Union ministers of state from Gurgaon and from Both of them are seeking re-election.

Former Bhupinder Singh Hooda, a sitting MLA from district, is again trying his luck to enter the of Parliament, but this time from Sonipat.

Earlier, Hooda had been elected four times from the Rohak parliamentary constituency. His son, Deepender, is seeking re-election for the fourth term from as a nominee.

Birender Singh's son (BJP) and former Bhajan Lal's grandson (Congress), both political greenhorns, are contesting from the Hisar seat, where they face sitting of the newly-floated JJP, Dushyant Chautala.

Dushyant is the grandson of former O P Chautala.

Former and state chief are fighting from Ambala and Sirsa, respectively, for the party. state is contesting from

Among the major parties in the fight are the BJP, the Congress and the (INLD), which are fighting the 10 seats independently.

The (JJP), which was formed after a split in the INLD six months ago, is contesting on seven seats, while the remaining three seats are being fought by its ally the

The is fighting on eight, leaving two for its ally floated by rebel

In the 2014 parliamentary polls, the BJP contested eight seats and won seven. Its then ally Janhit Congress had fought on two seats, losing both.

The INLD won two seats and the Congress could retain only the seat last time.

As many as three lakh electors are in the age group of 18-19 years, 38.96 lakh are in the age group of 20-29 years, 44.38 lakh voters are aged between 30 and 39 years and 4.27 lakh people are aged above 80 years of age, officials said.

As many as 20,428 voters' birthday falls on May 12.

The officials said that necessary arrangements, including those pertaining to security, have been put in place to ensure smooth conduct of polling.

The said that 19,441 polling stations have been set up in the state, including 5,510 in urban areas and 13,931 in rural areas. Webcasting will be done in 1,020 polling booths.

of Police said 67,000 security personnel have been mobilised to ensure smooth conduct of the polls.

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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 09:51 IST