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Voters from two villages boycott Assembly bypoll in MP

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

Peeved at poor infrastructure in their areas, voters from two villages in Madhya Pradesh's Chitrakoot Assembly constituency boycotted the by- being held today.

The residents of Bairhana and Bichhian villages had earlier warned the Satna district authorities that they will boycott the by-election, if proper roads and buildings were not built in their areas.

The villagers are boycotting the bypoll to press for their demands of construction of roads, school and other developmental works, Madhya Pradesh's Salina Singh told reporters in

officials are requesting the electorate in these villages to participate in the polling, she said.

Polling is underway in the Chitrakoot Assembly seat where about 33.8 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 1 pm, an official of the Commission said.

The voting started in the constituency at 8 am.

candidate Nilanshu Chaturvedi, BJP's nominee Shankar Dayal Tripathi and 10 others are in fray for the by-election in the Assembly segment, which lies bordering The BSP has not fielded its candidate in the bypoll.

The by-election was necessitated following the death of MLA (65) after a prolonged illness in May this year. He had won the Chitrakoot seat thrice -- in 1998, 2003 and 2013.

There are 1.98 lakh voters in the Chitrakoot Assembly constituency, an EC official earlier said.

As many as 257 polling booths with VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines were set up for the bypoll, he said.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and MP chief Nandkumar Chouhan had campaigned for the party's candidate.

Besides, chief whip in Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Union Minister Kamal Nath, Leader of Opposition in MP Assembly tried to drum up support for their party's nominee.

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First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 14:57 IST