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Voting underway for Chitrakoot Assembly bypoll in MP

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

The polling for the byelection to Madhya Pradesh's Chitrakoot Assembly seat was underway since this morning with about 27 per cent voters exercising their franchise in the first three hours, an official said.

The voting started across the constituency at 8 am and around 27 per cent polling was recorded till 11 am, an official of the Commission (EC) said.

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

The byelection was necessitated following the death of (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. 12:13 IST