55.87 voter turnout in Gurdaspur bypoll
Gurdaspur(Gourav Sally/ DP correspondent) – Voting for the Lok Sabha by-poll for Gurdaspur constituency ended with a total voter turnout of 55.87 percent. The highest polling of 64.5% was recorded in Dera Baba Nanak assembly seat. The result of the election will be declared on October 15. A by-election was announced in Gurdaspur Parliament constituency following the demise of Bollywood Star and BJP MP Vinod Khanna due to bladder cancer in April 27, this year.The fate of eleven candidates, including Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, Swaran Salaria from BJP and Ex army officer, Major General Suresh Khajuria from Aam Aadmi party, were securely locked in VVPat Machines which were first time used in by poll parliamentary today. Giving the district-wise break-up of the polling, Gurlavleen Singh Sidhu, District Election officer said the Dera Baba Nanak recorded the highest 64.5 percent followed by Qadian at 57 percent, Gurdaspur 57 percent, Dinanager 54 percent, Fategarh Churian 50 percent, Batala 50 percent.Pathankot district in which Bhoa recorded a highest turnout of 59.65 percent followed by Sujanpur and Pathankot at 55.30 percent and 54.7 percent respectively. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP MP Vinod Khanna had won the seat by a margin of 1,36,065 votes against Congress stalwart leader Partap Singh Bajwa.What happened and Where?
There was also skirmishes reported amongst the workers of different political outfits assembly segments but mostly, the polling
underwent peaceful with no major untoward reported till the closing. In Gurdaspur assembly segment, at least four persons including Harwinder Singh Happy Pahra, former Block samiti Chairman in Akali government were injured in clash between SAD and congress workers in Pahra village which was also hometown of Gurdaspur Congress MLA Barinderjit Singh Pahra. Meanwhile, Senior SAD leader and former Gurdaspur MLA Gurbachan Singh Babehali alleged that Congress workers including Gurmeet Singh Pahra, father of Congress MLA and other two other relatives Baljit Singh and Surinder Singh allegedly attacked Akali Dal workers in Pahra village. He also blamed police for not taking action against them but also threatened SAD workers to keep mouth shut.AAP candidate Suresh Khajuria wrote a complaint to Election Commission There were some chaotic scenes repoted inside from polling booths in Sujanpur assembly segments. AAP candidate Suresh Kajuria alleged that Congress polling agents including Rajeshwar Singh were trying to influence voters inside a polling booth in Pangoli Village in Sujanpur assembly segment. A complaint in this regard was filed by Suresh Khajuria with the Election Commission.
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