Chandigarh: Re-polling for Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency and five segments ended peacefully on Thursday with no untoward incident being reported from 48 polling stations.
In Mukstar, 89.55 per cent voting was recorded at all the nine booths. Maximum voting at 95.06 per cent was recorded at Khappianwali village where 962 of total 1012 votes are polled. On February 4, total 921 votes were polled at this polling booth.
After Thursday’s re-polling, voting percentage at Sangrur has improved to 83.88 percent and it has crossed Faridkot and Fazilka districts and improved its tally in the state from fifth position to third.
In Sardulgarh 1149 votes were polled out of 1272 votes thus 82.16 per cent of the votes being polled. The re-polling in nine polling booths in Sangrur assembly segment concluded in a peaceful manner. The total vote percentage touched 85.41 percent mark. Interestingly the women voters outclassed the men voters. In nine booths that went for re-polling, there are a total of 7,127 voters out of which 3,777 are men and 3,350 were women voters and out of these 6,028 voters exercised their franchise.
Re-polling in 28 polling booths of Majitha assembly constituency in Amritsar recorderd 76 per cent polling said Dr Basant Garg, District Magistrate-cum-District Returning Officer.
SAD candidate Bikram Singh Majithia, after casting his vote said, “ the re-polling will not affect the prospects of SAD-BJP in state and welcomed the EC’s decision.”
Taking a dig AAP’s MP Bhagwant Mann, he said, “It must have been for the first time in seven decades that someone was compelled to point out in full House about Mann’s drinking habit. I ask Kejriwal to set an example by taking an action against Bhagwant Mann who represents over 11 lakh people.”
On the allegations levelled by the Congress candidate about the SAD supporters bribing voters Bikram Majithia added that there was no complainant in that case.
“It is a concocted story enacted by Lalli Majithia (Congress candidate) who filmed the clipping and propagated it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Congress candidate for the Amritsar Lok Sabha bypoll, Gurjeet Singh Aujla, and Assembly candidate Lalli Majithia stated that the police were working under the influence of Bikram Majithia to terrorise Congress workers.
They alleged that the SAD-BJP workers were bribing the voters. However, Lalli said that he was satisfied by the EC’s security arrangements at the polling booths, and that the re-polling would benefit the Congress.
AAP candidate Himmat Singh Shergill alleged that the Congress and SAD had been exposed for adopting unfair means of “alluring voters by offering cash and liquor to them”.
He said the EC should take note of it, and demanded that the candidature of both the Congress and SAD should be held nullified.
Shergill added, “Enough proof is there to prove how both the parties have violated the EC guidelines for vested political interests. People have now realised the ideology and sanctity of AAP and I am hopeful of getting a good support.”
The EC had ordered repolling at 12 polling stations of Majitha Assembly seat, nine each of Muktsar and Sangrur, one each of Moga and Sardulgarh and 16 polling stations of Amritsar parliamentary constituency.
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