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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 10:53:06 AM, Agencies &

Malegaon (Central) assembly constituency recorded 62.70% voter turnout as local Muslims came out in a large number to cast their votes.


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Itanagar: Barring stray incidence of violence across the three states, the assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh ended by and large peacefully. Maharashtra recorded 60% voter turnout whereas the voting percentages in Haryana and Arunchal Pradesh were 68% and 72% respectively.


60% voting in Maharashtra

Naxalites targeted police and poll personnel to enforce the election boycott and candidates were booked for inducing voters as polling for the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly passed off, by and large, peacefully. The state recorded an estimated 60 per cent voter turnout.


Around 60 per cent of the 7.56 crore electorate cast their votes to elect the 12th Assembly, election officials said.


In Gadchiroli district, where 17 policemen were killed by Maoists on October 8, Naxallites opened fire at polling personnel at Malewada in Armori constituency, triggering a brief shootout which saw no casualty, DGP for elections A N Roy told reporters.


However, Roy said, reinforcements had to be airdashed to the area when the poll personnel escorted by a police contingent found their way blocked on return journey with the Naxalites digging up the road and placing logs on them.


The poll personnel are still held up in Malewada.


Maoists also reportedly fired in the forest around Bonde village in Korchi taluka, but polling proceeded uninterrupted.


Polling parties could not reach 22 booths -10 in Aheri taluka, 7 in Armouri and 5 in Gadchiroli as Naxals obstructed their way by placing felled trees and digging up roads.


Besides the political heavyweights from Cong-NCP ruling alliance and opposition Shiv Sena-BJP, prominent Muslim candidates in Maharashtra whose fate are now sealed in EVMs include Abu Asim Azmi, Basheer Moosa Patel, Arif Naseem Khan, Baba Siddiquee all from Mumbai, Haji Anees Ahmed from Nagpur, Mufti Ismael from Malegaon, Rasheed Tahir Momin from Bhiwandi and Abdul Qadir from Aurangabad.


62.70% voting in Malegaon

Malegaon (Central) assembly constituency recorded 62.70% voter turnout as local Muslims came out in a large number to cast their votes in total peace. No untoward incident recorded in this hugely Muslim populated assembly constituency in North Maharashtra. Elections in Malegaon (outer) assembly constituency however is marred by violence. Workers belonging to Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) indulged in violence and arson in the constituency that recorded 55% voter turnout.

72% votes cast in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh recorded a high turnout of 72 per cent in the election to 57 of the 60 seats in the state assembly on Tuesday.


Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and two other Congress candidates were elected unopposed from the three seats in Tawang district.


"Around 72 per cent turnout was recorded, but it may go up," Chief Electoral Officer Yeshi Tsering said.


The percentage in the 2004 assembly elections was 67.83.


There were reports of disturbances and damage to EVMs from 23 polling stations in nine constituencies, he said.


Prominent candidates whose fate are now sealed in EVMs are former chief minister Gegong Apang, who was elected seven times consecutively from Tuting-Vinkiong; Kameng Dolo, who is trying his luck for the eighth time from Chayangtajo; former Union minister Omak Apang from Pasighat West and debutant Pomaya Mithi, wife of Rajya Sabha MP and former chief minister Mukut Mithi from Roing. All of them are from Congress.


The election agent of Trinamool Congress candidate Nani Ribia objected to a poster in the booth. Ribia arrived soon after and a scuffle took place between two groups which led to damage of an EVM, the sources said.


There were 151 candidates in the fray including 57 of the ruling Congress, 36 of the NCP, 26 of Trinamool Congress, and 18 of BJP. There are also 11 candidates from the Peoples Party of Arunachal, a regional party and three independents.


68% polling recorded in Haryana

Amid stray violence that left a polling agent dead and some 20 people injured, an estimated 68 per cent voters exercised their franchise for the Haryana Assembly election under tight security on Tuesday.


A polling agent was killed in a clash in Gulha assembly constituency as skirmishes between rival political groups left around 20 injured elsewhere in the state, police said.


An estimated 68 per cent of 1.31 electorate cast votes for the 90-seat House sealing the fate of 1,222 candidates, including 67 women, in Electronic Voting Machines.


The poll percentage might rise as voter turnout from some places was still awaited, a state Election Office spokesman said.


The counting will take place on October 22 when the fate of several political heavyweights including Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, INLD supremo Om Parkash Chautala, INLD Secretary General Ajay Chautala and Haryana Janhit Congress chief Kuldeep Bishnoi will be known.


48-year-old Jyoti Ram, the polling agent, was killed when a clash erupted between supporters of Congress nominee Dillu Ram and Independent candidate Kulwant Bazigar in Guna segment in Kaithal district.


Ram was Bazigar's poll agent, police said adding two persons were injured in a firing incident at Ferozepur Jhirka in Mewat district.


In Jalalpur village in Panipat district, a clash between activists of Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) and the Congress left 11 injured, one of them seriously.


DSP Jagbir Singh Dhull was hit by a stone near Hindu Kanya Mahavidalaya in Jind district while one person was hurt in a clash in Ambala city between supporters of an Independent candidate and a SAD nominee.


Skirmishes also took place at Sirsa, Ambala, Kaithal, Yamuna Nagar, Karnal and other places leaving some injured.




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