Hisar witnessing brisk polling, 34 pc voting recorded

Anna Hazare's campaign queers the pitch for contenders

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Samir Sachdeva | October 13, 2011




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Nearly 34 per cent polling was recorded till noon in the bypolls for the Hisar Lok Sabha seat which is witnessing a triangular contest with the Anna factor looming large raising the stakes for the ruling Congress.

"At 12 PM the overall poll percentage of the nine assembly segments comprising the Hisar parliamentary constituency was nearly 34 per cent," Haryana's Chief Electoral Officer, Sumita Misra told PTI.

In the first hour itself, polling had started to pick up and by 9 AM the overall poll percentage stood at 7.41 per cent.

In the 2009 parliamentary polls, Hisar had witnessed an overall poll percentage of 69.3 per cent and today it was likely to cross that figure, Misra said, adding polling today so far was completely peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.

After the polling ends this evening, voters will seal the fate of 40 candidates who are in the fray.

Congress has fielded three-time MP from Hisar, Jai Prakash (58). He is pitted against Haryana Janhit Congress? Kuldeep Bishnoi (42), son of late Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, and main opposition INLD?s Ajay Singh Chautala (50), MLA from Dabwali and son of INLD President Om Prakash Chautala.Both Jai Prakash and Ajay Chautala are Jats while Bishnoi is a non-Jat.

Out of the 40 candidates in the contest, mainly independents, Hisar has a total voter strength of 13.32 lakh that includes 7.29 lakh males.

Hisar parliamentary constituency comprises of nine assembly segments of -Adampur, Uklana SC, Narnaund, Hansi, Barwala, Hisar, Nalwa, Uchana Kalan and Bawani Khera SC.

For the first time, videography is being done at all the polling stations in Hisar where EVMS were carried with escorts from dispatch centres. Later these machines will be carried from booths to strong rooms under security. .
 

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