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Chitrakoot Assembly bypoll: Voting underway in Madhya Pradesh as Congress, BJP lock horns for seat

Bhopal:  The polling for the by-election to Madhya Pradesh's Chitrakoot assembly seat is underway since Thursday morning with about 27 percent voters exercising their franchise in the first three hours, an official said.

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

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Congress 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 BSP has not fielded its candidate in the bypoll.

The byelection was necessitated following the death of Congress MLA Prem Singh (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.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and MP BJP chief Nandkumar Chouhan had campaigned for the party's candidate.

Besides, Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia, former union minister Kamal Nath, leader of opposition in MP Assembly Ajay Singh tried to drum up support for their party's nominee.

Published Date: Nov 09, 2017 13:03 PM | Updated Date: Nov 09, 2017 13:06 PM

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