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Punjab Election 2017: High voter turnout witnessed as re-polling concludes on Thursday

Repolling in at 48 polling stations of Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency and the five assembly segments, including a seat from which SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia is contesting began on Thursday, while the Aam Aadmi Party called for tighter security to prevent any untoward accidents in the constituencies.

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Punjab Election 2017: High voter turnout witnessed as re-polling concludes on Thursday

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16:30 (ist)

Won by whisker: Punjab witnessed heavyweights scrapping through in their seats in 2012 polls

In the 2012 polls, 12 out of the 34 SC reserved constituencies saw narrow margins of victories. In fact, the narrowest of the victories was witnessed in the reserved constituency of Phillaur, where Avinash Chander of the SAD won by a mere 31 votes!

Apart from these reserved constituencies, 21 other constituencies witnessed a close electoral battle. They were won by less than 4,000 votes which makes for less than three percent of the total votes polled.

Adesh Pratap Singh Kairon, a member of the Khairon political family and a minister in the SAD-BJP government, won his Patti seat by a whisker of a margin of 59 votes.

And Kairon was not the only minister who had to face a narrow victory. Janmeja Singh, the PWD minister in the outgoing cabinet won the Maur seat by 1,387 votes, while BJP's Surjit Kumar Jyani, who is the present health minister, defeated Independent candidate Jaswinder Singh aka "Rocky" by a margin of 1,692 votes.Janmeja Singh, the PWD minister in the outgoing cabinet won the Maur seat by 1,387 votes, while BJP's Surjit Kumar Jyani, who is the present health minister, defeated Independent candidate Jaswinder Singh aka "Rocky" by a margin of 1,692 votes.

"Rocky", a local don from Fazlika, was later killed by unidentified gunmen in May 2016.

Manoranjan Kalia, the industry minister between 2007 and 2012, who had also served as the Punjab BJP chief, too met with a similar fate. Kalia won his Jalandhar Central constituency by just 1,065 votes.

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11:56 (ist)

Bhagwant Mann AAP's Punjab CM candidate?

Mann, who made headlines for live-streaming his arrival at Parliament and earned the ire of his colleagues in 2016, fits the bill, NDTV reports. Mann is also taking on Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal of the Akali Dal for the Jalalabad assembly seat, in what is pegged as the biggest battle in Punjab.  

Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia recently had said that someone from Punjab will be the state chief minister if AAP wins the elections, a disclaimer prompted by speculation that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal could shift to that state. 

11:19 (ist)

Arvind Kejriwal set to hit the streets in Patiala

With polls in Punjab right around the corner, the Aam Aadmi Party, which is making its debut in the state Assembly election is all set to take to the streets literally with Arvind Kejriwal taking part in a roadshow in Patiala on Friday. The AAP convener is in Patiala to campaign for Dr Balbir Singh, an eye doctor, who is contesting the election for the party from Patiala Urban constituency.

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Feb 09, 2017 - 19:07 (IST)

High voter turnout in 48 polling stations as re-polling ends

Feb 09, 2017 - 14:20 (IST)

Repolling sees 65% turnout in 48 stations till 2 pm | ANI

Feb 09, 2017 - 12:29 (IST)

Voting at 30 % till 11.15 am | Hindustan Times

Repolling in 48 stations in Punjab is going smoothly with nearly 30 per cent electorate turnout. Kaurewala village in Sardulgarh constituency saw 33 per cent voting, Majitha saw 43 percent polling and Muktsar reported 47.29 voting, a report published in the Hindustan Times said.

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:57 (IST)

Punjab govt announced holiday in five districts going repolling

The Punjab government has announced a holiday in the five districts which are undergoing repolling on Thursday. A 'paid holiday' in factories, shops and commercial establishments situated in the area of Amritsar parliamentary constituency and the assembly constituencies has also been declared.

— IANS

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:51 (IST)

Bikram Singh Majithia casts his vote | ANI

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:46 (IST)

Three held for 'distributing liquor, bribing voters' ahead of Majitha repoll

In case you missed, on Wednesday, three people were arrested for allegedly trying to lure voters through liquor and bribing in Majitha assembly constituency. The police named Balwinder Singh with cartons of liquor by an Election Commission observer while Mohan Singh alias Mohni and Om Prakash Gabbar were caught by the people while allegedly bribing voters. Balwinder was Senior Vice President of the Majitha Congress. Mohni was Vice President of while Gabbar was a district level senior party leader (also remained deputy mayor).

Majitha is among the five assembly constituencies where repoll at few polling stations was announced on 7 February. Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) demanded immediate disqualification of Congress Majitha candidate Sukhjinder Singh Lalli Majithia over the issue.

— PTI

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:15 (IST)

Repolling taking place in Sangrur | ANI

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:14 (IST)

Repolling begins in 48 stations on 9 February

Repolling in at 48 polling stations of Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency and the five assembly segments, including a seat from which SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia is contesting began on Thursday, while the Aam Aadmi Party called for tighter security to prevent any untoward accidents in the constituencies.

It was ordered on 7 February in the wake of the malfunctioning of Voter-Verified Audit Paper Trail (VVPAT) and Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in these stations during the polling.

The repolling was ordered 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.

— PTI

Feb 04, 2017 - 17:30 (IST)

Feb 04, 2017 - 17:18 (IST)

Amarinder Singh confident of Congress' clean sweep

Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Saturday termed the Assembly polls as a "vote for stability versus communalism and radicalism" and exuded confidence of a clean sweep in the state, including the Malwa region, which poll pundits had been terming as an AAP stronghold.

The chief ministerial candidate of Congress who exercised his franchise at Government College for Women in Patiala, promised to usher in the "much-needed new dawn (navan savera)" in the state.

Terming the elections as a vote for peace, communal harmony and stability, he claimed, "The people have voted for stability versus communal and radical politics." The people of Punjab want the experience and expertise of Congress to get the state back on the rails of progress and development, Amarinder claimed.

He dismissed any threat from either SAD, which had "ripped apart the state's social, religious and economic fabric" in the last 10 years, or AAP, whose "popularity graph has declined drastically" in the last two to three years with the "exposure of their misdeeds and failures".

PTI

Repolling in at 48 polling stations of Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency and the five assembly segments, including a seat from which SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia is contesting began on Thursday, while the Aam Aadmi Party called for tighter security to prevent any untoward accidents in the constituencies.

It was ordered on 7 February in the wake of the malfunctioning of Voter-Verified Audit Paper Trail (VVPAT) and Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in these stations during the polling.

The repolling was ordered 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, PTI had said.

Punjab Election 2017 High voter turnout witnessed as repolling concludes on Thursday

A file image of voters in Punjab on 4 February. PTI

"The repolling will take place at 48 polling stations because of the malfunctioning that occurred in some VVPATs and EVMs on the polling day. The repolling will take place on February 9," Punjab Chief Electoral Officer VK Singh had said.

According to Singh polling will take place from 8 am to 5 pm and all the voters queued up till 5 pm at the polling stations will be able to cast their votes on Thursday.

Punjab CEO also said that all necessary arrangements have been made and election material, EVMs, security and poll staff in adequate numbers have been deputed for this task.

Though polling went smoothly on 4 February in Punjab, few skirmishes and technical glitches leading to malfunctioning of EVMs and VVPATs were noticed. In fact, in one polling stations each of Moga and Sardulgarh, the EVMs displayed votes cast during mock polls despite the polling beginning at 8 am. Problems in VVPATs were witnessed in Majithia, Muktsar and Sangrur assembly segments.

Meanwhile, senior AAP leader and Advocate HS Phoolka demanded that the security of EVMs be enhanced, alleging that the standard procedure is neglected while guarding the strong rooms where the polling machines are kept in Jalandhar.

Urging the Election Commission (EC) to beef-up the security of EVMs, he said that "the surveillance of EVMs should be increased as the arrangements are inadequate".

The area surrounding the strong rooms needs enhanced security as AAP has noticed the suspicious movement of some people around the 500-metre area surrounding the rooms, he said, adding that there can be an attempt to harm the EVMs.

The AAP leader said his party has sent a letter to the EC regarding the security issues and demanded that the number of security personnel should also be increased to ensure the safety and surveillance of the EVMs in the nine assembly constituencies here.

Phoolka said the movement of people in the area surrounding the strong rooms should also be controlled.

With inputs from PTI

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