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467 votes cast in Kashmir’s Budgam re-polling

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Srinagar, April 13, 2017: Four days after widespread violence left eight people dead in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar-Budgam Lok Sabha constituency, only 467 votes were cast in four hours of re-polling on Thursday.

The re-polling was ordered in 38 voting stations. Although the balloting was incident free, few came out to vote in what would have been a prestigious battle involving National Conference President and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and the ruling PDP’s Nazir Ahmad Khan.

Hundreds of security personnel checked pedestrians and vehicles in the area. The authorities banned the gathering of four or more people in a bid to curb mob fury.

“The restrictions have been imposed to prevent violence,” a police officer said.

For security reasons, polling stations in many places in Budgam were clustered together in a single building.

The re-poll was ordered in Chadoora, Chrar-e-Sharief, Khansahib and Beerwah areas in Budgam after widespread street protests on Sunday killed eight people and saw only 7.4 per cent voting.

This was the lowest voting in the last three decades anywhere in Jammu and Kashmir, where a separatist campaign raging since 1989 has left thousands dead.

A total of 34,169 are eligible to vote on Thursday but officials said they had their fingers crossed on how many would exercise their franchise.

Separatist groups have called for a boycott of the by-elections.

Alarmed by the violence, the Election Commission also decided to defer the Anantnag Lok Sabha by-election in south Kashmir to May 25 from April 12.

The result of the Srinagar-Budgam by-election will be known on Saturday.

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Siddaramaiah files nomination from Chamundeshwari seat

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Bengaluru, April 20 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday filed his nomination to contest the ensuing state Legislative Assembly elections from Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru, an official said.

“Siddaramaiah, along with his son Yathindra, visited the Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi Hills in Mysuru to pray to goddess Durga before filing his nomination,” an official from the Chief Minister’s Office told IANS here.

The 69-year-old veteran leader contested from Chamundeshwari seat seven times since 1983 and won five times. He later shifted his constituency to Varuna in Mysuru district, from where he was elected twice since 2008, including the last assembly polls in 2013.

Siddaramaiah has paved way for his son, Yathindra, to contest the May 12 assembly elections from his home constituency Varuna. Yathindra, who will be contesting the state elections for the first time, also filed his nomination papers on Friday.

Siddaramaiah switched over to the Congress from the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) in August 2006 following differences with its supremo and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and his second son and former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

He is also only second lawmaker in the southern state to complete the five-year term as Chief Minister in 40 years after Devaraj Urs did from 1972-78, as about 10 chief ministers could not complete their full term in between for various reasons.

Meanwhile, JD-S state president Kumaraswamy filed his nomination for the state polls from both Channapatna and Ramanagara assembly segments in Ramanagara district, about 50km southwest from here.

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BJP releases third list of candidates for Karnataka Polls

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New Delhi, April 20: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday released the third list of candidates for the upcoming crucial Karnataka Assembly Elections. 

The Central Election Committee of the BJP has decided the name for the ensuing elections.

Last week, the saffron party had announced the second list of 82 candidates. Prior to this, on April 8, it had released the first list of 72 candidates who will contest the high stakes Karnataka assembly polls.

Karnataka will vote on May 12 to elect its representatives for the 224-member assembly.

The results will be announced on May 15.

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Karnataka Elections: Siddaramaiah files nomination from Chamundeshwari constituency

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Bengaluru, April 20: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday filed nomination from Chamundeshwari constituency for the upcoming Karnataka elections.

Prior to this Congress candidate Priyank Kharge, son of Mallikarjun Kharge, filed nomination papers from Chittapur constituency.

On the other hand, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy filed nomination from BTM Layout constituency.

Meanwhile, Janata Dal (Secular)’s HD Kumaraswamy filed nomination from Ramanagara and Channapatna.

Siddaramaiah, earlier in the day, visited Chamundeshwari temple to seek blessings.

Karnataka will vote on May 12 to elect its representatives for the 224-member assembly.

The results will be announced on May 15.

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