Over 50% polling in Haryana by-election

JIND BY POLL

Chandigarh, Jan 28: Haryana’s Jind Assembly seat’s multi-cornered by-election registered an over 50 per cent voter turnout by 2 p.m. on Monday, officials said. The bye-election was necessitated after the death of INLD legislator Hari Chand Middha in August 2018.

The voting started at 7 am and will continue till 5 pm.

Tight security arrangements have been put in place for the voting. Over 3,000 Haryana Police personnel and para-military forces have been stationed in the constituency.

Over 1.72 lakh registered voters are set to exercise their franchise in Jind. The constituency has a substantial vote of the Scheduled Castes (SC) and backward classes (around 50 per cent) and Jats (around 25 per cent).

Congress candidate Randeep Surjewala, Dr Krishna Middha from BJP, Yash Singh from INLD and Digvijay Chautala from JJP are the main candidates.

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JJP’S candidate Digvijay Chautala said, ”We are confident. People will see a positive change in politics. Politics that will rise above religion, caste and creed”.

Dhanoo Devi, a 92-year-old woman, cast her vote at polling station number 111 in Jind.

Randeep Surjewala offered prayers at Somnath temple on Monday morning. He is the Congress candidate for the by-election to the legislative assembly constituency of Jind.

Voting is underway for by-poll to the Jind assembly constituency.

The by-election is a test for all the four major parties in the fray – the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the newly formed Jannayak Janata Party (JJP).

Counting of votes will take place on Thursday (Jan 31).

In the 2014 assembly elections, the INLD got 31,631 votes, followed by the BJP (29,374) and Congress (15,267).

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