Bhopal, Feb 24: Brisk polling was witnessed in Madhya Pradesh’s two key assembly constituencies – Mungaoli and Kolaras on Saturday.
Poll percentage of 69 percent and 58.90 percent recorded by 3 p.m. in the contests seen as a battle royale between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress.
A total of 22 candidates from Mungaoli in Ashoknagar and 13 from Kolaras are in the fray.
As many as 2,44,457 voters from Kolaras and 1,91,009 from Mungaoli were eligible to vote between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Around 3,000 poll officials are conducting the process at 575 polling stations, the EC official said.
However, the EVM at Kolaras’ booth number 57 were not functioning at the time of reporting and people were waiting outside the booth since morning to cast their votes.
“I have been standing in the queue for the past one hour, voting has not started since the EVM is not working” complained a local at Kolaras.
Ahead of the by-elections in two state assemblies of Madhya Pradesh, senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala levied strong accusations on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
He blamed the BJP of murdering the democracy by meddling with the electoral process of the state and influencing the poll results.
Meanwhile, voting also began for Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections in 95 wards.