50% polling recorded till afternoon in 15 assembly segments in J&K

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    50% polling recorded till afternoon in 15 assembly segments in J&K

    GANDERBAL: Despite explosions at two locations in north Kashmir, fifty per cent polling was recorded in fifteen assembly constituencies till Tuesday afternoon, in the first phase of polling across Jammu & Kashmir.

    132 candidates, including seven ministers in Omar Abdullah ministry, are trying their luck in the Tuesday polling which started at 8am. While the polling was slow in the morning owing to cold weather, it picked up by the afternoon.

    An explosive went off just minutes after the voting started at a polling station in Bandipora. SP Bandipora Shabir Chowdry said that the police is ascertaining whether it was a bomb explosion or a fire cracker to scare the voters. The blast took place near the polling stations 64 A and 65 B in Nowpora area in Bandipora district.
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    Another blast was reported at Naidkhi in Sonawari in north Kashmir. The eyewitnesses said that it was a petrol bomb thrown by some miscreants to scare the voters. But that did not deter the voters, reports said. However, SP Bandipora denied that it was a petrol bomb. "We are ascertaining the nature of both the explosions," the SP said.

    Doda constituency recorded highest polling with 41% followed by Kangan segment which recorded 39%. Polling is brisk in Gurez, Bandipora, Sonawari, Ganderbal, Kangan and in four assembly constituencies of Ladakh as well.


    Voters queue up to cast their votes at a polling station during first phase of voting in Banihal district. (PTI photo)

    Surprisingly, the effect of poll boycott call given by various separatist groups and militant outfits was nowhere to be seen. An 88-year-old Sonauallah Dar of Theru village in Ganderbal said, our leaders had consciously chosen to remain with India in 1947. "Vote is our right and we cast it. I cast the vote in favour of my candidate in the morning and very happy that my entire family also cast their votes," Dar said.

    At polling station Theru -A, the number of voters was 697 and votes polled till 2pm was 140 out of which 92 were females. 55-year-old Shameema Sheikh of Theru said, "We voted for the development of the area, besides we also expect that the new government would solve the problem of unemployment in the area."

    Hundreds of people, young and old, were seen gathered outside the polling stations which have been set up either in schools or government buildings.

    An 80-year-old resident of Gulab Bagh Khurshah Begum along with hundreds of females waited in a queue for her turn to cast vote. Gulab Bagh is part of Ganderbal constituency. Khurshah Begum came to cast her vote at girls high school where 1,123 votes were to be polled and out of which 336 votes had been cast till 2pm. Out of 1,123 votes, 120 votes were cast by females.


    Women wait in a queue to cast their votes for assembly elections at a polling station in Bandipora district. (PTI photo)

    Nearly 2,088 votes were polled in Bandipora constituency at six polling stations in the main town by afternoon, reports said. The total number of voters in the Bandipora town are 3,834 votes. In Bandipora, there is a tough competition between PDP candidate Nizam ud Din and Congress candidate Usman Majid.

    50% polling recorded till afternoon in 15 assembly segments in J&K - The Times of India
     
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