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Voting stops as parties spar

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Tense moments:Police preventing workers of various political parties from entering the polling station at Gulganjikoppa in ward no. 4 in Dharwad on Thursday.
Tense moments:Police preventing workers of various political parties from entering the polling station at Gulganjikoppa in ward no. 4 in Dharwad on Thursday.

Polling was stopped for more than three hours at booth no. 26 at Gulganjikoppa of ward no. 4 here, following allegations that the polling officer did not allow some voters whose names were in the additional voters list to cast their votes for the urban local body elections on Thursday.

The Congress, Janata Dal (S) and Karnataka Janata Paksha candidates complained that the additional list had been made available only to the Bharatiya Janata Party. It had not even been displayed at the polling booth, they said.

Congress leader Vinay Kulkarni alleged that officials had connived with the BJP, especially as most of the voters in that list were from minority communities.

Tension prevailed as Seema Masuti, MLA, and Vinay Kulkarni were involved in a spat.

Leaders of the parties forced voting to be stopped and demanded a repoll.

Assistant Commissioner Karjagi’s pleas went unheard, and voting resumed only after Deputy Commissioner Sameer Shukla and Police Commissioner B.A. Padmanayana came to the spot. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Shrinath Joshi and Assistant Commissioner of Police Shankar Holihosur were also at the spot to ensure order.

Booth kept open

Voters who entered the government primary school no. 13 premises before 5 p.m. were allowed to vote even after booths were officially supposed to be closed.

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