KARNATAKA

49 p.c. polling in Uttara Kannada

CONFIDENT: Congress candidate for Uttara Kannada Lok Sabha Constituency Margaret Alva casting her vote in Karwar on Thursday.

CONFIDENT: Congress candidate for Uttara Kannada Lok Sabha Constituency Margaret Alva casting her vote in Karwar on Thursday.  

Correspondent

Heat and holiday main reasons for the low turnout

Karwar: An average 49 per cent of voting was reported in Uttara Kannada Lok Sabha Constituency on Thursday. The scorching sun and a holiday are the main reasons for the low turnout, sources said.

Most of the voters in the coastal taluks stayed indoors whereas a high percentage of voting was reported from the upghat areas of the constituency. Till noon, the turnout in different booths was low. However, it picked up in the afternoon.

Voting was peaceful, the sources said.

Reports of poll boycott came in from different parts of the constituency.

In Karwar taluk, Seabird Naval Project evacuees boycotted the elections in Todur Colony in protest against the failure of the different political parties to ensure drinking water supply to the colony. Though the colony people stayed away from voting, voters from outside the colony cast their votes at the booth set up in the colony.

In Baragal village, people boycotted the elections in protest against the non-payment of the Rs. 11 lakh which was promised to them by the Fisheries Minister Anand Asnotikar during the last by-election to the Assembly. Residents of Herur village near Kaiga too boycotted the elections. Villagers of Hosakatta of Kumta taluk and villagers of Maland in Joida taluk and Ilimane of Siddapur taluk too boycotted the elections demanding that their demand be fulfilled.

There were reports of large-scale internal sabotage and cross-voting in the BJP and the Congress camps in the different parts of the district.

Congress candidate Margaret Alva cast her vote in Karwar and her rival Anant Kumar Hegde of the BJP cast his vote in Sirsi. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president R.V. Deshpande and Janata Dal(S) candidate V.D. Hegade cast their votes in Haliyal.

After casting her vote in Karwar, Ms. Alva said that she was confident of her victory. She said that the people would effect a change by voting.

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