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Bidar registers 51 per cent voting

Staff Correspondent

BIDAR: Voter turnout for the Lok Sabha elections in Bidar on Thursday was 51 per cent. Voting in the district, which began at 7 a.m. in 1,571 polling stations of the constituency and picked up as the day progressed, was peaceful. Officials said that since many polling stations were located on the borders of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, a clear picture would emerge only after data from all the polling stations was compiled.

According to officials, till 4 p.m., Aurad Assembly segment recorded 51 per cent voter turnout, Bhalki - 53 per cent, Basavakalyan - 61 per cent, Humnabad - 52 per cent, Bidar - 53 per cent, Bidar South - 54 per cent, Aland - 46 per cent and Chincholi - 50 per cent.

Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli, BJP candidate for the Bidar seat, voted at a polling station in the Navadgeri area of Bidar city and Janata Dal (Secular) candidate Subash Nelge voted in his native village, Halsi Tugaon, in Bhalki taluk of the district.

Superintendent of Police N. Satish Kumar said that there were no untoward incidents reported in the district.

Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta told The Hindu that there were cases of residents of villages boycotting the elections.

Election officials said that the voting percentage for the Bidar Assembly bypoll was 53 per cent.

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