KARNATAKA

Polling passes off peacefully in Bellary

Democratic: BJP candidate for Bellary J. Shanta (left) with Ministers Janardhan Reddy and B. Sriramulu talking to a physically challenged person at a polling booth in Bellary city on Thursday.

Democratic: BJP candidate for Bellary J. Shanta (left) with Ministers Janardhan Reddy and B. Sriramulu talking to a physically challenged person at a polling booth in Bellary city on Thursday.  

Staff Correspondent

58 to 60 per cent of voters exercise their franchise



Voters of Narayanpur end

poll boycott

Six persons injured in clash after polling



BELLARY: Moderate to brisk polling was recorded in the Bellary Lok Sabha constituency where an estimated 58 to 60 per cent of voters of the total 14.01 lakh electorate exercised their franchise.

Contrary to the apprehensions expressed by the Congress, polling passed off peacefully on Thursday. There was no untoward incident reported from any part of the district.

However, there was a clash between supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress in Bellary city after the polling came to an end, in which around six persons sustained injuries and were admitted to hospital.

Polling began on a dull note and picked up only in the last two hours. The scorching summer heat might have forced the voters to remain indoors during the first half of the day as there was not much of a rush at a majority of the polling booths.

In Bellary city, the turnout was less in the posh localities, while polling was brisk in the interior areas.

Following is the Assembly segment-wise estimated turnout in the constituency: 62 per cent in Hadagali, 60 per cent in Hagari Bommanahalli, 65 per cent in Kampli, 57 per cent in Bellary (ST), 49 per cent in Bellary (city), 62 per cent in Sandur and 51 per cent in Kudligi.

B. Shivappa, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, told presspersons that except in a few booths, where there was a problem in setting up the electronic voting machines (EVMs), the polling commenced on the dot. However, EVM engineers rushed to the booths and set the problem right.

Mr. Shivappa said that people in Narayanpur in Sandur taluk and Kere Tanda in Hospet taluk had boycotted the election to register their protest against lack of infrastructure facilities in their villages. However, the boycott was withdrawn in Narayanpur after the tahsildar intervened and assured them that he would look into the matter. But in Kere Tanda, only 10 out of the total 491 electorate had cast their votes.

Even in booth no. 109 in Satyanarayan Pet in Bellary city, only 22 out of the total 613 voters exercised their franchise, he said, and added that the exact reason for the low turnout was not immediately known.

Seemant Kumar Singh, Superintendent of Police, also agreed that polling was by-and-large peaceful.

Injured

Mr. Singh said that one person was injured when police tried to chase the mob that had gathered in front of a booth in Indira Nagar locality in the city.

H.N. Satyanarayan Rao, Inspector-General of Police (Eastern Range), Davanagere, had been camping in the city to supervise the bandobast arrangements. Ministers G. Janardhan Reddy, G. Karunakar Reddy and B. Sriramulu, BJP candidate J. Shanta, Kampli MLA T.H. Suresh Babu, MLC K.C. Kondaiah, district Congress unit president M. Diwakar Babu and Allum Veerbhadrappa were prominent among those who cast their votes.

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