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Polling for 16th Lok Sabha on April 10

Chhattisgarh voting amid tight security

Maoist-hit Bastar parliamentary constituency of Chhattisgarh had sitting MP Dinesh Kashyap of BJP fighting Congressman Deepak Karma son of Mahendra Karma and AAP candidate Soni Sori, a tribal teacher from Dantewada, a marked critical zone in these general elections of 2014. Over 872 digital/video cameras were installed to monitor the polling process in the naxal infested region so that polling remained peaceful. The contest this time had become an interesting one with Sori gaining support from remote areas and Karma gaining on sympathy and anti-incumbency votes against the ruling BJP. However the main point was that the low turnout that was an advantage for Kashyap set to regain his seat due to the on going Modi wave.

Polling of 10 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra

Not only Maharashtra but the whole national had heard of Nitin Gadkari even before a single vote was cast during this Lok Sabha polls. Other than being the richest politician in the fray Nitin had the nation guessing about which side he would contest for finally in the ensuing elections. Maharashtra accounts for 48 parliamentary constituencies second only after UP having the largest number of seats in India has BJP contesting for 6 seats in the 10 where polling was held on April 10. BJP alliance Shiv Sena had nominated candidates for 4 seats. Congress was in the fight from 7 seats while alliance Nationalist Congress Party competed for 3 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party had placed candidates in all 10 Lok Sabha seats. The constituencies that voted for selecting their lawmakers were Bhuldhana, Akola, Amravati, Wardha, Ramtek, Nagpur, Bhandhara-Gondiya, Gadchiroli-Chirmur, Chandrapur and Yavatmal-Washim on April 10.

Odisha had simultaneous polling

Polling in 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats in Odisha was held on April 10 amid tight security as the polls had been boycotted by the extremists. Voting took place in Kandhamal, Koraput, Kalahandi, Bargarh, Bolangir, Berhampur, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Aska and Nabarangpur parliamentary constituencies with a total of 98 candidates in the fray. Star hockey player Dilip Tirkey was contesting from Sundargarh LS seat on a BJD ticket against Hemanand Biswal of Congress and Oram. While Siddhant Mohapatra was another prominent BJD candidate from Berhampur Lok Sabha seat, CM Naveen Patnaik was contesting from the Hinjili assembly constituency in Ganjam district.

10 LS seats in Haryana go to polls

The key candidates in Haryana include industrialist Naveen Jindal, CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s son Deepender, Avtar Singh Bhadana from the Congress and Rao Inderjit Singh from BJP.

Chandigarh a close call

Chandigarh witnessed a close fight between sitting MP and Congressman Pawan Bansal and Kirron Kher of BJP, Gul Panang of AAP and Jannat Jahan of BSP making it the most intriguing contest after the seats in Delhi.

Violence in Bihar during polling

Polling was held for six Lok Sabha seats in Sasaram, Aurangabad, Karakat, Gaya, Jamui and Nawada in Bihar on April 10 as maoists killed two CRPF jawans and injured seven others on their way to polling stations of Jamui constituency in Munger district. The Maoists had detonated an improvised explosive device before ambushing the CRPF personnel near Sawa Lakh Baba Mandir at the entrance of Bhimbandh jungle in the early morning. Lok Janashakti Party candidate Chirag Paswan was contesting from the Jamui parliamentary constituency against Uday Narayan Choudhary of JD (U) and Sudhanshu Shekhar Bhaskar of RJD. Gaya police had seized and diffused 6 bombs weighing 30 kg each from Banke Bazar area under Imamganj Assembly segment where polls were underway.

Voting in Jammu as usual

The Jammu Lok Sabha seat went to polls as usual where Madan Lal Sharma of Congress was looking to win over Jugal Kishore Sharma of BJP by retaining his seat. Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was seen casting his vote in Jammu city which has over 18 lakh registered voters.

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