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Over 58 per cent voting till 3 pm in Ellenabad bypoll in Haryana

Sirsa (Haryana), October 30

Over 58 per cent voter turnout was recorded until 3 pm within the bypoll to the Ellenabad Meeting constituency in Haryana, officers mentioned on Saturday.

Polling started at 7 am and can proceed until 6 pm, they mentioned.

The estimated voter turnout was 58.33 per cent until 3 pm, in line with election fee knowledge.

The bypoll was necessitated after India Nationwide Lok Dal (INLD) chief Abhay Singh Chautala resigned as MLA from the seat in January over the Centre’s farm legal guidelines.

Greater than 1.86 lakh voters will determine the destiny of 19 candidates, together with Chautala, Congress nominee Pawan Beniwal and BJP-JJP candidate Gobind Kanda, on this bypoll.

A complete of 211 polling cubicles have been arrange and 121 of those have been categorised as “weak” and “most weak”, officers mentioned.

Tight safety preparations have been made for the bypoll with the deployment of 34 corporations of paramilitary forces and police personnel from completely different districts.

Gobind Kanda, who’s the brother of Haryana Lokhit Occasion chief and legislator Gopal Kanda, had joined the BJP just lately.

Beniwal, who had unsuccessfully contested the earlier meeting ballot towards Chautala, just lately converted from the BJP to the Congress.

Chautala, Beniwal and Gobind Kanda are locked in a triangular contest.

District Election Officer Anish Yadav mentioned the election course of is occurring peacefully, whereas a Haryana Police official mentioned strict motion will likely be taken towards anybody who tries to disturb the continuing polling course of and regulation and order.

The officers mentioned the polling was being performed in line with the COVID-19 pointers.  

Chautala, a four-time MLA, is eyeing a hat-trick of wins as he’s contesting his third bypoll.

Earlier, he had received the Rori meeting bypoll in Sirsa district in 2000 and the 2010 bypoll from Ellenabad when INLD chief O P Chautala had vacated the seat to retain the Uchana seat in Jind district—the opposite constituency from which he had contested in 2009 and received.

Within the 2010 bypolls to Ellenabad, Abhay Chautala received the seat and retained it in 2014 too. He once more received Ellenabad in 2019 meeting polls when he was the lone INLD MLA to enter the meeting.

Profitable the bypoll is essential for Abhay Chautala as a loss will deal a physique blow to the INLD, which lately is reeling underneath a collection of electoral setbacks.

A significant a part of the Ellenabad meeting constituency is rural with individuals largely counting on agriculture.

Counting of votes will happen on November 2, officers mentioned. PTI

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