Punjab elections: 37% polling recorded till 1 pm
The counting of votes for all five states will start on March 11.
As per the latest update, Punjab records an overall voter turnout of 37% till 1:00 pm.
23% polling recorded in the first four hours.
12 per cent voting was recorded in Punjab at around 11:30 am.
"Polling is going peacefully," Additional Director General of Police (ADGP-elections) V K Bhawra said.
Seeking my mother's blessings before casting my vote. Let this be a new dawn for Punjab!
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) February 4, 2017
Cricketer Harbhajan Singh casts his vote in Jalandhar, Punjab. “Earlier there used to be two parties but now there are three. A lot of votes will be diverted,” he said.
Speaking to reporters, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal said Congress CM candidate Amarinder Singh is a ‘dal-badlu’. “I have 70 years experience, fought for Punjab and India, this is a small battle,” ANI quotes him as saying.
Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, speaking to media, said they will record a bigger victory than last time.
Voting began in all 117 assembly constituencies in Punjab at 8 a.m. and will continue till evening. By-election voting of the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat is also being held today.
Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP is debuting in assembly elections in the two states. BJP is in government in Punjab in alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for two successive terms.
Tight security arrangements were in place across Punjab and the state’s borders with neighbouring states were sealed. According to media reports, there are 22,600 polling stations in Punjab. Over 1.98 crore electors will decide the fate of 1,145 candidates, including 81 women and a lone transgender candidate.