Uttarakhand Elections 2017: 68% polling by 5 pm in 69 assembly seats
A total of 30,000 security personnel including 105 companies of central armed police force, 25 companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary, Uttarakhand police and the homeguards have been deployed.
Around 74.20 lakh voters will decide the fate of 628 candidates as 69 out of 70 assembly constituencies spread over 13 districts go to polls in the hill state Uttarakhand.
In this Uttarakhand Elections 2017, polling in Karnaprayag seat has been put off to March 9 following the death of BSP candidate Kuldeep Singh Kanwasi in a road accident on Sunday.
Ahead of today's poll, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi held two public meetings in Rishikesh and Someshwar besides a 75-km roadshow in Haridwar district which has the maximum number of 11 constituencies in Uttarakhand.
At the same time, incumbent Chief Minister Harish Rawat had gone all out to woo voters by holding several public meetings and roadshows on daily basis in perhaps the most crucial election of his career, which is Uttarakhand elections 2017.
30,000 security personnel including 105 companies of central armed police force, 25 companies of Provincial Armed Constabulary, Uttarakhand police and the homeguards have been deployed to maintain law and order in polling. For the first time voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines will be used in these elections in Uttarakhand.
BJP has been attacking the ruling parties in both the states over corruption. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had repeatedly raised the issue of demonetisation and surgical strikes repeatedly at his rallies.
Manipur will vote on March 4 and 8. Goa and Punjab have voted on February 4.
Counting of votes in all the states will be taken up on March 11, culminating the exercise.