1. Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll Live Updates: 41 percent voting recorded

Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll Live Updates: 41 percent voting recorded

Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll Live Updates: Voting today began in this Lok Sabha constituency. It is a litmus test for the ruling Congress in Punjab. The constituency is witnessing a three-horse race between the Congress, the BJP and the AAP.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 11, 2017 5:37 PM
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Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll Live Updates: Voting today began in this Lok Sabha constituency. It is a litmus test for the ruling Congress in Punjab. The constituency is witnessing a three-horse race between the Congress, the BJP and the AAP. The bypoll was necessitated as it fell vacant following the demise of actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna of the BJP in April. The Congress has fielded its Punjab unit chief Sunil Jakhar. Businessman Swaran Salaria is contesting on the BJP ticket. The AAP has kept faith on Major General (retd) Suresh Khajuria. Apart from these three, 8 other candidates are in the fray. As many as 15.22 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the by-election. Of the total electorate of 15,22,922 in the constituency, 7,12,077 are women and 14 belong to a third gender, official said. Around 30 companies of paramilitary forces and 7,000 Punjab police personnel have been deployed in the constituency, as per reports.

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5:33 pm: Around 41 per cent of the voters cast their votes till 3 pm today for the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll which is witnessing a triangular contest between the BJP, Congress and AAP, an official said.

2:35 PM: The Lok Sabha seat fell vacant in April following the passing away of veteran actor Vinod Khanna due to cancer.

2:30 PM: Gurdaspur is the first parliamentary constituency in the country where all polling stations will have Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.

2:25 pm: The AAP, the main opposition party in the Punjab Assembly, could play a spoiler for both the parties. The result will be announced on October 15.

2:20 PM: WATCH- Here is all you want to know about Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll

2:15 PM: The Congress, fresh from its emphatic win in assembly elections, is set to give a close contest to the BJP, which is trying to retain the seat.

2:10 PM: In the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency, which comprises nine assembly seats, the Congress won seven segments in the assembly polls. One each went to the Akali Dal and BJP.

2:05 PM: Minor clashes were reported between Congress and BJP-Akali Dal workers in some villages as voting began for the by-election in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab on Wednesday.

2:00 PM: Election officials said 23-25 percent voting was reported in the constituency. At some polling booths, long queues of voters were seen.

2:55 PM: Police said five to six people were injured in clashes between Congress and BJP-Akali activists.

2:50 PM: Nearly 15.22 lakh voters, who are eligible to exercise their franchise, will decide the fate of 11 candidates in the fray.

2:45 PM: Tight security arrangements are in place. The main fight is between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Swarn Salaria, Congress’ Sunil Kumar Jakhar, the Punjab Congress President, and Aam Aadmi Party’s retired Major General Suresh Kumar Khajuria.

2:40 PM: The by-poll will see a tough fight between the BJP and the ruling Congress.

1:35 PM: Minor clashes were reported between Congress and BJP-Akali Dal workers in some villages as voting began for the by-election in the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab on Wednesday.

1:30 PM: Election officials said 23-25 percent voting was reported in the constituency. At some polling booths, long queues of voters were seen.

1:20 PM: Police said five to six people were injured in clashes between Congress and BJP-Akali activists.

1:10 PM: Nearly 15.22 lakh voters, who are eligible to exercise their franchise, will decide the fate of 11 candidates in the fray.

1:00 PM: Tight security arrangements are in place. The main fight is between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Swarn Salaria, Congress’ Sunil Kumar Jakhar, the Punjab Congress President, and Aam Aadmi Party’s retired Major General Suresh Kumar Khajuria.

12:05 PM: While the Congress has fielded its Punjab unit chief Sunil Jakhar, the BJP has fielded businessman Swaran Salaria. The AAP has placed bet on Major General (retd) Suresh Khajuria.

11:55 AM: Voters could be seen standing in queues at various polling booths in the morning for voting.

11:45 AM: As many as 15.22 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the by-election being fought by 11 candidates.

11:35 AM: Of the total electorate of 15,22,922 in the constituency, 7,12,077 are women and 14 belong to a third gender, official said.

11:25 AM: Around 30 companies of paramilitary forces and more than 7,000 Punjab Police personnel have been deployed in the constituency.

11:15 AM: The voting on the parliamentary seat started at 8 am and will go on till 5 pm.

11:05 AM: A total of 1,781 polling stations have been set up at 1,257 locations, of which 457 have been declared vulnerable and 83 critical.

10:20 AM: A victory would give much-needed boost to the BJP, which had bagged just one segment of Sujanpur out of the four seats it had contested in the assembly polls.

10:15 AM: The AAP, the main opposition party in Punjab with 20 seats in the House, is also looking to strengthen its presence in the state.

10:10 AM: BJP candidate Swaran Singh Salari and Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar cast their votes

10:05 AM: The Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat has nine assembly segments–Bhoa, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Dinanagar, Qadian, Fathegarh Churian, Dera Baba Nanak, Sujanpur and Batala.

10:00 AM: The Election Commission has allowed the use of alternative identity cards for the by-poll.

9:55 AM: WATCH- Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll; all you want to know

9:52 AM: While the Congress has fielded its Punjab unit chief Sunil Jakhar, the BJP has fielded businessman Swaran Salaria. The AAP has placed bet on Major General (retd) Suresh Khajuria.

9:50 am: Voters could be seen standing in queues at various polling booths in the morning for voting. As many as 15.22 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the by-election being fought by 11 candidates.

9:48 am: Of the total electorate of 15,22,922 in the constituency, 7,12,077 are women and 14 belong to a third gender, official said.

9:46 am: Around 30 companies of paramilitary forces and more than 7,000 Punjab Police personnel have been deployed in the constituency.

9:44 am: The voting on the parliamentary seat started at 8 am and will go on till 5 pm.

9:42 am: A total of 1,781 polling stations have been set up at 1,257 locations, of which 457 have been declared vulnerable and 83 critical.

9:40 AM: The State Election Commission of Maharashtra (SECM) today said that Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines would be used in a single ward during the October 11 election to the Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC).

9:35 AM: Election Commissioner J S Saharia said VVPAT machines attached to electronic voting machines would be used in ward number 2 on pilot basis. The facility would be used in Maharashtra for the first time.

9:30 AM: The BJP has also tried pulling out all the stops to retain the seat, which Khanna had won four times. A victory would give much-needed boost to the BJP, which had bagged just one segment of Sujanpur out of the four seats it had contested in the assembly polls.

9:25 AM: The Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat has nine assembly segments. The BJP’s win will also provide a breather to its ally Shiromani Akali Dal, which had been relegated to the third spot in the assembly polls.

9:20 AM: The bypoll will gauge the popularity of the Amarinder Singh government which is battling allegations of reneging on its pre-assembly polls promise of farm debt waiver and free smartphones.

9:17 AM: The Congress, which had bagged 77 seats in the 117-member Punjab Assembly in February, is keen to keep the winning momentum going.

9:15 AM: WATCH- Who will win Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll

9:10 AM: Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) will be used at all polling stations. Votes will be counted on October 15 and the result will be declared the same day, the official said.

9:06 AM: The Punjab government has declared holiday on Wednesday in all offices, corporations, boards and all educational institutions in the district in view of the bypoll.

9:03 AM: The voting has begun at 8 am and will go on till 5 pm. A total of 1,781 polling stations have been set up at 1,257 locations, of which 457 have been declared vulnerable and 83 critical.

8:59 AM: As many as 15.22 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the by-election being fought by 11 candidates. Of the total electorate of 15,22,922 in the constituency, 7,12,077 are women and 14 belong to a third gender, official said.

8:56 AM: Around 30 companies of paramilitary forces and 7,000 Punjab police personnel have been deployed in the constituency. “The election machinery is fully geared up to ensure a fair and peaceful bypoll,” said an official spokesman of the election office.

8:53 AM: The allegations against Langah were followed by the circulation of a video clip on WhatsApp, purportedly showing the SAD leader with the woman. The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party used the clip to campaign against the SAD-BJP alliance, IE reported.

8:48 AM: On September 29, the Gurdaspur district-in-charge of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Sucha Singh Langah, was booked by police for rape, extortion, cheating and criminal intimidation, according to IE report.

8:43 AM: This was after a woman had accused Langah of repeatedly raping her since 2009 and cheating her.

8:40 AM: WATCH- Here is all you want to know about Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll

8:35 am: The seat, which fell vacant following the demise of actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna of the BJP in April, is expected to witness a three-horse race between the Congress, the BJP and the AAP.

8:31 am: While the Congress has fielded its Punjab unit chief Sunil Jakhar, the BJP has put up businessman Swaran Salaria. The AAP has placed a bet on Major General (retd) Suresh Khajuria.

8:27 am: Voting for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat by-poll begins; BJP’s Swaran Salaria and Congress’ Sunil Jakhar contesting.

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8:20 AM: Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) will be used at all polling stations. Votes will be counted on October 15 and the result will be declared the same day, the official said.

8:15 AM: The Punjab government has declared holiday today in all offices, corporations, boards and all educational institutions in the district in view of the bypoll.

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