Uttarakhand Elections 2017: Election Commission says Rs 3.38 Cr cash, 147 illegal weapons seized so far

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New Delhi | Published: February 16, 2017 11:46:41 AM

Voting in 69 out of 70 constituencies in Uttarakhand took place on Wednesday which ended at 5 PM - there was a voting of 68%.

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The Election Commission of India (EC) has revealed that Rs 3.38 cr cash and 147 illegal weapons were seized during the ongoing Uttarakhand Assembly Elections. It also informed that 1.01 lakh litres of liquor and 81.20 kg drug substances were also recovered in the hill-state. Apart from this there was peaceful polling and no incident of violence was detected anywhere.

Voting in 69 out of 70 constituencies in Uttarakhand took place on Wednesday which ended at 5 PM – there was a voting of 68%. Owing to the prevailing cold conditions, there was a slow start to the polls. However, the process picked up steadily as the day progressed.

However, polling in Karnaprayag constituency was postponed following the death of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Kuldeep Singh Kanwasi, who was killed in a road accident on Sunday. The new date has been fixed on March 9, two days before the results for all the five poll-bound states viz. Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa and Punjab are declared.

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According to Election Commission, a total of 74.20 lakh people were registered for voting; to decide the fate of 628 candidates.

Uttarkashi district recorded the highest turnout of 73% followed by Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital districts with 70% each. Meanwhile, Almora recorded the lowest turnout of 52%. The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Harish Rawat also cast his vote on Wednesday in Dehradun’s Dharampur.

In his reaction to the ongoing assembly polls, yoga guru Baba Ramdev said that he is not in support of any of the parties in the ongoing polls and stated that the results in all the poll-bound states would be topsy-turvy and shocking for all. Along with Uttarakhand, neighbouring state Uttar Pradesh, mainly western UP also went to poll for its second phase on Wednesday.

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