By-elections 2017 polling Updates: 7 dead in clashes, 6.5 percent voter turnout in Srinagar bypoll

By: | Updated: April 9, 2017 10:39 PM

Ten assembly constituencies bypolls in eight states have started this morning. Polling is taking place for seats in Litipara (Jharkhand), Nanjangud and Gundlupet (Karnataka) , Dholpur (Rajasthan) Kanthi Dakshin (West Bengal) ,Ater and Bandhavgarh (Madhya Pradesh) , Bhoranj (Himachal Pradesh) and Dhemaii (Assam).

Protestors throw stones on security men outside a poling station during a by-election for Parliament seat in Srinagar. (AP)

Ten assembly constituencies bypolls in eight states have started this morning. Polling is taking place for seats in Litipara (Jharkhand), Nanjangud and Gundlupet (Karnataka) , Dholpur (Rajasthan) Kanthi Dakshin (West Bengal) ,Ater and Bandhavgarh (Madhya Pradesh) , Bhoranj (Himachal Pradesh) and Dhemaii (Assam). On the other hand, voting for the bypolls of the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency for Kashmir has also began. Nine candidates will contest including National Conference President Farooq Abdullah. He is contesting the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat after it fell vacant post the resignation of Peoples Democratic Party leader Tariq Hameed Karra. Abdullah who is a candidate of his party and the Congress jointly will contest against PDP’s candidate Nazir Ahmad Khan. The erstwhile PDP candidate to whom Farooq Abdullah had lost in the last elections in 2014 has since joined the Congress party and is supporting National Conference candidate in the by polls.

Voter turnout in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency in 2014 was only 26%, marginally better than the 2009 bypolls.

By-elections for two more Lok Sabha seats of Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir and Malappuram in Kerala will take place on Wednesday. The counting for Lok Sabha bypolls will be held on April 15, 2017 and for the Assembly bypolls will be held on 13th of April.

Here are the live updates:

10:30 pm: By-polls in Chennai’s RK Nagar cancelled by Election Commission after tax department said money was distributed to voters.

8:00 pm: As per PTI, the death toll in Budgam by-elections violence rises up to 7.

7:20 pm: Around 67 per cent polling was registered in the by-election to Dhemaji Assembly constituency, in Guwahati today, informed PTI.

6: 50 pm: “I cannot say anything about the repoll as of now. However, more than 100 security personnel were injured during today’s voilence,” PTI quoted Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer, Shantanu saying.

6:34 pm: Anantnag, which goes to poll on April 12 is a bigger challenge, says Jammu and Kashmir CEO.

6:12 pm: Total 6.5 percent voting recorded in Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll. However, Jammu and Kashmir CEO has said that there can be anywhere between 50-100 percent polling.

5:53 pm: Congress leader Ajay Maken has said that bypoll was a referendum on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s two-year rule. He also claimed his party candidate Meenakshi Chandela will win the seat.

5:40 pm: The Assembly bypoll in the Rajouri Garden recorded turnout of 35 per cent till 3 PM with polling stations across the west Delhi seat largely remained desolate.

5:19 pm: Separatists in Jammu and Kashmir have called for 2-day strike from tomorrow to protest the death of 6 persons during voting for Srinagar Lok Sabha bypolls.

5:05 pm: Firing incidents have been reported from at least two places after Congress and BJP workers clashed during the bypoll in Madhya Pradesh’s Ater assembly seat today. The State Electoral Office dismissed reports of booth capturing.

4:54 pm: Six people have died in clashes between protesters and security forces in Budgam.

4:51 pm: AAP blames “confusion” over poll dates behind the low turn out in the Rajouri Garden by-election in Delhi, which has been dubbed as a referendum on Arvind Kejriwal government by the Opposition.

4:39 pm: Hundreds of protestors stormed a polling station Budgam district earlier today and ransacked a building housing a polling booth, officials said. He also added that security forces fired several warning rounds to disperse the mob, which did not relent.

4:14 pm: At least 5 killed, 36 injured in clashes between protesters and security forces in Budgam.

4:03 pm: BJP leader Anurag Thakur has voted in the Himachal Pradesh by-poll earlier today.

3:53 pm: Nearly 45 percent voters exercised their franchise till 2.30 pm today in the by-polls to two assembly constituencies in Karnataka. as per officials, Nanjanagud and Gundlupet both reported around 45 per cent voting each.

3:41 pm: Death toll in clashes between protesters and security forces in Budgam rises to four.

3:30 pm: Army has been called out to help security forces contain mob which pelted stones and hurled petrol bombs to set a polling booth ablaze in the Ganderbal district of the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

3:16 pm: The by-poll was necessitated following the election of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Pradan Baruah as member of Parliament from the Lakhimpur constituency after Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal resigned from his parliamentary seat.

2:36 pm: The bypoll for the Bhoranj Assembly seat in Himachal Pradesh saw 47 per cent voting till 1 pm, said officials.

2:20 pm: 43.5 pc voter turnout recorded till 1 PM in Assam’s Dhemaji constituency

2:07 pm: Situation under control at all polling booths, no incidents of booth capturing: Saleena Singh, CEO, Madhya Pradesh.

1:55 pm: Shots were fired in air by security forces to control situation in Sankri. Heavy security at booths, no incidents of booth capturing:, says MP chief election officer.

1:50pm: Incidents of violence have been reported in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district. The car of a Congress leader was vandalised in a brawl and two people were beaten up. The Congress has held BJP supporters responsible for the ruckus.

1:45 pm:  50 pc polling Rajasthan’s Dholpur by-poll till 1:30 pm.

1:30 pm: A voter turnout of 43.5 percent was recorded till 1 PM in the bypoll to Dhemaji Assembly constituency in Assam today.

1:15 pm: Till now, over 10 percent polling has been recorded in Ater while nearly nine per cent votes have been polled in Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh, an election official has said. A few vehicles were damaged in the incident.

12:52 pm: Death toll in clashes between protesters and security forces in Budgam rises to three.

12:36 pm: Since last night, almost 35 polling booth officers have been taken to unknown location.Will complain to Election Commission about booth capturing, says Arun Yadav of Congress.

12:22 pm: Been a politician for 20 years. Never saw such a bad situation for elections and campaigning. It is a failure of state government, Centre and Election Commission: Omar Abdullah.

12:21 pm: Elections should have been peaceful today. This govt has failed in giving a peaceful atmosphere for people to come and vote, says Farooq Abdullah.

12:17 pm: Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah cast their vote for Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll

12:15 pm: Two persons were killed and several others were injured when security forces opened fire on a stone-pelting mob that stormed a polling station in Budgam district in this Lok Sabha constituency today.

11:56 am: Counting for all seats that have gone to polls today will take place on April 13.

11:34 am: After Dalwan Pakerpora and Nasrullahpora, clashes were also between protesters and security forces in Chadoora. Nearly 4 people have been injured.

11:21 am: One dead in clash between protesters and Security personnel near polling station in Budgam’s Dalwan Pakerpora.

10:45 am: Two people are also reportedly injured in a clash between protesters and Security personnel in Nasrullahpora area of Budgam.

10: 30 am: Very little voter turnout was seen in Amira Kadal, Batmaloo, Sonawar, Eidgah, Habba Kadal assembly segments in Srinagari this morning, a report by IANS has said.

10:21 am: Clash between protesters and Security personnel near polling station in Dalwan Pakerpora area of Budgam. Two injured

10:12 am: Nanjangud bypoll candidate from Congress Kalale Krishnamurthy wore his party’s symbol inside polling station.

10:10 am: Hurriyat leaders push for complete boycott of Srinagar by-polls.

10:01 am: Congress leader Ajay Maken casts his vote  in Delhi for the Rajouri Garden Assembly seat bypoll.

9:50 am: Polling on at Booth no.51 in Bhoranj assembly bypolls in Himachal Pradesh after fault in EVM rectified.

9: 40 am: People are casting their votes for Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll.

9.25 am: Six Police officials removed by Election Commission after Congress candidate Hemant Katare alleged they were threatening people in Ater( Bhind), MadhyaPradesh.

9.24 am: Bypoll in Dhemaji underway; five candidates in fray.

9:15  am: Voting underway for Nanjangud assembly seat in Karnataka.

9: 10 am: As per report, polling has been delayed at booth no.51 because of fault in EVM in Bhojrang assembly polls ,Himachal Pradesh.

9: 00 am: Voting has begun on Kanthi Dakshin seat in East Mindapore, West Bengal


7: am: Voting underway for Bandhavgarh assembly seat in Madhya Pradesh.

According to reports, in Srinagar more than 1,500 polling stations have been set up and polling began early morning at 7 am and will go on till 5 in the evening. All the polling stations have been declared either sensitive or hyper sensitive in view of the several threats from militants outfits.

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