‘Tight security arrangements have been made for holding free and
fair elections. For the first phase of polling 95 companies of central
paramilitary forces have been deployed in 13 districts,’ Additional
Director General of Police (Law and Order) Brij Lal told reporters.
Companies of Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force,
Railway Protection Force, Central Industrial Security Forces,
Indo-Tibetan Border Police, and armed police of Haryana and Rajasthan
have been deputed apart from 78 companies of Provincial Armed
Constabulary of the state police, Lal said.
According to the state election
commission, 24.9 million people are eligible to cast votes for the 271
candidates in the fray in the first phase of polling. Against the 259
male candidates, there are only 12 female candidates contesting in the
About 42,859 polling booths have been set up in the state for the
first phase of polls, poll panel said. Over 32,000 electronic voting
machines (EVMs) would be used under the first phase of the polling.
The 16 constituencies going to the polls April 16 are: Maharajganj,
Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon, Lalganj, Azamgarh, Ghosi,
Salempur, Ballia, Machchilishaher, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi,
Mirzapur and Robertsganj.
New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Indians began voting
Thursday morning to pick a new 545-seat Lok Sabha in the first phase of
staggered elections widely expected to throw up a split verdict.
Polling centres opened at 7 a.m. in 124 constituencies across 15 states
and two union territories amid tight security, Election Commission
officials here said.
About 143 million of India’s 714 million voters are eligible to
exercise their franchise in the first of five rounds in 185,552 polling
centres. A total of 1,715 candidates are in the fray.
Over 300,000 electronic voting machines are being used. Tens of
thousands of election staff and security personnel have been deployed
to conduct the electoral exercise — the world’s largest.
Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland,
Chhattisgarh, Andaman and Nicobar Island and Lakshwadeep will see
voting Thurday in all constituencies besides parts of Andhra Pradesh,
Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur,
Orissa and Jharkhand.
Simultaneous balloting began to elect state assemblies in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.
The main parties in the fray are the Bharatiya Janata Party (102
seats), Congress (111), Bahujan Samaj Party (111), Communist Party of
India-Marxist (23), Nationalist Congress Party (14) and Communist Party
of India (15)
The millions of votes cast in the April-May elections will be counted May 16.
Total Electors : 40430740
Polling Stations : 42611
Number of Candidates Parties : 104
State Parties : 26
State Parties- Other States : 26
Other Registered Parties : 121
Independents : 212
Total Contestants : 489
|Bahujan Samaj Party||30|
|Indian National Congress||28|
|Rashtriya Janata Dal||23|
|Bharatiya Janata Party||11|
|Communist Party of India||7|
|Communist Party of India
|Nationalist Congress Party||2|
|Janata Dal (United)||19|
|Communist Party of India
|Lok Jan Shakti Party||7|
|All India Forward Bloc||3|
|Jharkhand Mukti Morcha||3|
|Janata Dal (Secular)||1|
|Muslim League Kerala State
|Loktantrik Samata Dal||20|
|Indian Justice Party||7|
|Bharatiya Jantantrik Janta
|Rashtriya Pragati Party||5|
|Rashtra Sewa Dal||5|
|Shoshit Samaj Dal||4|
|Bajjikanchal Vikas Party||4|
|Rashtriya Dehat Morcha Party||4|
|Akhil Bharatiya Jan Sangh||3|
|Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya)||3|
|Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj
|Rashtriya Krantikari Samajwadi
|Rashtriya Krantikari Janata
|Rashtra Sewa Dal||3|
|Bharatiya Sarvodaya Kranti
|Ambedkar National Congress||2|
|Republican Party of India||2|
|Rashtravadi Janata Party||2|
|Bharatiya Momin Front||2|
|Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik)||2|
|Akhil Bharatiya Ashok Sena||1|
|Communist Party of India(Marxist-Leninist)(Liberation)||1|
|Jawan Kisan Morcha||1|
|Krantikari Samyavadi Party||1|
|United Women Front||1|
|Samajtantric Party of India||1|
|Socialist Party (Lohia)||1|
|Samajik Jantantrik Party||1|
|Republican Party of India
|Rashtriya Mazdoor Ekta Party||1|
|Rashtriya Jan-Jagram Morcha||1|
|Rashtriya Lok Dal||1|
|Proutist Sarva Samaj||1|
|Pragatisheel Manav Samaj
|Navbharat Nirman Party||1|
|Navbharat Nirman Party||1|
|Lokpriya Samaj Party||1|
|Kosi Vikas Party||1|
|Jan Samanta Party||1|
|Jharkhand Disom Party||1|
|Buddhiviveki Vikas Party||1|
|Bharatiya Loktantrik Party(Gandhi-Lohiawadi)||1|
|Alpjan Samaj Party||1|
Lucknow, April 16 (IANS) A criminal case was
lodged against Baleshwar Yadav, the Congress candidate from Deoria
constituency in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha poll, for allegedly
attacking a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) worker, the police said Thursday.
The case was lodged late Wednesday in the Paterahwan police station by
Kalamuddin who alleged that Yadav had attacked him with the intention
of killing him in the neighbouring Kushinagar district.
Voting is being conducted in Deoria and Kushinagar districts in the first phase of general elections Thursday.
Yadav was earlier with the National Loktantrik Party. He has now
switched loyalties and is contesting the polls on a Congress ticket
“A case has been registered against him (Yadav) under sections 307
(attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional
insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal
intimidation) of the IPC,” inspector T.P. Srivastava of the Paterahwan
police station said.
Congress sources said that the brawl took place between the workers
of the two parties after the news spread that Kalamuddin was
distributing money to voters and asking them to vote for BSP candidate
“Yadav reached there along with his supporters and protested the
move. However, the BSP men attacked us and also lodged a case against
us,” a Congress worker claimed.
“He (Yadav) was arrested earlier today (Thursday) and brought to our
police station. Now we are moving him to Fazilnagar police station
where the incident took place,” Srivastava added.
Though Fazilnagar falls in the Kushinagar district, it has become a part of the Deoria constituency after delimitation.