Jharkhand Surveys: 28.5% attendance until 11 am amid sporadic violence

RANCHI: An estimated survey of 28.51 percent was recorded until 11 a.m. on Saturday in the second phase of the assembly elections in 20 constituencies, amid sporadic incidents of violence in some districts, authorities said.

The vote began at 7 am amid strict security arrangements, authorities said.

Voting in 18 seats will end at 3 pm, while voters in (East), where the prime minister is in dispute, and the constituencies of Jamshedpur (West) can exercise their franchise until 5 pm, according to a statement from the Electoral Commission (EC).

One person was injured when security personnel opened fire on a group of men who tried to snatch weapons in the Sisai de Gumla constituency, said additional police general director (ADGP) Murari Lal Meena.

He said the staff of the rapid-acting force (RAF) had to open fire on the men, after they tried to grab their weapons near booth number 36 in the constituency.

The injured person has been admitted to the hospital and his condition is said to be out of danger, said Meena, who is also the nodal officer for security measures related to the election of the assembly.

In the West Singhbhum district, the Maoists set fire to an empty bus near the town of Jojo Hatu in the constituency, said police superintendent Inderjeet Mahata.

The ADGP, however, said the polls continue peacefully and that so far there is no other report of any unfavorable incident.

Assembly speaker Dinesh Oraon (Sisai), rural development minister Neelkanth Singh Munda (Khunti) and the president of the BJP state unit, Laxman Gilua (Chakradharpur) were among the first voters.

A large number of people in the queues were also waiting for their turn and the constituencies of Chaibasa, defying cold conditions, officials said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi He tweeted earlier in the day, urging voters to go out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.

A total of 48.25,038 voters, including 23.93,437 women and 90 third-gender voters, are eligible to vote to decide the fate of 260 candidates, including 29 nominated women and 73 independents.

According to police sources, more than 42,000 security personnel, including central forces, have been deployed in the 20 seats distributed in seven districts.

Several of the voters who go to this voting phase are affected by the Maoists. Therefore, armed police have been deployed as part of the security measures, said Jharkhand's chief of elections, Vinay Kumar Choubey.

Of a total of 6,066 polling stations, 949 have been declared critical and 762 sensitive in the areas affected by the Maoists, he said.

The CEO said 101 polling stations were relocated due to security reasons, and a free transportation service was arranged for voters to reach these stations.

Internet streaming facilities were made available at 1,662 polling stations, he said.

The segments of the assembly that go to the polls in the second phase are: Baharagora, Ghatsila, Potka, Jugsalai, Jamshedpur (East), Jamshedpur (West), Seraikela, Chaibasa, Majhgaon, Jaganathpur, Manoharpur, Chakradharpur, Kharsawan, Tamar, Torpa, Khunti, Mandar, Sisai and Kolebira.

Sixteen of the 20 constituencies are reserved for candidates of the programmed tribe (ST) and one for the programmed caste (SC).

El líder y Prime Minister de BJP, Raghubar Das, enfrenta el desafío de su ex colega del gabinete y candidato independiente Saryu Roy desde el puesto de Jamshedpur (Este).

The president of the state unit of the saffron party, Laxman Gilua, who lost the elections of Lok Sabha from the seat of Singhbhum, is contesting from Chakradharpur.

The BJP is competing in all 20 constituencies in the second phase, while the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) opposition alliance and Congress are competing in 14 and six seats, respectively.

The RJD, which won a total of seven seats according to the seat sharing formula of the opposition combination, has no candidate in this round.

The AJSU party, an ally of the NDA, which is contesting the elections of the assembly for the first time since the creation of the state, has presented candidates from 12 electoral districts in this phase.

Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) has nominated leaders in all 20 seats, and the Bahujan Samaj Party in 14 segments.

The CPI is competing in two seats, the CPM in one seat and the NCP in two.

Six candidates of the All India Trinamool Congress are also in the fray in the second round.

The first of the five-phase surveys for 13 electoral districts concluded on November 30.

The rest of the three phases will be held on December 12, 16 and 20.

The count will take place on December 23.