Monday, February 14, 2011

Madhya Pradesh bypolls: 25% polling in Kukshi, Sonkatch seats

PTI, Feb 14, 2011 BHOPAL:

Nearly 25% polling was recorded during the bypolls in Kukshi and Sonkatch assembly constituencies of Madhya Pradesh till noon on Monday.

Kukshi and Sonkatch registered 28% and 22% polling by 12 PM respectively, officials said, adding no report of any untoward incident was received so far.

The polling began at 8 AM and will end at 5 PM, they said.

The byelections were necessitated in Kukshi due to the death of leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Jamuna Devi, while Sonkatch seat fell vacant after Sajjan Singh Verma became Member of Parliament and resigned.

Ruling BJP has fielded former MP Phoolchand Verma\'s son Rajendra Verma from Sonkatch and Madhya Pradesh Minister Ranjana Baghel\'s husband Mukam Singh Kirade is the nominee from Kukshi.

While Congress has fielded Jamuna Devi\'s niece Nisha Singhar from Kukshi and MP Sajjan Singh Verma\'s nephew Arjun Verma from Sonkatch.

Out of a total of 243 polling booths, 100 are sensitive in Sonkatch, while out of 179 polling booths, 15 are sensitive in Kukshi.

There are 1,56,821 and 1,17,972 voters in Sonkatch and Kukshi constituencies respectively.

Counting of votes would be held on February 17 at both the seats, officials said.
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