Punjab

Fate of 11 candidates sealed in VVPAT

Pardeep Luthra | October 11, 2017 07:59 PM

Gurdaspur: With the fate of 11 candidates of Gurdaspur parliament by election was sealed in the VVPAT and four days to go before declaration of the results, it was days full of hopes blended with anxiety for the candidates and their supporters.

The election process complete peacefully except some minor incidents of clash between congress and BJP SAD workers.

Happy Pahra, a former chairman of SAD and his four supporters were injured with sharp deged weapons when a group of congress workers attached on them in village Pahra Booth which is known native place of congress MLA Barindermeet Singh Pahra,

AAP candidate Suresh Khajuria had some scuffle with congress polling agent at village Pangoli in Pathankot assembly segment .

Theere were some reports o defect in the  VVPAT machines. The VVPAT machine could not start at Booth No 152 till 11 AM in Qadian assembly constituency and polling staff change VVPAT machines trice at booth No 111 in Pathankot assembly constituency.

The main contestants were including PPCC Chief Sunil Jakhar of congress, Swaran Salaria of BJP and Major General (Retd) Suresh Khajuria of  AAP .

A total of 55 percent was reported in all 9 segments of Gurdaspur Parliament constituency.

.A survey of the post poll environment in this border district of Gurdaspur reveled that the election offices and party offices wore a desert look .the (tents) were still there but the chairs could be scene  pilled in a corner as almost candidates have turned their residents as camps. Meeting the party members, training the counting agents and congregation of supporters frequently their residents there was still no time to take life easy.

In the mostly polling booths, the polling staff was seen sitting idea as there was inability of zeal in voters as they were remaing in their houses till afternoon but spirit of vote were seen in the youth who were seen standing in line in the polling booths from morning.

 The congress men, akalis and AAP activists  were of the view that “that the real election would start with the announcement  of result”

 

The general impression of the public is that there was direct contest between Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar and BJP SAD candidate Swaran Salaria  because the AAP could not perform their role in the election campaign as no big leader of AAP came to take part in the election campaign  e4xcept Sukhbir Khaira and Bhagwan Mann

Meanwhile district administration made all elaborate for the security of  VVPAT machines  which were kept in the strong rooms. Besides, the securitymen, the supporters of the candidates were allowed to be there.

Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu  district electoral officer cum deputy commissioner Gurdaspur told that counting would start on Oct 15.

 
 
 
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