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15 per cent turnout in the first three hours of polling

By NNN-PTI,

New Delhi : Nearly 15 per cent turnout was recorded in the first three hours of polling for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections in eight states and union territories, barring Jammu and Kashmir where it began on a dull note.

A petrol bomb was hurled at a polling booth on the outskirts of Srinagar two hours ahead of polling but no one was injured. Minor skirmishes were reported in Punjab and Haryana while polling elsewhere, including in the seven seats in Delhi, was by and large peaceful.

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About 19 percent turnout in Rajasthan in first four hours

By IANS,

Jaipur : Polling was mostly peaceful in Rajasthan Thursday with 18.89 percent turnout recorded in the first four hours of polling for the state's 25 parliamentary constituencies, an official said.

"Polling has so far has been peaceful and around 18.89 percent of over 36 million voters had cast their votes till 11 a.m.," an Election Commission official told IANS.

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Not worried about low turnout: Nitish Kumar

By IANS,

Patna : Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Thursday said people in Bihar were voting for development and peace and that a final voter turnout of 45-50 percent would be encouraging.

"I am not worried about low voter turnout. Everyone has not got a voter identity card. It's summer season and everyone is not at their places," Nitish Kumar told reporters here.

"It's fair polling this time, there is no incidence of booth capturing or forced voting. And 45-50 percent polling in the state is very encouraging for us," he said.

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Voting picks up in Srinagar

By IANS,

Srinagar : Voting in the prestigious Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency began on a dull note but picked up as the day warmed, recording a 9.31 percent turnout by noon Thursday.

The two assembly constituencies of Kangan and Charar-e-Sharief recorded 22 percent and 25 percent voting respectively in the first five hours, topping the 15 assembly segments in this Lok Sabha constituency.

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1984 anti-Sikh riots victims focus on 'candidate, not party'

By IANS,

New Delhi : The Congress dropped two controversial candidates after protests from victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, but that did not seem to have helped the party among the largest concentration of riot victims in west Delhi, who said they were voting Thursday according to the candidate rather than the party.

In the West Delhi constituency where the Congress's Mahabal Mishra is contesting against the Bharatiya Janta Party's (BJP) Jagdish Mukhi, the Bihari versus Punjabi factor seemed to be overshadowing the party factor.

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Delhi's first time voters excited to cast their ballot

By IANS,

New Delhi : Shrugging their 'me-no-care' attitude, Delhi's first time voters were an excited lot Thursday as they made it to the nearest polling booths to cast their vote.

Diksha Chawla, 18, a student and a first time voter, said: "This is the first time I am casting my vote and I am really excited about it. It somehow makes me feel very empowered."

Flaunting her inked index finger, Chawla told IANS: "It is immaterial whether the party I voted for wins or any other party wins. What is important is that whoever comes to power should do something for the country."

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Over dozen arrested as opposition tries to enforce Kerala shutdown

By IANS,

Thiruvananthapuram : Over a dozen members of the state's opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) led by the Congress were arrested Thursday as the statewide shutdown to demand the prosecution of state CPI-M general secretary Pinarayi Vijayan turned violent.

The opposition had called the shutdown to protest the state government's decision against prosecution of Vijayan. The Central Bureau of Investigation had sought permission to prosecute the leader of Kerala's ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in a corruption case.

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Delhi sees 18 percent polling in four hours

By IANS,

New Delhi : The capital witnessed nearly 18 percent voter turnout in the first four hours of polling even as poll officials expressed optimism that the not-so-hot day would see more people coming out as the hours passed.

Polling began at 7 a.m. across the 11,348 polling booths in the capital. The number of eligible voters is about 11.09 million - nearly four million of them in the age group of 18-29.

Till 11 a.m., 17.53 percent of voters had exercised their franchise. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit were among the early birds.

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Polling peaceful but slow in Bihar

By IANS,

Patna : Polling in Bihar was mostly peaceful but slow Thursday morning, with only 15 to 18 percent turnout recorded in the first five hours in the three seats where voting was underway in the fourth phase of elections.

According to Additional General of Police Neelmani, polling was going on peacefully, with no violence reported.

Sources in the state election office said nearly 15 to 18 percent polling was recorded. The voting percentage is likely to pick up in the afternoon, they added.

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And the groom came riding, riding - right till the polling booth

By IANS,

Jaipur : First the polling booth, then the altar. The priority was crystal clear for Ramesh Kumar, who came riding on a horse to vote in a village in Rajasthan's Udaipur constituency before moving on to get married.

"I have come straight here from my house and will go for my wedding from here. I only want to tell people how important it is to vote," Ramesh Kumar told TV reporters in his village Bindoli near the lake town of Udaipur.

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