Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh) : There was brisk voting Saturday to elect a new Lok Sabha member from Himachal Pradesh's Hamirpur constituency after the previous victor quit parliament over a cash-for-queries scam.
Some 35 percent of the 1.15 million voters had cast their ballot by 2 p.m. The Hamirpur seat is spread over Hamirpur, Una and Bilaspur districts, in the lower hills of Himachal Pradesh.
Polling was brisk in almost all the 1,372 stations. Female voters outnumber men in the constituency by 9,041 votes.
The main contest is between the Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) and the ruling Congress.
The BJP has fielded former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal while the Congress candidate is Ram Lal Thakur.
The Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat fell vacant after Suresh Chandel of BJP was thrown out of parliament along with 10 others after being charged with taking money to raise questions in the house.