66.5 turnout in Himachal assembly by-polls



Shimla: Rohru witnessed around 68 per cent voting while 65 per cent electorate in Jwali exercised their franchise during the by-election for the two assembly segments today.

Chief electoral officer Anil Khachi said polling started at 8 am at both the assembly segments and no incident of violence was reported. In Rohru vidhan sabha constituency, Pandar recorded a turnout of 83 per cent, Haunchali 80 per cent, Jaiskoon 78.5 per cent, 78 per cent in Shiladesh and 74 per cent in Junglikh, while in the Jwali assembly segment, Charudi recorded 83 per cent, Bherta 79 per cent, Tatwali 75 per cent, Dak 73 per cent and Twali 70 per cent.

Khachi said that two centurions, both females, also cast their votes. “While 112-year-old Geeta Devi of Taroli village cast her vote at Nangal polling station in Jwali assembly segment, 109-year-old Sunpati of parsa village cast her vote at Parsa,” he added. BJP spokesman Ashok Kapahtia said that the turnout was an indication that people had come out in large numbers in support of the programmes and policies of the state government. On the other hand, Congress spokesperson Kuldeep Rathore said the heavy turnout would favour the Congress. The result would be declared on November 10.

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