Baramulla LS seat presents mixed picture on poll day

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/12/2019 12:54:13 AM

SRINAGAR, Apr 11: Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency which went to polls today presented a picture of all shades. If the polling was high in some areas, it was moderate and low turn-out and boycott in other areas.
Lonq queues of voters including that of women could be seen waiting at polling stations in Karnah, Uri, Handwawara and Kupwara assembly constituencies. Deserted polling stations in Sopore, Sangrama and even some areas of Baramulla assembly segments presented an entirely opposite picture.
Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency comprises of three districts - Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora. The constituency has 15 assembly segments.
According to official figures, Baramulla constituency recorded 34.61 percent polling. The highest was in Kupwara district with 51.7 percent and followed by Bandipora and Baramulla districts.
Karnah, Uri, Handwara, Kupwara and Gurez witnessed heavy polling. It was moderate in Sonawari, Langate, Pattan and Tangmarg.
Sopore recorded lowest followed by Sangarama, Baramulla and Bandipora assembly segments.
People stayed away from election process at a number of areas including Hajin in Bandipora, Brath in Sopore and Babgund in Handwara.
In Babgund village only five votes were cast till late afternoon.
At Brath village no voter among the 830 voters had turned up till 2.30 PM.
In Ajas area of Bandipora only 22 votes were polled at two polling booths. At Nathnusa Kupwara, some cast vote while others indulged in stone-pelting.
Some of the areas in the constituency, particularly falling in Kupwara and Bandipora districts, were still snowbound but poll staff and material had been dispatched to respective polling stations. Brisk polling was witnessed in these areas.
Interestingly, hundreds of voters were waiting outside a polling station at ITI 03 Lolab in Kupwara to cast their vote even after the polling time had ended.
Reports said that due to lack of polling stations in the area, hundreds of voters were waiting outside the polling station to cast their vote.
An on-duty official while talking to media said that voters as well as the on-duty officials are waiting to finish the exercise but it seems it will take many hours to end the process.
Prior to polling, political observers were giving edge to National Conference candidate Mohammad Akbar Lone in the contest. But the assembly constituency which he represented in last assembly, Sonawari recorded moderate polling.
Polling was heavy in Uri, the area where Peoples Conference candidate Raja Aijaz Ali belongs to. Kupwara and Handwara segments, represented by Peoples Conference in last assembly also recorded brisk polling.
Engineer Rasheed, another candidate, who represented Langate constituency in assembly, could not manage impressive turn out there. However, he is hoping a share of votes from Handwara and Kupwara besides Karnah and Tangmarg due to support from Shah Faesal and Ghulam Hassan Mir.
NC leaders say they are not worried by today’s polling trends as their voters have turned up in good numbers in Karnah, Handwara, Gurez, Uri, Kupwara and other areas also.



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