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2014 Lok Sabha Elections

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  1. Marqueur

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    GUWAHATI: Over 49 per cent of voters on Monday cast their ballot in the first six hours of polling for five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam, officials said.

    Monday's polling kick-stated the nine-phase 16th Lok Sabha polls in the country.

    As balloting began from 7am, people queued up at polling stations in the state's five constituencies — Tezpur, Jorhat, Kaliabor, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur. Brisk polling was seen barring a few booths where the process was delayed due to technical snags in the electronic voting machines (EVMs).

    The overall polling percentage in the five constituencies was 49.64 per cent till 1pm, Assam's chief electoral officer said.

    While 12 per cent polling was recorded in the first two hours till 9am, it went up to 36.44 per cent by 11am.

    With 53.89 per cent of polling, Tezpur recorded the highest voting so far among the five constituencies, followed by Kaliabor with 51.04 per cent, Lakhimpur with 49.43 per cent, Jorhat with 48.02 per cent and Dibrugarh with 45.82 per cent, the electoral office said.

    Polling was peaceful in all the five constituencies, even as the day coincided with the 'Raising Day' of insurgent outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

    Although there were no direct threats by the militants this time, police and security forces were deployed in strength to ensure smooth polling.

    An estimated 6.4 million people were eligible to vote on Monday for the five seats, which have a total of 51 candidates in the fray.

    The second phase of polling will be held April 12 in three of the state's total 14 constituencies — Silchar, Karimganj and Diphu (autonomous district).

    The third phase will be held April 24 in the remaining six constituencies — Gauhati, Barpeta, Nowgong, Dhubri, Kokrajhar and Mangaldai.

    Chief minister Tarun Gogoi's son Gourav Gogoi, outgoing Congress MP Bijoy Krishna Handique, BJP state president Sarbananda Sonowal, and union ministers Ranee Narah and Paban Singh Ghatowar are among Monday's prominent aspirants.

    Lok Sabha polls: Voters come out in large numbers in Assam - The Times of India
     
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    Over 80 per cent turnout in Tripura in first phase of national election

    Agartala: Over 80 per cent voters exercised their franchise today for one of the two Lok Sabha seats - Tripura West - in the Left Front-ruled state as polling ended peacefully.

    Election Commission sources said that the percentage might increase after final computation.

    Chief Electoral Officer Ashutosh Jindal told reporters that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) functioned well and in case of minor problems they were either changed or repaired.

    The electoral fates of 13 candidates, including CPI(M)'s Shankar Prasad Dutta, secretary of the state unit of CITU, Congress' Arunoday Saha, former vice-Chancellor of Tripura Central University, Sudhindra Dasgupta, BJP's state unit Chief and Chairman of the state unit of TMC and former minister Ratan Chakraborty, were sealed in EVMs.

    The CPI(M) had won the seat ten out of 15 times between 1952 and 2009. Since 1996 the CPI(M) consistently won this seat.

    Chief Minister and CPI(M) politburo member Manik Sarkar told reporters after casting his vote, "In reality there is no wave like Modi wave in the country. It is actually the creation of the corporate media."

    Polling for the East Tripura (ST Reserve) seat would be held on April 12. There are two Lok Sabha seats in the state.
     
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    any info on total voting today?
     
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    84% voter turnout in Tripura, 72.5% in Assam in 1st phase of LS polls
    Agencies Agartala/Guwahati, April 07, 2014
    Voting in Tripura and Assam picked up on Monday as voters in the two northeastern states became the first ones to kick-start the nine-phase 16th Lok Sabha elections in the country.

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    Woman holding her son inside a polling booth in Majuli, Assam
    84% of the 1.2 million electorate cast their ballot as polling was held in one of the two Lok Sabha constituencies in the Left-ruled Tripura, an official said.

    No untoward incident was reported as balloting took place in West Tripura constituency, police and election officials said. "Polling was absolutely peaceful," an officer added.


    In some polling booths, due to technical snags in electronic voting machines, voting was delayed for a while, but engineers either replaced or rectified the EVMs and balloting started as usual," Jindal said.

    Around 1.2 million people were eligible to vote Monday to pick a Lok Sabha member from among 13 candidates. Almost all the candidates are first-time contenders.

    Read: Can Modi revive Vajpayee magic in northeast states?

    This time, chief minister Manik Sarkar, BJP candidate and president of the party Sudhindra Dasgupta, state secretary of CPI(M) Bijan Dhar and trade union leader Sankar Prasad Datta,

    Congress' Arunoday Saha, Trinamool Congress' state chief Ratan Chakraborty and Aam Aadmi Party's Salil Saha are among the aspirants.

    In 2009, Khagen Das of the CPI(M) defeated Sudip Roy Barman of the Congress.

    The Left has won from West Tripura 11 times since the first Lok Sabha election of 1952 and the Congress four times.

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    Voters wait in line outside a polling station in Dibrugarh during Lok Sabha elections. (AFP photo)
    The ruling CPI-M this time dropped both its sitting members - Das and Bajuban Reang (Tripura East), who has won the seat a record seven times since 1980.

    The CPI-M is focusing on the development work it has done in Tripura, while attacking the Congress-led union government for poor governance, price rise and corruption in the country.

    The opposition is focussing on the Left's misgovernance, unemployment and rising crimes against women.

    Polling in the tribal reserved Tripura East constituency will be held April 12.

    Security measures have been tightened for the polls with additional companies of security forces, including CRPF, deployed.

    Assam votes

    72.5% of the 64.4 lakh voters exercised their franchise peacefully in five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam sealing the electoral fate of 51 contestants, including two union ministers in the first phase.

    Tezpur recorded 73% voting, Jorhat 75%, Lakhimpur 67, Dibrugarh 70 and Koliabor 72%, the sources said.


    Polling was peaceful in all the five constituencies, even as the day coincided with the Raising Day of insurgent outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa).

    Although, there were no direct threats by the militants this time, police and security forces were deployed in strength to ensure smooth polling.

    An estimated 6.4 million people were eligible to vote Monday for the five seats, which have a total of 51 candidates in the fray.


    The second phase of polling will be held April 12 in three of the state's total 14 constituencies - Silchar, Karimganj and Diphu (autonomous district).

    The third phase will be held April 24 in the remaining six constituencies - Gauhati, Barpeta, Nowgong, Dhubri, Kokrajhar and Mangaldai.

    Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, his wife as well as his son and Koliabor constituency Congress candidate Gaurav Gogoi cast their vote in Jorhat, while union minister and contestants Paban Singh Ghatowar and Ranee Narah also exercised their franchise in Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur constituencies, respectively.

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    Election Commission officials seal an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) prior to the start of voting at a polling station in Dibrugarh, Assam. (AFP photo)
    Former union minister and sitting MP Bijoy Krishna Handique, contesting as Congress nominee from Jorhat, also cast his vote with his family members.

    The Congress, BJP, Trinamool Congress, AIUDF, AGP, AAP, SUCI, CPI(M), AIFB and SP are contesting in the five seats during the first phase of elections in the Congress-ruled state.

    Read: Assam has no 'Modi Magic' says Tarun Gogoi

    Among the 51 candidates are union ministers Ranee Narah and Paban Singh Ghatowar, sitting MP Bijoy Krishna Handique, CM Gogoi's son Gourav Gogoi and Bhupen Kumar Bora from the Congress. Congress rebel and Independent candidate Moni Kumar Subba is also in the fray.

    For the BJP, its unit president Sorbananda Sonowal and Kamakhya Prasad Tasa are contesting, while AGP's nominees are Arun Kumar Sarma, Pradip Hazarika and Joseph Toppo.

    For the first time in the northeast region and the third time in the country after Kashmir and Bihar, all polling booths in Assam have been declared smoking free.

    High stake in northeastThe battle for supremacy between BJP's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi and Congress' GenNext leader Rahul Gandhi began from six constituencies in the unlikeliest of places – the northeast.


    The stakes for both Congress and BJP are high in the eight-state northeast with 25 seats that could prove crucial in the numbers game. While the former is desperate to improve upon its 2009 show (13 seats), the latter has campaigned aggressively to nudge the Congress out of its bastion.

    The BJP has channelled its energy on Congress-ruled Assam, where the party feels it has the best chances in the region despite demographic constraints. The state's ethnic diversity besides the Congress hold on three major vote banks – Muslim migrants, Adivasi tea plantation workers and myriad tribes – prevented it from bagging more than four seats.



    The saffron party has never won any of the Phase 1 seats – Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur – spread across Assam's tea belt. But it is banking on the "Modi wave" and the Gujarat chief minister's "connect" as a tea seller for a change in the script.

    The Phase 1 date coincides with the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom's raising day.

    In 2009, Congress won four of the five Phase 1 seats that changed hands between Congress and Asom Gana Parishad in the last 30 years. But dissidence – several MLAs have campaigned against party candidates – has dogged the party.

    The AGP, on the other hand, is believed to be a shadow of its past. The regional party's downslide is said to have been at the expense of its former ally BJP. The pro-minorities All India United Democratic Front, the X factor in 2009, has a token presence in the first phase.

    The Congress and BJP too have a token presence in Left-dominated Tripura West constituency where CPM has fielded legislator Shankar Prasad Dutta.

    Watch: Polling begins for 5 LS seats in Assam, 1 seat in Tripura

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    Lok Sabha Elections 2014

    (With inputs from PTI and IANS)

    84% voter turnout in Tripura, 72.5% in Assam in 1st phase of LS polls - Hindustan Times
     
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    that's a fcuking high voting percentage.. the biggest festival of republic of India has started... vote and make this festival more grand.
     
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    I hope all our EVMs are not made in China.
     
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