Haryana voting at 39 percent, Punjab 35 percent by early afternoon (Second Lead)May 7th, 2009 - 4:13 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, May 7 (IANS) Haryana recorded nearly 39 percent voting while parts of Punjab recorded nearly 35 percent turnout till mid-day Thursday.
After a sluggish start in the morning, voters kept trickling into polling stations across Haryana, bringing the turnout to a decent 39 percent by 1 p.m.
In Punjab, the polling percentage was below 35 percent for the four parliamentary seats - Bathinda, Sangrur, Ferozepur and Patiala. The main contest is between the Congress and the ruling Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) alliance.
The high-profile Bathinda seat, that is seeing a fight between the ruling Badal family and the Patiala royals led by former chief minister Amarinder Singh, saw the highest voting at over 41 percent till mid-day.
Akali Dal president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal’s wife, Harsimrat Kaur, is pitted against Amarinder Singh’s son Raninder Singh on this seat.
People started queuing up at polling stations in rural areas of Bathinda since morning.
In Haryana, the main contest here is between the ruling Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)-BJP combine.
- Record voting in Punjab, nearly 77 cast franchise (Intro Roundup) - Jan 31, 2012
- All set for Punjab vote count - Mar 05, 2012
- Over 77 percent voting in Punjab, one killed in violence (Roundup) - Jan 30, 2012
- 65 per cent voting in Punjab (Evening Lead) - Jan 30, 2012
- Nearly 40 percent vote in Punjab polls (Afternoon Lead) - Jan 30, 2012
- Congress announces 114 names for Punjab poll - Jan 06, 2012
- Prominent candidates in Punjab assembly polls - Jan 28, 2012
- Akali Dal-BJP leading in Punjab after first round (Second Lead) - Mar 06, 2012
- Akali Dal ahead in Punjab - Mar 06, 2012
- Congress embarrassed after drubbing by Akalis (Punjab Newsletter) - Jun 15, 2012
- Haryana polls over 60 percent, Punjab 55 percent (Third Lead) - May 07, 2009
- Bright and sunny as polling picks up in Punjab (Second Lead) - Jan 30, 2012
- Punjab, Uttarakhand set to elect new assemblies - Jan 29, 2012
- Top Punjab leaders are worth Rs.250 crore (Lead) - Jan 12, 2012
- Polling under way in Punjab (Lead) - Jan 30, 2012