Ranchi, May 12 : Amid elaborate security arrangements polling commenced at 7am on Sunday for four Lok Sabha seats of Jharkhand including Giridih, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur and Singhbhum (ST) in the sixth phase, where a total of 66,85,401 lakh voters will decide the future of 67 candidates who are in the fray on these four seats.
Among the 66.85 lakh voters 35,05,565 are male voters and 31,79,720 female voters who will be turning up at 8,300 polling booths spread across these four constituencies to elect their member of parliament. Among the 8,300 booth 3,908 booths have been declared sensitive and another 1762 very sensitive. Polling on these seats will continue till 1600hrs.
As many areas fall in the LWE zone the election commission has made elaborate security arrangements with more than 40,000 security personnel comprising 175 companies of the para millitary forces being deployeed on poll duty alongwith the state police. Further three helicopters are keeping an aerial watch in the sensitive areas while in case of emergency an air ambulance has been also positioned in Ranchi.
Constituency wise the total number of candidates in Giridih was 15 while the total number of eligible voters is 16,47,715 which included 8,77,932 male and 7,69,764 male voters. In Dhanbad the total candidates in the race is 20 while the total numbers of voters was 20,58,233 lakh which included 11,21,588 male and 9,46,641 female voters.
Similarly in Jamshedpur the total number of candidates is 23 while the voters count stood at 17,01,342 which included 8,71,103 male voters and 8,30,183 female voters. In Singhbhum only 9 candidates are in the fray while the total number of voters stood at 12,68,111 which included 6,34,972 male and 6,33,132 female voters.
The main battle in Giridih is between AJSU nominee Chandraprakash Chowdhary and Jaggarnath Mahto of the JMM while in Dhanbad PN Singh of the BJP is taking on Kirti Azad Jha of the Congress. On the other hand in Jamshedpur Vidyut Baran Mahto of the BJP is pitted against Champai Soren of the JMM and in Chaibasa Laxman Giluwa of the BJP is fighting it out with Geeta Koda of the Congress.
At present all these four seats are with the BJP.