Bhopal, May 12: Approximately 20 per cent turnout was recorded in the first four hours as exercise of franchise continued on Sunday amid tight security in Bhopal, Guna, Morena, Vidisha, Sagar, Bhind, Gwalior and Rajgarh parliamentary constituencies of Madhya Pradesh under the country’s penultimate and the state’s third phase in this general election.
Area-wise percentages are Bhopal about 22, Rajgarh higher than 25, Vidisha 24, Guna 20, Sagar 14, Gwalior 17, Bhind 16 and Morena roughly 15. Reports reaching here said that numerous electors began reaching polling centres early in order to beat the heat. Queues were observed in this City of Lakes. No untoward incident was reported thus far from Chambal region’s Bhind and Morena. As a precautionary measure, the administration restricted movement of many persons including some public representatives. Bhopal Mayor Alok Sharma alleged to media that Bharatiya Janata Party polling agents were threatened by the brother of state Minister Arif Aqueel in Arif Nagar locality here.
In Guna town, an official was placed under suspension after an electronic voting machine (EVM) was appropriated at his residence late Saturday. Squalls coming in from the direction of Rajasthan tousled tents at centres in Sheopur District’s rural areas and pandals collapsed at many places in Morena constituency. Erstwhile chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his family exercised their franchise at his native village Jait in Sehore District. UNI