April 2004 News

21 Pc Come Out And Vote In Srinagar

26 April 2004
The Times of India

Srinagar: Srinagar parliamentary constituency recorded 21 per cent voting in the second phase of polling on Monday with the highest being record in Charar-i-Sharief assembly constituency and lowest in Habba Kadal, said S S Bloria , Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary. The chief secretary said polling was violence-free. Compared to 11.94 per cent polling in 1999 parliamentary elections, Srinagar constituency witnessed 21 per cent polling this year. Giving the segment wise percentage of the constituency, B L Nimesh, state chief electoral officer said Kangan had 41 per cent polling, Ganderbal 45, Hazratbal 8, Zadibal 4.1, Khanyar 4.6, Habba Kadal 1, Amira Kadal 5, Sonwar 12, Batamalloo 15, Eid Gah 5.5, Chadoora 42, Budgam 18, Khan Sahib 30 and Charar-e-Sharief assembly segment recorded 59 per cent voting. Nimesh said there were some reports of hooliganism by National Conference supporters and sitting MLA Ali Mohammad Sagar at Khanyar polling booth. Director general of police Gopal Sharma said four cases under were registered against the said MLA. Sharma said Sagar was arrested alongwith 40 supporters and later released on bail. To a question about reports of bogus voting by the People's Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti at a polling booth in Budgam district, the state police chief said he had no reports of such incident.


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