Mohali makes its mark
Large voter turnout in the region as polling in SAS Nagar, Kharar, Dera Bassi and Rupnagar is by and large peaceful
■ SAS NAGAR: Barring a few incidents of minor scuffle, voting in the SAS Nagar constituency passed off peacefully as the fate of various candidates was sealed in the EVMS.
The constituency witnessed 70.6% turnout as compared to 65% in the last assembly polls in 2007.
Coming out in large numbers to exercise their franchise, people were seen queuing up outside polling stations since early morning. Defying age, senior citizens came out in large numbers to cast their vote. Even the youth were keen to be part of the election process.
The constituency witnessed elaborate security arrangements in view of its having two critical, 22 hypersensitive and 37 sensitive polling stations.
The election commission directive restraining political parties from setting up their tents within 200 metres of polling booths did not act as a deterrent as supporters were seen helping people locate their names in the voters' list.
Supporters of various political parties were seen helping the voters.
Heavy rush was seen at the booths at Jagatpura, Mataur and Phase 11. Most of the candidates claimed the heavy turnout meant it would translate into their victory.
PPP candidate Bir Devinder Singh said, "The high percentage of voting shows people want a change. With PPP giving an alternative to the voters, even those people who had never voted came out to vote. This time, educated people came out in large numbers and this will go in our favour. People want change and we will provide that."
"The high turnover is a clear indication that people are desperate to dethrone the SAD-BJP combine. We will form the government and I will win the SAS Nagar seat with a huge margin," claimed Congress candidate Balbir Singh Sidhu.
SAD candidate Balwant Singh Ramoowalia said, "Nothing can stop us. We will emerge as winners at 90% booths in villages and 65% booths in urban areas."