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

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Shailee Do­gra­gra@hin­dus­tan­

■ 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."

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