"State Revenue Minister Surya Narayan Patro, former union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party - leader Jual Oram, state BJP president K.V. Singh Deo and Congress leader Narasingh Mishra are also in the fray."
Bhubaneswar, April 10 - Polling has picked up for the 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats in Odisha with about 45 percent of the electorate casting their ballots till afternoon Thursday, an official said.

We have recorded 42-45 percent polling till 1.45 p.m., an official from the chief electoral officer's office told IANS.

Polling was peaceful across the state except for some incidents in Maoist-hit Malkangiri district.

Miscreants set fire to a truck carrying electronic voting machines - in Mathili area of the district Wednesday night. As a result, voting could not take place in four polling stations, Superintendent of Police Akhileshwar Singh told IANS.

People stood in long queues at the polling centres in many places before voting started at 7 a.m. Over 13 million electors are eligible to cast their votes in the first phase of elections in the state.

There are a total of 28,880,850 voters in the state.

Polling for the remaining 11 Lok Sabha and 77 assembly seats would be held in the second phase April 17.

Security was tight and paramilitary personnel and police have been deployed in vulnerable areas to ensure trouble-free polling.

Defying the boycott call given by the Maoists, people came out to exercise their franchise in the southern districts of Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Kalahandi and Kandhamal.

People exercised their franchise in large numbers defying Naxal propaganda, Inspector General of Police - Yaswant Jethwa told IANS.

Prominent candidates in the first phase are Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and two former chief ministers and senior Congress leaders, Giridhar Gomang and Hemananda Biswal.

State Revenue Minister Surya Narayan Patro, former union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party - leader Jual Oram, state BJP president K.V. Singh Deo and Congress leader Narasingh Mishra are also in the fray.

Odisha saw intense campaigning by political heavyweights, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi, BJP chief Rajnath Singh and prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.


comments powered by Disqus
Read more on:
 ODI (32566 views)
 BHUBANESWAR (19851 views)
 PATNA (17841 views)
 RANCHI (15491 views)
 RAHUL (12801 views)
 SECURITY (10951 views)
 SUPER (10201 views)
 MILLION (6011 views)
 UNION MINISTER (5381 views)
 NAVEEN PATNAIK (5140 views)
 INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE (4891 views)
 NARAYAN (4671 views)
 CONGRESS PRESIDENT (4531 views)
 REVENUE MINISTER (3211 views)
 MALKANGIRI (3101 views)
 INSPECTOR GENERAL (2371 views)
 MALKANGIRI DISTRICT (1587 views)
 JUAL ORAM (1186 views)
 KANDHAMAL (1051 views)
 APRIL 17 (531 views)
 CHIEF MINISTER NAVEEN PATNAIK (81 views)
 SURYA NARAYAN PATRO (41 views)
 GIRIDHAR GOMANG (41 views)
 REVENUE MINISTER SURYA NARAYAN PATRO (9 views)
 

PERMALINK

http://www.nerve.in/news:2535002322247
You can quote the permanent link above for a direct link to the story. We do not archive or expire our news stories.


STORY OPTIONS
  Email this story to a friend
  XML feed for India


 
COPYRIGHTS INFORMATION
All rights reserved for news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.
Contact Nerve Staff for any feedback, corrections and omissions in news stories.
 

All rights reserved for the news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.