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Over 30% voters cast votes in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh

Thursday, 10 April 2014 - 5:36pm IST | Agency: PTI

  • Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh garner over 30% of votes

In Bihar, where six seats went to polls, a total of 37.44% voters had cast their votes till 3 pm.

10 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra witnessed 30.88% turnout, while in Madhya Pradesh it was 36.46% till 3 PM. Nine seats in MP went to polls today.

In the Bastar Lok Sabh seat in Chhattisgarh, the poll percentage recorded till 3 PM was 30.72%.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, seven Union ministers including Kapil Sibal, Kamal Nath, Shashi Tharoor (all of Congress), Ajit Singh of RLD and former army chief V K Singh and Harsh Vardhan (both BJP) are the key nominees among the 1,419 candidates in fray in this round.

Ten of the 80 constituencies in politically key Uttar Pradesh went to polls today. These are communally-sensitive and riot-hit Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Kairana, Aligarh, Bijnor, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautambudh Nagar and Bulandshahar.

With Narendra Modi aide Amit Shah's controversial "revenge" remarks in Muzaffarnagar having stirred a controversy, significance in attached to polling in these ten constituencies.

Prominent among those contesting in this phase are Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh pitted against former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh (BJP) in Baghpat, recent RLD entrant actress-politician Jaya Prada (Bijnor), film stars Nagma (Meerut) and Raj Babbar (Ghaziabad) of both Congress, AAP's Shazia Ilmi and former Army chief and BJP's V K Singh in Ghaziabad, and riot accused Kadir Rana (BSP) in Muzaffarnagar.

Seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi went to polls with a total of 150 candidates including Congress' minister Kapil Sibal, former minister Ajay Maken, Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan, former DPCC chief J P Agarwal and Sandeep Dikshit, son of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi and Bhojpuri singer Manoj Tiwari.

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