Wednesday, August 29, 2007

48 per cent polling in Jamshedpur bypoll

Jamshedpur, Aug. 29 (PTI): Around 48 per cent votes were cast in the bypoll for Jamshedpur parliamentary seat, which ended peacefully here today.

Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer N M Kulkarni said urban areas registered between 42 and 45 per cent polling while in rural areas it was between 50 and 52 per cent.

Only voters of Mako village under Potka block boycotted the polls without giving any reason, he said.

A Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader, Raju Giri, was detained after he was found roaming around a booth, the DC said and added the polling concluded at 4 pm amidst tight security.

Naxal-infested Ghatsila sub-division comprising Ghatsila and Baharagora assembly constituencies witnessed polling, according to official sources.

The bypoll was necessitated following the killing of JMM MP Sunil Mahto by CPI (Maoists) at Baghuria under Ghatsila sub-division on March 4 last.

Altogether, 12 candidates including former Jharkhand Health minister and BJP MLA Dinesh Sarangi, JMM candidate Suman Mahto (wife of Sunil Mahto), Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Democratic) nominee Vikas Mukherjee and Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Salkhan Murmu, ex-MP, were in the fray.

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