More than 60 percent of Haryana’s 1.63 crore voters had casted their vote by evening in the state assembly elections on Wednesday, authorities said.
Officials said that the voters were still queued up at polling stations and the poll percentage would go up. The balloting will decide the fate of 1,351 candidates, including 116 women.
The BJP, which is contesting the assembly polls in the state on its own for the first time, was upbeat about the high turnout so far, saying that the voters wanted a change.
Being confident of winning the polls, BJP leader Abhimanyu said, “The BJP is all set to form the next government in Haryana on its own. We will get a clear majority and end the rule of scams and corruption.”
However, incumbent Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who cast his vote in his native village, was not willing to give up easily. He said, “Seeing the response of the voters, I can say that the Congress will win the elections and form the government for a third term.”
The opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) said that the heavy turnout was an indicator that the party (INLD) was going to form the next government in the state. INLD leader Abhay Chautala said,”We will form the next government.”
Meanwhile, minor clashes between workers of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Bharatiya Janata Party and others have been reportedly took place at four were reportedly took place at four places.
A clash took place between BJP and INLD workers in Baansgaon of Narnaund assembly constituency in Hisar district. BJP candidate Abhimanyu alleged that INLD workers captured the polling booth and stopped the webcast from there. An incident of firing was reported from Modiakhera village in Sirsa district. Another clash was reported from Punhana area in south Haryana.
The voting will officially continue till 6 p.m. but all those queuing up by then would be allowed to cast their votes, the officials said.
Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Mewat, Fatehabad, Kaithal, Jind, Sirsa and Palwal districts led with 65 to nearly 70 percent voting till 3.30 p.m.
The NCR areas of Faridabad and Gurgaon recorded a relatively lower turnout of 49 and 55 percent respectively.
Heavy balloting was reported from majority of the booths. Polling across the state was held at 16,357 polling centres between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The main contest is between the ruling Congress, the main opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Most seats are witnessing multi-cornered contests this time with other parties like Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), the newly floated Haryana Jan Chetna Party (HJCP), Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also being in the fray.
(With inputs from IANS)