MP records highest ever turnout; no major incident of violence
Incidents of violence and firing were reported from Gwalior-Chambal and Nimar regions, which left five persons injured. Stone pelting and minor altercations also took place between workers of different parties at many places but overall, the polling was peaceful.
Election officers registered around 15 FIRs for poll-related crimes and violence, including one against minister Ranjana Baghel, BJP candidate from Manawar constituency for allegedly distributing currency notes to the voters.
Official sources said violence was reported from Ashok Nagar, Morena, Bhind, Tikamgarh, Dhar and Khargone districts during the polling. But no major incident was reported from anywhere.
“Incidents of firing took place in several places in the Chambal region but voting remained unaffected as all the incidents occurred outside polling booths,” said chief electoral officer of Madhya Pradesh Jaideep Govind.
In Morena and Bhind alone, firing was reported from around a dozen places. In Lahar constituency in Bhind district, BJP and the Congress workers exchanged fire. A BSP worker Surendra Singh Jatav was injured in firing by a Congress supporter.
In Sumavali constituency of Morena district, BSF Jawans opened fire when the polling parties were brining EVMs at a booth. Two persons including, the nephew of MLA Aidal Singh Kansana were injured. Kansana later died in a hospital.
Similarly, Kallu Yadav died and seven others were injured in violence in Kasrawad of Khargone district. Incidents of minor altercations were reported in Bhopal, Mhow in Indore, Tikamgarh and Dhar districts.
EVMs were changed at 36 assembly booths in 16 districts because of technical problems. People boycotted polls at 26 booths in 13 districts to protest non-construction of roads and on other local developmental issues. “Polling was partially or fully boycotted by the people,” Govind said.
Two officials on
poll duty dead
Meanwhile, Presiding officer KB Shrivastava died before polling began at Bijrahi constituency in Katni district. In Ujjain, Excise officer Abdul Hamid suffered a heart attack and passed way.
Voters boycott polls
Polling was boycotted in several booths across Raisen, Umaria, Ratlam, Morena, Damoh, Rajgarh and Betul districts over poor roads and other local issues.