Seemingly unfazed by the demonetisation chaos, voters in both Shahdol parliamentary seat and Nepanagar assembly constituency lined up before polling booths in sizable numbers as the polling for the by-polls got underway on Saturday.
Within first three and a half hours of polling, 25% voters turned up at polling booths in Shahdol while as much as 34% exercised their voting right in the first 3.5 hours in Nepanagar.
Around 16 lakh voters spread across eight constituencies are deciding the fate of 17 candidates at 2070 polling booths in Shahdol.
Voting picked up as the day progressed. Agents of political parties also felicitated voters at polling booths.
Administration is webcasting the proceedings at critical polling centres. A day ahead of the polling on Friday, all the candidates were engaged in hectic electioneering through personal visits.
In all, 17 candidates are in the fray but the main tussle is between BJP’s veteran leader Gyan Singh who is taking on Congress’ young candidate Himadri Singh, who is trying to keep her family’s political legacy intact by winning her maiden election.
Polling was brisker at Nepanagar where several polling booths registered as much as 45% voting till 11am. In all, the assembly constituency registered 26% voting by 11am. However there were polling booths where one or two voters were seen casting their vote.
A little over 2.30 lakh voters are deciding the fate of four candidates by exercising their franchise at 296 polling booths in Nepanagar.
BJP’s Manju Dadu is pitted against Congress’ Antar Singh Barde in Nepanagar.
As Congress is desperate to end its losing streak in Madhya Pradesh, BJP is keen on winning the by-polls and proving a point in favour of demonetisation of high value currency which has rippled the Indian politics.
The results of these by-polls would be declared on November 22.