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    Published On : Wed, Oct 28th, 2015
    National News | By Nagpur Today Nagpur News

    Bihar Poll, Phase III: Bihar capital Patna witnesses poor voting (16.35%) by 12 noon

    SK Puri area saw none at polling booth

    Patna/ Nagpur: The capital city of Bihar, Patna, witnessed a poor turn out of voters, just 16.35% by 12 noon on Wednesday during third phase of voting, which is considered crucial, in the history of Bihar. Such a situation has caused concern to all political pundits as well as people in general, said media reports.

    With no queues in any polling booth, Patna recorded the lowest turnout of 16.35% by 12pm – an unprecedented trend in the electoral history. In the upscale Pataliputra Colony, hardly 10% of the voters had cast their ballot meaning only 56 of the over 900 people listed at the booth had turned up.

    In another posh area of SK Puri in the heart of Patna, media correspondents saw ‘no one’ in the polling booth. “I could vote in two minutes. There was no one around,” they said. It was a similar scene in Phulwati and Danapur constituencies on the periphery of Patna.

    With the Durga Puja intervening between the first and second phases, state government employees and bankers -traditionally more inclined to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party, have also left town for a vacation. A senior doctor, who wished to remain anonymous, told HT that over 80% of his colleagues, especially those who run private clinics, had left the city fearing extortion in the name of election funds. And so had businessmen.

    The BJP had swept all seats in the last assembly polls and the lowest voter turnout would be a cause for concern.

    Except for Vaishali, which led the percentages, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s turf Nalanda and Buxar, adjacent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency of Varanasi, where voting percentages were in the range of 22% to 24% – Bihar has virtually gone to sleep.

    As reported, when Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Yadav went for voting in Bakhtiyarpur, his home town, he had to face protest by a section of people from the town. The police controlled the situation and protected him.

    However, the latest update of voting in Bihar is 37% by 2 p.m.

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