Punjab: Polling begins for 117 Meeting seats

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A complete of 1,304 candidates, together with 93 ladies and two transgenders, are within the fray for the high-stake electoral contest

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Chandigarh: Voting for 117 Meeting seats in Punjab started on Sunday morning amid tight safety preparations.

Polling began at 8 am and can proceed until 6 pm.

 

A complete of 1,304 candidates, together with 93 ladies and two transgenders, are within the fray for the high-stake electoral contest.

There are 2,14,99,804 voters, together with 1,02,00,996 ladies.

There are 24,740 polling stations, of which 2,013 have been recognized as essential whereas 2,952 are susceptible, mentioned Punjab Chief Electoral Officer S Karuna Raju.

Punjab is witnessing a multi-cornered contest among the many Congress, AAP, SAD-BSP, BJP-PLC-SAD (Sanyukt) and the Sanyukt Samaj Morcha, a political entrance of varied farmer our bodies.

The Shiromani Akali Dal is contesting the polls in alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Occasion (BSP).

The BJP is combating the elections in alliance with Amarinder Singh-led Punjab Lok Congress and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa-led SAD (Sanyukt).

 

The SSM is contesting the polls with Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union (Chaduni) chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni-led Sanyukt Sangharsh Occasion.

Distinguished faces within the fray embody Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Aam Aadmi Occasion’s chief ministerial face Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu, former CMs Amarinder Singh and Parkash Singh Badal, and Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma and former Union minister Vijay Sampla are additionally within the fray.

A complete of 700 firms of the central armed police power in addition to the state police personnel have been deployed.

 

There are 196 pink polling stations for ladies whereas 70 polling stations shall be managed by individuals with disabilities (PwD).

Within the wake of COVID-19, preparations have been made for masks, gloves and sanitisers at polling stations and in addition for the disposal of Covid waste materials. 

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