Wednesday, October 12, 2011

With Anna factor looming large, Hisar goes to polls on Thursday

HISAR (HARYANA): With Anna Hazare factor looming large raising stakes for the ruling Congress, the stage is set for a triangular contest in the bypolls for Hisar Lok Sabha seat to be held on Thursday.

There has been a fortnight of frenzied campaigning as heavyweights find themselves locked in a keen contest, which has been overshadowed by Hazare's call to voters to shun the Congress and inflict a "historic defeat" for its failure to bring the Jan Lokpall Bill in Parliament.

Congress has fielded three-time MP from Hisar Jai Prakash. He is pitted against Haryana Janhit Congress' Kuldeep Bishnoi, son of late Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, and main opposition INLD's Ajay Singh Chautala, MLA from Dabwali and son of INLD President Om Prakash Chautala. The contituency has a voter strength of 13.32 lakh which includes 7.29 males.

Out of the 40 candidates in the contest, mainly independents, Bishnoi is the richest in the fray having declared assets worth Rs 48.85 crore while Ajay Chautala is at number two spot in terms of assets worth Rs 40.16 crore and Jai Prakash having assets worth Rs 3.16 crore, according to the Haryana Election Watch, an NGO.

For the first time, videography will be done at all the polling stations in Hisar, according to Haryana's Chief Electoral Officer, Sumita Misra.

She said that foolproof security arrangements have been made to ensure fair and free elections with 40 companies (4,000 personnel) of central forces being deployed in addition to the police force spread across 1506 polling booths, out of which 339 have been declared as 'hyper sensitive' and 387 others as 'sensitive'.

The results of the bypolls, which certain Anna team members and opposition parties have been claiming will be a a "turning point" in country's politics, would be declared on October 17.


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