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Approx 17.51 pc polling in Maha amid ‘voter bribing’ plaints against BJP


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Mumbai: An estimated 17.51 per cent of 2.28 crore electorate cast their votes in four hours of the fourth phase of Lok Sabha polls on 11 seats in Maharashtra on Monday amid complaints of money pouches being distributed by the BJP in Ahmednagar and Pune.

According to poll panel sources, highest voting of 22.12 percent was recorded in Nandurbar, followed by Jalna (21.35), Aurangabad (19.53), Raver (19.03), Shirdi (18.91), Jalgaon (16.89), Beed (16.62), Pune (16.16), Maval (14.87), Ahmednagar (14.74) and Shirur 14.51 per cent .

Long queues were seen since this morning at different polling stations in these constituencies.Electorate are exercising their franchise amid tight security.

In Ahmednagar constituency, NCP-Sharad Pawar Group candidate Nilesh Lanke and party MLA Rohit Pawar complained that BJP candidate Sujay Vikhe Patil distributed money to voters to vote in his favour. In Pune, MVA candidate Ravindra Dangekar held dharna after the BJP workers allegedly distributed money pouches to voters.

Apart from EVMs snag in some polling stations in Aurangabad, Maval, Shirur and Pune and missing names in voter list in Jalna, no untoward incident has been reported so far from any part of the state where polling is in progress.

Most of the candidates of major political parties whave cast their votes along with family members. They include Pankaja Munde (BJP-Beed) and Dhananjay Munde, Chandrakant Khaire (UBT-Aurangabad), Union Minister of State for Finance Dr Bhagwat Karad, and Adv Gowal Padvi (Congress-Nandurbar)

Unseasonal rain was witnessed in Muktainagar falling in Raver constituency, disturb polling process.

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