Voting picks up momentum in Karnataka, clashes take place in Kolar

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Bangalore: 12.21 pm: Bangalore rural records 25.6 per cent voter turnout till 11 am – the first four hours of polling.

12.10 pm: Voter turnout recorded in Bangalore till 10 am is 15 per cent.

11.45 am: Karnataka records 19.5 per cent voter turnout till 11 am.

11.20 am: Congress workers and supporters of independent candidate and minister Varthur Prakash clash in Kolar.

11.05: 10 per cent voting recording in Karnataka. Bangalore witnesses a voter turnout of 12 per cent.


HASSAN: Voters’ turnout at many booths in politically active Hassan district in the early hours of Sunday was impressive. Voters were seen in queues in polling booths of Holenarasipur and Hassan constituencies. Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda is among those who voted in the early hours.

Mr. Deve Gowda exercised his right along with his wife Channamma Deve Gowda at Government Higher Primary School at Paduvalahippe around 8.45 am. He was followed by former minister and JD(S) candidate for Holenarasipur constituency H.D. Revanna, his wife Bhavani Revanna and their children Suraj R. and Prajwal R.

Mr. Revanna, as he did in the previous assembly elections, changed the position of the table on which the electronic voting machine was placed before voting. He shifted the table little towards a window, to give an impression that he wanted more light to view the EVM. Voters had gathered in large numbers around the polling station where Gowda’s family had arrived to vote. Many aged men and women were seen in the queue.

An EVM at Salagame in Hassan taluk developed a technical snag causing delay in beginning the polling for about half an hour. The polling staff replaced the machine for smooth conduct of the polls.

Congress candidate of Holenarasipur S.G. Anupama was admitted to hospital for a brief period on Sunday morning after she complained of discomfort. It is said she was tired of hectic campaigning in the last few days. She returned home after she was administered glucose.

BELLARY: There was tension in a polling booth at Bandikote in Bellary district, where a voter was hit by a Border Security Force (BSF) personnel. The voter showed the media his bleeding ear and the marks on his back while accusing the BSF Jawan of highhandedness.

KOLAR: Four persons were arrested in booth number 122 in Kolar following violence between supporters of Congress and Independent candidate Varthur Prakash, a Minister in the BJP Government. The Congress workers were reportedly brandishing lethal weapons to scare voters, police said.

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