Patan records highest 74.00% voting
Fate of 21 candidates sealed in EVMs
Bhilai, Apr 23, 2019: On Tuesday, Durg District recorded average voter turnout of 67.07% in Durg Lok Sabha election as per the official data of the Election Commission by 20:00 Hrs. Among the 09 assembly constituencies that constitute Durg Lok Sabha seat, the highest voting of 74.00% was recorded in Patan constituency while the lowest turnout was in Vaishalinagar constituency with 58.00%. Fate of 21 candidates from Durg Lok Sabha constituency was sealed in the EVMs after conclusion of polling on Tuesday. Overall the polling was peaceful in the district. However, there were widespread complaints of missing names in the voter list and malfunctioning of EVMs at few spots.
The home constituency of chief minister Bhupesh Baghel which makes Patan a high profile constituency recorded the highest 74.00% polling. The second highest voting was recorded in Durg (rural) with 73% turning out to exercise their franchise, which happens to be the home constituency of Congress candidate Pratima Chandrakar. Next in the series where the voting crossed the 70% mark was Saja Assembly constituency which recorded estimated turnout of 70.10%. Next in the series is Bametara assembly segment where the voter turnout was 69.50%. This was followed by Ahiwara where the voter turnout was 68.25%. Bhilai Nagar Assembly constituency polling reached up to 65.00% approximately, while Navagarh assembly segment recorded 63.50 % turnout. Durg (Urban) assembly constituency recorded 63.38% polling, while the lowest voting of 58% was recorded in Vaishalinagar assembly constituency.
The 21 candidates whose fate have been sealed in the EVMs are INC candidate Pratima Chandrakar; BJP candidate Vijay Baghel; BSP candidate Geetanjali Singh; Bharatiya Kisan Party candidate Anurag Singh, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) candidate Atma Ram Sahu, Shiv Sena candidate Kamlesh Kumar Nagarchi, Sarwa Dharma Party candidate Hidar Bhati, India Praja Bandhu Party candidate Tressa David, Bharat Prabhat Party candidate Pitambar Nishad, Gondwana Ganatantra Party candidate Fareed Muhammad Qureshi, Ambedkarite Party candidate Malik Ram Thakur, Chhattisgarh Swabhimaan Manch candidate Rajkumar Gupta, Bharatiya Shakti Chetna Party candidate Rajesh Dubey, Rashtriya Jansabha Party candidate Sewak Ram Banjare and independent candidates Anup Kumar Pandey, Arun Kumar Joshi, Pokhraj Meshram, Praveen Tiwari, Manoj Kumar Gaykwad, Lokesh Kumar Mishra, and Sunil Kumar Markandey.