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MP Elections: Clashes reported from Barwani, EVMs malfunction across the state

MP Elections: Clashes reported from Barwani, EVMs malfunction across the state

Madhya Pradesh is casting vote today to choose a 230-member assembly. The state has seen a high decibel campaign for the poll, which remains an immediate fight for BJP and Congress. The BJP is peering toward a fourth straight term in office, while the Congress is seeking after a rebound following 15 years in the Opposition.

Polling is being held from 8 am to 5 pm in 227 seats, while in three assembly sections in Maoist-influenced Balaghat area — Lanji, Paraswada and Baihar —voting time is from 7 am to 3 pm. Over 1.80 lakh security personnel sent on obligation to ensure peaceful polling in the state.

In excess of 50 million voters, including 41,30,90 ladies and 1,389 third sexual orientation, will choose the fate of the candidates. The BJP has handled possibility for every one of the 230 seats while the Congress is challenging 229, abandoning one seat, Jatara in Tikamgarh region, for the Sharad Yadav-drove Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD).

According to recent updates, Police has seized campaign material from BJP’s polling agents from a polling booth in Saint Mary’s, Bhopal, as it was within 200 metres of a polling booth. One individual who has been accused has been taken to custody.

Most BJP workers are certain that the party will have the capacity to pull off a Gujarat-2017 like execution, where the BJP's seats descended yet the party held its lion's share, in Madhya Pradesh this time. However, two broken EVMs in Ujjain has been supplanted. Eleven VVPAT machines in Alirajpur, and five VVPAT machines and two EVMs in Burhanpur have also been replaced.

Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan casts vote in Budhni. Chouhan, while addressing the media in the wake of making his choice in Budhni, asked voters to turn out and exercise their fundamental rights.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the wake of making his choice in Budhni stated, “We're 100% sure that BJP will shape the administration with total and absolute majority. We have set an objective of 200 seats and our lakhs of volunteers are attempting to make it a reality.”

At a polling booth at Rashidia school in Bhopal, voters have been holding up since 8 am to give their votes as EVM isn't working. There are reports of six EVMs not working in different places in the tribal-dominated Jhabua region.

Also, there have been reports of two bikes being burnt down because of election-related conflict in Jhapdi Padla village of Sendhwa town in Barwani region. Two EVMs breakdown in Indore — one at Maurya Dharamshala and the other at Green Park Colony. Casting a vote is yet to start in Maurya Dharamshala whereas, at Green Park Colony, the EVM has been supplanted because it was not functioning.