assembly polls

Delhi recorded a voter turnout of over 61 per cent in the hard-fought Assembly election with the polling having picked up pace in the evening on Saturday. According to the Election Commission's Voter Turnout app, the voting percentage was 61.67 per cent at 10.26 pm on Saturday.

Election Commission and other agencies have made elaborate arrangements to ensure smooth conduct of the poll. For the seventy Assembly seats, 672 candidates are contesting.

Electoral staff members were seen carrying Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine to electoral booths on Friday.

The Assembly constituencies where polling is being held today include -- Madhupur, Deoghar, Bagodar, Jamua, Gandey, Giridih, Dumri, Bokaro, Chandankiyari, Sindri, Nirsa, Dhanbad, Jharia, Tundi and Baghmara.

Polling at 18 constituencies, barring Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West, will be held between 7:00 AM and 3:00. At the other two assembly seats, the voters can cast their votes till 5:00 PM.

About 13 constituencies spread over six districts - Chatra, Palamu, Gumla, Garhwa, Latehar, and Lohardagga will go to the polls in the first phase.

Amit Shah addressed a poll rally in Chatra, Jharkhand. However, the wrong and misleading reportage of his speech by certain sections of media has raised many eyebrows.

The Samajwadi Party had allied with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party for the parliamentary polls and the alliance won 15 seats while SP managed to win only 5 seats. The BSP had later broken off the alliance with SP.

Even after getting the required numbers to form the government, there has been a delay in cobbling up a coalition as Shiv Sena has insisted that the two parties had a '50-50' power-sharing agreement before the elections.

BJP President Amit Shah announced the deal sharing with JJP. As per the deal, Chief Minister will be from BJP while Deputy CM will be from Chautala’s party.