Voting underway for Sangrur parliamentary by-election


Tribune News Service

Parvesh Sharma

Sangrur, June 23

Polling for the Sangrur Lok Sabha by-election has begun at 1,766 polling stations in Sangrur, Barnala and Malerkotla districts.

Voters have started arriving at the polling stations.

“The Election Commission has made all the arrangements. I have cast my vote. I request all voters to exercise their franchise to elect a good candidate as our MP,” said Charanjit Singh Maur, a local voter from Sangrur city.

Another local Gyan Chand also expressed satisfaction over the arrangement of the polling booth.

There are 15,69,240 voters and out of 1,766 polling stations, 296 have been declared vulnerable.

Officials have deputed 7,064 government employees to conduct the elections while 1,413 employees have been kept in reserve.

Senior police officials said 6,716 security personnel have been deployed to ensure free and fair elections.

The pink booths attracted a large number of voters as they were photographed by voters at many places.

In some places, the officials welcomed the elders with flowers.

There are nine Vidhan Sabha constituencies in Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency. These include Sangrur, Dhuri, Sunam, Dirba and Lehra in Sangrur district, Malerkotla in Malerkotla district while Bhadaur, Mahal Kalan and Barnala are in Barnala district.

The ruling AAP has given ticket to Gurmel Singh, BJP to Kewal Singh Dhillon, Congress to Dalveer Singh Goldy, SAD to Kamaldeep Kaur Rajoana and SAD (Amritsar) to Simranjit Singh Mann.