Average Voter Turnout in Phase IV, 3 Killed in Violence

Despite an extensive electioneering by star campaigners building up the backdrop of fourth phase of elections, only moderate to brisk voting was recorded in most of the states. The was marred by trivial incidences of violence in some regions.

Punjab recorded the highest voter turn out of 55%, Haryana and West Bengal recorded 35-40 % turnout and it varied from nearly 30% in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to about 25% in Delhi and Rajasthan. In Sri Nagar, around 10% voters cast their votes till noon.
During the elections, violence incidences took place in West Bengal and Rajasthan killing 3 persons.

In West Bengal, a 28-year-old CPM worker, Kashinath Mondal, was killed when unidentified persons hurled bombs at him while he was returning after casting his vote at Eroali village under Jangipur parliamentary constituency in Murshidabad district, superintendent of police B L Meena said.

It may be noted that External affairs minister and Congress heavyweight, Pranab Mukherjee, is contesting from Jangipur.

Another person was killed in Asansol in clashes between Trinamool Congress supporters and CPI(M) workers. Five vehicles were torched, four houses set afire and two persons suffered bullet injuries.

In Rajasthan, one person was killed when paramilitary personnel opened fire to prevent a mob from capturing a booth in Olwara village in Sawaimadhopur district, police said in Jaipur.

In the fourth phase, a total of 85 parliamentary seats spread across eight states and union territories went to poll.

As many as 9.46 crore people are eligible to vote in the 85 constituencies where polling is being held in the fourth phases. 1,315 candidates including 119 women are in the fray.

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