An average 43.85 per cent turnout was recorded till 2 pm in seven Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh on Monday, an election official said. Also Read - Curfew, Prohibitory Orders Imposed in Parts of Bhopal | Here's Why
Long queues were seen at many booths as polling got underway at 7 am in the seven constituencies of Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Satna, Rewa, Hoshangabad and Betul, he said. Also Read - MP Shocker: 9 Men Rape 13-year-old Girl in Umaria, Horrifying Details Emerge
The voting figures till 2 pm were as follows: Tikamgarh 43.37 per cent, Damoh 45.83 per cent, Khajuraho 42.51 per cent, Satna 41.10 per cent, Rewa 39.37 per cent, Hoshangabad 45.40 per cent and Betul 48.98 per cent. Also Read - 15-Year-Old Girls Can Procreate, So Why Raise Age For Marriage, Says MP Congress MLA; NCPCR Issues Notice
All these seats are currently held by the BJP.
Polling was going on peacefully across the seven constituencies, state’s chief electoral officer VL Kantha Rao said.
“Minor issues related to EVMs were reported at some places but they were sorted out,” he added.
Union minister Virendra Singh Khatik and BJP MP Prahlad Patel are among the 110 candidates in the fray.
This is the second phase of polling in Madhya Pradesh.
Lok Sabha elections for 29 seats in the state are being held in four phases.
Polling for six seats was held in the first phase on April 29, while eight seats each will go to polls on May 12 and 19.
In 2014, the BJP won 27 seats in the state while the Congress bagged two seats.
The Congress later increased its tally to three after wresting Ratlam seat from the BJP in a by-poll.