Bhopal: Polling was conducted today for the bye elections to fill the vacancies in two Assembly Constituencies of Madhya Pradesh – Mungaoli in Ashok Nagar district and Kolaras in Shivpuri district.
While polling in Mungali touched 69.35 per cent at 4 pm, the polling percentage at the same time was limited to 58.75 per cent in Kolaras.
In a mock polling drill, 15 VVPATs in Kolaras and 17 VVPATs in Mungaoli were found to be malfunctioning. These were replaced. About 9 am, a voter at Kolaras lodged his protest saying: “I have been standing in queue for the past one hour, voting has not started since the EVM is not working”.
With the conclusion of today’s polling the voters have sealed the fate of Mahendra Singh Yadav in Kolaras and Brijendra Singh Yadav in Mungaoli. From the ruling BJP side, Baisahab Yadav and Devendra Jain are in the fray from Mungaoli and Kolaras respectively.
These elections, would be setting the trend for the Assembly elctions in Madhya Pradesh later this year. While the prestige of State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is at stake especially since the BJP suffered defeat at the hands of the Congress in the recent bye-election for the Chitrakoot Assembly seat.