friday www.thestatesman.com 12 april 2019 fINd uS ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P8 SENSEx 38,607.01 +21.66 ‘dEAL REAChEd wITh REd CROSS TO SENd VENEzuELA AId’ BuT whAT Of ThE PALESTINIANS? jAITLEy dISCuSSES ECONOmIC REfORmS wITh uS INVESTORS P7 NIfTy 11,596.70 +12.40 ` vs $ 68.92 +19 PAISE P9 GOLd 30,710.00 -125.00 mILLION-dOLLAR dEAL fOR 14-yEAR-OLd SOCCER SENSATION P11 SILVER 37,450.00 -400.00 BRENT CRudE (IN $) 71.06 -0.67 Stray violence mars Round I of polls WeAtheR Partly cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower likely to occur. Max-min temp likely to be around 34-25 degree celsius, resp Two persons killed in Andhra clashes, booth capturing and rigging alleged in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar constituencies RAINFALL: Nil ReLAtIve humIdIty NEW DELHI, 11 APRIL Max.94% Min. 58% Max: 33.7°C (-2) SUN RISES 05:19 hrs MooN RISES 10.41 hrs Min: 25.7°C (0) SUN SETS 17:56 hrs MooN SETS 23:31 hrs tempeRAtuRe Next moon quarter on 16 April thumbNAILs 31 Oct Brexit deadline: It is neither as short as British Prime Minister Theresa May had hoped for until June 30, or as long as some EU leaders were in favour of, but after hours of deliberation in Brussels, the 28-member economic bloc gave the UK six more months to thrash out Brexit. SNS & pTI E lection 2019 kicked off to a troubled start on Thursday with two people being killed in clashes in Andhra Pradesh, IED blasts in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, reports of EVM glitches and multiple complaints from voters about their names not being on the electoral list. As round one of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election began in 91 constituencies across the length and breadth of India, from the hills of Kashmir to the islands of Andaman and Nicobar, reports of unrest and irregularities cast shadows over the world's biggest poll process. SNS reports from Hyderabad: Violence leading to the deaths of two persons and complaints about malfunctioning electronic voting machine (EVM) marred the polling process in Andhra Pradesh as TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu shot off a series of letters to Election Commission demanding repoll over death of a TDP supporter in clashes and delayed polling but the state witnessed quite a high turnout of 74 per cent which might go up as people were still Voters queue up at Gair kata tea garden in Jalpaiguri. n RONI CHOWDHURY waiting in queues. As AP voted for 175 Assembly seats and 25 Lok Sabha seats in a single phase Siddaa Bhaskar Reddy, a TDP leader was hacked to death near polling booth at Veer- apuram in Tadipatri of Anantapur during a clash between TDP and YSRCP cadres following an alleged attempt to capture booth. Three YSRCP workers were also injured including one with grievous injuries. A YSRCP worker was also killed due to clashes between two groups. SNS adds from Siliguri: Several incidents of alleged booth capturing and vote rigging marked polling in the first phase of the general elections in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal today. Poll officials and observers, however, said the polling was largely peaceful, and that they had been looking into some incidents of political clashes and complaints of booth capturing and vote rigging in booths where no central forces were deployed. Election officials recorded around 82 percent voter turnout till 5 pm in Cooch Behar. The percentage for Alipurduar was 81.05 at 5 pm. Significantly, four mainstream political parties have expressed unhappiness over arrangements made for conducting the elections in Cooch Behar. While BJP candidate Nishith Pramanik alleged that ruling party leaders captured polling stations and rigged votes in around 166 booths, Trinamul Congress alleged that Central forces, especially the Border security Force, worked for the BJP in villages along the Indo- Bangladesh border. On the other hand, the Congress and the Forward Bloc alleged massive rigging with “terrible terror tactics” in seven Assembly segments. In Siliguri, Special Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey said the first phase of elections in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar was peaceful. Bihar: An average 53 percent voters cast their votes during the first phase of polling which passed off by and large peaceful. A total of four Lok Sabha constituencies located in southern parts of Bihar went to poll in the first phase. Brisk voting in Odisha’s Maoist hotbeds despite vote boycott call STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE BHUBANESWAR, 11 APRIL At least 67 per cent polling (final figures yet to come in) was recorded in the first phase election held across several Maoist infected pockets of , Nawarangpur, Koraput, Kalahandi and Berhampur Lok Sabha seats along with the 28 Assembly seats in the region. The polling was largely peaceful . Maoist hotbeds in Koraput, Kalahandi areas too saw brisk voting despite the call for election boycott by the rebels. In several booths the polling process was delayed due to snags in the EVM. People had to wait in long queue braving the scorching heat. Prominent leaders like state BJP president Basant Panda, former union ministers Chandra Shekar Sahu ( BJD), Bhakta Charan Das ( Congress), state ministers Pushpendra Singh Deo, Ramesh Majhi, ( both BJD), former MP’s Balabhadra Majhi, ( BJP) , Pradip Majhi ( Congress) were all seen casting their votes. In fact the four LS seats , except perhaps Berhampur, witness strong triangular contest between the BJD, BJP and Congress. At Kalahandi it is between Basant Panda, Bhakta Charan Das and Pushpendra Singh Deo while at Nawarangpur a tough battle is on between Pradip Majhi, Ramesh Majhi and Balabhadra Majhi. The Koraput seat tussle is between Jayaram Pangi ( BJP), Ms Kausalya Hikaka ( BJD) while Saptagiri Ulaka of the Congress is said to be finding it difficult. The Berhampur LS seat fate of candidates was sealed in the ballot box today with Chandra Sekhar Sahu ( BJD) ,V Chandrashekar Naidu ( Congress) and Brugu Buxipatra ( BJP) . A report from Koraput district said polling was peaceful in all the 1141 booths. The day had begun with disruption in polling due to malfunctioning of EVMs in many poling booths across the district , it was managed by the technical teams which are moving from booth to booth . Kolab and Jarti villages near Koraput witnessed protests by voters threatening to boycott the voting for the lack of basic amenities in the village including road , health and education for years for which they were demanding for a longtime . However the district administration had managed to convince them to vote in the polling centres . The voting scenario in the 21 disputed villages of Kotia Panchayat went in the line as was predicted in sections of the media .Large number of voters cast their votes in the poling booths of Andhra Pradesh at Narediwalasa in response to the better approach by Andhra Pradesh by providing vehicles for the voters to reach its poling booth from the distant places in comparison to no initiation by Odisha State government machinery to hold back the voters to cast their votes in the booth that were set up by Odisha government . Reports from Kalahandi district said in rural areas there was more enthusiasm in casting votes. Even in Trilochanpur Gram Panchayat under Lanjigarh block which is a Naxal infested voters turned up in large numbers. People in Bhejipadar village under Bhawanipatna assembly segment, Surli, Supel, Kusumdara, Sankriguda cluster of villages under Junagarh assembly segment, Tetengpadar under Narla assembly segment, 4 villages under Taljhapi of Thuamul Rampur block in Lanjigarh assembly segment, Manibandha of Lanjigarh assembly segment boycotted the polls to express their anger for non fulfilment of basic needs like road , electricity, education and health care.
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