Heavy turnout in Punjab and Goa!!!

Women stand in a queue to cast their votes at a polling station in a village, 25 km from Amritsar, on Saturday.

Despite overcast and cold conditions, the Assembly polls in Punjab saw a voter turnout of 78.62% on Saturday.

“Voter turnout was 78.62% with Mansa district witnessing the highest polling at 87.34%, while the least polling was seen at 71.9% in SAS Nagar (Mohali).”

The State recorded 78.57% polling in 2012. While polling across the State was by and large peaceful, a few clashes and incidents of firing were reported. Technical glitches with the Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) held up voting at a few booths.

In Goa, the voter turnout was 83%.

BJP is in government in Punjab in alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for two successive terms, while it also helms Goa, despite ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party having drifted away just after the announcement of elections to form a three-party combine.

The elections to Punjab and Goa, which will be followed by those in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur, beginning later this month and spilling over to March, are being billed as a major test of BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity post-demonetisation.

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