Phase-II Assembly polls: Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand all set to vote today

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New Delhi, Dec 2: As many as 21 assembly seats including 18 in Kashmir and three in Jammu and 20 assembly seats in Jharkhand are geared up for second round of polling on Tuesday.

According to reports, all the arrangements for the second phase of polling in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand were finalised on Monday peaceful voting.

Director General of Police (DGP) of J-K Police K. Rajendra Kumar reportedly said that the police will ensure that the Assembly Elections will be carried out in a peaceful manner.

Thousands of security personnel were deployed in nine constituencies in the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley and an equal number in the Jammu region, where BJP’s stakes are high.

After the first phase of polling on November 25 logged a record turnout of over 70%, the highest since Independence for a state that has suffered over three decades of militancy and strife, all eyes are trained on this phase also.

The security arrangements have been further tightened following the killing of a National Conference sarpanch in Shopian on Sunday and a grenade attack in the heart of Srinagar last week.

Apart from the deployment of 220 companies of paramilitary personnel, more were kept on standby, a top police officer stated.

Jharkhand

The high turnout of voters in Jharkhand, especially in Naxal-prone areas has boosted the morale of all associated officials in the state.

In the first phase of assembly elections earlier this week, Jharkhand has recorded an impressive 62 percent voter turnout.

According to reports, Jharkhand has also sealed its borders with West Bengal, Odisha and Chhattisgarh to prevent cross-border movement of Maoists a day ahead of the second phase of polling.

At least 45,000 security personnel have reportedly been deployed in the 20 assembly constituencies in the Kolhan and South Chhotangapur divisions spread over seven districts, East and West Singbhum, SereikelaKharsawan, Ranchi, Gumla, Simdega and Khunti.

Since Maoists have given a call for poll boycott, four choppers will conduct air surveillance in the sensitive areas. The choppers also ferried over 150 polling personnel in 17 far-flung Maoist-infested areas on the eve of elections on Monday.

As many as 260 companies of central paramilitary forces (CPMF) apart from the district police and Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) have been deployed in the districts to sanitize the sensitive areas and guard the polling booths, the report said.

The counting of votes will take place on December 23.

(With Agency Inputs)

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