Over 70% polling in Punjab bypoll

Chandigarh, May 28: Over 70 per cent polling was reported on Monday in the bypoll to the Shahkot Assembly seat in Punjab, a poll official said. Polling, which began at 7 a.m., was continuing even after the 6 p.m. deadline as voters who had queued up earlier were allowed to cast their vote. With the prevailing heat wave in Punjab, voters started queuing up early in the day. Long queues of voters were seen at some polling stations, especially in rural areas, in the constituency located in Jalandhar district. At some polling stations, there were no voters in the afternoon due to the heat wave. Chief Electoral Officer S. Karuna Raju said earlier that 1,72,676 eligible voters will decide the fate of 12 candidates in this constituency. The main contest is between the ruling Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). (IANS)