Massive gain for BJP in 2nd phase of Panchayat Polls

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Massive gain for BJP in 2nd phase of Panchayat Polls

In Jajpur's Danagadi, violence affected the poll process whereas in Rayagada's Bisamkatak, miscreants entered the booths in a ward and disrupted the voting. The polling was cancelled at following places: Zilla Parishad Zone No 8 under Gania block in Nayagarh district, Badabambua panchayat under Bisra block in Sundergarh district, Tukutiha panchayat under Jhumpura block in Keonjhar district and Badagoan panchayat samiti member under Balikuda block in Jagatsinghpur district.

In the second phase of the 2012 rural polls, the BJD had bagged 135 out of 173 ZP seats while BJP had managed a distant third with just three seats.

"Repolling, if any, will be held after receiving the District Collectors' reports". Police security was tightened in the area thereafter.

While polling was boycotted by people at a few polling booths, booths were also captured supporters of candidates at some places. The party was set to win Kalahandi Zilla Parishad by winning 18 of the 36 seats. The booths come under the Korkunda block.

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Over 1.10 lakh police personnel and government officials were on duty in the first phase for smooth conduct of the elections during the day in which the average voters turn out remained 71 per cent. Posters, alleged to be put by Maoists asking voters to boycott elections, were found in front of the Somnathpur panchayat office in Korukonda block of Malkangiri district.

State Election Commissioner RN Senapati said there were reports of sporadic violence and ballot box snatching.

As many as 9,199 candidates are in the fray for the 1,268 seats in 10 municipal corporations including Mumbai, elections for which are to be held on February 21.

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