Crowded Polling Centres Indicate High Voter Turnout Likely in Karnataka

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BENGALURU — As voting for the 224-member Karnataka Assembly in currently underway, large queues were witnessed outside polling centres across the state on Wednesday indicating a huge voter turnout in the closely-fought contest.

People started lining up outside the centres well before polling began at 7 a.m.

The centres were abuzz with voters and staff were seen busy in coordinating the balloting process.

People from all walks of life have come out of their homes to exercise their franchise.

Top political leaders of the state have also voted along with their family members.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who is contesting from the Shiggaon constituency in Haveri district, offered prayers with his family at Anjaneya (Hanuman) temple in Ashok Nagar before casting his vote.

Meanwhile, a clash between BJP and Congress workers is reported from Bellary rural constituency in Karnataka. A local leader, who was earlier with the BJP and had joined Congress recently, was injured in the clash. 

Umesh Yadav was injured in the head in the clash between workers of the two parties. Police reached the spot and dispersed the violent mob.

In another incident, BJP workers allegedly clashed with the Karnataka Rajya Pragathi Paksha Party (KRPP) workers at booths no 159 and 160 at Gangavati central constituency. — IANS

Voting will end at 6 p.m.

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