Khurshid's wife pelted with stones

Feb 20, 2012, 09:08 IST | Agencies
A group of protestors charged her with 'facilitating voting by her supporters' inside a booth at a primary school in Bibiganj after the 5 pm deadline

Louis Khursheed, Congress leader and wife of union Law Minister Salman Khursheed, had a narrow escape yesterday evening as a group of people pelted stones at a polling booth here, from where she is contesting the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, for allegedly promoting bogus voting.

Inked in power: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati poses with her
voter identity card and ink-marked finger after casting her vote in
Lucknow yesterday. BSP chief Mayawati claimed her party will win more
seats in the state elections compared to the previous poll. Pic/AFP

The protesters charged her with "facilitating voting by her supporters" inside a booth at a primary school in Bibiganj after the 5 pm deadline.

As the gates were closed for voting and the people who had queued up were taken in, a group of Bharatiya Janata Party and Bahujan Samaj Party workers gathered near the booth and started shouting slogans.

The protesters even pelted stones at the polling booth where Louis Khursheed was standing. They accused her of trying to influence voters and promoting bogus voting.

Superintendent of Police, Farrukhabad,  Mohit Gupta said that an incident had been reported from Bibiganj and he had asked officials to investigate the matter.

"Such reports have come to me and I have asked Louis Khursheed to send me a formal complaint so that the matter may be looked into," Gupta said.

57% turnout in the fourth phase of UP elections
Starting on a sluggish note, voting across 56 constituencies picked up pace through the day to end at an estimated 57 per cent, officials said.

The turnout was a marked improvement over the 2007 state elections when the turnout stood at a paltry 42 per cent and an all time low of 36 per cent in Lucknow, where it shot up to about 55 per cent.

In other key places like Rae Bareli and Amethi, the parliamentary constituencies of Sonia Gandhi and her son and Rahul Gandhi respectively, the voter turnout was also recorded at about 57 per cent.

As many as 1.72 crore voters were to elect their representatives for 56 assembly constituencies spread across 11 districts. Of the 976 candidates in the fray, 103 have criminal cases pending against them.  About 139 multi-millionaires were also in the fray, that would test the fate of several political heavyweights in the state.

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