Maloya voters went to the polls today in the crucial MC Ward 7 bye-election. Results will be out on September 17.
On Saturday Maloya voters thronged the polling stations to elect their Municipal Corporation representative. Polling which ended at 5 p.m. went off peacefully. Maloya village and colony, which is the heart of MC Ward no 7, has a total electorate of about 14000 and it is estimated that voter turn-out crossed 75 per cent. The greatest rush of voters was seen in the polling stations set up in Maloya Village. From morning to evening, senior leaders of both the Congress and the BJP were camped in Maloya. Among them were Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and his wife, Madhu, as well as his son, Manish. Waving the BJP flag was Sanjay Tandon, Harmohan Dhawan and nearly all BJP MC Councilors.
Anwar ul Haq and his wife, MC councilor Jannat Jahan were also present. In short the final day of the Maloya electoral process boasted an all-star cast. No less important was the heavy police presence which also added an air of high importance to the polling. Nearly all the seniormost officers of the city police hierarchy were seen in Maloya at one or another time during the day. The BJP was in a jubilant mood and predicted that there was no way that the Congress could wrest the Maloya seat.
However, Congress spirits were also high. B.B. Behl, senior Congress leader said that the voters would support the Congress because they know that the Congress can deliver the goods. He held up the record of councilor H.C. Kalyan who had brought great improvements to his ward.
Likewise the BSP leaders and supporters believed that their party would emerge victorious and said that people have lost faith in both the Congress and the BJP.
Eleven polling stations were set up in Maloya. At some places it was seen that candidates were personally escorting voters to the polling station and even going inside. However, on rival parties raising objections to this practice, the candidates had to desist. Most of the time, the rest of Chandigarh thinks of Maloya as an out-of-the-way place. But not for the past couple of weeks — the people of Maloya have had their taste of fame.
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