Jind : Election for Jind Assembly by-poll in Haryana began on Monday morning amid tight security with a large number of voters queuing up to cast their votes.
According to reports, a total of 21 candidates are in the fray for the seat that fell vacant after INLD’s Hari Chand Middha passed away on August 26.
Election Commission data indicates that there are a total of 1.71 lakh voters with over 48,000 belonging to the Jat community. The other communities are Punjabi and Brahmin.
Counting for the Jind Assembly by-poll is slated for January 31.
The prominent leaders in the fray include Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, Middha’s son and BJP candidate Krishan Middha, INLD’s Umed Singh Redhu and Jannayak Janata Party’s (JJP) Digvijay Singh.
The authorities have made elaborate security measures for conduct of free and fair election. Over 3,000 police personnel and 500 Home Guard jawans, one CRPF company and one RAF have been deployed for the purpose, sources said.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Pushpa Khatri told news agencies that the Election Commission has issued 12 identity cards for those who do not have valid voter IDs.
Sources said the cards that can be produced at the polling booth include passport, driving license, bank passbook issued by the post office, MNREGA card, service identity card, smart card, health insurance card, photo voter slip, Aadhaar card, and pension papers.