BJP-Congress to test voters in Himachal bye-polls

Shimla: Testing times for both the ruling and opposition, battle lines for elections to the two seats of Nalagarh and Renuka, where bye-elections are to be held, after scrutiny papers of only five candidates were found to be valid.

Chief Electoral Officer Narinder Chauhan disclosed that for Nalagarh assembly segment in Solan district, papers of Gurnam Kaur as a BJP candidate and Lakhvinder Singh Rana as the Congress candidate were found to be valid.

For the Renuka seat in Sirmaur district, the candidature papers of Hirdya Ram as the BJP candidate, Vinay Kumar as the Congress candidate and Sunder Singh as an independent candidate have been accepted. The last date of withdrawal is 16th November, he added.

After electioneering, the two seats with an electorate of 120,253 voters go to the polls on 30th November, said Chauhan.

Male voters outnumber the females in these elections as of the total there are 63,781 males and 56,472 females eligible voters in these constituencies, after a revision of photo electoral rolls was concluded.

Whereas there are 67,780 voters in Nalagarh, Renuka has 52,473 voters, said the chief electoral officer.

With the state slated to go for general assembly poll in 2012, the bye-elections are been seen as important indicators about the mood of voters.

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