Voting on in Himachal assembly seats

Shimla : Voting is underway in Himachal Pradesh’s two assembly segments of Renuka and Nalagarh Wednesday .

Voters began to line up to vote at 8 . A .M . despite a mild chill . Voting will continue till 5 P.M.

Around 35 Per cent people had cast their ballot until 1 P.M. in both the assembly segments , officials said .

Arch rivals BJP and Congress have campaigned hard in both the assembly seats . These by-elections are significant as the state goes to assembly polls in a year from now .

Both the seats fell vacant with the death of sitting candidiates Hari Narain Saini from Nalagarh and Prem Singh from Renuka .

The BJP has fielded Saini’s wife Gurnam Kaur from Nalagarh and the Congress candidate is Lakhwinder Rana .

Prem Singh’s son Vinay Kumar has been fielded by the Congress from Renuka while the BJP’s nominee is Hirday Ram .

A total of 1,20,253 voters will cast their votes. Counting of votes will take place on Dec 4 .

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