August 21, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
Jalandhar/ Bathinda (August 21, 2013): Polling has begun at Patiala and Talwandi Sabo assembly seats in Punjab, amid reports that parties bribed voters with cash and other things, and the Aam Aadmi Party allegation that the Badal Dal supporters attacked its Talwandi Sabo candidate.
According to figures of Election Commission the fate of seven candidates in Talwandi Sabo shall be decided by more than 1.44 lakh voters. There are 1.51 lakh voters in Patiala who will elect their candidate from eight contestants.
General trends show that ruling parties secure victory in by-elections, and in last two byelections on Dasuya and Moga seats in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) was able to secure victory.
But, with former MP Preneet Kaur contesting the assembly seat from Patiala the contest has turned interesting and political analysts say it would be hard for Badal Dal to secure this seat.
There are 159 polling booths in Talwandi Sabo and 170 in Patiala that have been regarded as hypersensitive, with paramilitary force deployed inside and Punjab Police outside.
The Talwandi Sabo byelection had become mandatory after Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu quit the Congress and joined ruling Badal Dal. After Captain Amarinder Singh was elected as Member Parliament from Amritsar, the Patiala seat had fell vacant.
At Patiala, Preneet Kaur (Congress), Bhagwan Das Juenja (SAD), and Harjit Singh Adaltiwala (AAP) are locked in a triangular contest.
At Talwandi Sabo, Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu (SAD), Harminder Singh Jassi (Congress), Baljinder Kaur (AAP) and singer and AAP rebel Balkar Sidhu (independent) are in a quadrangular fight.
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