Thane: An estimated 40 to 45 per cent voters
turned out to exercise their franchise in the Bhivandi
assembly by-election on Wednesday, district election officials said.
Officials said only 30 per cent polling was registered
two hours before the close but it picked up during the fag-end
and long queues were seen at some polling stations later.
Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi who was moving around the
constituency was asked to keep away by authorities fearing
law and order problem.
Authorities said by and large the polling was peaceful.
The counting of votes will take place on January 23.
The main contenders in the fray are SP`s Farhan Azmi,
Abu Azmi`s son, Congress`s Muzaffar Hussain and Shiv Sena`s
The by-poll was necessitated after Abu Azmi, who got
elected from both Bhivandi and Mankhurd seats in last year`s
assembly elections, vacated the Bhivandi seat.