Jharkhand polls: Chidambaram asks citizens to vote without fear

Ahead of the third phase of the Jharkhand Assembly polls, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday asked voters to come forward and exercise their franchise without fear.

New Delhi: Ahead of the third phase of the
Jharkhand Assembly polls, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday asked voters to come forward and exercise their franchise
without fear.

"I would appeal to the voters in Jharkhand to repose
confidence in the measures that have been taken and turn out
in large numbers to vote and elect candidates of their
choice," Chidambaram said in a statement here.

The Home Minister said the administration in Jharkhand
and especially the security forces are geared to ensure that
polling takes place in a free, fair and peaceful manner.

The third phase of elections in Jharkhand to 11 Assembly
Constituencies will take place tomorrow.

"I recall with satisfaction that in the first phase the
turnout was 53.1 per cent and in the second phase the turnout
was 58.8 per cent. This was due to the administrative and
security measures taken by the Election Commission. I am
confident that the third phase also will witness an impressive
turnout," the minister said.

"Let us remember that elections constitute the
foundation of a democracy and it is important that every voter
plays his or her part in strengthening this foundation,"
Chidambaram said.

PTI