There was 71 per cent polling in Arunachal Pradesh(2 seats), 64 per cent in Meghalaya(2 seats), 84 per cent in Nagaland and 70 per cent in Manipur, the Election Commission said here today.
Polling also took place for the 60-member Assembly in Arunachal Pradesh. Congress candidate in Konsa (W) Assembly constituency in troubled Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh was kidnapped by suspected militants, but was released unharmed later.
Congress, BJP, NCP and Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA), besides Independents, were in the fray in the Western and Eastern parliamentary constituencies which are traditional Congress strongholds since 1975, except in 2004 when the BJP made a dent for the first time.
Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering of Congress was pitted against BJP nominee Tarir Gao and PPA’S Wangman Lowangcha in the eastern parliamentary seat.
Arunachal Pradesh wore a festive look with enthusiastic youth and women voters flocking polling booths since early morning to cast their votes for the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.
Braving inclement weather after overnight downpour, voters thronged polling booths since 0600 hrs, an hour before polling, to exercise their franchise in their best outfits.
Long queues of women and youth could be seen in most of the polling stations waiting patiently for their turn to cast their votes.