New Delhi: An estimated 65.1% of the votes were cast in the Punjab assembly elections, the Election Commission said.
Polling ended on Tuesday in Punjab, where an election defeat for the ruling Congress Party could highlight wider national concerns over rising food prices and economic reforms.
India’s annual inflation rate rose to a two-year high of 6.58 percent in late January, fuelled by the rising cost of basic foodstuffs, while economic reforms involving the acquisition of farm land for industry have drawn protests nationwide.
In Punjab, where opposition parties were fighting to unseat the Congress, heavy rains kept some voters away from polling stations, especially in rural areas, where many farmers were busy draining flooded fields.
The polling was peaceful, deputy election commissioner R. Bhattacharya said.
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh’s wife, Parneet Kaur, could not cast her vote for the state assembly election because she had misplaced her electoral photo identity card