On February 4, the state assembly polls in Punjab and Goa commenced from 8 am and 7 am in the morning respectively. A large number of people, including men, women, old age, and youth, gathered at the polling booths to cast their votes.

Apart from the common voters, several known faces like Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Goa CM Lakshmikant Parsekar, AAP candidate from Jalalabad, Bhagwant Mann, comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi, cricketer Harbhajan Singh, the Badals, Navjot Sidhu and Capt Amarinder Singh, also arrived at the booths to exercise their right to vote.

By 1 pm in the afternoon, 56 per cent of the voter turnout was witnessed in Goa while 36 per cent voting happened in Punjab.

The arrival of youth and people with disability at the booths to cast vote were the most encouraging part about the polling. Also, following are the highlights of the polling day:

  • Congress party’s CM candidate, Capt Amarinder Singh casts his vote

  • Voter turnout in North Goa 55%, in South Goa 52%. Total voter turnout in Goa till 1 pm 53%
  • After Navjot Sidhu, his son Karan Singh says – Very confident of our win, did door to door campaigns and got a positive response about my mother & father.
  • Expert comments from RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav:

  • Famous Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans arrives to cast his vote, says BJP-Akali Dal will win and Parkash Singh Badal will become the CM for the sixth time.

  • Is dharm yudh mei satya ki jeet hone wali hai; Hum sure hain ki sarkar Cong ki banegi; Yahan se Cong ke jhande mei danda lagega-Navjot Sidhu
  • The newly joined Congress member from Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu, along with his wife Navjot Kaur arrives to vote at booth in Amritsar

  • The polling percentage in Goa are as follows

  • ‘Pink Booth’ set up in Goa for women to cast their votes

  • “Aftr 30-yrs there was a blast in Punjab while Kejriwal was having dinner & breakfast with Babbar Khalsa. It is a clear indication that ISI sponsors Kejriwal. Punjab wants a government that coordinates with Centre not one that has issues with Centre every day, certainly not one that ruined Delhi,” said Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal
  • ‘Right to vote must not be wasted”: 75- year old woman sets an example by casting her vote in Goa

  • By the initial 2 hours, Goa recorded 15% voting while  12% voters turnout till 10:30 am

 

  • Team India’s veteran bowler, Harbhajan Singh reaches along with his mother to cast vote in Jalandhar. Official at polling booth no.23 in Jalandhar takes a selfie with Cricketer Harbhajan Singh.
  • “Pehle do parties the, ab 3 hai, kaafhi votes divert honge, par jo bhi jeete woh Punjab ko apne party se pehle rakhe,” said Harbhajan after casting vote.

  • “Amarinder Singh is ‘dal-badlu’ leader. I have an experience of 70-years and have always fought for Punjab & India. This is just a small battle,” said Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal.
  • Punjab Deputy CM says we’ll have a bigger win than last time, Amarinder Singh is only drama & AAP is on 3rd position.

 

  • The current Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, and Deputy Chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal cast their votes

  • Punjab has recorded overall polling percentage of 8% till 9 :30 am
  • Actor turned politician and an Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Jalalabad constituency, Bhagwant Mann, casts his vote in Mohali

  • And here comes a  first-time voter and she says, No matter whose govt comes in power, youth wants employment

  • Comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi casts his vote in Bhatinda, says voting is our right and must be exercised

  • It’s good to see people coming to cast vote in Punjab in good numbers

  • In Jalandhar, Congress candidate Pargat Singh casts his vote at booth no. 66

  • Punjab mei Cong ki sarkar aa rhi hai; Match jeentenge aur lambe-chaude goal honge;AAP hai thoda bahut,Akali Dal bilkul nhi,” said Congress candidate Pargat Singh
  • In Punjab’s Lambi constituency, the police conducts security check at polling booths

  • In Goa, senior citizens cast their votes

  • Delay in several booths in Punjab due to technical fault in the Electronic Voting Machines

  • In Punjab’s Jalandhar constituency, the women cast their votes in the booth number no.66

  • “We will win with a complete and comfortable majority, will continue development work and most importantly job creation,” said Goa CM Lakshmikant Parsekarn after casting his vote.

  • Goa Chief Minister Lakshmikant Parsekar casts his vote

  • Amritsar candidates reaches Golden Temple to take the blessings ahead of the polling