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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Highlights: 70.21 pc voting in Kerala; Wayanad records 72.70 pc turnout

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Highlights: Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor, the BJP's youth icon Tejasvi Surya and Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar are among 1,210 candidates contesting polls in 88 seats across 13 states and UTs in Phase 2 of polling. 

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Highlights: Women voters show their ink-marked fingers after casting their votes for the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections, in Jammu on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Shanky Rathore)Premium
Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Highlights: Women voters show their ink-marked fingers after casting their votes for the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections, in Jammu on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Shanky Rathore)

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to vote in record numbers during the second phase voting for Lok Sabha Election 2024 that took place in 88 parliamentary constituencies spread across 13 states and Union Territories (UTs) on April 26.

The Prime Minister especially urged young voters and women voters to turnount in great numbers citing ‘high voter turnout strengthens democracy’

Congress leaders, including Malikarjun Kharge and Priyanka Gandhi also issued voting appeals while saying that this election was to 'save the constitution'.

The voting began at 7 am and will continue until 5 pm. 

Till 5 pm, Tripura continued to lead the voter turnout (77.53%) charts, while Uttar Pradesh has registered the lowest turnout with 52.74 per cent, according to the data released by the Election Commission of India on Friday.

The states of Manipur (76.06 per cent), and West Bengal (71.84 per cent), Chhattisgarh (72.13 per cent) and Assam (70.66 per cent) have also registered healthy turnouts till 5 pm.

As many as 15.88 crore voters are eligible to vote in this phase. The voters include 8.08 crore men, 7.8 crore women and 5,929 third-gender electors. The voters also include 3.28 crore young voters in the age group 20-29 years. This includes 34.8 lakh first-time voters registered to cast their votes in this phase.

As many as 109 seats had gone to polling in the Phase 1 on April 19. The first phase recorded a voter turnout of around 62 per cent. The counting of votes for all seven phases of Lok Sabha Elections will be held on June 4.

The seats going to polls on April 26 include all 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala, 14 in Karnataka, 13 in Rajasthan, eight each in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, seven in Madhya Pradesh, five each in Assam and Bihar, three each in West Bengal and Chhattisgarh and one each in Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur and Tripura.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor, the BJP's youth icon Tejasvi Surya, Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar, actor-turned-politicians Hema Malini and Arun Govil, and the speaker in the outgoing Lok Sabha, Om Birla are among 1,210 candidates in the fray in Phase 2 of the Lok Sabha elections.

Over 16 lakh polling officials have been deployed across 1.67 lakh polling stations in this phase. Webcasting will be done in more than 50  per cent of the polling stations along with the deployment of micro-observers in all polling stations.

Overall, voting for 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases. The last phase will be held on June 1. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which is seeking a record third term under PM Narendra Modi, has set a target of winning 400 seats this election. The ruling alliance is challenged by the opposition parties led by the Congress under the banner of the INDIA bloc.

The counting of votes for all seven phases of Lok Sabha Elections will take place on June 4. 

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27 Apr 2024, 07:26:24 AM IST

Lok Sabha polls 2024: Voting delayed in some constituencies of Kerala due to extreme heat

Due to extreme heat, people turned up in large numbers towards the closing hours in Kerala. 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted a heatwave in Palakkad district earlier.

In some constituencies, the voters also had to wait for hours in the queue due to technical reasons. Voters alleged that the lack of experience of polling staff in certain booths was the reason for the delay.

27 Apr 2024, 07:17:50 AM IST

LS polls 2024: 53.30 per cent voter turnout in Gautam Buddh Nagar, down from 2019, 2014

The Gautam Buddh Nagar constituency recorded 53.30 per cent voter turnout for the Lok Sabha election on Friday, according to official figures.

A total of 15 candidates were in the fray for the Gautam Buddha Nagar seat, with 26,75,148 electors eligible to decide their fate. The constituency is spread across five assembly segments of Noida, Dadri and Jewar, Khurja and Sikandrabad.

27 Apr 2024, 07:00:41 AM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: 'People of minority communities upset,'Congress's Arif Khan after no Muslim candidate fielded by MVA coalition in LS polls

After resigning from the campaign committee of the Congress party as the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition in Maharashtra didn't field a single Muslim candidate in the Lok Sabha polls, the party senior leader Muhammed Arif 'Naseem' Khan said that the people and organisations of minority communities are upset and angry with the party's decision.

Talking to ANI, Khan said that it has been Congress's ideology from the old days to take everyone along, irrespective of their community.

"In Maharashtra, there is a lot of anger in people and organisations of minority communities, because there is not a single candidate from minority communities in 48 Lok Sabha seats. I am also angry because it has been Congress's ideology from the old days to take everyone along, irrespective of whether they're from the minority community, OBC, Maratha community, SC or ST," the party leader said. (ANI)

27 Apr 2024, 06:50:58 AM IST

Lok Sabha elections phase 2 witnesses 70.21 pc voting in Kerala; Wayanad records 72.70 pc turnout

olling concluded for 88 seats across 13 states and Union Territories under the second phase of general elections on Friday, with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala recording 72.70 per cent voter turnout.

Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala witnessed a tough contest between INDIA bloc allies. Despite being a part of the INDIA bloc, the Congress and the Communist Party of India (CPI) participated separately in the elections. (ANI)

27 Apr 2024, 06:31:32 AM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Phase 2 witnesses 70.21 pc voting in Kerala; Wayanad records 72.70 pc turnout

Polling concluded for 88 seats across 13 states and Union Territories under the second phase of general elections on Friday, with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala recording 72.70 per cent voter turnout.

Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala witnessed a tough contest between INDIA bloc allies. Despite being a part of the INDIA bloc, the Congress and the Communist Party of India (CPI) participated separately in the elections. (ANI)

26 Apr 2024, 10:49:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Second phase of Lok Sabha polls sees 61 pc turnout till 7 pm

The second phase of Lok Sabha polls on Friday saw nearly 61 per cent turnout till 7 pm with polling now complete in 14 states and union territories. The polling was peaceful and 102 villages in Bastar division witnessed polling in Lok Sabha for the first time. 

The voting in the second phase of general elections 2024 commenced at 7 am today across 88 constituencies in 13 states and union territories. Voters enthusiastically participated to cast their vote at their polling stations braving the hot weather conditions.

26 Apr 2024, 09:23:27 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Voters boycott polling in two places in Assam over development issues

Voters of two polling stations in Assam's Silchar constituency, where elections were held on Friday, boycotted polling over development issues. The electorate of 110 Durganar Bagan lower primary school and Chittaranjan lane did not participate in the polling process. Voters in Durganagar Bagan LP school, which falls under Udharbond assembly segment, refrained from voting demanding construction of a local road. 

"We had been making repeated requests for construction of the road here. The MP, MLA and all elected leaders assure us that it will be made after elections. Many elections have gone by. Now we will vote only after the road is built," a local resident said. 

Residents of Chittaranjan lane in Silchar town abstained from polling as their longstanding demand for resolution of water logging problem in the area was unresolved.

26 Apr 2024, 09:12:56 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Newly-wed couple cast vote

A couple in Karnataka’s Chitradurga cast their votes at a polling booth in Vijapur village on their wedding day.

26 Apr 2024, 08:37:54 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Voter comes to cast vote on horseback

In an unexpected yet memorable sight in Karkala, Eklavya R Kateel, the eldest son of international sportsperson Rohit Kumar Kateel, captured the attention of the public by arriving at Booth No. 87 at Government Pre-Graduation College astride his own horse to cast his vote. Eklavya's unique mode of transportation to the polling station in Udupi Chikmagalur constituency surprised and delighted onlookers. 

Party workers present there eagerly seized the opportunity to snap photographs with him amidst the excitement. This striking display of civic duty combined with a touch of flair serves as a testament to the diverse and spirited ways in which individuals participate in the democratic process of voting.

26 Apr 2024, 08:04:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Over 60% voter turnout recorded on 13 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan

Over 60 per cent turnout was recorded in polling for 13 Lok Sabha seats on Thursday in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan, according to the latest figures from the Election Commission. Polling had taken place in the first phase on April 19 for the other 12 parliamentary constituencies in the state, which sends 25 representatives to Parliament. The by-election for the Bagidora assembly constituency in Banswara district was also held simultaneously on Friday. 

By 5 pm, 73.25 per cent voting took place. Barring a few confrontations and complaints of fake voting in Barmer-Jaisalmer, polling was peaceful, officials said. According to official data, 60.61 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the 13 constituencies of Barmer-Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jalore, Chittorgarh, Banswara, Kota-Bundi, Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Pali, Udaipur, Rajsamand, Kota and Jhalawar-Baran. 

Banswara-Dungarpur recorded 69.97 per cent votes, Barmer-Jaisalmer 70.12 and Ajmer 53.47 per cent. Among other constituencies, polling was 55.41 per cent in Bhilwara, 63.48 in Chittorgarh, 58.19 in Jalore, 65.75 in Jhalawar-Baran, 60.82 in Jodhpur, 66.22 in Kota, 53.81 in Rajsamand, 52.97 in Tonk Sawai-Madhopur, 61.21 in Udaipur and 54.97 in Pali. 

The final figures will be released later. Around 2.8 crore voters were eligible to vote in the second phase of the polls. Voting began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm. Those who reached the polling booths and were standing in queue by 6 pm were allowed to vote.

26 Apr 2024, 07:24:50 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024:  Actor Shiva Rajkumar casts vote

Actor Shiva Rajkumar arrived at a polling booth in Bengaluru to cast his vote on Friday during the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2024. 

After casting his vote, he told ANI, "I am happy because it is everyone's right to vote. When we vote, we have every right to ask questions... People's response is very good. I think they want a change..." 

26 Apr 2024, 07:12:09 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: PM Modi says ‘Phase Two has been too good!’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that the phase two of the Lok Sabha polls has been "too good" for the BJP-led NDA, describing the support to the ruling alliance as unparalleled. 

He said on X as polling ended, "Phase Two has been too good! Gratitude to the people across India who have voted today. The unparalleled support for NDA is going to disappoint the Opposition even more." "Voters want NDA's good governance. Youth and women voters are powering the strong NDA support," Modi said. 

The prime minister had made a similar assertion after phase one of voting on April 19, saying the ruling alliance has seen a great response. It is clear that people across India are voting for the NDA in record numbers, he had said.

26 Apr 2024, 07:11:02 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Tripura leads with 77.53% voter turnout till 5 pm; UP at lowest with 52.74%

Tripura continues to lead the voter turnout charts in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections with 77.53 per cent voting till 5 pm, while Uttar Pradesh has registered the lowest turnout with 52.74 per cent, according to the data released by the Election Commission of India on Friday. 

The states of Manipur (76.06 per cent), and West Bengal (71.84 per cent), Chhattisgarh (72.13 per cent) and Assam (70.66 per cent) have also registered healthy turnouts till 5 pm. Maharashtra (53.51 per cent), Bihar (53.03 per cent), Madhya Pradesh (54.83 per cent) and Rajasthan (59.19 per cent) are the states with relatively low turnout. 

The voter turnout of other states are-- Kerala (63.97 per cent), Karnataka (63.90 per cent), Jammu and Kashmir (67.22 per cent). Voting for the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2024 began at 7 am on Friday across 88 Parliamentary Constituencies spread over 12 States and Union Territories.

26 Apr 2024, 06:40:35 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: SP's Akhilesh Yadav says ‘There is a long fight ahead on VVPAT, EVM…’

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav said on Friday that the fight for the removal of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), currently used in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, is a 'long' one. Yadav, who recently announced his candidature from the Kannauj Lok Sabha constituency, also said that though everyone will accept the SC's judgment on EVMs, the fight against the polling machine will not stop. 

"There is a long fight ahead on VVPAT, EVM, and ballot paper. Whatever decision the Supreme Court takes, everybody will accept that, but the fight won't stop. The fight will go on," the SP chief said while speaking to reporters in Uttar Pradesh's Kasganj. 

His remarks came after the Supreme Court rejected all the petitions seeking the complete verification of votes cast through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) machines with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips on Friday.

26 Apr 2024, 06:32:31 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: EVMs, and VVPATs machines at several polling booth | Video

EVMs, and VVPATs machines are being sealed at a polling station in Rajnandgaon as voting for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections concludes.

26 Apr 2024, 06:28:31 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: State registered  64.73% at 5.20 pm on Friday

With less than an hour remaining for the conclusion of polling in the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala, the state registered a turnout of 64.73 per cent at 5.20 pm on Friday. 

Kerala saw a voter turnout of 77.84 per cent in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. To reach that figure this year, the turnout has to see an increase of over 13 per cent in the remaining 40 minutes of polling. Huge queues were seen outside polling booths across the state, with voters complaining that the election process was going on very slowly. 

During the day, the first hour of voting saw a turnout of close to 6% and thereafter, every hour saw an increase of 6% to 7% in the turnout.

26 Apr 2024, 06:24:09 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Nearly 60% voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm

Nearly 60 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm in 13 Lok Sabha seats of Rajasthan where polling is underway under the second phase on Friday. Barring a few incidents of confrontation and complaints of fake voting in Barmer-Jaisalmer, the voting is being held peacefully. 

According to the official data, 59.19 per cent voter turnout was recorded in 13 constituencies of Barmer-Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jalore, Chittorgarh, Banswara, Kota-Bundi, Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Pali, Udaipur, Rajsamand, Kota and Jhalawar-Baran. 

At the same time, 73.25 per cent voting took place in the byelection for Bagidora assembly constituency of Banswara district.

26 Apr 2024, 06:12:30 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Man damages EVM at polling booth in Maharashtra

A 26-year-old man allegedly damaged an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) by hitting it with an iron object when he came to cast his vote at a polling booth at Rampuri in Maharashtra's Nanded district on Friday, a police official said. 

The police detained the man, who told them that he wanted a pro-farmer and pro-labourer government, he said.

 "The man, Bhaiyyasaheb Edke, is a local resident and a registered voter of Rampuri booth. He came to the polling booth to cast his vote, but damaged an EVM with an iron object. He was immediately detained and the voting process continued soon afterwards as the broken machine was replaced with a new one," Nanded Superintendent of Police (SP) Shrikrushna Kokate told PTI.

26 Apr 2024, 06:05:45 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024:  Madhya Pradesh records 54.42 pc voter turnout till 5 pm

Madhya Pradesh recorded 54.42 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm in the second phase of polling for six parliamentary seats in the state, according to the data released by the Election Commission of India. 

The polling for the six parliamentary seats --Tikamgarh (SC), Damoh, Khajuraho, Satna, Rewa and Hoshangabad-- began on Friday at 7 am in the state and it would conclude at 6 pm.

 Of these, Hoshangabad is leading the voter turnout charts with 63.44 per cent voting followed by Tikamgarh 56.24 percent, Satna 55.51 per cent, Damoh 53.66 per cent, Khajuraho 52.91 per cent and Rewa 45.02 per cent till 5 pm so far in the state.

26 Apr 2024, 06:02:34 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: EC book  Tejasvi Surya

Election Commission on Friday booked a case against Tejasvi Surya MP and Candidate of Bengaluru South PC on 25.04.24 at Jayanagar PS u/s 123(3) for posting a video in X handle and soliciting votes on the ground of religion.

26 Apr 2024, 05:53:17 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024:  ‘55.25 % voter turnout till 3 pm, lowest turnout in Maharashtra’

A voter turnout of over 50 per cent was recorded till 3 pm in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections which was underway in 88 seats across 13 states amid complaints of EVM glitches and bogus voting in some booths in Kerala and West Bengal. 

Voters in some villages of Uttar Pradesh's Mathura, Rajasthan's Banswara and Maharashtra's Parbhani boycotted polls over various issues. Polling for the second stage of the seven-phase elections started at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm. Several states are experiencing intense heat conditions. 

Election officials said the highest voting percentage was recorded in Tripura which registered 68.92 per cent polling till 3 pm, while the lowest turnout was in Maharashtra at 43.01 per cent. "Aggregate turnout at 3 pm in Phase 2 is 50.25 per cent," the Election Commission said in a statement.

26 Apr 2024, 05:45:10 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Actor Mammootty casts his vote 

Actor Mammootty casts his vote at a polling booth in Ernakulam, Kerala

26 Apr 2024, 05:26:58 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Actor Ashutosh Rana casts his vote

Actor Ashutosh Rana, who cast his vote at  Narsinghpur, Madhya Pradesh, says, "...I would like to say that wherever you are, must exercise your voting franchise as through this you are going to construct your future and will be setting your destiny. So, if our ancestors have given us the blessing of freedom, then the responsibility of retaining and blossoming it is on us..."

26 Apr 2024, 05:15:54 PM IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Cricketer Mohammad Shami casts his vote

Cricketer Mohammad Shami, who cast his vote in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha earlier today, said, “I would like to appeal to the people that if you have got the right to vote, you should definitely vote and choose your preferred candidate and government." 

26 Apr 2024, 05:05:49 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live:  Congress, RJD will loot your wealth and distribute it to their special vote bank, says PM Modi in Bihar

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Addressing a public rally in Bihar's Munger, PM Modi says, "Through the Inheritance Tax, Congress and RJD will loot your wealth and distribute it to their special vote bank. The whole country is worried. Every youth and old parent is worried. The country is saying,…

26 Apr 2024, 04:46:32 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: 50.25 % voter turnout till 3 pm in 13 states, says Election Commission

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: The Election Commission of India said that the overall voter turnout in 88 seats going to polls in 13 states was 50.25 % by 3 pm.

26 Apr 2024, 04:10:00 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: ‘Hatred towards Muslims is PM Modi’s first guarantee,” says Asaduddin Owaisi

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live:  AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said on Friday that hatred towards Muslims was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first guarantee. "Modi's first guarantee is a guarantee of hatred towards Muslims. The second guarantee is the guarantee to change the Constitution of India framed by BR Ambedkar. And the third guarantee is to end reservation from OBC and Dalit community," Owaisi is heard saying in a video that he posted on his X handle 

26 Apr 2024, 04:03:24 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Our workers threatened, says Ghaziabad's INDIA bloc candidate Dolly Sharma

 

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: On Friday, INDIA bloc’s Ghaziabad candidate Dolly Sharma alleged that BJP threatened opposition workers. "The BJP removed our tables from here at 6 am and our workers were threatened. The Election Commission should be aware of this hooliganism. I have complained with the EC," Dolly Sharma, the INDIA bloc candidate from UP's Ghaziabad, where polling is underway told news agency PTI. 

26 Apr 2024, 03:54:28 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: 44.13 % voter turnout till 3 pm in UP, says EC

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Voter turnout in Uttar Pradesh was recorded at 44.13% till 3 pm, Election Commission said.  Polling is underway in Amroha, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, and Mathura seats of UP in Phase 2.

26 Apr 2024, 03:36:00 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: People have made up their mind to re-elect PM Modi, says Noida MP Mahesh Sharma

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida) Member of Parliament Mahesh Sharma said on Friday that the people of this nation, and especially Uttar Pradesh, have made up their minds to re-elect Narendra Modi as Prime Minister for the third time. “What we feel is that by 2047, we will be a developed nation," Sharma told news agency ANI

26 Apr 2024, 02:54:43 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Newly married bride in Katihar casts her vote 

26 Apr 2024, 02:30:04 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Actor Yash casts his vote

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: VIDEO | Actor Yash casts his vote at a polling booth set up in Government Higher Primary School in Hosakerehalli, Bengaluru. “The government should do what it is supposed to do and it should let people do what they are doing. I think interference should be less. Empowerment should be done, there are so many things, that I expect as a citizen," he told news agency PTI

26 Apr 2024, 02:00:11 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: ISRO chief S Somanath of Chandrayaan-3’s success cast his vote in Kerala

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Watch! ISRO chief S Somanath, the man behind the success of  Chandrayaan-3 last year, queues up along with other votes at a polling station in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala

26 Apr 2024, 01:57:16 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Overall 39.1% voter turnout till 1 pm

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Overall the 88 seats recorded 39.1% voter turnout till 1 pm, according to the Election Commission of India. Karnataka recorded 38. 2 % turnout, Tripura recorded 54.47 %, Kerala recorded 39%, Bihar 33.8 % and UP 35.75 % till 1 pm, according to Election Commission.

 

Assam 46.31%

Bihar 33.80% 

Chhattisgarh 53.09% 

Jammu And Kashmir 42.88% 

Karnataka 38.23% 

Kerala 39.26% 

Madhya Pradesh 38.96% 

Maharashtra 31.77% 

Manipur 54.26% 

Rajasthan 40.39% 

Tripura 54.47% 

Uttar Pradesh 35.73% 

West Bengal 47.29%

26 Apr 2024, 01:40:38 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live:  25 % voter turnout till 11 am

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Overall the 88 seats across 13 states recorded 25 % voter turnout till 11 am, according to the Election Commission of India. Chhattisgarh and Tripura recorded over 35% voter turnout while Maharashtra recorded the lowest turnout at over 18.8% polling till 11 am.

26 Apr 2024, 01:37:55 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: I have no intention to join politics, says Aishwarya Hegde, DK Shivakumar's daughter

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live:  After casting her vote, Aishwarya DKS Hegde, daughter of Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar said she had no intention to join politics, “It's about the country today. If only the country grows, I or any other individual will grow....I have no intentions (to join politics). I am an educationist and I am happy doing that. Everyone needs to work in different fields to make India proud and I am working in a field which is so required right now," she told news agency ANI.

26 Apr 2024, 01:11:40 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Narayana Murthy, Sudha Murthy cast their votes in Bengaluru

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Despite ill health, Narayana Murthy casted his vote at a Bengaluru polling booth station on Friday. His wife Sudha Murthy on Friday urged more and more people to come and vote. (Read full story here)

26 Apr 2024, 12:40:04 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Responsibility of every citizen to cast their vote, says Biocon chairperson Kiran Shaw 

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Biocon chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw on Friday said that it is the responsibility of every citizen to come and cast their vote. "I think it is the responsibility of every citizen of our great democracy to come out and cast their vote. I have basically carried out that duty and responsibility," told PTI after voting.

26 Apr 2024, 12:25:28 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: ISRO chief S Somanath queues up to cast his vote in Kerala

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: ISRO chief S Somanath on Friday participated in the second phase of Lok Sabha voting. He could be seen queuing up at a  polling station in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

26 Apr 2024, 12:01:13 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: BJP is going to win all over the country, says Union Minister General VK Singh

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Live: Union Minister and General VK Singh on Friday said that the BJP will come to power all over the country in the general elections. 

“PM Narendra Modi has given a target of 400 paar and we will achieve that target. I am not contesting this time, and there's a difference between not fielded and not contesting," he told ANI after casting his vote.

26 Apr 2024, 11:11:32 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live:  State is giving very big result, says Karnataka Deputy CM

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live: After voting during the second phase of Lok Sabha elections, Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar applauded his party’s manifesto and said that the state is giving very big results.

“Karnataka is going to poll; the state is giving very big results and people are very happy as whatever we said in the last elections we have delivered...Women are cutting across the party line, all of them are favouring us and I thank all of them...For the first-time voters- the youth of this country, I have to say that Congress has put up a beautiful manifesto...You have to make a change as it is needed, you have given 10 years and now let's go for a change," he told ANI.

26 Apr 2024, 10:48:21 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live: Congress will not win more than 30 seats, BJP leader Tejasvi Surya after casting vote

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Tejasvi Surya cast his vote in Bengaluru on Friday. After voting, Surya said that the Congress party may not win more than 30 seats in the Lok Sabha polls.

"Congress party has become absolutely frustrated. Survey after survey shows that it may not win more than 30 seats... The more personal attacks and baseless allegations they make against the PM, history has shown that the Prime Minister has only gotten stronger and the BJP has only gotten more popular," he told ANI.

26 Apr 2024, 10:07:46 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live :  Actor Neha Sharma, father Ajit Sharma caste vote in Bhagalpur

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live : Congress candidate from Bhagalpur, Bihar Ajit Sharma cast his vote on Friday. Sharma was accompanied by his daughter and Bollywood actress Neha Sharma.

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26 Apr 2024, 09:38:52 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live : 8.52 % turnout till 9 am in Kerala

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live : Kerala recorded 8.52 % voter turnout in Kerala till 9 am during the phase 2 polling underway at all 20 seats. Karnataka recorded 9.21 % turnout, MP saw 13.82 % turnout, according to  Election Commission. 

26 Apr 2024, 09:30:19 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live : India needs every vote, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live : VIDEO |  Union Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman cast her vote in Bengaluru, Karnataka. on Friday. “Everyone should come out of their homes to cast their vote. Yes, it can be a hot day in Bengaluru but it is worth coming out. Choose your time, please come, do vote. India needs every vote," Sitharaman said after casting her vote. 

26 Apr 2024, 09:04:20 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live : Ashok Gehlot casts his vote in Jodhpur. 

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live: Watch - Former Chief Minister of Rajasthan  Ashok Gehlot casts his vote at a polling booth in Jodhpur. His son Vaibhav Gehlot is a candidate from Jalore Lok Sabha seat.

26 Apr 2024, 08:21:31 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live: DK Suresh, Hema Malini, among richest candidates in contesting today

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live: Congress leaders Venkataramane Gowda, DK Suresh and BJP leader Hema Malini are the three richest candidates in the fray in the second phase of Lok Sabha Elections, the polling of which is underway today. Gowda, the candidate from Mandya in Karnataka has declared assets worth 623 crore. Suresh, the candidate from Bangalore Rural has assets worth 593 crore while Hema Malini, who is contesting from Mathura, has declared assets worth 279 crore.

26 Apr 2024, 08:03:46 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live: 'Election to protect democracy from the clutches of dictatorship," says Congress president Malikarjun Kharge

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live:  Congress president Malikarjun Kharge said the ongoing election is not an ordinary election but an election to protect democracy from the clutches of dictatorship. “We, the people of India' - this soul of the Constitution of India, should reverberate in your hearts and minds, before you push the voting button. Do not forget that this is not an ordinary election. It is an election to protect Democracy from the clutches of Dictatorship. To all my dear citizens, from 89 Constituencies in 13 States and UTs, do not get swayed by any diversionary tactics and lies. Always make your vote count," Kharge said in his message to voters on X. 

26 Apr 2024, 07:54:57 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live: Hema Malini, Arun Govil, among BJP candidates in the fray from 8 Western UP seats today 

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live: Polling is in progress at eight Lok Sabha constituencies of Western Uttar Pradesh in the second phase on April 26. The seats going to polls include Meerut, Baghpat, Bulandshahar, Amroha, Ghaziabad, Gautambudh Nagar (Noida), Aligarh and Mathura . Ninety one candidates are in the fray from these seats. 

26 Apr 2024, 07:44:44 AM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Live: 'Our assessment is that we will get all 20 seats,' claims Kerala LoP VD Satheesan

"Our assessment is that we will get all 20 seats. There is a silent trend against the current state and Central government. I hope Congress-led INDIA front will come back....," says Kerala LoP VD Satheesan in Ernakulam.

Kerala is voting on all 20 parliamentary seats in the second phase of elections.

A total of 8.08 crore voters across 13 States/UTs are voting today. 1201 candidates are in the fray.

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