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Lok Sabha elections: 66% turnout in second phase

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth after casting vote for the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections, at a polling station in Chennai today. (PTI)Premium
Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth after casting vote for the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections, at a polling station in Chennai today. (PTI)

  • Lok Sabha Elections 2019 phase 2 voting underway
  • Some of the prominent candidates contesting in the phase 2 of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are — HD Deve Gowda, Veerappa Moily and Hema Malini

As turnout data continued to pour in on late Thursday evening, the turnout data for the second phase of two key southern states increased to 71.32% for Tamil Nadu and 68.16% for Karnataka, as of 11PM updates. While it still remains marginally lesser than the turnouts witnessed in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission is hopeful that the figures could go further up when final figures come.

Eleven states and a Union territory went to the polls in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday. Five more phases of the polls remain, the last of which will take place nearly a month later on 19 May and counting for all the seats will take place on 23 May.

Among high polling states on Thursday are Manipur at 78.19%, West Bengal at 76.42% and Assam at 76.45%. States like Bihar witnessed 62.04% polling, West Bengal at 76.42% and Uttar Pradesh at 62.06% - all three are witnessing a seven phased polling which is spread over more than a month. According to the 11PM updates, the lowest turnout is for Jammu and Kashmir at 45.64%.

In the second phase, 155 million people were eligible to vote, deciding the fate of 1,611 candidates—more than half of them in Tamil Nadu. More than 176,000 booths were set up to conduct the elections.

Today's election will seal the fate of key contestants like BJP's Hema Malini (Mathura), National Conference president Farooq Abdullah (Srinagar), Congress leaders Verappa Moily (Chikkaballapur), Raj Babbar (Fatehpur Sikri), union ministers Jual Oram (Sundargarh), Sadananda Gowda (Udupi-Chikmaglur) and Pon Radhakrishnan (Kanyakumari) and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda (Tumkuru).

18 Apr 2019, 09:45:35 PM IST

66% turnout in second phase of Lok Sabha polls

A turnout of 66% was recorded in 95 Lok Sabha constituencies across 12 states and a Union Territory on Thursday in the second phase of polling which was marred by stray incidents of violence in West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir and EVM glitches in seven states.

18 Apr 2019, 09:13:40 PM IST

Over 73% votes cast in Assam in phase two

Over 73% of the 6910592 voters were cast in five Assam Lok Sabha constituencies Thursday during the second phase of polling, an election department communique said.

The communique said that 73.32% votes were polled across 8,992 booths in Karimganj(SC), Silchar, Autonomous Districts(ST), Nowgong and Mangaldoi constituencies to decide the fate of 50 candidates.

18 Apr 2019, 07:12:26 PM IST

Phase 2 of Lok Sabha polls: Moderate to high voter turnout

Moderate to high voter turnout was recorded in the 95 constituencies in 11 states and Puducherry that went to polls in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections which were marred by sporadic incidents of violence in West Bengal and Manipur and EVM glitches.

There were also reports of EVM malfunctioning in some seats.

18 Apr 2019, 06:00:40 PM IST

Stray violence in phase 2 voting in WB, 66% votes cast 3 pm

Isolated incidents of violence, road blockades, bombings and police firing marred the second phase of polling at a few place in the three Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal with 65.43% of voter turnout till 3PM on Thursday, officials said.

Around 63.14% polling was recorded in Darjeeling, 71.32% in Jalpaiguri (SC) and 61.84% in Raiganj seat.

It is Raiganj which reported the maximum incidents of violence from its Chopra and Islampur areas.

18 Apr 2019, 05:19:22 PM IST

When donkeys lent a helping hand to Tamil Nadu poll officials

While GPS-fitted vehicles are deployed to transport poll materials like EVMs in the State, such technology or vehicles do not always help; especially when it comes to hilly terrains of Tamil Nadu to send across election paraphernalia.

Particularly, where there are no roads to reach hamlets on hill tops -leave alone motorable ones- the challenge is more pronounced and carrying EVMs, and control units within the stipulated time frame is no mean task.

A slew of such remote villages are spread across Tamil Nadu including those atop hills in the districts of Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Erode, Namakkal, and Theni with voters ranging between 300 and 1,100 in a given polling station. Several booths in remote locations like Kottur in the Pennagaram region of Dharmapuri and hamlets on Bothamalai in Namakkal pose the challenge of rocky terrain too.

To surmount the challenge, poll officials loaded election materials -neatly packed in gunny bags- on donkeys and ponies and they carried some of the luggage on their heads to reach the designated polling stations and the ardous journey was in the range of 9 to 11 kilometers on the hills.

Vellakkevi and Pallathukadu in the Kodaikanal hill ranges (Dindigul), Kathiripatti (Erode) and Kedamalai (Namakkal) were among the hilly villages officials reached overcoming the challenges with the help of donkeys and ponies. Also, some villages like Vellakkevi are located amid dense forests and poll officials were assisted by the anti-naxal police personnel to reach the hamlets. (PTI)

18 Apr 2019, 05:12:06 PM IST

This is an election for change, says Akhilesh

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav said on Thursday that the ongoing Lok Sabha polls were an "election for change".

"Our Mahagathbandhan is an alliance of three parties (SP, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal) but the BJP is with 38 parties and this is an adulterated alliance," he said while addressing a rally after filing his nomination papers from the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat.

He was accompanied by his party leaders Naresh Uttam and Abu Asim and BSP leader Satish Chandra Misra during the nomination.

18 Apr 2019, 05:09:53 PM IST

Voting crosses half way mark in Tamil Nadu

Polling in the 38 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu crossed the half way mark on Thursday with 52.02% of the total 5.8 voters casting their vote.

18 Apr 2019, 04:50:46 PM IST

Voter turnout till 3 pm

Voter turnout till 3 pm: Maharashtra - 46.63%, Tamil Nadu - 52.02%, Odisha - 53%, Manipur - 67.5%, Uttar Pradesh - 50.39%, Chhattisgarh - 59.72%, Karnataka - 49.26%

18 Apr 2019, 04:01:06 PM IST

Voter turnout till 3 PM in Jammu and Kashmir is 38.5%

18 Apr 2019, 03:51:32 PM IST

Over 51% vote in West Bengal amid violence

Over 51 per cent of the electorate cast their votes in the three northern West Bengal constituencies in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, amid several incidents of violence including an attack on a CPI-M candidate and the smashing of an EVM.

In the first six hours till 1 p.m., the overall polling percentage was 51.60, with Raiganj recording 52.54, Jalpaiguri 54.73 and Darjeeling 47.52 per cent turnout, an Election Commission (EC) official said in Kolkata.

Voting across 5,390 polling stations began at 7 a.m. and will end at 6 p.m.

18 Apr 2019, 03:48:41 PM IST

Polling picks up post-noon to 38.4% in Karnataka

Unfazed by the summer heat and dust, voters turned out in large numbers post-noon to register 38.4 per cent average polling till 3:00 p.m. in Karnataka's 14 Lok Sabha constituencies, an official said on Thursday.

18 Apr 2019, 03:29:23 PM IST

Tamil Nadu leaders make beeline to vote; 39.49% turnout so far

Tamil Nadu recorded 39.49 per cent voting till 1 pm in 38 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state, with Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DMK chief M K Stalin among the early voters. Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said the state recorded 39.49 per cent voting till 1 PM, with Namakkal registering the highest of 41.56 and Kanyakumari the minimum of 37.2 per cent. In the bypolls in 18 Assembly segments, the polling percentage was 42.92. Sahoo said the polling exercise has been going on peacefully all over the state. As many as 384 EVMs and 692 VVPATs were changed spread over 66,167 polling stations across Tamil Nadu over technical issues, he said. (PTI)

18 Apr 2019, 03:27:54 PM IST

Won't seek Mamata's support to form govt: WB Congress chief

West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra said his party won't seek support from Mamata Banerjee-led TMC to form the next government or support her bid to become the prime minister in case the general election results throw up a hung Parliament.

18 Apr 2019, 03:20:33 PM IST

Odisha: A 95-year-old man collapsed and died later while waiting for his turn to vote, at a polling booth in Ganjam

18 Apr 2019, 03:02:11 PM IST

West Bengal: An EVM was vandalized during a clash between TMC and BJP workers in Chopra

18 Apr 2019, 02:44:55 PM IST

EC bans Congress' 'Chowkidaar Chor Hai' ad

The Election Commission in Madhya Pradesh has banned the 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' advertisement of the Congress party and ordered an end to its broadcast.

18 Apr 2019, 02:44:18 PM IST

46.42 per cent polling recorded in Assam till 1 pm

18 Apr 2019, 02:44:07 PM IST

47% polling till 1 pm in Chhattisgarh

18 Apr 2019, 01:30:54 PM IST

Naxals trigger IED blast in Chhattisgarh, 1 ITBP jawan injured

18 Apr 2019, 01:22:01 PM IST

105-year-old votes in Maharashtra

Heads turned when 105-year-old Kabaibai Ganpati Kamble on Thursday reached a polling station to cast her vote in the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra.

Seated on a wheelchair, Kabaibai was accompanied by her grown up children and other fourth-generation relatives to the polling station in Harangul New Colony in Latur.

She was cheered by other voters who clapped for her. (IANS)

18 Apr 2019, 01:21:20 PM IST

Voting process recorded, posted on Facebook; probe ordered

Election officials have ordered an inquiry after some voters recorded their voting process at a polling booth here and posted it on Facebook, police said.

As per Election Commission guidelines, voters are not allowed to carry their mobile phones within a 100-metre radius of polling stations on the day of voting, an official said.

"This action (Facebook video) is a clear violation of the EC guidelines and also against the principles of secret ballot," an official said. (PTI)

18 Apr 2019, 01:20:24 PM IST

Maharashtra: 21.47% polling till 11 am

18 Apr 2019, 01:20:00 PM IST

West Bengal clocks 33.52 % voter turnout

18 Apr 2019, 12:45:20 PM IST

West Bengal: CPI(M) candidate from Raiganj Mohammad Salim's vehicle attacked in Islampur

18 Apr 2019, 12:41:43 PM IST

Manipur Governor, CM jump queue to vote

Manipur Governor Najma Heptullah and Chief Minister N. Biren Singh jumped the queues to vote in the election to the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha seat on Thursday. Voters, some of who who had lined up even before the polling stations opened at 7 a.m., were not amused.

Some pointed out that many other politicians had stood patiently in queues along with the general people.

Heptulla's name is registered in the Sagolband Assembly constituency under which the Raj Bhavan falls. (IANS)

18 Apr 2019, 12:40:14 PM IST

Villagers boycott election to protest against pollution

Around 500 voters in Nagaraja Kandigai village in the Tiruvallur Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu boycotted the election in protest against the functioning of a polluting sponge iron factory in their locality.

18 Apr 2019, 12:34:55 PM IST

Voting picks up in UP, over 24% recorded by 11 am

Voting picked up with an overall polling percentage of 24.31 being reported from eight parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh in the first four hours.

Polling is underway in Nagina (SC), Amroha, Bulandshahr (SC), Aligarh, Hathras (SC), Fatehpur Sikri, Mathura and Agra (SC) constituencies in the second phase of polls.

According to the Election Commission, polling percentage till 11.00 am was — 23.78 in Nagina, 24.64 in Amroha, 24.94 in Bulandshahr, 23 in Aligarh, 25.93 in Hathras, 23.71 in Mathura, 25 in Agra and 23.47 in Fatehpur Sikri.

Polling gathered the maximum pace in Aligarh and Mathura after a slow start.

In Aligarh, the polling percentage touched 23 per cent by 11.00am, from 7.6 per cent at 9.00am.

Similarly, in Mathura, the polling percentage at 9.00 am was 8.82 per cent, and at 11.00 AM the polling percentage surged to 23.71 per cent.

18 Apr 2019, 01:28:03 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: One ITBP jawan injured in an IED blast by Naxals in Rajnandgaon

18 Apr 2019, 12:32:21 PM IST

Voter turnout till 11 AM in Jammu & Kashmir's Srinagar and Udhampur parliamentary constituency is 17.8%

18 Apr 2019, 12:31:02 PM IST

BJP candidate alleges fake voting in UP

Kanwar Singh Tanwar, BJP candidate from Amroha: "Fake voting has happened. Women in burkhas are not being checked for their identity. I heard a man wearing burkha was also caught." (ANI)

18 Apr 2019, 12:07:36 PM IST

Voter turnout in Tamil Nadu till 11 AM

Voter turnout till 11 AM in Tamil Nadu is 30.62%

18 Apr 2019, 12:03:25 PM IST

Voting is brisk in Udhampur, muted in Srinagar

People voted in large numbers on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur Lok Sabha seat but polling was muted in the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, reported news agency ANI.

A healthy voter turnout was reported in Kathua, Reasi, Udhampur, Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar districts of Udhampur where over 12 per cent voters exercised franchise during the first three hours until 10 a.m.

18 Apr 2019, 12:02:58 PM IST

Voter turnout in UP at 11 am

At 11 am, the voter turnout in Uttar Pradesh’s Nagina constituency stood at 24%, and at 26% in Amroha.

18 Apr 2019, 12:02:25 PM IST

Raj Babbar casts his vote

Congress leader Raj Babbar cast his vote in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019.

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18 Apr 2019, 11:49:58 AM IST

EC flying squad recovers cash worth over ₹11 crore

The Election Commission of India's (ECI) flying squad seized 11.85 lakh worth of cash from Sion area of Mumbai on Thursday.

The seizure comes as voting for 10 Lok Sabha seats which fall under Maharashtra's Vidarbha and Marathwada regions is underway in the second phase of polling.

A huge amount of unaccounted money is being recovered in raids and searches by authorities across the country since Model Code of Conduct came into effect with the announcement of the poll dates on March 10.

The central agencies and the EC have been conducting raids and searches across the states to ensure illegal money is not used to influence voters in the ensuing general elections.

18 Apr 2019, 11:38:31 AM IST

EC ignoring code violation by BJP: Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has alleged that the Election Commission was turning a blind eye to "blatant violation of the model code of conduct" by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

In a statement, Mayawati said that Adityanath was visiting temples and eating food in the houses of Dalits during the period he was banned from campaigning.

"The Chief Minister's activities are being widely published in the media which amounts to campaigning. Why is the Election Commission so generous towards him?" she asked.

18 Apr 2019, 11:27:21 AM IST

17% voter turnout in three northern West Bengal constituencies

Nearly 17 per cent of the electorate cast their votes amid stray incidents of violence in the three northern West Bengal constituencies in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday.

Tea garden workers were among those who turned out in strength in the Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri constituencies, while Muslim community members were seen in good numbers at the prestigious Raiganj seat in the early hours.

In the first two hours till 9 a.m., the overall polling percentage was 16.78, with Raiganj recording 17.45, Jalpaiguri 16.84 and Darjeeling 16.14 per cent turnout, an Election Commission (EC) official said in Kolkata.

18 Apr 2019, 11:27:22 AM IST

Voter turnout in Karnataka

A voter turnout of 7.60% is being reported from 14 constituencies in Karnataka till 9 am, with the highest number of people voting in Dakshina Kannada and the least in Bangalore Central during the first two hours.

Dakshina Kannada recorded a voting per cent of 14.94% and Bangalore Central 5.4% till 9 am, election officials said.

18 Apr 2019, 10:55:47 AM IST

EVM glitch in Maharashtra

Polling has temporarily halted at booth number 217 in Solapur's Shastri Nagar due to fault in Electronic Voting Machine, according to ANI

18 Apr 2019, 10:48:09 AM IST

Teacher on poll duty dies of heart attack in Chhattisgarh's Kanker

A teacher, who was on election duty at a polling booth in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district, died of a heart attack on Thursday, an official said. The deceased, Tukalu Ram Nareti, an assistant teacher in a government school, was deputed as the polling officer at Kamta booth (no.186) in Antagarh area of Kanker Lok Sabha constituency where voting was underway, the official from the local administration said

18 Apr 2019, 10:41:53 AM IST

Modi, BJP nervous like Congress was in 2014: Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, saying they are nervous as the Congress was ahead of its rout in the Lok Sabha battle in 2014.

"Today, amid voting for the second phase, the BJP and Prime Minister Modi are nervous like the Congress was fearful and distressed in the last Lok Sabha polls sensing defeat. The main reason is their anti-poor, anti-labour, anti-Dalit, anti-farmer, anti-backward and anti-Muslim mindest," she tweeted.

Her remarks came as the voting for the second phase was underway in eight parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh: Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Fatehpur Sikri, Nagina, Amroha, Mathura and Agra.

18 Apr 2019, 10:38:26 AM IST

Congress-JD(S) alliance is expected to win 10-12 seats: HD Kumaraswamy

Congress-JD(S) alliance is expected to win 10-12 seats out of 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka, said Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

"Today I request all voters to go to the polling station and cast their vote, whatever decision you will take will form the future of the country. Please put your valuable vote and don't miss it," Kumaraswamy said after casting his vote here on Thursday.

"Elections are crucial for protecting the interest of the farming community. Out of 14 Lok Sabha seats, the JDS-Congress candidates may achieve 10-12 seats in this election," he added.

18 Apr 2019, 11:08:02 AM IST

Voter turnout in Uttar Pradesh

Voting is progressing at a slow pace in Uttar Pradesh, with an overall polling percentage of 10.76 being reported from the eight parliamentary constituencies in the state during the first two hours.

According to the Election Commission, polling percentage till 9.00 am was — 12.82% in Nagina, 10.72% in Amroha, 11.40% in Bulandshahr, 7.6% in Aligarh, 12.30% in Hathras, 8.82% in Mathura, 11.36% in Agra and 11.05% in Fatehpur Sikri

18 Apr 2019, 10:27:25 AM IST

Vote for Nyay, urges Rahul Gandhi

As voting for the second phase of polling started Thursday morning, Congress president Rahul Gandhi urged voters to "vote for Nyay" (justice).

"Nyay" is also the social welfare scheme announced by the Congress party in its election manifesto that promises to pay 72,000 per annum to families living below the poverty line.

Gandhi also appealed to voters to vote for justice to the unemployed youth, struggling farmers, small businessmen and those who were persecuted due to their religion or caste.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (PTI)
18 Apr 2019, 10:20:17 AM IST

Slow pace polling in Puducherry

Polling in the lone Puducherry Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday progressed at a slow pace but was brisk in the Thattanchavady Assembly seat.

According to the Election Commission, 1.96 per cent voting was recorded in Puducherry from 7 a.m. till 9.30 a.m. and 5.21 per cent in Thattanchavady Assembly by-election.

There are 18 candidates in the fray for Lok Sabha seat and their electoral fate will be decided by about 9.73 lakh voters.

18 Apr 2019, 10:20:39 AM IST

Tamil Nadu registers over 13% voting till 9 am

Polling in Tamil Nadu's 38 Lok Sabha and 18 Assembly constituencies that began at 7 a.m. on Thursday progressed at a brisk rate and peacefully, with 13.48% voting reported in two hours.

18 Apr 2019, 10:15:54 AM IST

Voter turnout in Bihar

In Bihar, voter turnout has touched 7.83 per cent in the first two hours, while Uttar Pradesh, which has eight constituencies going to polls today, has clocked 3.99 per cent voting till 9 am.

18 Apr 2019, 10:10:02 AM IST

Voter turnout in Chhattisgarh

In Chhattisgarh, voters have braved the threats of Naxals and have come out in large numbers to cast votes in three constituencies which are voting today. The turnout at 9 am has been recorded at 7.75 per cent, according to data provided by the Election Commission.

18 Apr 2019, 10:09:10 AM IST

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy: Dynasty politics isn't an important issue now

After casting his vote in Ramanagara, Kumaraswamy said, that dynasty politics isn't an important issue now. "Country's problems are the main issue. Only because of dynasty politics and regional politics, this country developed in several states. We're not bothered about criticism from BJP," he said. (ANI)

18 Apr 2019, 10:07:21 AM IST

AMMK chief TTV Dinakaran casts his vote in Chennai

18 Apr 2019, 09:51:17 AM IST

Voting is underway in eight constituencies in Uttar Pradesh

Voting is underway in eight parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

Both Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress are fighting from all the eight seats — Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Fatehpur Sikri, Nagina, Amroha, Mathura and Agra; while Bahujan Samaj Party which is in alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has put up its candidate in six seats as SP and RLD fight from one seat each.

There are 85 candidates in the fray, including actor-politicians Hema Malini from Mathura and state Congress chief Raj Babbar from Fatehpur Sikri, while Uttar Pradesh Minister S.P. Singh Baghel is contesting from Agra.

A total of 1,40,76,635 voters were exercising their rights.

18 Apr 2019, 09:41:38 AM IST

Suriya Sivakumar casts his vote

Actor Suriya Sivakumar along with his wife Jyotika and his brother Actor Karthi cast his vote

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18 Apr 2019, 09:37:03 AM IST

HD Kumaraswamy casts his vote

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, his wife Anitha Kumaraswamy and their son & JD(S) candidate from Mandya, Nikhil, cast their votes at a polling station in Ramanagara

18 Apr 2019, 09:33:37 AM IST

Polling percentage recorded till 9 am

Polling percentage recorded till 9 am

Assam (5 seats)-9.51%

J&K (2 seats)-0.99%

Karnataka (14 seats)1.14%,

Maharashtra (10)-0.85%



Tamil Nadu (38)-0.81%,


West Bengal (3)-0.55%



18 Apr 2019, 09:31:33 AM IST

Voter turn out in south Bengaluru

Voter turn out in south Bengaluru parliamentary constituency is 9.23 % till 9 am

18 Apr 2019, 09:30:54 AM IST

EVM glitch in Odisha; voting delayed

Voting delayed in 70 booths of Odisha's Sundargarh Lok Sabha constituency due to EVM glitches

18 Apr 2019, 09:28:18 AM IST

Polling underway in Srinagar Parliamentary seat

Amidst tight security, polling was underway Thursday in Srinagar Parliamentary constituency of Jammu and Kashmir to decide the fate of 10 candidates, including National Conference president Farooq Abdullah.

Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in strength in and around polling stations in all three districts -- Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal -- of the constituency, the officials said.

However, they said most of the polling booths in the city wore a deserted look.

18 Apr 2019, 09:21:28 AM IST

PM Narendra Modi urges youth to vote to strengthen democracy

As polling for the phase two of Lok Sabha elections began Thursday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the youth to cast their vote.

"Phase 2 of the Lok Sabha polls start today. I am sure all those whose seats are polling today will strengthen our democracy by exercising their franchise," he tweeted.

18 Apr 2019, 09:16:57 AM IST

Voter turnout in Bihar

Voter turnout in Bihar (5 constituencies) is 12.27%, till 8 am

18 Apr 2019, 09:15:02 AM IST

Polling begins in Puducherry

for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Puducherry began here Thursday along with voting for the bypoll to fill the vacant Thattanchavady assembly seat.

The main battle for the parliamentary seat from the Union Territory is between the ruling Congress's candidate V Vaithilingam, a former assembly speaker, and opposition AINRC nominee K Narayanasamy.

There are 18 contestants in the fray, including two women candidates.

18 Apr 2019, 09:11:57 AM IST

P Chidambaram, Rajinikanth cast votes in Tamil Nadu

Polling for Tamil Nadu's 38 Lok Sabha constituencies and bypolls in 18 assembly segments began Thursday and Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, and DMK's Dayanidhi Maran and Kanimozhi are among the key contenders for parliamentary polls.

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, top actor Rajinikanth voted at Sivaganga district's Kandanur and Chennai respectively.

BJP's Tamil Nadu unit chief Tamilisai Soundararjan and actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan also cast their votes here.

18 Apr 2019, 09:11:57 AM IST

EVM malfunction reported in Mathura

EVM malfunction reported in Mathura as well. The voting is yet to begin in booth number 46 in Gantholi village of Govardhan block.

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18 Apr 2019, 08:58:12 AM IST

Kiran Bedi casts her her vote

Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi casts her her vote

18 Apr 2019, 08:57:28 AM IST

Chennai vs Centre: Water first, nation next

Whether the candidate is a newbie or a veteran, the voter blue or white collar, across Chennai, it is local issues that dominate campaigns and conversations. Peak summer or ‘kathiri veyil’ is yet to set in but water scarcity is the first, and often the only, topic people talk about. Debates about national security, jobs, the need for a “strong leader" and fundamental rights that take centre stage in other parts of the country are largely missing. Read the full story here

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18 Apr 2019, 08:50:23 AM IST

Polling centers in Mathura water logged because of heavy rains last night

Polling centers in Mathura water logged because of heavy rains last night. Long queues of voters in Mathura since morning. Vehicles not allowed near polling stations. Mobiles prohibited inside polling station. Jawans of Punjab Border wing deployed in Mathura.

18 Apr 2019, 08:57:28 AM IST

Elections 2019: Will Naveen Patnaik push back Modi juggernaut?

As five of Odisha’s 21 Lok Sabha seats vote today, Naveen Patnaik’s BJD is facing a larger and more aggressive BJP that is determined to wrest the state. Assembly elections to 147 seats are also being held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls in four phases till 29 April. Mint meets the key players in Odisha’s electoral battle

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18 Apr 2019, 08:43:48 AM IST

Odisha votes for 35 Assembly seats today. EVM glitch reported

The second phase of elections commenced in Odisha for five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly seats on Thursday.

Voting has commenced from 7 a.m. and it will continue till 6 p.m. in the state. In the Maoists-affected areas, the poll process will be held till 4 p.m., said an official.

A total of 76.93 lakh voters were expected to exercise their rights for Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska Lok Sabha seats and 35 Assembly seats under these parliamentary constituencies.

Of the total voters, 39.45 lakh men, 37.47 lakh women and 605 others will cast their votes in 9,117 booths.

The voters will decide the fate of 35 Lok Sabha candidates and 244 Assembly candidates, who are contesting in the second phase.

18 Apr 2019, 08:43:48 AM IST

Naxal-hit Kanker votes in Phase 2 of Elections 2019 today

Voters of three constituencies in Chhattisgarh, including the Naxal-affected areas of Kanker and Rajnandgaon, will exercise their franchise in the second phase of polling on Thursday. The other constituency is Mahasamund.

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Mohan Mandavi is up against the Congress’ Biresh Thakur in Kanker.

In Rajnandgaon, BJP has fielded Santosh Pandey, replacing Abhishek Singh, the current member of Parliament and son of former chief minister Raman Singh. Pandey will contest against Bhola Ram Sahu of the Congress.

In Mahasamund, Chunni Lal Sahu of BJP is up against the Congress’ Dhanendra Sahu.

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18 Apr 2019, 08:29:55 AM IST

EC seeks detailed report on cash seized from Tamil Nadu's Theni

Election Commission on Wednesday sought a detailed report against the backdrop of the Income Tax department seizing cash allegedly meant to bribe voters in Tamil Nadu.

The Income-Tax Department Wednesday seized 1.48 crore cash stashed allegedly by supporters of TTV Dhinakaran's AMMK party to bribe voters in Tamil Nadu's Theni district, where an assembly bypoll is scheduled Thursday

18 Apr 2019, 08:26:04 AM IST

Nirmala Sitharaman casts her vote

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman casts her vote at polling booth 54 in Jayanagar of Bangalore South Parliamentary constituency.

18 Apr 2019, 08:07:41 AM IST

Voting starts for Maharashtra's 10 Lok Sabha seats

Voting started for 10 Lok Sabha seats spread in Maharashtras Vidarbha and Marathwada regions in the second phase of elections on Thursday morning.

The constituencies going to polling are — Buldhana, Akola, Amravati (SC), Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur (SC) and Solapur (SC).

The main contests shall be between ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena and Opposition Congress-Nationalist Congress Party, besides the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), a Dalit-Muslim front.

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18 Apr 2019, 07:54:58 AM IST

Voting begins in all the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka

Polling begins in Karnataka's 14 Lok Sabha seats. The constituencies where polling is underway are Udupi-Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga (SC), Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajnagar (SC), Bangalore Rural, Bangalore North, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Chikkaballapur and Kolar (SC).

Of the 2.67-crore electorate in the first phase, 1.35-crore male and 1.32-crore female voters will decide the fate of 241 candidates, including 15 women and 133 Independents in fray for the 14 seats.

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18 Apr 2019, 07:52:22 AM IST

P Chidambaram casts his vote

Veteran Congress leader P Chidambaram casts his vote at a polling station in Karaikudi, Sivaganga. Nalini Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram and his wife Srinidi Rangarajan cast their vote in the morning.

18 Apr 2019, 08:05:22 AM IST

VVPAT machine not working in Silchar

VVPAT machine not working properly at a polling station in Silchar. Polling officers trying to fix it.

18 Apr 2019, 07:40:16 AM IST

Maharashtra alliances face their first major test today

Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)-Shiv Sena-Republican Party of India (Athawale) alliance faces its first big test as 10 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra go to polls on Thursday in the second phase of the 2019 elections. Of these, the BJP-Sena-RPI had won eight seats in 2014 while the rival Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) bagged two. Read more

18 Apr 2019, 07:38:29 AM IST

In Tamil Nadu, EC cancels voting in Vellore Lok Sabha seat

In Tamil Nadu, voting is going on in 38 out of total 39 seats as the Election Commission on Tuesday rescinded the poll for Vellore Lok Sabha constituency after the Income Tax (IT) department seized unaccounted cash from the cement warehouse allegedly belonging to a DMK functionary's relative. Read more

18 Apr 2019, 07:33:00 AM IST

Rajinikanth casts his vote in Chennai

Actor turned politician Rajinikanth casts his vote at the polling station in Stella Maris College, in Chennai Central parliamentary constituency.

Earlier, 69-year old superstar said that he would not be contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections nor extending support to any other political outfit

A file photo of actor Rajinikanth. Photo: PTI
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A file photo of actor Rajinikanth. Photo: PTI
18 Apr 2019, 07:28:29 AM IST

Bengaluru voting for 3 Lok Sabha constituencies

In Bengaluru, which has three parliamentary seats, the BJP and the Congress are locked in straight contests.

BJP leader and Union Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda is re-contesting from Bangalore North, while two-time sitting MP P.C. Mohan is trying for a hat-trick from the prestigious Bangalore Central seat.

The Congress has fielded its state Minister Krishna Byre Gowda against Sadananda Gowda in Bangalore North, where the politically dominant Vokkaliga community are present in large numbers.

In Bangalore South, the BJP has fielded Tejasvi Surya in place of former Union Minister A.H. Ananth Kumar, who passed away in November 2018 after brief illness. Kumar represented the seat for a record six times since 1996.

18 Apr 2019, 07:25:44 AM IST

Assembly polls in Odisha

In Odisha, besides the five Lok Sabha seats, polling is also being held for 35 assembly constituencies. BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is fighting from two seats -- Hinjili under Aska LS constituency and Bijepur under Bargarh LS constituency.

Besides, senior Congress leader and opposition leader Narasingha Mishra is fighting from Bolangir Assembly segment while BJP legislature party leader K.V. Singhdeo is contesting from Patnagarh Assembly seat

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