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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Voting for Phase 1 ends with 62% turnout till 9 pm; violence hits Manipur, Bengal | 5 points

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase One voting: A voter turnout of around 62 per cent was recorded across the 102 Lok Sabha seats until 9 pm. Which state saw how much voter turnout? Here's all you need to know about the Phase 1 voting.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: People stand in queue to cast their vote at a polling booth during the Lok Sabha election in Gaya, Bihar, on Friday.Premium
Lok Sabha Elections 2024: People stand in queue to cast their vote at a polling booth during the Lok Sabha election in Gaya, Bihar, on Friday.

India saw its first phase of voting for the mammoth Lok Sabha Elections 2024 on Friday, April 19. While a few areas in West Bengal and Manipur saw violence and exchange of gunfire, the first phase of polling was "largely peaceful across 21 States/UTs", the Elections Commission of India (ECI) said. The voting concluded by 6 pm in 102 Lok Sabha constituencies.

Follow Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 1 Voting LIVE Updates here

In Phase 1 of the Lok Sabha elections, polling has been completed for 10 states/UTs, along with voting for state assemblies in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. These 10 states/UTs are Tamil Nadu, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

1. Which state saw how much voter turnout?

The voter turnout of around 62.37 percent was recorded across the 102 Lok Sabha seats till 9 pm. The Election Commission said the polling for the first phase of the general elections 2024 recorded high voter turnout despite the heat wave. The final voter turnout will be declared on Saturday.

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Tripura recorded the highest turnout of around 80 per cent, followed by West Bengal at 77 per cent. In Tamil Nadu, all Lok Sabha constituencies went to the polls in a single phase on April 19. The southern state recorded a voter turnout of 72 per cent till 7 pm.

S no.State
Voter turnout till 9 pm (in %)
1Andaman and Nicobar (1 seat)56.87
2Arunachal Pradesh (2 seats)67.15
3Assam (5 seats)72.1
4Bihar (4 seats)48.5
5Chhattisgarh (1 seat, Bastar)63.41
6Jammu and Kashmir (1 seat, Udhampur)65.08
7Lakshadweep (1 seat)59.02
0.8Madhya Pradesh (6 seats)64.77
 Maharashtra (5 seats)55.35
10Manipur (2 seats)69.13
11Meghalaya (2 seats)74.21
12Mizoram (1 seat)54.23
13Nagaland (1 seat)56.91
14Puducherry (1 seat)73.5
15Rajasthan (12 seats)56.58
16Sikkim (1 seat)69.4
17Tamil Nadu (All 39 seats)67
18Tripura (1 seat)80.17
19Uttar Pradesh (8 seats)58.49
20Uttarakhand (5 seats)54.06
21West Bengal (3 seats)77.57

(Data source: Election Commission of India)

2. Violence in Manipur

All the two Lok Sabha constituencies — Inner Manipur and Outer Manipur — went to the polls on Friday. The northeastern state, which has been marred by violence since May last year, witnessed firing incidents in the Imphal east area while the voting was underway on Friday.

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A polling station was damaged by a crowd during the first phase of the general election, in Khurai in Imphal East, Manipur, on April 19.
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A polling station was damaged by a crowd during the first phase of the general election, in Khurai in Imphal East, Manipur, on April 19. (REUTERS)

According to news agency PTI, an altercation broke out between locals and unidentified miscreants in the Thongju assembly constituency under the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha seat. Manipur Chief Electoral Officer Pradeep Jha said the district administrations have been asked for reports. He further said action would be taken against those involved in the altercation.

A firing incident and clashes were also reported at a polling booth in Moirangkampu Sajeb Awang Leikai of Imphal. "One civilian was injured in the incident," news agency ANI reported. “Suddenly two men came here and asked for polling agents of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). They took the Congress agent outside by holding his hand. Then the two men fired shots from inside the car. One person got injured," an officer said.

Jha informed that the authorities have received a "few reports of some damage to the EVMs, some criminal intimidation or somebody trying to influence the voters".

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3. Violence in West Bengal

Sporadic incidents of violence also marred the first phase of Lok Sabha polls in Bengal's three parliamentary constituencies. Several injuries were reported as Trinamool Congress (TMC) and BJP workers clashed mostly in the violence-prone Cooch Behar constituency.

The TMC and the BJP lodged around 100 and 50 complaints respectively, which are related to poll violence, voter intimidation, and assaults on poll agents in the initial hours of polling, sources were quoted by PTI as saying. Most complaints originated from Cooch Behar.

 

Electoral officers seal an Electronic Voting Machine after polling stations closed at the end of the first phase of voting in Bakshirhat area of Cooch Behar district, West Bengal, on April 19.
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Electoral officers seal an Electronic Voting Machine after polling stations closed at the end of the first phase of voting in Bakshirhat area of Cooch Behar district, West Bengal, on April 19. (AFP)

The TMC alleged that BJP workers assaulted polling agents at Sitalkuchi and prevented voters from accessing some booths in Cooch Behar. However, the BJP denied these allegations and accused the TMC of voter intimidation.

Besides, clashes were also reported in the Mathabhanga area. Both TMC and BJP workers sustained injuries, according to PTI. Both parties confronted each other over allegations of voter intimidation.

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"We have received a few complaints and we are looking into them. However, we have no reports of any major incidents of violence so far. The polling has been peaceful," a senior officer said. According to officials, Cooch Behar recorded a 77.38 per cent turnout till 5 pm, while Alipurduars and Jalpaiguri recorded 75.54 and 79.33 per cent, respectively.

4. CRPF jawan killed, IED blast in Chhattisgarh

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan deployed on security duty died after a shell of an under-barrel grenade launcher (UBGL) accidentally exploded in Galgam village under Usoor police station limits in Bijapur district, a police official said.

Voters queue up to cast their ballot outside a polling station during the first phase of voting in Dugeli village of Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on April 19.
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Voters queue up to cast their ballot outside a polling station during the first phase of voting in Dugeli village of Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on April 19. (AFP)

"Constable Devendra Kumar, belonging to CRPF's 196th battalion, suffered serious injuries in the blast and was airlifted to Jagdalpur but he died during treatment," the official said.

In another incident, an assistant commandant of the CRPF was injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by Naxalites exploded in the Bhairamgarh police station area of Bijapur district, police told PTI. The incident occurred near the Chihka polling booth under Bhairamgarh police station limits when a team of security personnel was out on an area domination operation ahead of polling.

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5. 2,500 voters cross India-Bangladesh border

Around 2,500 voters crossed fencing on the India-Bangladesh border to cast their votes in Tripura on April 19. A substantial number of voters in Tripura, for historical reasons, had to stay beyond the barbed wire fencing. Those who have attained the legal age for voting are now enrolled in the electoral rolls of Tripura. Since morning, the border gates have been opened to facilitate the voting.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote for Lok Sabha polls, in Agartala, on April 19.
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Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote for Lok Sabha polls, in Agartala, on April 19. (PTI)

Speaking to ANI, Hafizur Rahmanz, an Indian citizen who lives on the Bangladesh side of the barbed wire fencing, said all the 50 voters who live in his village are eager to cast their votes in this election.

"My name is Hafizur Rahman. I live on the other side of the fence. The situation is quite good. The voting is also proceeding smoothly. There are 19 families consisting of 50 voters. Most of them have cast their votes in the morning and the remaining voters will soon come to cast their votes," said Rahman.

(With inputs from ANI and PTI)

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Published: 19 Apr 2024, 08:13 PM IST
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