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Lok Sabha election: Exit polls 2019
Amid reports of EVM glitches, violence in parts of West Bengal and Bihar, the polling for Lok Sabha election 2019 concluded on Sunday in 59 seats to decide the fate of 918 candidates including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Election Commission of India (ECI) recorded 60.21% voter turnout in Phase 7 of the General elections 2019. 

Voting was held in all 13 seats of Punjab and an equal number of seats in Uttar Pradesh, nine in West Bengal, eight seats each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, four in Himachal Pradesh, three in Jharkhand and the lone seat Chandigarh.

Lok Sabha election 2019 Phase 7: Overall voter turnout at 6 pm

Bihar: 49.92%; Himachal Pradesh: 66.18%; Madhya Pradesh: 69.38%; Punjab: 58.81%; Uttar Pradesh: 54.37%; West Bengal: 73.05%; Jharkhand: 70.5%; Chandigarh: 63.57%.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP lawmaker and veteran actress Kirron Kher, Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha, Union Minister and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal and actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol are among the prominent candidates in fray in Phase-7 national election.

Stay with us to catch LIVE updates on Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Exit polls.


9:23 PM IST

9:19 PM IST All India Lok Sabha Tally 2019 BJP 300 ± 14 Seats NDA 350 ± 14 Seats Cong 55 ± 9 Seats UPA 95 ± 9 Seats Others 97 ± 11 Seats#News24TodaysChanakya — Today's Chanakya (@TodaysChanakya) May 19, 2019

9:16 PM IST

8:49 PM IST #TCPoll Punjab LS Seat Projection BJP+ 6 ± 3 Seats Congress 6 ± 3 Seats AAP 1 ± 1 Seats Others 0 ± 1 Seats#News24TodaysChanakya — Today's Chanakya (@TodaysChanakya) May 19, 2019

8:43 PM IST

8:40 PM IST Repolling for Lok Sabha elections at Asoti polling station (booth no. 88) in Prithla village under Faridabad Parliamentary constituency was held peacefully on Sunday, officials said.   "The polling remained peaceful. The poll percentage recorded at the Asoti booth was 65.61 per cent," said Haryana's Joint Chief Electoral Officer Inder Jeet. All 10 LS seats in Haryana went to polls on May 12.   However, repoll was necessitated at the Asoti polling station after a video went viral of a BJP polling agent allegedly trying to influence voters at the booth.   The polling agent was arrested following a complaint by the Election Commission and subsequently released on bail. The EC had also ordered repolling.   In the video clip, the polling agent could be seen going near the enclosure meant for casting votes and trying to influence voters. Krishan Pal Gurjar of the BJP is seeking re-election from Faridabad.

8:38 PM IST Every single exit poll can’t be wrong! Time to switch off the TV, log out of social media & wait to see if the world is still spinning on its axis on the 23rd. — Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 19, 2019

8:36 PM IST #TCPoll Jharkhand LS Seat Projection BJP+ 10 ± 3 Seats Congress+ 4 ± 3 Seats Others NIL#News24TodaysChanakya — Today's Chanakya (@TodaysChanakya) May 19, 2019

8:24 PM IST Voter turnout of 7th phase estimated till 8 pm- Total 62.87%; Bihar-53.36%, Himachal Pradesh- 69.73%, Madhya Pradesh-71.44%, Punjab-62.45%, Uttar Pradesh-57.86%, West Bengal- 73.51%, Jharkhand-71.16%, Chandigarh-63.57%. 

8:13 PM IST In West Bengal, it seems to be advantage Mamata Banerjee in Lok Sabha elections 2019, with her Trinamool Congress again winning the largest chunk of the state’s 42 seats, according to exit poll predictions. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), meanwhile, is projected to improve its position from last time. If the exit polls are anything to go by, the Left parties could be wiped out in the state this time.   The India News-Polstar exit poll has projected 26 seats for the TMC, 2 for the Congress, 14 for the BJP, and none for the Left.   The Times Now-VMR exit poll has projected 28 seats for the TMC, 2 for the Congress, 11 for the BJP, and 1 for the Left. Read on...

8:10 PM IST

8:08 PM IST Lok Sabha election 2019 exit polls have suggested that the Bharatiya Jaanata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) might lose heavily south of the Vindhyas. The India Today-Axis exit poll has predicted that the BJP and its allies could lose heavily in all southern states except Karnataka.   In Karnataka the BJP could get 21 to 25 of the 28 seats, with the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) combine, could end up getting only 3 to 6 seats. This is a big markup for the BJP in the state when compared with 2014. Read on...

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Repoll at Asoti booth in Faridabad Lok Sabha constituency held peacefully

Repolling for Lok Sabha elections at Asoti polling station (booth no. 88) in Prithla village under Faridabad Parliamentary constituency was held peacefully on Sunday, officials said.
 
"The polling remained peaceful. The poll percentage recorded at the Asoti booth was 65.61 per cent," said Haryana's Joint Chief Electoral Officer Inder Jeet.
All 10 LS seats in Haryana went to polls on May 12.
 
However, repoll was necessitated at the Asoti polling station after a video went viral of a BJP polling agent allegedly trying to influence voters at the booth.
 
The polling agent was arrested following a complaint by the Election Commission and subsequently released on bail. The EC had also ordered repolling.
 
In the video clip, the polling agent could be seen going near the enclosure meant for casting votes and trying to influence voters. Krishan Pal Gurjar of the BJP is seeking re-election from Faridabad.

Omar Abdullah says, "Every single exit poll can’t be wrong"

Exit poll results 2019: Jharkhand Lok Sabha seat projection

Voter turnout of 7th phase estimated till 8 pm: 62.87%

Voter turnout of 7th phase estimated till 8 pm- Total 62.87%; Bihar-53.36%, Himachal Pradesh- 69.73%, Madhya Pradesh-71.44%, Punjab-62.45%, Uttar Pradesh-57.86%, West Bengal- 73.51%, Jharkhand-71.16%, Chandigarh-63.57%. 

Lok Sabha exit polls: It's advantage TMC in Bengal, but BJP gaining seats

In West Bengal, it seems to be advantage Mamata Banerjee in Lok Sabha elections 2019, with her Trinamool Congress again winning the largest chunk of the state’s 42 seats, according to exit poll predictions. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), meanwhile, is projected to improve its position from last time. If the exit polls are anything to go by, the Left parties could be wiped out in the state this time.
 
The India News-Polstar exit poll has projected 26 seats for the TMC, 2 for the Congress, 14 for the BJP, and none for the Left.
 
The Times Now-VMR exit poll has projected 28 seats for the TMC, 2 for the Congress, 11 for the BJP, and 1 for the Left. Read on...

Exit poll results 2019 by News 18


Lok Sabha Exit Poll 2019: Karnataka only bright spot for BJP in South India

Lok Sabha election 2019 exit polls have suggested that the Bharatiya Jaanata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) might lose heavily south of the Vindhyas. The India Today-Axis exit poll has predicted that the BJP and its allies could lose heavily in all southern states except Karnataka.
 
In Karnataka the BJP could get 21 to 25 of the 28 seats, with the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) combine, could end up getting only 3 to 6 seats. This is a big markup for the BJP in the state when compared with 2014. Read on...

The silent voter will be king on May 23, says Congress leader Sanjay Jha

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Exit poll result 2019: NDA will lead in phase 2 of Lok Sabha election 2019, says News18-IPSOS

In the second phase of Lok Sabha polling, in which 95 seats went to polls, the NDA may get 50 to 54 seats in its kitty.
 
The UPA lags behind with 31 to 35 seats in the second phase.

Today's Chanakya Exit poll result 2019: Delhi Lok Sabha seat projection

BJP 7 + 2 Seats 
Congress 0 + 1 Seat
Others NIL
AAP: 0 + 1 seats
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announces an ex-gratia of Rs. 15 lakh each to the next of the kin of three polling officials of the state who died on Lok Sabha Elections duty. The deceased officials were Vineet Kumar, Devi Singh and Lot Ram.

Exit poll results 2019: Times Now-VMR on Chhattisgarh

BJD: 08
BJP: 12
Congress: 01

Exit poll results 2019 for Chhattisgarh: News24 India-Today’s Chanakya

BJP: 9 (+ 2)
Congress: 2 (+ 2)
Others: 0

Here's what News24 India-Today’s Chanakya has predicted for the Gujarat Lok Sabha elections 2019

BJP: 26 (+ 2)
Congress: 0 (± 2)
Others: 0

Exit poll 2019 results: Take a look at what exit polls are predicting



Himachal Pradesh: Out of 49 registered voters at Tashigang polling station in Lahaul-Spiti, world's highest polling station, 34 voters exercised their franchise. The polling station is located at an altitude of 15, 256 feet above sea level. 
Election Commission seizure report for the 7th phase of general elections: Cash worth - Rs 839.03 crore, liquor worth - Rs 294.41 crore, Drugs/Narcotics worth - Rs 1270.37 crore, precious metals worth - Rs 986.76 crore, other items worth - Rs 58.56 crore. 

Sudarshan News exit polls gives NDA clear majority

BJP+: 313

Congress+: 121

Others: 109




NDA to Repeat 2014 victory in Uttar Pradesh, according to News18 IPSOS exit poll

Lok Sabha elections 2019 Phase 1: The NDA is set to repeat its record of 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh as the News18 IPSOS predicts 50 to 54 seats for the NDA out of the 67 Lok sabha seats that went to polls in first six phases.
 
 The mahaghatbandhan may secure 11 to 15 seats of the 67 seats that went to polls in first six phases. The UPA will be bagging two seats, according to the IPSOS exit polls.  

In phase 1 of Lok Sabha elections, NDA to bag 38 to 42 seats, says News18-IPSOS survey

News18-IPSOS has released the first set of numbers. The pollster has given the NDA an edge in the first phase of the seven-phased polling exercise. News18's survey predicted that the NDA may get 33 t0 35 seats, while the Congress my win four to five seats. Others, which includes the SP-BSP alliance as well may bag 44 to 47 seats.

Jan Ki Baat - Exit Poll gives NDA 305 seats

NDA – 305 
UPA – 124
MGB – 26
Others - 87

Neta-NewsX Exit Poll shows NDA close to majority

— BJP expected to cross 200 while Congress to win 107 seats
 
— NDA could lead with 242 seats while UPA could win 164 seats
 
— BSP-RLD-SP’s Mahagathbandhan could win 43 seats
 
— Individually, BJP and INC could win 202 and 107 seats respectively
 
— AAP to not win any seat
 
— Over 47 lakh voters across all 542 parliamentary constituencies participated in the exit poll while 2.5 crore voters participated in Neta’s opinion poll.

According to Times Now-VMR exit poll 2019

According to Times Now-VMR exit poll 2019
 
NDA: 306
UPA: 132
Others: 104

Rahul Gandhi says, "EC used to be respected, not anymore"

Rahul Gandhi: From Electoral Bonds and EVMs to manipulating the election schedule, NaMo TV, “Modi’s Army” & now the drama in Kedarnath; the Election Commission’s capitulation before Mr Modi & his gang is obvious to all Indians. 
 
The EC used to be feared & respected. Not anymore.
BJP writes to Chief Electoral Officer West Bengal, alleging violent incidents in 9 parliamentary constituencies of the state. Letter states, "We have filed 417 complaints to ECI, out of which 227 were resolved, a whooping number of 190 complaints are unresolved"

51.95% voter turnout recorded till 3 pm

51.95% voter turnout recorded till 3 pm: Bihar-46.66%, Himachal Pradesh- 49.43%, Madhya Pradesh-57.27%, Punjab-48.18%, Uttar Pradesh-46.07%, West Bengal- 63.58%, Jharkhand-64.81%, Chandigarh-50.24% in Phase7 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Two centres set up for counting of votes in Jammu Lok Sabha seat

Two centres have been set up here for counting of votes in the Jammu Lok Sabha seat on May 23, a senior official said on Sunday, asserting that all necessary arrangements have been put in place to ensure smooth and peaceful exercise.
 
The constituency, spread over four districts and covering a total of 20 assembly segments with over 20 lakh electorate, recorded 72.16 per cent polling in this general election, sealing the fate of 24 candidates.
 
Returning officer Ramesh Kumar, along with senior police and civil officers, visited the counting centres set up at Government Polytechnic and MAM College on Saturday and reviewed the arrangements.
 
The counting centre established at the Government Polytechnic College would cover 11 assembly segments -- Samba, Vijaypur, Nagrota, Jammu East, R S Pura, Suchetgarh, Marh, Raipur Domana, Surankote, Mendhar and Poonch Haveli.
Patna: Conjoined sisters Saba & Farah cast their votes as separate individuals with independent voting rights for the first time. 
Vikram Agnihotri, who lost both his hands in an accident when he was 7 years old, shows the indelible ink mark put on his toes after he cast his vote for the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Indore

Congress MP writes to EC against media coverage of Modi's Kedarnath trip

Congress MP Pradip Bhattachraya Sunday wrote to the Election Commission, saying the media coverage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Kedarnath was in violation of the Model Code of Conduct.
 
He said he has requested the poll panel to stop the media coverage of Modi's trip and take stern action.
 
"The way he (Modi) ensured media coverage of his trip to Kedarnath temple is nothing but a violation of MCC. His trip is all over the media. Is this not a way to directly and indirectly influence voters ahead of polls," Bhattacharya said.
 
"lt is absolutely unethical. Every minute detail of his activities during the visit is being widely publicised with an ulterior motive to influence voters directly and/or indirectly. This is wrong," he added.

Sumitra Mahajan, Kantilal Bhuria cast vote in Madhya Pradesh

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan cast her vote in Indore city on Sunday during the fourth and final phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh.
 
The veteran BJP leader, who represented the Indore Lok Sabha seat eight times, arrived at a polling booth in the Old Palasia area there and exercised her franchise.
 
She was accompanied by Shankar Lalwani, who has this time been fielded by the BJP from Indore seat.
 
Former Union minister Kantilal Bhuria, who is contesting from Ratlam seat on the Congress' ticket, also cast his vote at a booth in the Gopal Colony area in Jhabua along with his family members.
 
Before casting his vote, Bhuria offered prayers at a temple.

49.70 per cent polling till 1 pm in nine Lok Sabha seats of West Bengal

An estimated 49.70 per cent of over 1.49 crore electorate exercised their franchise till 1 pm in nine Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal on Sunday, amid reports of EVM glitches and stray incidents of violence.
 
Polling is currently underway, amid tight security, in the nine seats Kolkata North, Kolkata South, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Joynagar (SC) and Mathurapur (SC) in the seventh and final phase of the staggered general election, he said.
 
Voting is also in progress for by-elections to four Assembly constituencies in Bengal, necessitated due to resignations by sitting MLAs who are contesting the parliamentary polls.
 
According to BJP's North Kolkata candidate Rahul Sinha, a crude bomb was hurled near Girish Park in the constituency around noon, creating panic among voters.

Lok Sabha polls: Sumitra Mahajan, Kantilal Bhuria cast vote in Madhya Pradesh

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan cast her vote in Indore city on Sunday during the fourth and final phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh.
 
The veteran BJP leader, who represented the Indore Lok Sabha seat eight times, arrived at a polling booth in the Old Palasia area there and exercised her franchise.
She was accompanied by Shankar Lalwani, who has this time been fielded by the BJP from Indore seat.
 
Former Union minister Kantilal Bhuria, who is contesting from Ratlam seat on the Congress' ticket, also cast his vote at a booth in the Gopal Colony area in Jhabua along with his family members.
 
Before casting his vote, Bhuria offered prayers at a temple.

41.5% polling till 1 PM in Chincholi, Kundgol

An estimated 41.5 per cent of the over 3.8 crore electorate exercised their franchise till 1 PM in the bypolls to Chincholi and Kundgol assembly constituencies.
The polls were by and large peaceful except for some snags reported in VVPATs, which were changed.
 
There were reports of EVMs developing problems in Chikkanarthi and Yalaguppi in Kundgol. However, the joint chief electoral officer A V Surya Sen refuted them.
Sen said 10 VVPATs in Chincholi and 2 VVPATs in Kundgol were changed.

World's highest polling station with 49 voters records 53% voting in two hours

The world's highest polling station at 15,256 feet, Tashiganag village in Himachal Pradesh, Sunday saw a steep rise in voting percentage, recording 53 per cent voting in the first two hours, a state electoral officer said.
 
The polling began at 7 am when the temperature was below freezing point. Voters came to the polling station wearing their traditional attire to beat the chilly weather.
 
There are total 49 registered voters in Tashigang polling station in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district, State's Assistant Chief Electoral Officer Harbans Lal Dhiman said.
 
It recorded a voter turnout of 53 per cent till 9 am, he said.

JD(U) is not in favour of removing Article 370 and 35A: Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the JD(U) is not in favour of removing Article 370 and 35A.
 
Speaking to reporters after casting his vote, Kumar said his party's stand was clear on the issue since 1996. He also condemned the remarks made by BJP Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur on Nathuram Godse, saying such statements should not be "tolerated".
 
On Ayodhya issue, he said that it should be solved through court.

Senior BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi casts his vote at a polling booth in Varanasi.


Rahul Gandhi mounts a turnaround, but can he stop the Modi juggernaut?

Five years ago, Rahul Gandhi, scion of one of the world’s most famous political dynasties, stood with his mother by his side, trying to explain why his Indian National Congress had suffered the worst defeat in its history.
 
Rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won a landslide and crowned Narendra Modi prime minister. For much of India’s 2014 elections, political rivals had mockingly referred to Gandhi as ‘pappu,’ a name used for young bumblers, attempting to cast him as an ineffectual amateur.
 
But a string of wins in state elections in recent months have helped transform the Congress into a resurgent party from a seemingly irrelevant outfit. Meanwhile, a new populist manifesto that promises to pay poor families about $1,000 annually is likely to boost the party’s standing with low-income voters. All that’s helped Gandhi put himself in a better position to stage an upset, turning this year’s election into a tighter-than-expected contest.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh casts his vote at polling booth no 89 in Patiala.


Tej Pratap Yadav in Patna, Bihar: A conspiracy is being hatched to kill me.

Farhan Akhtar urges Bhopal to vote against Pragya Thakur


Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh: By and large elections have been peaceful in the state, 1 incident of a murder was reported from Tarn-Taran but initial police report says it was a case of personal enmity; Law&Order situation is peaceful. We'll beat both BJP and Akali Dal.

Kushinagar: Congress candidate from Kushinagar, RPN Singh casts his vote at a polling booth.


West Bengal: BJP candidate for Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha constituency, Nilanjan Roy's car vandalised in Dongaria area of the constituency.


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Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha election Phase 7: 25.9% polling till 11 am

An average 25.9 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first four hours of polling on Sunday in the eight Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh, an official said.
 
Polling for the eight seats - Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Dhar, Indore, Khargone and Khandwa - in the fourth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state was going on since 7 am, MP's Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao said.
 
The voting figures till 11 am were: Dewas-30.2 per cent, Ujjain-28.78 per cent, Mandsaur-32.59 per cent, Ratlam- 27.74 per cent, Dhar-18.95 per cent, Indore-19.13 per cent, Khargone-29.1 per cent and Khandwa-23.26 per cent, he said.

Clashes between Akali Dal and Congress workers at several constituencies in Punjab

Clashes between Akali Dal and Congress workers at several constituencies including Khadoor Sahib, Bathinda, Jalandhar and Gurdaspur in Punjab, NDTV reported. All 13 seats in the state are voting today. 

Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu cast their vote in Amritsar

Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, cast their votes at booth number-134 in Amritsar.  

1st voter of independent India Shyam Saran Negi cast his vote today

103-year-old Sh Negii from Himanchal Pradesh is arguably India's first voter, who has voted in all the national elections since 1951.
 

No roads, No votes,' say voters in Bihar's Chandora village

Lok Sabha election 2019 Phase 7: Overall voter turnout at 11 am

Bihar: 18.90%
Himachal Pradesh: 24.29%
Madhya Pradesh: 28.40%
Punjab: 23.36%
Uttar Pradesh: 21.89%
West Bengal: 32.15%
Jharkhand: 30.33%
Chandigarh: 22.30%

28.72 per cent polling in 3 LS seats in Jharkhand till 11 am

An estimated 28.72 per cent of the total 45,64,681 voters have exercised their franchise in the final phase of polling for three Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand till 11 am on Sunday, an official said.
 
There was no report of any violence from anywhere in the three Lok Sabha constituencies, police said.
 
A total of 42 candidates including former chief minister and JMM chief Shibu Soren are contesting from the three Lok Sabha seats - Dumka, Rajmahal and Godda - .
Rajmahal witnessed a voter turnout of 27.14 per cent while Dumka registered 28.60 per cent and Godda recorded 30.15 per cent, according to an Election Commission release.
 
Braving the summer heat, a large number of voters, including elderly persons and differently-abled voters, are seen in long queues in Dumka, Rajmahal and Rajmahal seat as the polling began at 7 am and will continue till 4 pm in the three constituencies.
 
In Dumka, Soren, an eight-time MP, is facing challenge from BJP's Sunil Soren for the third straight time. The JMM president had defeated the latter in 2014 and 2009.
Sitting JMM MP Vijay Kumar Hansda is taking on former minister and BJP's Hemlal Murmu from Rajmahal for the second time in a row.
 
BJP's sitting MP Nishikant Dubey main opponent in the Godda seat is JVM MLA Pradip Yadav.
 
The JMM, the Congress and the JVM have formed 'Mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) in the state.

Tamil Nadu bypolls: Voting underway in four constituencies

Polling was underway in four constituencies of Tamil Nadu Sunday, with people turning up in good numbers to cast their ballot in the by-elections Polling was brisk and peaceful, police said.
 
The bypolls are being held in Sulur, Ottapidaram, Thirupparankundram and Aravakurichi.
 
Repolling in 13 polling stations RPT polling stations was also underway.
 
A total of 137 candidates including those from the AIADMK, DMK, TTV Dhinakran led AMMK and Kamal Hassan's MNM are in the fray in the four seats.
 
There were reports of EVM glitches in Sulur and officials were attending to it.
 
While bypolls to 18 of the total 22 vacant assembly seats were held on April 18, the rest go to hustings Sunday.

TMC goons have beaten up a BJP mandal president, a driver and attacked a car: BJP MP candidate in Jadavpur

BJP MP candidate Anupam Hazra in Jadavpur: TMC goons have beaten up a BJP mandal president, a driver and attacked a car. We also rescued our 3 polling agents.TMC goons were going to carry out rigging at 52 booths. People are eager to vote for BJP but they are not allowing ppl to vote

One person has died in an explosion outside the residence of Rajarajeshwari Nagar MLA, Munirathna, in Vyalikaval

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Chandigarh Lok Sabha Election 2019: Voter turnout

The total voter turn out till 9:30 am for Lok Sabha election in Chandigarh is 10.40%

Women TMC workers with covered faces are casting proxy votes: BJP MP candidate Anupam Hazra

BJP MP candidate Anupam Hazra  at polling booth number 150/137 in Jadavpur: Women TMC workers with covered faces are casting proxy votes, it is difficult to establish their identity. When we raised objection to it, they created a ruckus at the polling station.

Satta market Lok Sabha poll verdict: BJP to get 244-247; 80 for Congress

The satta market is betting on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to form the government for the second time in a row, with Narendra Modi continuing as the prime minister.
 
After the poll dates were announced, the illegal betting market came out with the number of seats that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win on May 23. The market is sticking to those numbers, with some minor changes.
 
 
The satta market, which accepts bets on cricket matches, elections, etc, is expecting 244-247 seats or the BJP. In mid-March, its tally was 245-251. With this tally, it expects the NDA to form the government, with 40 seats for its allies.
 
The market is expecting the Congress to win around 80 seats.

EVM malfunction reported at booth in Patna Sahib

EVM malfunction reported at booth number 6 at Pant Nagar in Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency. 

Sumitra Mahajan casts her vote

Adityanath addressed more rallies than all Opposition leaders combined

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The satta market is expecting 244-247 seats for BJP, 80 for Congress

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BJP MP Anurag Thakur and BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal wait in queue outside a polling booth Himachal

Himachal Pradesh: BJP MP Anurag Thakur and BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal wait in queue outside a polling booth in Hamirpur, to cast their votes. 

Vote for peace: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday appealed to voters to vote for peace as 59 constituencies went to poll in the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections.
 
"I call upon the people of Punjab to vote and to make their vote count. It's time to choose between @BJP4India and @INCIndia to preserve the secular fabric of India that is threatened by divisive forces of hatred. Let's vote for the peace, progress and stability that only Congress can deliver.

TMC objects to media coverage of Modi's Kedarnath Yatra, writes to EC

Nitish Kumar questions long duration of elections

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday after casting his ballot raised questions on the long duration of the general elections which is being held in seven phases.
 
"Elections should be held in one or two phases, and not seven," he said owing to the soaring temperature.
 
He suggested that the elections should be held in February-March or October-November instead of the summers.
 
"It is an issue related to common people. I will initiate an all parties meeting to discuss it," he said.
 
Commenting on the BJP's Bhopal candidate Sadhvi Pragya's statement "Godse was a patriot", the Chief Minister said: "It is condemnable. What action the party takes is their internal matter. We should not tolerate such a statement."

Modi says fortunate to visit Kedanath; thanks EC for granting its nod to visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday thanked the Election Commission for granting him permission to visit the Kedarnath shrine at a time when the model code of conduct is in force.
 
Modi, who spent around 17 hours at a holy cave near the shrine, offered prayers and performed puja at the temple.
 
 
He told reporters he did not ask for anything while praying as it is not his nature. "God has given us capacity to give and not demand," he said.
 
He said may the almighty bless not only India but the whole humankind with happiness, prosperity and welfare.
 
"I am fortunate to visit the temple on multiple occasions," he said while thanking the media for taking out time to visit Kedarnath at a time when the poll process is underway.
 
The media's presence, he said, will send a message that the town has been developed well.

TMC objects to media coverage of Modi's Kedarnath Yatra, writes to EC

Trinamool Congress writes to EC, states, 'Election campaign for last phase of polling for Lok Sabha polls is over, surprisingly Narendra Modi's Kedarnath Yatra is being widely covered by the media for the last 2 days. This is a gross violation of model code of conduct.'

Mohammed Salim, CPI (Marxist) candidate casts his vote in Kolkata

West Bengal: Mohammed Salim, CPI (Marxist) candidate from Raiganj Parliamentary constituency, casts his vote at a polling booth in St Thomas' Girls School, Kolkata. 

No difference between terror organisation and TMC, says BJP's CK Bose

BJP's CK Bose: Last night, I was getting calls from my workers from different booths that they have been threatened by TMC's 'jihadi' brigade that if you sit as booth agents for BJP, you'll be murdered. There's no difference between a terrorist organisation & TMC

Tamil Nadu Lok Sabha Election 2019

A 103-year-old woman has cast her vote in Sulur for by-election to the Sulur assembly constituency.

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Congress MP Candidate from Chandigarh, Pawan Kumar Bansal casts his vote

Chandigarh: Congress MP Candidate from Chandigarh, Pawan Kumar Bansal casts his vote at booth no 228, Government Model High School, Sector 28 C. 

Congress candidate from Varanasi, Ajay Rai casts his vote

Senior leader and Congress candidate from Varanasi, Ajay Rai casts his vote. Rai is pitted against PM Narendra Modi and Grand Alliance candidate Shalini Yadav in Varanasi, which the PM won by over 3.7 lakh votes in 2014.

Manish Tewari cast his vote in Ludhiana

Punjab: Former Union Minister and Congress's candidate from Anandpur Sahib parliamentary constituency, Manish Tewari cast his vote at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana

Lok Sabha election 2019 Phase 7: 10.48 per cent polling till 9 am in Jharkhand

An estimated 10.48 per cent of the total 45,64,681 voters exercised their franchise till 9 am in the final phase of polling for the three Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand on Sunday, an Election Commission official said.
 
The electorate also include 22,00,119 female and 21 third gender voters.
 
There are a total 42 candidates in the three seats, including former chief minister and JMM chief Shibu Soren who is contesting from the Dumka seat.
 
The other two constituencies where polling is being held are Rajmahal and Godda.
 
A large number of women and first time voters were seen in queues before the booths as the polling began at 7 am. Polling will end at 4 pm.
 
Elderly voters were seen escorted by their relatives to the booth to help them cast their votes.

I never ask God for anything, Modi to reporters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he had a master plan for the development of Kedarnath as he offered prayers at the shrine on the last day of voting for the Lok Sabha elections.
 
Modi, who stayed in a cave to meditate at the shrine, said: “Mera saubhagya raha hai ki adhyatmik chetna ki bhoomi pe jaane ka mujhe kai varshon se awsar milta raha hai. Yahan ka mera jo development mission hai usmein prakriti, paryavaran aur paryatan hain (It has been my fortune that I have been able to visit this place year after year. My development mission for Kedarnath has nature, environment and tourism).” 
 
Talking about the culmination of the mammoth election exercise, the Prime Minister thanked the Election Commission as well as the media for their efforts. When quizzed about his prayers and if he asked for a return to power, Modi said: “I never ask god for anything because I believe he has given us the capacity to give.”

Sadhvi Pragya Singh's statement on Godse condemnable, says Nitish Kumar

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh's statement 'Godse is patriot': It is condemnable. What action the party takes is their internal matter. We should not tolerate such a statement.

Kasargod, Kannur repolling takes off amidst heavy security

Voting in seven booths under the Kannur and Kasargod constituencies in Kerala, where bogus voting in the polling on 23 April was confirmed by election commission is on with heavy security. 

Voters allege intimidation by TMC strongmen on Saturday night

In Bhangar under West Bengal’s Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency, a section of voters alleged intimidation by TMC strongmen on Saturday night

West Bengal Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 7: Nine constituencies

Dum Dum
Barasat
Basirhat
Jaynagar
Mathurapur
Diamond Harbour
Jadavpur
Kolkata Dakshin
Kolkata Uttar
 
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Voter turnout recorded till 9 am

Voter turnout recorded till 9 am: Bihar-10.65%, Himachal Pradesh- 0.87%, Madhya Pradesh-7.16%, Punjab-4.64%, Uttar Pradesh-5.97%, West Bengal- 10.54, Jharkhand-13.19%, Chandigarh-10.40% in Phase 7 of Lok Sabha Election 2019

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 7: 13 constituencies

Maharajganj
Gorakhpur
Kushi Nagar
Deoria
Bansgaon
Ghosi
Salempur
Ballia
Ghazipur
Chandauli
Varanasi
Mirzapur
Robertsganj
 
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Bihar: Ravi Shankar Prasad casts his vote

Bihar: Union Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad casts his vote at booth no. 77 in Patna Women's College.

Punjab Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 7: 13 constituencies

Gurdaspur
Amritsar
Khadoor Sahib
Jalandhar
Hoshiarpur
Anandpur Sahib
Ludhiana
Fatehgarh Sahib
Faridkot
Firozpur
Bathinda
Sangrur
Patiala
 
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Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 7: Eight constituencies

Dewas
Ujjain
Mandsour
Ratlam
Dhar
Indore
Khargone
Khandwa
 
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Jharkhand Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 7: Three constituencies

Rajmahal
Dumka
Godda

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Himachal Pradesh Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 7: Four constituencies

Kangra
Hamirpur
Mandi
Shimla
 
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Chandigarh Lok Sabha Election  Phase 7: One constituency
 
Chandigarh

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Bihar Lok Sabha Election 2019: Eight constituencies

Nalanda
Patna Sahib
Pataliputra
Arrah
Buxar
Sasaram
Karakat
Jahanabad

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PM Modi at Kedarnath says, "I want people of our nation to see the country"

PM Modi at Kedarnath says, "I want people of our nation to see the country. While, I don't have any objection to them travelling to foreign countries but they should also travel to see the different places in our country."
 
 

Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha election 2019: Polling underway in 8 seats of MP

Polling for eight seats in the fourth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh began at 7 am today.
 
Prominent candidates in the fray are former Union ministers Kantilal Bhuria and Arun Yadav of the Congress, who are contesting from Ratlam and Khandwa seats, respectively.
 
Polling was going on peacefully in the eight seats of Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Dhar, Indore, Khargone and Khandwa, MP's Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao told PTI.
 
"So far, there was no report of any problem in the polling process," he said.
 
Long queues were seen at several booths in these eight constituencies, all currently held by the BJP. Read on...

Bihar Lok Sabha Election 2019: Ravi Shankar Prasad arrives to cast his vote in Patna

Union Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad arrives to cast his vote at booth no. 77 in Patna Women's College.

Voting underway in all 13 Lok Sabha seats of Punjab, lone Chandigarh seat

Polling began Sunday morning in all 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab and the lone Chandigarh constituency in the seventh and final phase of general elections, with prominent faces including SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Puri in the fray.
 
Polling began at 7 am and is scheduled to go on till 6 pm, officials said.
 
Over 2.07 crore voters in Punjab are eligible to exercise their franchise in the election in which 278 candidates, including 24 women, are in the fray.
 
Besides Sukhbir Badal, his wife and Union minister Harsimrat Badal is seeking re-election from Bathinda for the third time. Union minister and BJP candidate Puri is contesting from Amritsar seat.
 
Actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol is making his electoral debut from Gurdaspur constituency against Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar.
 
AAP's Bhagwant Mann is trying his luck from Sangrur seat.
 
Among Congress' heavyweights, former Union minister Manish Tewari is contesting from Anandpur Sahib while former Union minister and wife of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Preneet Kaur, is contesting Patiala seat.
 
On most of the 13 seats, the contest appears to be a direct fight between the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance.

Bypoll underway in Panaji; BJP, GSM nominees cast vote

Polling for theby-election to Panaji Assembly seat in Goa began at 7 am on Sunday with BJP candidate Siddharth Kunkolienkar and Goa Suraksha Manch nominee Subhash Velingkar being among the early voters.
 
Kunkolienkar and Velingkar reach their respective polling booths soon after the voting began and exercised their democratic right.
 
Total 30 polling stations have been set up in the constituency, which covers areas including the state capital, where there are 22,482 eligible voters.
 
The bypoll was necessitated due to the demise of sitting BJP MLA and former chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

Lok Sabha Election 2019: EVM glitches reported across Varanasi

Varanasi witnessed news of EVMs developing technical snags. The EVMs at booth number 42, 70 and 43 have developed glitches, leading to delays in polling there.

Kolkata Lok Sabha Election 2019: BJP candidates Rahul Sinha and Chandra Bose cast votes

BJP Lok Sabha candidate from South Kolkata parliamentary constituency, CK Bose cast his vote at a polling booth in City College, in Kolkata. Kolkata North BJP candidate Rahul Sinha cast his vote at polling booth in Bijoygarh Shikshaniketan for Girls, in Jadavpur.

West Bengal Lok Sabha Election 2019: CM Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee casts his vote

West Bengal: CM Mamata Banerjee's nephew and TMC leader, Abhishek Banerjee casts his vote at polling booth no. 208 in South Kolkata Parliamentary Constituency.

Yogi Adityanath among early voters

Here's a guide on how to vote in Lok Sabha Elections 2019

For the first time voters, here's a guide on how to vote in Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Remember, you can vote only if your name appears in the Voter List. READ ON...

Voting underway for Panaji Assembly bye-election Panaji

Voting began Sunday morning for the bypoll to the Panaji assembly constituency, which was necessitated due to the death of former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar in March.
 
Polling began at 7 am, officials 
 
As many as 22,482 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the constituency which covers areas including the state capital and has 30 polling stations.
Parrikar, who passed away on March 17 battling pancreatic ailment, had represented the constituency for nearly two-and-a-half decades since 1994.
 
Six candidates, including two Independents, are in the fray for the bye-election.
 
The BJP, which has dominated the constituency, has nominated Siddharth Kunkolienkar as its candidate. The saffron party is fighting to retain its hold over the constituency considered as its fiefdom.
 
Kunkolienkar had won twice from this assembly seat when Parrikar was elevated to Central cabinet as the Defence Minister between 2014 and 2017.
 
The Congress has fielded its former Minister Atanasio Monserratte, who had lost against Kunkolienkar in the 2017 state Assembly election by over 1,500 votes. Monserratte had contested as an Independent.
 
Former RSS Goa Chief Subhash Velingkar is contesting his first election on Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) ticket. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fielded Valmiki Naik, who had lost the last assembly election from Panaji in February 2017.
 
Two Independent candidates Dilip Ghadi and Vijai More are also in the fray.

Harbhajan Singh casts vote in Jalandhar

Cricketer Harbhajan Singh was among the first to cast his vote on Sunday at a polling booth in this Punjab's town.
 
The spinner appealed to voters not to miss "an opportunity" to exercise their franchise. At the same he clarified to the media that he has no plan to enter politics.
 
"There are too many seasoned people in the politics. So I have no plan," he said.
 
Earlier, there was talk that the Bharatiya Janata Party contacted the 38-year-old cricketer to field him from the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency.
 
Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha seats and the lone seat of its capital Chandigarh went to the polls amid tight security in the seventh and final phase of general elections.

Punjab Lok Sabha election 2019: Akali Dal worker allegedly attacked by Congress workers

A few hours before polling began here on Sunday, a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) worker was allegedly attacked by Congress workers on Saturday night in the Bathinda parliamentary constituency represented by Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Akali Dal worker Nirmal Singh was attacked when he had gone to a village for some work.
 
Nirmal Singh's son Gurpreet Singh claimed, "My father who is an Akali Dal worker had gone to a village. Some Congress workers followed him, so he went to my uncles' house to escape. But they waited for my father to come out. When he came out, they attacked him with sickles and rods. My father has sustained injuries on his head, shoulder and leg."
 
Nirmal has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.
 
Police version on the incident is awaited.
 
Badal, a two-time MP from Bathinda is pitted against Congress' Raja Warring, AAP's Baljinder Kaur and Punjab Democratic Alliance's Sukhpal Singh Khaira.

Tamil Nadu: Voting underway for by-election to the Sulur assembly constituency

Punjab Lok Sabha election 2019: Cricketer Harbhajan Singh waits in queue to cast his vote at a polling booth in Jalandhar's Garhi village.


EVM malfunction reported in Bihar

Bihar Lok Sabha election 2019: EVM malfunction reported at booth no.6 in Pant Nagar of Patna Sahib (Lok Sabha constituency).
Chandauli: Residents of Tara Jivanpur village allege ink was forcefully applied to their fingers and they were given Rs 500 yesterday by 3 men of their village. They said, "The men were from BJP and asked us if we'll vote for the party. They told us now you can't vote. Don't tell anyone."


Elections should not be held over such a long duration: Nitish Kumar

Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar: Elections should not be held over such a long duration, there was a long gap between each phase of voting. I will write to leaders of all parties to build a consensus on this.

Narendra Modi urges citizens to vote in record numbers.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar among early voters