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Mamit: A woman belonging to the Reang Bru tribe waits outside a polling station, before casting her vote during the first phase of general elections, at Mamit district of Mizoram, Thursday, April 11, 2019 | Photo: PTI
The seven-phase election for the Lok Sabha started on Thursday, with around 900 million citizens eligible to vote. Polls suggest Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is widely expected to be in a position to form a new government after the election, with the big question whether he will win an outright majority or be forced into trying to form a coalition.

Assembly elections are being held in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha. The counting of votes for the assembly elections will be held simultaneously with that of the Lok Sabha or parliamentary elections on May 23, and the results will be declared the same day. 

Here are the major highlights of the day:

11:05 PM IST West Bengal Thursday recorded a polling percentage of 81 per cent, while Bihar recorded 50 per cent voter turnout in phase one of Lok Sabha elections People casting vote for Lok Sabha elections 2019 | Photo: Sanjay K Sharma

9:45 PM IST Election Commission issues show cause notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his "Ali" and "Bajrang Bali" remarks while addressing a rally in Meerut. Adityanath has time till Friday evening to reply.

6:10 PM IST Elections in seven Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra and the Naxal-affected Bastar constituency in neighbouring Chhattisgarh came to an end at 5 pm. As much as 46.13 per cent turn-out was reported in seven seats in Maharashtra's Vidarbha by 3 pm, PTI reported quoting government officials.    

5:26 PM IST An estimated 50.79 per cent voters in Arunachal Pradesh exercised their franchise till 3 pm Thursday for the state Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats Three persons were injured at Pipsorang circle under Tali assembly constituency in Kurung Kumey district in a clash between supporters of two rival political parties during the polling, PTI reported quoting a police officer

5:23 PM IST Maharashtra registered 46.13 per cent voting till 3 pm in seven constituencies where polling was underway in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections.  Maoist-affected Gadchiroli-Chimur Lok Sabha seat witnessed 57 per cent voting in eight hours after polling began at 7 am.  

4:54 PM IST Voter turnout till 3 pm in Maharashtra is 46.13%. #IndiaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/MelIt4PLZd — ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2019

4:27 PM IST Congress claims serious breach in security of Rahul; MHA denies Read @ANI Story | https://t.co/PJYmQjPkye pic.twitter.com/WbTXg8iIfx — ANI Digital (@ani_digital) April 11, 2019

4:26 PM IST

4:05 PM IST #WATCH Andhra Pradesh: A clash broke out between workers of TDP and YSRCP at a polling station in a village of Jammalamadugu Mandal in Kadapa district today. One injured YSRCP worker has been taken to hospital. #IndiaElections2019 #AndhraPradeshElections2019 pic.twitter.com/VsTeFpNtXv — ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2019

3:59 PM IST Earlier visuals: Sonia Gandhi filed her nomination from Raebareli. Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra & Robert Vadra also present. #IndiaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/i1CKJBawC9 — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 11, 2019

3:54 PM IST Voter turnout till 3 pm in Uttar Pradesh is 50.86%. #IndiaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/eGXvs3XMcz — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 11, 2019

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Bihar records lowest voter turnout with 50%, WB tops with 81% in phase I

West Bengal Thursday recorded a polling percentage of 81 per cent, while Bihar recorded 50 per cent voter turnout in phase one of Lok Sabha elections

People casting vote for Lok Sabha elections 2019 | Photo: Sanjay K Sharma

Poll panel notice to Adityanath

Election Commission issues show cause notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his "Ali" and "Bajrang Bali" remarks while addressing a rally in Meerut. Adityanath has time till Friday evening to reply.

Voting ends in Maharashtra, Bastar

Elections in seven Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra and the Naxal-affected Bastar constituency in neighbouring Chhattisgarh came to an end at 5 pm. As much as 46.13 per cent turn-out was reported in seven seats in Maharashtra's Vidarbha by 3 pm, PTI reported quoting government officials.
 
 

51% voting in Arunachal, rival groups clash

An estimated 50.79 per cent voters in Arunachal Pradesh exercised their franchise till 3 pm Thursday for the state Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats Three persons were injured at Pipsorang circle under Tali assembly constituency in Kurung Kumey district in a clash between supporters of two rival political parties during the polling, PTI reported quoting a police officer

Maharashtra's Maoist zone votes

Maharashtra registered 46.13 per cent voting till 3 pm in seven constituencies where polling was underway in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections. 
Maoist-affected Gadchiroli-Chimur Lok Sabha seat witnessed 57 per cent voting in eight hours after polling began at 7 am.
 

Voting in progress in Uttar Pradesh. BS Photo by Sanjay Kumar Singh


‘BJP will remove all infiltrators from the country, except Hindus and Buddhists,’ says Amit Shah

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Thursday said his party will ensure that the National Register of Citizens is implemented across the entire country if it forms the next government. Addressing a rally in Darjeeling district in West Bengal, Shah said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was spreading lies about the NRC.
 
“We have promised in our manifesto that once Narendra Modi forms government once again, we will implement National Register of Citizens in the entire country,” Shah said. “We will remove every single infiltrator from the country. And all the Hindu and Buddhist refugees...we will find each of them, give them Indian citizenship and make them residents here.

55.9 per cent cast votes till 1 pm in West Bengal

Around 55.9 per cent of voters exercised their franchise till 1 pm in two parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal on Thursday, an election official said.
 
An estimated 55.44 per cent of voters cast their ballots in the Cooch Behar (SC) constituency, while 56.45 per cent polling was recorded in the Alipurduar (ST) seat, till 1 pm, a senior official of the Election Commission said.
 
"Polling is taking place peacefully everywhere. We have not received any such complaints which could not be resolved," Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Basu said.
We've not received any letter regarding alleged breach in security of Congress Pres Rahul Gandhi. As soon as MHA’s attention was drawn to reports of incident of “green light” being pointed at him y'day in Amethi, the Director (SPG) was asked to verify factual position. Director SPG informed MHA that the “green light” shown in clipping was found to be that of a mobile phone used by AICC photographer, who was video graphing the impromptu press interaction of Rahul Gandhi near the collectorate in Amethi.
35.52% voting recorded in J&K (Jammu & Baramulla Lok Sabha seats) till 1 pm. 39.08 % voting recorded in Sikkim Parliamentary constituency, 46.5 % in Mizoram Parliamentary constituency.

3 injured in Arunachal clash; over 40% polling till 1 pm

At least three persons were seriously injured in a clash between supporters of two rival political parties under Tali assembly constituency in Kurung Kumey district of Arunachal Pradesh during polling on Thursday, police said.
 
Polling personnel were not among the injured and voting was underway, an election official said.
 
 
The injured were evacuated by a chopper requisitioned by the district administration, Director General of Police (DGP) S B K Singh said.
 
District Electoral Officer Santosh Kumar Rai said the clash occurred between supporters of two political parties, outside a polling booth at Pipsorang.

Over 38 per cent polling in Telangana

Telangana registered over 38 per cent polling till 1 pm across 17 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state where former Union minister Renuka Chowdary and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi are among prominent candidates in the fray.
 
Medak recorded the highest voter turnout at 54 per cent while Hyderabad registered just 20.59 per cent till 1 pm.
 
 
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, TRS Working President KT Rama Rao, K Kavitha and AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi and film actors Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, junior NTR and 'Baahubali' director SS Rajamouli were among the prominent people who cast their vote in their respective constituencies.

Pak PM has no right to interfere in Indian elections, says Owaisi

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi Thursday hit out at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan over his remarks about India's general elections, saying he has no right to interfere in the country's electoral process.

During an interaction with foreign journalists in Islamabad on Wednesday, Khan said he believed there may be a better chance of peace talks with India and settling the Kashmir issue if Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP wins the general election.

"... I have condemned the statement of Imran Khan. He has no right whatsoever to interfere in the electoral process of a great country like India," Owaisi said.

39 complaints from Congress to EC of EVM glitches at poll booths

The Congress on Thursday sent 39 complaints to the Election Commission (EC) about "glitches" in the functioning of EVMs at some booths in six Lok Sabha seats of Maharashtra where polling was underway, the party said.
 
The state Congress in statement said it made 12 complaints to the EC via e-mail, pointing out glitches in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) at some booths in Nagpur, followed by eight such complaints in Chandrapur, six in Wardha and five in Ramtek.
 
The party also sent four complaints each of such snags in Yavatmal-Washim and Gadchiroli-Chimur seats, it said.
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on if she thinks PM Narendra Modi is invincible: Not at all. Don't forget 2004. Vajpayee Ji was invincible, but we won.

Rahul Gandhi: There have been many people in Indian history who had arrogance to believe that they're invincible and bigger than the people of India

Rahul Gandhi: There have been many people in Indian history who had arrogance to believe that they're invincible and bigger than the people of India. Narendra Modi for the last 5 years has done nothing for the people of India. His invincibility will be in full view after election results.

Over 24 per cent polling till noon in Bihar

The four Lok Sabha constituencies of Bihar, where polling is being held in the first of the seven-phase general elections on Thursday, registered 24.57 per cent voter turnout till noon, an election official said.
 
Incidents of poll boycott were reported from some places in Jamui and Nawada constituencies while the police recovered three bombs, including a cane bomb.

Polling officers being transported to the polling station in Meghalaya. Source: EC


Congress fielded Urmila Matondkar because of her face, claims BJP MP Gopal Shetty

Urmila Matondkar has been brought into politics on the basis of her face as she is a celebrity, said Gopal Shetty, a Bhartiya Janata Party MP, who is contesting against Matondkar from Mumbai North parliamentary constituency.
 
"People are saying that they will compare the face of Urmila ji and my work. She was brought into politics by looking at her face because she is a celebrity," Shetty told ANI.
 
Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar joined the Congress party on March 27, following which the party fielded her from Mumbai North against Shetty, who is an incumbent MP from the parliamentary constituency.

NaMo Foods packets served to cops on poll duty in Noida from 'local shop'

Some policemen on election duty here were served meals in packets labelled "Namo Foods", following which officials clarified that those were procured from Namo Food Shop and not from any political party.
 
The food packets, brought in the boot of a hatchback car, were distributed around 9.30 am among personnel deployed in Sector 15A here, the officials said.
 
"Misinformation is being spread that some policemen have been distributed food from a political party. This is absolutely wrong. At local level, some food packets were procured from Namo Food Shop and not from any political party," Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Vaibhav Krishna said.
 
"Some people are spreading wrong and politically motivated rumour. There is no official order to procure food from any particular food outlet," he said, and appealed to people not to pay heed to rumours being spread via social media.

23% vote turnout till 11 am in Bastar Lok Sabha seat

Around 23 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first four hours of polling in the Naxal-hit Bastar Lok Sabha constituency of Chhattisgarh on Thursday.
 
According to an election official, long queues of voters were seen at several polling booths, including booth no. 220 of Shyamgiri village panchayat in Dantewada district, where a BJP MLA and four security personnel were killed in a Naxal attack on Tuesday.
 
"Polling in the Bastar Lok Sabha seat started at 7 am amid tight security and is going on smoothly. Till 11 am, around 23 per cent polling has been registered," he told PTI.
 
Early in the morning, Naxals detonated an IED (improvised explosive device) in Narayanpur district, which comes under Bastar constituency, police said.
 
No casualty was reported in the blast.

EVM glitches mar voting in Maharashtra

Glitches in VVPAT-EVMs marred voting in some polling stations, resulting in long queues of voters in the blistering heat on Thursday.
 
The problems, were found in Booth No. 127 (Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency), booth No. 147 (Yavatmal-Washim), with the electronic voting machines (EVMs) functioning extremely slowly and delaying the voting process.
 
 
"There are massive queues outside these polling stations. Since past one hour, barely four people have cast their votes. We have complained to the local Election Commission officials to make alternative EVMs available immediately," said a state Congress spokesperson.
 
There are reports of similar EVM issues from a polling station in Bhandara-Gondiya, details of which are awaited, he added.
Ramdev arrives at a polling station in Haridwar to caste his vote

11 per cent polling till 10 am in Sikkim

An estimated 11 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first three hours of polling in 32 legislative assembly constituencies and the loan Lok Sabha constituency in Sikkim.

Polling for the lone Lok Sabha seat and the Sikkim assembly is being held simultaneously here.

There has been no report of any untoward incident till 10 am, the office of the chief electoral officer (CEO) in the state said.

Chhattisgarh: 23 per cent vote turnout till 11 am in Bastar Lok Sabha seat

Around 23 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first four hours of polling in the Naxal-hit Bastar Lok Sabha constituency of Chhattisgarh on Thursday.

According to an election official, long queues of voters were seen at several polling booths, including booth no. 220 of Shyamgiri village panchayat in Dantewada district, where a BJP MLA and four security personnel were killed in a Naxal attack on Tuesday.

"Polling in the Bastar Lok Sabha seat started at 7 am amid tight security and is going on smoothly. Till 11 am, around 23 per cent polling has been registered," he told PTI. 

Nearly 80,000 state and paramilitary personnel have been deployed across the Bastar constituency to ensure smooth and peaceful polling.

Over 24 per cent polling till 11 am in UP

Over 24 per cent polling has been recorded till 11 am in eight Lok Sabha seats of western Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, on the first phase of the seven-phased Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

Three Union ministers-- V K Singh (Ghaziabad), Satyapal Singh (Baghpat) and Mahesh Sharma (Gautam Buddha Nagar) are in the fray in this phase.

Pavan Kalyan visits polling booth in Andhra Pradesh


Nearly 21% voter turnout in 2 hours in Meghalaya

Voting is underway in Shillong and Tura Lok Sabha constituencies in Meghalaya on Thursday amid reports of technical snags in electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
Nearly 21 per cent of the 19,14,795 electors with 52 per cent women cast their votes in the first two hours, Chief Electoral Officer Frederick Roy Kharkongor said.
 
"Till 9 a.m., 17.71 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in Shillong parliamentary constituency and 18.32 per cent in Tura seat," he said.

Ram temple will be built when God wants: VK Singh

Union Minister and BJP candidate from Ghaziabad V.K. Singh said a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya will be built when the God himself wants it.
 
"Ramlala had surfaced (in Babri mosque) when he decided to. So his temple will be built when he wishes to have a temple," Singh told reporters after casting his vote here.

Clashes between TDP, YSRC workers; EVM glitches as polling underway in Andhra

Clashes broke out Thursday between workers of Telugu Desam Party and YSR Congress at various places in Andhra Pradesh even as technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines hampered the poll process at numerous polling booths as voting got underway for 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats.
 
In Guntakal, former MLA and contesting candidate of Jana Sena Party, Madhusudan Gupta, smashed an EVM in a fit of rage alleging that party symbols were not properly printed on the ballot unit.
 
 
He also shouted at the polling personnel on duty.
 
Gupta was immediately taken into police custody.

Candidates in fray in Baramulla

Those in the fray include Muhammad Akbar Lone of National Conference, Farooq Ahmad Mir of Congress, Raja Aijaz Ali of People's Conference, Mohammad Maqbool War of BJP, Jahangir Khan of NPP, Abdul Qayoom Wani of PDP and independent candidates Javid Ahmad Qureshi, Syed Najeeb Shah Naqvi and Abdul Rashid Sheikh.
 
PPD stalwart Muzaffar Hussain Baig had won the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Baramulla constituency but he chose not to seek re-election this time. Baig had defeated his nearest rival Sharief-ud-Din Shariq of National Conference by a margin of 29,219 votes.

Over 6.5 per cent voters exercise franchise in two hours of voting in Baramulla

Over 6.5 per cent of the 13.12 lakh electorate cast their votes Thursday in the first two hours of polling in Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.
 
The seven assembly segments in Baramulla district registered a turnout of 5.8 per cent in the first two hours of polling which began at 7 am, the officials said.
 
They said Bandipora district, which has three assembly segments, recorded a poll percentage of nearly six per cent during the corresponding period while Kupwara recorded a turnout of eight per cent so far.
 
Baramulla constituency will send a first time parliamentarian to the Lok Sabha as none of the nine candidates in the fray have earlier been elected to either Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha.

Chandrababu Naidu in letter to CEC: Repolling needed in all polling stations where polling had not commenced up to 9.30 am

Chandrababu Naidu in letter to CEC: Likely that many voters who returned may not come back for voting even if polling is resumed after replacement / repair of existing EVMs.Therefore repolling needed in all polling stations where polling had not commenced up to 9.30am.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal casts his vote at a polling station in Dibrugarh



BJP leader Smriti Irani filed nomination from Amethi Lok Sabha constituency

Meanwhile, BJP leader Smriti Irani filed nomination from Amethi constituency. She is contesting aganst Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Jammu: Kashmiri Pandits in Udhampur cast their votes for Baramulla parliamentary constituency at a special polling station set-up at Municipal Town Hall. A voter says, "We are migrants here. It's our duty to caste vote. We want to return to Baramulla".

Furious Jana Sena leader smashes EVM machine at polling booth in Andhra Pradesh

Jana Sena Party candidate in Andhra Pradesh was arrested today after he damaged an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at a polling station.
 
Madhusudan Gupta threw the EVM on the floor at a polling station in the Guntakal Assembly constituency of Anantapur district. Jana Sena leader Madhusudan Gupta was reportedly angry with the polling staff in Gooty. He claimed that the names of the Assembly and Parliament constituencies were not being displayed properly.

'Today You Decide, Jobs Over Pakoda', Tweets Congress

"Today you decide. Love over hate. Jobs over pakoda. Policies over propaganda. One nation over division. Vote for Congress. Vote for you. Today you pledge," the Congress tweeted, less than an hour after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked first-time voters to turn up at polling booths in large numbers.

Voting will end at 5pm in Tripura

The voting for the Tripura West parliamentary constituency began amidst heavy security at 7 am and will end at 5 pm.
 
A total of 13,47,381 electorate, including 6,65,322 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the electoral fate of 13 candidates.
 
A total of 1,679 polling stations, including 30 to be managed by only women polling officials and security personnel, have been set up.
 
The main contest is between BJP candidate Pratima Bhoumik, 50, Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front candidate Sankar Prasad Datta, 61, and Subal Bhowmik, 58, who quit the BJP's Vice-President's post and became the Congress aspirant last month.

25% voting recorded in Tripura Lok Sabha

Around 25 per cent voting was recorded in the first three hours of polling on Thursday for the West Tripura parliamentary constituency in Tripura, election and police officials said.
 
Police spokesman Subrata Chakraborty said that in 10 places, some persons tried to prevent voters from voting but were thwarted.
 

10.6 per cent voting till 9 am in Telangana

Telangana registered 10.6 per cent voting till 9 am, according to an official communication.
 
People queued up at polling booths as voting was underway in the all 17 Lok Sabha constituencies of Telangana, where Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter K Kavitha, former Union Minister Renuka Chowdary and AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi are among the prominent candidates in the fray.

Narendra Modi urges voters to turn out in large numbers to cast vote

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters to turn out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.
 
"I call upon all those whose constituencies are voting in the first phase today to turn out in record numbers and exercise their franchise," he tweeted.
 
During elections, Modi often takes to Twitter to urge people to vote.
 
"I specially urge young and first-time voters to vote in large numbers," he said.

Chandrababu Naidu unhappy over non-functioning of EVMs

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday expressed his unhappiness over Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) not functioning at several polling booths.
 
Naidu told the media here that polling was delayed at several places as the EVMs were not functioning. He said an EVM was not working where Chief Electoral Officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi went to cast his vote.
 
 
Polling was underway in the state for 175-member Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari cast his vote at polling booth number 220 in Nagpur parliamentary constituency


EVM glitches in many places as voting for Lok Sabha, Assembly polls begins in Andhra

Voters queued up in considerable numbers at polling stations to exercise their franchise as voting to elect 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha members in Andhra Pradesh began at 7 am Thursday.
 
In many places electronic voting machines (EVMs) had glitches resulting in some delay in polling, an official said.
 
State Chief Electoral Officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi cast his vote in Tadepalli and said there were complaints about technical glitches in EVMs in about 50 places.
 
Technical teams were on the job to rectify the defects and enable polling, he said.

Vote to decide future of India, says Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah urged people to vote as the staggered Lok Sabha elections began on Thursday, saying "your one vote will decide the future of this great nation".
 
"I request each and every voter to come out and vote," the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said. "The power of democracy lies in your single vote, your one vote will decide the future of this great nation."
 
Shah issued similar appeals, in different languages, to people in various states going to the polls on Thursday in the first of the seven-phased election to pick a new Lok Sabha.

Voters turn up in large numbers to vote in Naxal-hit Bastar constituency

People turned up in large numbers to cast their vote in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh.
 
Voters queued up to exercise their franchise in Naxal-affected regions of Dantewada and Sukma amid heavy security.

Hyderabad MP candidate Asaduddin Owaisi casts his vote

AIMIM Chief and Hyderabad MP candidate Asaduddin Owaisi casts his vote at a polling booth in the city. He is a three time sitting MP from the constituency
Voter turnout till 9 am in Saharanpur- 8%, Kairana-10%, Muzaffarnagar-10%, Meerut- 10%, Bijnor - 11%, Baghpat - 11%, Ghaziabad - 12% and Gautam Budh Nagar-12%.

Rahul Gandhi asks people to vote for the 'soul of India'

A thick security blanket, comprising around 80,000 state and paramilitary personnel, was thrown across the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency where polling is being held in its four Assembly segments - Dantewada, Konta, Bijapur and Narayanpur - from 7 am to 3 pm.
 
The voting time in the remaining four Assembly segments - Bastar, Chitrakot, Kondagaon and Jagdalpur - is from 7 am and 5 pm.
Total seven candidates are in fray in the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency.

Ahead of polling, Naxals trigger IED blast in Chhattisgarh

Naxals triggered an IED blast this morning in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency where voting is underway, a senior police official said.
 
No casualty was reported in the incident, he said.
 
Narayanpur comes under the Bastar Lok Sabha seat.
 
"The explosion took place around 4.15 am in Farasgaon area on Narayanpur-Dandwan road when a team of security men was escorting polling personnel to their booth," the official said.

Uttarakhand Lok Sabha Elections: High-profile candidates

Uttarakhand Lok Sabha Elections: High-profile candidates in the fray are ex-chief minister Harish Rawat who takes on state BJP chief Ajay Bhatt in Nainital, ex-CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank who faces Congress's Ambrish Kumar in Haridwar, BJP national secretary Tirath Singh Rawat is up against B C Khanduri's son Manish in Pauri and sitting MPs Ajay Tamta (Lok Sabha) and Pradeep Tamta (Rajya Sabha) in Almora.

Former Chief Minister Harish Rawat queues up to vote for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in Devalchaur, Haldwani

Former Chief Minister Harish Rawat queues up to vote for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in Devalchaur, Haldwani. Voting on all 5 parliamentary constituencies in the state is being held today.

Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections: TDP's Nara Lokesh says, 'it'll be a decisive win in Andhra'

Andhra Pradesh IT Minister & TDP's Nara Lokesh in Amaravati: It'll be a decisive win in Mangalgiri (Assembly seat) and also across the state. I am here to convince my electorate that I am a meaningful and a worthy candidate, and I think I've done that.
Union Minister and Muzaffarnagar BJP candidate Dr. Sanjiv Balyan: Faces of women in burkhas are not being checked and I allege that fake voting is being done. If not looked into, I will demand a repoll

Polling has started in Andhra Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections and Legislative Assembly elections for the single phase.

Polling has started in Andhra Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections and Legislative Assembly elections for the single phase. All eyes will be on N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YS Jaganmohan Reddy's YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) while actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party can play the role of a kingmaker if both the TDP as well as YSRCP fail to gain a majority.  
 
While Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP is the largest party with 102 seats, YS Jaganmohan Reddy's YSRCP is the main opposition with 67 seats.

I call upon all those whose constituencies are voting in the first phase today to turn out in record numbers: Narendra Modi

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 commence today. I call upon all those whose constituencies are voting in the first phase today to turn out in record numbers and exercise their franchise. I specially urge young and first-time voters to vote in large numbers.
 

Bihar Lok Sabha Elections: As many as 7.4 million voters are eligible to vote in Phase 1

As many as 7.4 million voters are eligible to vote in Phase 1. Out of which with 3.89 million are males, 3.54 females and 299 voters in the third gender category. Voting is underway in 7,486 polling stations in the state today.

Bihar Phase 1 elections: Four parliamentary constituencies from the Bihar are voting today

Bihar Phase one elections: Four parliamentary constituencies from the Bihar namely Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada and Jamui are voting today.


The 28 of the total 147 assembly constituencies in Odisha that will go to polls in the first phase are



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