Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE: 66% turnout in 2nd phase amid violence

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE updates: Voting for second Phase of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections 2019 is being held in 95 constituencies across 12 states and one union territory today. The states that will go into polls today are Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipura, Tripura and Puducherry.

Among the key contestants in the fray are Sarbananda Sonowal, Atul Bora, K. Palaniswami, O. Panneerselvam, Ram Shinde, Hema Malini, Verappa Moily, Raj Babbar, Jual Oram, Sadananda Gowda, Pon Radhakrishnan, H D Deve Gowda, Farooq Abdullah, Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja, Kanimozhi.

Voter turnout update till 3 pm in Phase 2 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Maharashtra - 46.63%, Tamil Nadu - 52.02%, Odisha - 53%, Manipur - 67.5%, Uttar Pradesh - 50.39%, Chhattisgarh - 59.72%, Karnataka - 49.26%

 

9:45 PM IST 66% voter turnout was recorded in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls on Thursday, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said A polling officer puts an indelible ink mark on the finger of a voter during the second phase of the general elections, at a polling station, in Nagaon | Photo: PTI

7:05 PM IST Total voter turnout for 2nd phase of #LokSabhaElections2019 is 61.12%. pic.twitter.com/mw2R25FLWC — ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019

5:45 PM IST BSP supremo Mayawati Thursday alleged that the Election Commission has an anti-dalit mindset and that was why it had stopped her from campaigning in Agra, considered the 'Dalit capital' of northern India.   She also claimed that BJP leaders are taking the Army's name in their poll speeches violating the model code of conduct, but the EC is keeping mum.  

5:43 PM IST Samajwadi Party (SP) nominee Poonam Sinha, wife of actor-turned politician Shatrughan Sinha who had rebelled against the BJP leadership, Thursday filed her nomination papers for the Lucknow parliamentary seat from where Union Minister Rajnath Singh is seeking re-election.   Accompanied by SP MP Dimple Yadav and Shatrughan Sinha, Poonam filed her papers at the Collectorate as the candidate for the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in the seat, which goes to polls on May 6.  

4:50 PM IST Voter turnout till 3 PM for 2nd phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019    Maharashtra - 46.63%, Tamil Nadu - 52.02%, Odisha - 53%, Manipur - 67.5%, Uttar Pradesh - 50.39%, Chhattisgarh - 59.72%, Karnataka - 49.26%

4:24 PM IST An average 46.63% polling was recorded till 3 pm in 10 constituencies of Maharashtra where polling is underway in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday   Polling is being held in Buldhana, Akola, Amravati, Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur and Solapur Lok Sabha constituencies

4:02 PM IST The Congress on Thursday said it has submitted 33 complaints to the Election Commission about "glitches" in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) at some polling booths across Maharashtra's 10 Lok Sabha seats where voting was underway.   It also flagged concerns about poor lighting arrangements at some polling centres, the statement said.

3:58 PM IST Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav Thursday filed his nomination papers for the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat.   The SP chief said Azamgarh is the 'karambhoomi' of 'samajwadis' and exuded confidence that the people will continue to repose their faith in him by giving him blessings and support.  

3:39 PM IST Around 33% of the over 76.93 lakh electorate exercised their franchise till 1 pm Thursday, as polling progressed peacefully in the five Lok Sabha and 35 assembly seats in Odisha  

3:32 PM IST Jammu and Kashmir recorded nearly 30% polling till 1 pm in Udhampur and Srinagar Lok Sabha constituencies Thursday

3:19 PM IST Tamil Nadu recorded 39.49% 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  

2:54 PM IST Uttara Kannada: Election Commission officials searched the luggage and chopper of Karnakata Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, today. pic.twitter.com/yiNIuwx0Fv — ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019

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66% voter turnout recorded in phase 2

66% voter turnout was recorded in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls on Thursday, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said

A polling officer puts an indelible ink mark on the finger of a voter during the second phase of the general elections, at a polling station, in Nagaon | Photo: PTI

Total voter turnout for 2nd phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is 61.12%

Mayawati terms EC anti-dalit; says NAYA jumla of Congress

BSP supremo Mayawati Thursday alleged that the Election Commission has an anti-dalit mindset and that was why it had stopped her from campaigning in Agra, considered the 'Dalit capital' of northern India.
 
She also claimed that BJP leaders are taking the Army's name in their poll speeches violating the model code of conduct, but the EC is keeping mum.
 

Poonam Sinha files nomination from Lucknow, to contest against Rajnath Singh

Samajwadi Party (SP) nominee Poonam Sinha, wife of actor-turned politician Shatrughan Sinha who had rebelled against the BJP leadership, Thursday filed her nomination papers for the Lucknow parliamentary seat from where Union Minister Rajnath Singh is seeking re-election.
 
Accompanied by SP MP Dimple Yadav and Shatrughan Sinha, Poonam filed her papers at the Collectorate as the candidate for the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in the seat, which goes to polls on May 6.
 

Voter turnout till 3 PM for 2nd phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Voter turnout till 3 PM for 2nd phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019
 
 Maharashtra - 46.63%, Tamil Nadu - 52.02%, Odisha - 53%, Manipur - 67.5%, Uttar Pradesh - 50.39%, Chhattisgarh - 59.72%, Karnataka - 49.26%

46.63% voter turnout in Maharashtra till 3 pm

An average 46.63% polling was recorded till 3 pm in 10 constituencies of Maharashtra where polling is underway in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday
 
Polling is being held in Buldhana, Akola, Amravati, Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur and Solapur Lok Sabha constituencies

Congress complains to EC about faulty EVMs in Maharashtra

The Congress on Thursday said it has submitted 33 complaints to the Election Commission about "glitches" in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) at some polling booths across Maharashtra's 10 Lok Sabha seats where voting was underway.
 
It also flagged concerns about poor lighting arrangements at some polling centres, the statement said.

Akhilesh Yadav files nomination from Azamgarh

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav Thursday filed his nomination papers for the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat.
 
The SP chief said Azamgarh is the 'karambhoomi' of 'samajwadis' and exuded confidence that the people will continue to repose their faith in him by giving him blessings and support.
 

33% voter turnout till 1 pm in Odisha

Around 33% of the over 76.93 lakh electorate exercised their franchise till 1 pm Thursday, as polling progressed peacefully in the five Lok Sabha and 35 assembly seats in Odisha
 

Nearly 30% polling in Udhampur, Srinagar Lok Sabha seats till 1 pm

Jammu and Kashmir recorded nearly 30% polling till 1 pm in Udhampur and Srinagar Lok Sabha constituencies Thursday

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

Tamil Nadu recorded 39.49% 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
 

SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav files nomination from Azamgarh parliamentary constituency.


Sardar Patel statue not built to spite Nehru: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's imposing statue in Gujarat has not been built to "belittle" former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
 
Speaking at an election rally, Modi said though the Congress says Patel was their leader, no leader of that party has visited the statue so far.
 
"Don't you feel proud when the Statue of Unity and Gujarat's name appear when you search for the world's tallest statue on Google?
 
"I have not built Sardar Patel's statue to belittle Pandit Nehru. Patel's stature is so tall that you don't have to try too hard to make others look smaller," Modi said in his speech, most of which was in Gujarati.
 
The 'Statue of Unity', dedicated to Sardar Patel, was unveiled by Modi on October 31 last year at Sadhu Bet island on Narmada river. The 182-metre tall statue was built at a cost of Rs 2,389 crore.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav asks EC to rectify malfunctioning EVMs immediately

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav Thursday expressed concern over reports of EVM malfunctions in some parts of the Uttar Pradesh where polling for the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls are taking place and asked the Election Commission to take immediate steps to rectify them.
 
Akhilesh ,who arrived here to file his nomination papers, said he has been apprised about EVM malfunction in Bulandshahr and some other places.
 
"It is the responsibility of the EC to rectify the problem within 15 minutes where ever there are reports of EVM malfunction so that polling is held undisturbed," the SP president said.

Deve Gowda defends family politics, his grandsons contesting LS polls

Faced with criticism for turning the JD(S) into a family enterprise, party supremo and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda Thursday said people and party workers wanted his grandsons Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna to contest from Mandya and Hassan Lok Sabha constituencies.
 
Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in Hassan, Gowda said his opponents accused him of indulging in familypolitics but his rise in politics was possible because of God and voters, whom his family served to the best of its ability.
 
"People describe this as family politics. We are the children of farmers. We believe in God. My father was an ordinary farmer. By the grace of God, we grew in stages in politics.
 
"It (growth) is not in anyone's hand. Voters have strengthened us. We, whether it is Revanna (PWD minister), myself or (chief minister) Kumaraswamy have served them to the best of our ability," he said.
 
Justifying the decision to field his grandsons from Mandya and Hassan,Gowda said people were adamant that the two be fielded, which theyrespected.

Cash seized from BJP candidate's car in Odisha

 
A static surveillance squad on Thursday seized Rs 4 lakh in cash from the vehicle of a BJP candidate in Dhenkanal district, police said.
 
The cash was seized after Ashok Nayak, who is contesting from Hindol assembly seat, could not provide satisfactory answers about the source of the money, Dhenkanal SP Anupama James said.
 
The car was intercepted by the special team of Odisha police near Mangalpur chhak on Bhapur-Dhenkanal road.
 
Nayak was being interrogated at Dhenkanal Town police station, the SP said.

46.42 per cent polling recorded in Assam till 1 pm

An estimated 46.42 per cent of over 69 lakh electorate exercised their franchise till 1 pm Thursday in five parliamentary constituencies of Assam, an election official said.
 
The voting process for the second phase began at 7am in 8,992 polling booths of Karimganj (SC), Silchar, Autonomous Districts (ST), Nowgong and Mangaldoi Lok Sabha seats.
 
According to the official, there were reports of EVM glitches in several booths, but the polling personnel have addressed the issues.
 
Mangaldoi recorded maximum polling till 1 pm at 50.97 per cent followed by Autonomous Districts at 49.90 per cent, Karimganj (SC) at 46.87 per cent and Silchar at 44.13 Nowgong recorded the lowest voter turnout among the five seats at 41.42 per cent.
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Nearly 18 per cent polling in Udhampur, Srinagar LS seats till 11 am Jammu

Jammu and Kashmir recorded nearly 18 per cent polling till 11 am in Udhampur and Srinagar Lok Sabha constituencies, poll official said.
 
Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency recorded 26.28 percent polling, with Reasi district registering the highest of 28.8 percent polling till 11000 hours, poll officials said.
 
Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency recorded 5 per cent polling, with highest 6.5 per cent polling recorded in Ganderbal district till 1100 hours.
 
Voting began on a peaceful note Thursday in two Lok Sabha constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, with voters in border district of Kathua and Udhampur turning up early morning to exercise their franchise, officials said.

India will be freed of poverty the day it gets rid of the Congress: Rajnath Singh

India will be freed of poverty the day it gets rid of the Congress: Home Minister Rajnath Singh at West Bengal rally.

LS polls: 19.58 per cent turnout till 11 am in Karnataka

An estimated 19.58 per cent of voters exercised their franchise till 11 am in 14 constituencies of Karnataka Thursday, where the direct contest is between the Congress-JD(S) alliance and the BJP.
 
The highest turnout was recorded in Dakshina Kannada with 32.10 per cent and the least in Bangalore Rural with 13.54 per cent till 11 am, poll officials said.
 
In three constituencies of Bangalore North, Central and South 15.85 per cent, 15.53 per cent and 19.48 per cent voter turnout have been recorded so far respectively.

18 per cent polling in Odisha till 11 am

Around 18 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first four hours of polling Thursday in five Lok Sabha and 35 assembly constituencies in Odisha, election officials said.
 
The electoral fortunes of 279 candidates, including Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union minister Jual Oram, will be decided in the second phase of voting.
While Patnaik is in the fray from Hinjili and Bijepur assembly seats, Oram is contesting from the Sundargarh Lok Sabha constituency.
 
Over 76.93 lakh voters will decide the fate of 279 candidates in Thursday's polling. Out of the total electorate of 76,93,123, there are 37,47,493 women voters. At least 605 electors belong to the third gender.
 
An estimated 18 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise during the first four hours of polling till 11 am, and voting is gradually picking up, officials said.

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi files her nomination from Sultanpur Lok Sabha constituency


Polling temporarily halted at booth number 217 in Solapur's Shastri Nagar

\Due to malfunction in electronic voting machines, polling has temporarily halted at booth number 217 in Solapur's Shastri Nagar. More details are awaited.

Voter turnout till 11 AM in J&K is 17.8%

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

Siddaramaiah and his son cast their votes at a polling booth in Mysuru

Karnataka: Former CM Siddaramaiah and his son Yathindra Siddaramaiah cast their votes at a polling booth in Mysuru.

West Bengal: A 22-year-old BJP Yuva Morcha member Sisupal Sahis was found hanging from a tree in Senabana village of Arsha (Purulia) today. Police have started an investigation.

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 9.00 am.
 
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.

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Modi thanks people of Gujarat for the 'grooming' he received in the state.

Voters rebelling against pollution threaten Modi's chances in key state

In a vital south Indian state, small upstart political parties are luring voters concerned about jobs, economic growth and pollution, threatening to upend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election strategy in this key region.
 
In Tamil Nadu, a small breakaway group, called Amma Makkal Munnettra Kazagam, is attempting to make inroads in one district by promising to shutter a copper smelter run by mining giant Vedanta Ltd. due to pollution concerns. Vedanta denies that the factory has been a polluter, but the new party is resonating with local villagers, some of whom blame an ally of Modi’s ruling party for failing to act against the company owned by billionaire Anil Agarwal.
 
“Already the smoke from the plant used to form a blanket above our heads, and any expansion at the factory would lead right up to our village borders,” said factory welder Balamurugan Marimuthu, 24, who in 2014 voted for the state’s ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party, known as AIADMK. “This time I have decided to go for a different party that has promised to keep the plant closed.”

Voting underway in 14 Karnataka seats; Deve Gowda, grandsons in fray

Voting is underway in 14 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, where the contest is mainly between the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition and the BJP, in the second phase of parliamentary polls.
 
Prominent contestants in this phase include former prime minister H D Deve Gowda (Tumkur), his grandsons Prajwal Revanna and Nikhil Kumaraswamy from Hassan and Mandya respectively, as also Union minister Sadananda Gowda (Bangalore North), and senior Congress leaders Veerappa Moily (Chikkaballapura) and K H Muniyappa (Kolar).

Rahul Gandhi urges voters to 'vote for Nyay'

As voting for the second phase of polling started Thursday morning, Congress president Rahul Gandhi urged voters to "vote for Nyay" (justice).
 
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.
 
He used the hashtag "VoteNyayVoteCongress" with his appeal.

Massive security blanket around the three constituencies in Chhattisgarh for polls

A massive security blanket of around 60,000 personnel, and drones, has been thrown around the three constituencies for polls.
 
A large part of the Kanker Lok Sabha constituency is Naxal-affected where security forces are maintaining extra vigil to ensure peaceful polling, the official said.
Some pockets of Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund are also struggling with the Maoist menace.
 
The Kanker Lok Sabha constituency has eight Assembly segments and of these, polling in four - Antagarh, Keshkal Bhanupratappur and Kanker - will be held from 7 am to 3 pm in view of the Maoist threat, the official said.

11% voter turnout in Chhattisgarh till 9 am

Around 11 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first two hours of polling in three Lok Sabha constituencies of Chhattisgarh on Thursday, an official said.
 
Voting in the second phase of polling in the state began at 7 am in Kanker, Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund Lok Sabha seats, all having Naxal presence, amid tight security, the official at the state election office said.
 
"Around 11 per cent voting has been recorded till 9 am," he said.
Maharashtra: 105-year-old Kavaibai Kamble along with her family cast her vote at a polling station in Harangul Budruk in Latur constituency; Polling is underway at 10 parliamentary constituencies in the state.

Prominent candidates in fray in Bihar Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Prominent candidates in the fray are Uday Singh, Tariq Anwar, Bulo Mandal, Jai Prakasj Narayan Yadav and independent candidate Putul Kumari in Banka. 

Polling official in Chhattisgarh's Kanker dies of heart attack

A polling official deputed at polling booth number 186 in Kanker dies of a heart attack during Lok Sabha election duty.

Voting hampered in several polling stations in Bihar

Voting was hampered for a brief period at several polling stations at Masuria in Banka town, Kahalgaon assembly segment in Bhagalpur and Purnea, the official said.
 
Poll boycott was reported from a polling station in Amarpur assembly segment in Banka, he said.

9.2 per cent voter turnout recorded till 9 am in Bihar

About 9.2 per cent of the over 86 lakh electorate in Odisha exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling in Bihar on Thursday, with reports of EVM malfunctioning and poll boycott in some booths.
 
Altogether 86.01 lakh persons are eligible to vote to decide the fate of 68 candidates in the second phase of polling in five Lok Sabha seats of Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnea, Banka and Bhagalpur.
 
"9.19 per cent of voting was recorded in the first two hours of polling in five Lok Sabha seats. Polling has been peaceful so far," an election official said.
 
Kishanganj and Banka recorded the highest turnout at 10.5 per cent each in the first two hours, followed by Bhagalpur at 10 per cent, Katihar at 8 per cent and Purnea at 7 per cent, the CEO office said.

Raj Babbar casts his vote

Mathura: UP Congress chief Raj Babbar and party's candidate from Fatehpur Sikri casts his vote at the polling booth in Radha Ballabh Inter College.

DMK President MK Stalin casts his vote at polling booth at SIET College in Teynampet.


Polling percentage recorded in Manipur (1): 1.78% till 9 am

Odisha(5): 2.15%
 
Tamil Nadu (38): 0.81%
 
Uttar Pradesh (8): 3.99%
 
West Bengal (3): 0.55%
 
Chhattisgarh (3): 7.75%
 
Puducherry: 1.62%
 

Polling percentage recorded in Manipur (1): 1.78%

Odisha(5): 2.15%
 
TN(38): 0.81%
 
UP(8): 3.99%

Polling percentage recorded in Assam (5 seats): 9.51%

J&K (2 seats): 0.99%
 
Karnataka (14 seats): 1.14%
 
Maharashtra (10): 0.85%

Karnataka Deputy CM G Parameshwara and his wife Kannika Parameshwari cast their vote

Karnataka: Deputy CM G Parameshwara and his wife Kannika Parameshwari cast their vote at a polling booth in Koratagere, Tumkur.
Tamil Nadu: DMK Lok Sabha candidate from Thoothukudi, Kanimozhi casts her vote at a polling station in Chennai's Alwarpet, says, "People in the opposition have been harassed, raids targeted at opposition candidates. BJP have completely taken over AIADMK."

PM 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.
 
On election days, Modi usually takes to Twitter urging people to turn up at polling stations. "I hope more youngsters head to the polling booths and vote," he said.

Bihar voting percentage till 8 am

At 8 am, te voting percentage reported in Bihar:
 
Bhagalpur: 7 %
 
Banka: 4%
 
Purnia: 4%
 
Kishanganj: 3.5 %
 
Katihar: 4%

Polling yet to begin at a booth in West Bengal's Raiganj Parliamentary constituency

West Bengal: According to reports, polling is yet to begin at booth number 29/134 at Islampur Hindi FP School of Uttar Dinajpur, in Raiganj Parliamentary constituency, as the EVM at the booth is not functioning.

VVPAT machine not working

Shinde casts his vote at a Solapur polling booth

Here's a graphic of all the states and the one union territory going to polls today


Rajinikanth at a polling station

Chidambaram casts his vote

Voting begins

Voting begins for second phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in 95 constituencies, across 12 states and 1 union territory

Polling stations decorated with balloons

Here are the key candidates in the fray


38 of 39 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu goes to polls today

Polling in Vellore Lok Sabha constituency was cancelled after I-T department seized unaccounted cash.
 
For the first time in several decades, both the AIADMK and the DMK will be fighting the polls without their iconic leaders — J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi

 

From Karnataka to Maharashtra, take a look at the preparations being done ahead of voting

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