Lok Sabha Phase 3 highlights: Overall voter turnout recorded at 66%

Voters show their election cards as they stand in a queue to cast their vote, during the third phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Photo: PTI
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE updates: Voting in as many as 117 Lok Sabha constituencies took place across 14 states and Union Territories in Phase 3 of the 2019 general election. The third phase of the Lok Sabha polls saw an increase in polling till 5 p.m., with West Bengal registering the highest turnout of 78.94 per cent, and Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir the lowest of 12.46 per cent. Over 64 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the third phase of Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday, the Election Commission said.

In the third phase, voting was held in 116 Lok Sabha seats, including all constituencies in Gujarat and Kerala, with BJP president Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and several Union ministers among prominent candidates in the fray..

According to the Election Commission (EC), the estimated turnout at 5 p.m. was 74.05 per cent for Assam, Bihar (54.95 per cent), Goa (70.96 per cent), Gujarat (58.81 per cent), Karnataka (60.87 per cent), Kerala (68.62 per cent), Maharashtra (55.05 per cent), Odisha (57.84 per cent), Tripura (71.13 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (56.36 per cent), Chhattisgarh (64.03 per cent), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (71.43 per cent) and Daman and Diu (65.34 per cent).

 
Amid complaints of EVM glitches, moderate polling was recorded in the first two hours of voting in 116 Lok Sabha seats, including all constituencies of Gujarat and Kerala, in which BJP president Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and several Union ministers are in the fray. As the polling began, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cast his vote at a booth in Ahmedabad and said the "voter ID" (identity card) was much more powerful than the "IED" (improvised explosive device) of terrorists.

BJP President Amit Shah, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar seat in Gujarat, also cast his vote at a polling booth in Ahmedabad.

Other key candidates include Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is contesting from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh and Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) president Shivpal Singh Yadav from Firozabad. Supriya Sule, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar's daughter, is contesting from Baramati in Maharashtra. In Bihar, Adhikar Party-Loktantrik (JAP-L) chief Pappu Yadav is taking on RJD's Sharad Yadav in Madhepura. Puri is witnessing a triangular fight between BJD's Pinaki Mishra, BJP's Sambit Patra and Congress's Satya Prakash Nayak.

10:04 PM IST Nearly 66 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday, the Election Commission said.   This was by far the biggest phase in terms of constituencies.

9:15 PM IST A voter turnout of 13.61 per cent was recorded Tuesday in the Anantnag Parliamentary constituency where polls are being held in three phases due to security reasons.   The Anantnag district of the constituency went to polls in the first phase, while voting in the Kulgam district of the constituency will be held on April 29 and in Pulwama and Shopian districts on May 6.  

8:24 PM IST Uttar Pradesh recorded a voter turnout of over 60 per cent in the 10 constituencies where polling took place in the third phase on Tuesday, election officials said.   Prominent UP leaders in the fray in this phase are four members of Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav's clan, besides senior party leader Azam Khan and actor-turned BJP candidate Jaya Prada.

8:08 PM IST EC New Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI) Over 64 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the third phase of Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday, the Election Commission said.   In the third phase, voting was held in 116 Lok Sabha seats, including all constituencies in Gujarat and Kerala, with BJP president Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and several Union ministers among prominent candidates in the fray.

7:44 PM IST Here is the voter turnout for the following states: Total voter turnout for 3rd phase of #LokSabhaElections2019 is 63.24%. Assam - 78.29% Bihar - 59.97% Goa - 71.09% Gujarat - 60.21% Jammu & Kashmir - 12.86% Karnataka - 64.14% Kerala - 70.21% Maharashtra - 56.57% pic.twitter.com/bGbCl4G4Q3 — ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019

7:26 PM IST A man was Tuesday hacked to death outside a polling booth in West Bengal, amid the third phase of Lok Sabha elections in 21 seats across across five eastern and north eastern states, officials said.   Voting is also underway in 42 assembly constituencies in Odisha, along with the Lok Sabha polls.   According to the latest data available from the Election Commission, an estimated 61 per cent polling was recorded in Odisha, 78.97 per cent in West Bengal, 71.47 per cent in Assam, 54.91 per cent in Bihar and 77.28 per cent in Tripura.

7:24 PM IST An estimated 59 per cent voter turnout was registered till 5 pm Tuesday for the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat, where polling was by and large peaceful barring a few stray incidents, said officials.   In the 2014 polls, the total voting percentage was 63.6 per cent in the home state of PM Modi.   Barring a few incidents, the polling remained largely peaceful, said the officials.

6:51 PM IST BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday said the BJP and Congress governments did little to address issues of poverty and unemployment.   "Poverty and unemployment increased ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre. The Congress, too, has not kept its promises," Mayawati said while addressing an election meeting in support of SP-BSP candidate Manoj Agarwal here.     The BSP supremo further said the GST and demonetisation were initiated by the BJP government without any preparation, leading to poverty and unemployment.   "It also had an adverse impact on the country's economy," she said, adding that the BJP government misused the CBI and the ED to its advantage.

6:50 PM IST People are in a mood to change the Modi-led government but manipulation of EVMs is the "only worrying factor", NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Tuesday.   He was speaking at a joint media interaction addressed by leaders of the Congress, NCP, TDP, Trinamool Congress, AAP CPI(M), CPI and DMK.     "I have been to several constituencies. The people are in a mood to change (the government), they want a change both at the Centre and in the state. There is no question (about it)," Pawar said.   "Our only worry is someone misusing this technology to manipulate elections...Our worry is manipulation through these machines," Pawar said.   "EVMs are vulnerable to programming errors," TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu said, adding that the BJP can get votes only through manipulation.

6:49 PM IST Congress leader Thukjey Dolma Tuesday joined the BJP in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, just a fortnight ahead of the Lok Sabha election in the constituency, a party spokesperson said.   Dolma, a prominent social worker and active member of the Congress, hails from Kardong area of Nubra valley. He joined the BJP in presence of state party president Ravinder Raina who is camping in Ladakh for election campaigning, he said.

6:31 PM IST Singer Hans Raj Hans after filing his nomination from North West Delhi constituency as a BJP candidate: I have been a warrior since my childhood, I have to win. I am a son of a farm labourer, it is in my genes to work hard. I consider PM Modi as my hero. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/lYRYMWX4PL — ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019

6:30 PM IST Today after casting his vote, PM took out a long procession & delivered a speech. There has never been such a clear violation of MCC, he is a habitual offender. We appealed to EC to bar him from campaigning for 48-72 hours, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi after a Congress delegation met Election Commission.

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Overall voter turnout recorded at 66% in phase 3 of Lok Sabha polls: EC

Nearly 66 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday, the Election Commission said.
 
This was by far the biggest phase in terms of constituencies.

In first phase of staggered elections, Anantnag records 13.61% polling Srinagar

A voter turnout of 13.61 per cent was recorded Tuesday in the Anantnag Parliamentary constituency where polls are being held in three phases due to security reasons.
 
The Anantnag district of the constituency went to polls in the first phase, while voting in the Kulgam district of the constituency will be held on April 29 and in Pulwama and Shopian districts on May 6.
 

UP records 60% voter turnout in 3rd phase of Lok Sabha election

Uttar Pradesh recorded a voter turnout of over 60 per cent in the 10 constituencies where polling took place in the third phase on Tuesday, election officials said.
 
Prominent UP leaders in the fray in this phase are four members of Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav's clan, besides senior party leader Azam Khan and actor-turned BJP candidate Jaya Prada.

64.66 voter turnout in phase 3 of Lok Sabha election

EC New Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI) Over 64 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the third phase of Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday, the Election Commission said.
 
In the third phase, voting was held in 116 Lok Sabha seats, including all constituencies in Gujarat and Kerala, with BJP president Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and several Union ministers among prominent candidates in the fray.

Total voter turnout for phase 3 of Lok Sabha election 2019 is 63.24%

Here is the voter turnout for the following states:

Violence, EVM glitches mar third phase of LS polls in eastern, NE states

A man was Tuesday hacked to death outside a polling booth in West Bengal, amid the third phase of Lok Sabha elections in 21 seats across across five eastern and north eastern states, officials said.
 
Voting is also underway in 42 assembly constituencies in Odisha, along with the Lok Sabha polls.
 
According to the latest data available from the Election Commission, an estimated 61 per cent polling was recorded in Odisha, 78.97 per cent in West Bengal, 71.47 per cent in Assam, 54.91 per cent in Bihar and 77.28 per cent in Tripura.

59% voter turnout till 5 pm in Gujarat

An estimated 59 per cent voter turnout was registered till 5 pm Tuesday for the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat, where polling was by and large peaceful barring a few stray incidents, said officials.
 
In the 2014 polls, the total voting percentage was 63.6 per cent in the home state of PM Modi.
 
Barring a few incidents, the polling remained largely peaceful, said the officials.

BJP, Congress did little to end poverty: Mayawati

BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday said the BJP and Congress governments did little to address issues of poverty and unemployment.
 
"Poverty and unemployment increased ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre. The Congress, too, has not kept its promises," Mayawati said while addressing an election meeting in support of SP-BSP candidate Manoj Agarwal here.
 
 
The BSP supremo further said the GST and demonetisation were initiated by the BJP government without any preparation, leading to poverty and unemployment.
 
"It also had an adverse impact on the country's economy," she said, adding that the BJP government misused the CBI and the ED to its advantage.

Pawar, Chandrababu Naidu voice concern over EVM "manipulation"

People are in a mood to change the Modi-led government but manipulation of EVMs is the "only worrying factor", NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Tuesday.
 
He was speaking at a joint media interaction addressed by leaders of the Congress, NCP, TDP, Trinamool Congress, AAP CPI(M), CPI and DMK.
 
 
"I have been to several constituencies. The people are in a mood to change (the government), they want a change both at the Centre and in the state. There is no question (about it)," Pawar said.
 
"Our only worry is someone misusing this technology to manipulate elections...Our worry is manipulation through these machines," Pawar said.
 
"EVMs are vulnerable to programming errors," TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu said, adding that the BJP can get votes only through manipulation.

Congress leader joins BJP in Ladakh

Congress leader Thukjey Dolma Tuesday joined the BJP in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, just a fortnight ahead of the Lok Sabha election in the constituency, a party spokesperson said.
 
Dolma, a prominent social worker and active member of the Congress, hails from Kardong area of Nubra valley. He joined the BJP in presence of state party president Ravinder Raina who is camping in Ladakh for election campaigning, he said.

We appealed to EC to bar Modi from campaigning for 48-72 hours: Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Today after casting his vote, PM took out a long procession & delivered a speech. There has never been such a clear violation of MCC, he is a habitual offender. We appealed to EC to bar him from campaigning for 48-72 hours, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi after a Congress delegation met Election Commission.

Voting concludes in Assam's Dhubri

Electronic Voting Machines & VVPATs being packed at polling booth no.199 in Dhubri after voting concludes there

Twenty-seven members of Pune family vote together

The motto of the Bhosale family from Pune's Rasta Peth area can be described as 'the family that votes together, stays together'.
 
Continuing a tradition, 27 members of the family voted in the Lok Sabha election Tuesday.
 
While the eldest among them was 95-year-old Parvatibai Bhosale, the youngest was her 26-year-old grandson Niranjan.
 
The family lives in a 'waada', a specimen of old-style architecture for which Pune was once famous. They walked to the nearby polling centre in a procession Tuesday morning.
 
"We are six brothers, and ours is a joint family. In every election we step out together and exercise our franchise," said 60-year-old Jaysingh Bhosale, himself a former corporator.
 
For the last few days, they were also creating awareness about importance of voting in their neighbourhood, he said.
 
The BJP's Girish Bapat, a state minister, is pitted against Congress' Mohan Joshi in Pune.

BJP's Gautam Gambhir files nomination for East Delhi constituency

BJP's Gautam Gambhir files his nomination for the East Delhi parliamentary constituency.
BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Odisha's Kendrapara, Baijayant Jay Panda, casts his vote


EC has set up a polling booth in Gir Forest for 1 voter in Gujarat's Junagadh

A polling booth in Gir Forest has been set up for 1 voter in Gujarat's Junagadh.
 
“Government spends money for this polling booth for 1 vote. I've voted and it's 100% voter turnout here. For 100% voter turnout everywhere, I request all to go and vote," says voter Bharatdas Bapu.


Have not taken a decision on quitting BJP: Udit Raj

Sitting MP from the reserved northwest Delhi parliamentary seat Udit Raj on Tuesday claimed he was being forced to quit the BJP but said he has not taken a decision on the matter yet.
 
The BJP has not given the former Indian Justice Party chief a ticket for the Lok Sabha polls this time. The saffron party has fielded singer Hans Raj Hans from the seat on which Raj had won in 2014.
 
"I will not contest as an independent candidate. They (BJP) are forcing me to leave the party but I have not taken a decision on quitting. I will consult my supporters across the country," he said.

21-year-old booked for raising 'false' complaint about EVM in Kerala

A 21-year-old man was booked by police after he allegedly made a false complaint about a voting machine in a booth where he cast his vote in the Lok Sabha elections in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
 
The case was registered against the voter, identified as Ebin Babu, under IPC section 177 (furnishing false information) after a test voting conducted by polling officials showed his complaint to be false, police said.
 
 
Election officials said he was handed over to the police for further action in view of increasing false complaints and allegations about voting machines, a move that drew criticism from opposition Congress.
 
The polling officials at the booths have been directed to collect complaints in writing, they added.
 
After casting his vote in the booth in Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency, Babu complained to polling officials the VVPAT machine showed his vote was not registered in favour of his preferred candidate.

Recommendation to be made to ECI for a fresh poll in Badamba Assembly seat: Odisha CEO

VVPAT of polling station number 196 of 87-Badamba Assembly constituency was changed after commencement of actual poll, due to some error, said Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha. 
 
VVPAT meant for Parliamentary constituency was mistakenly attached to Control & Ballot Unit meant for Assembly constituency during replacement, the officer said, adding a recommendation to be made to ECI for a fresh poll.

Modi misleading the country: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his name would be recorded in history for misleading the entire country.
 
"He will talk about cows, ram temple and patriotism. Are we all sitting here are not patriots? Modi's name will be recorded in history as the first prime minister who misled the entire country," Gehlot told an election rally in Beneshwar Dham in the tribal-dominated constituency of Banswara.

PM's post is not on auction: Modi to Mamata

The PM's post is on auction that you'll buy with the money from Sharda and Narada scam, says PM Modi directing to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

TMC, Congress giving tough competition in corruption to each other: PM Modi

"Before 2014, the Congress govt had made a record of corruption. Today, the Trinamool Congress government is giving tough competition to the Congress. Corruption & crime are non-stop under TMC rule," says PM Modi in West Bengal's Asansol.

51.15% voter turnout till now for 3rd phase of Lok Sabha polls




PDP supporters thrash NC polling agent in Anantnag district

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters thrash a National Conference (NC) polling agent at Bijbehara polling station of Anantnag district in Jammu & Kashmir, alleging bogus voting.

SP leader Azam Khan, SP-BSP-RLD candidate Abdullah Azam Khan cast vote




Polling agent found dead in his house in West Bengal

Babulal Murmu, a polling agent found dead at his house in West Bengal's Buniadpur.

Unidentified men hurled a bomb near polling booth in Murshidabad

Congress failed to demonstrate India's defence capacity in space: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday slammed the Congress for failing to demonstrate India's defence capability in space, claiming that the previous governments were only concerned about the interest of a 'namdar' family, not the country's security.
 
Addressing an election rally, Modi said history was created in Balasore when Mission Shakti (anti-satellite missile test) was launched from here.
 
"Balasore's name has been recorded in history, the anti-satellite missile was launched from this place. The previous governments had shied away from demonstrating the country's defence capability as they were busy serving the interests of a 'namdar' family," the prime minister said. Read more here

Manipulation of EVMs the only worry: NCP chief Sharad Pawar

People are in a mood to change the Modi-led government but manipulation of EVMs is the "only worrying factor", NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Tuesday.
 
He was speaking at a joint media interaction addressed by leaders of the Congress, NCP, TDP, Trinamool Congress, AAP CPI(M), CPI and DMK.
 
"EVMs are vulnerable to programming errors," TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu said. The BJP can get votes only through manipulation, he added.
 
EVMs can be manipulated, hacked and even malfunction, he said. Only 18 countries have so far adopted EVMs, he added.

Polling official dies while on duty in Dhenkanal

A polling official at booth number 41 in Kantapal village in Dhenkanal passes away, after collapsing while on duty.

PM Modi's wife casts her vote in Gujarat

Jashodaben Narendrabhai Modi, the wife of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday casts her vote at a polling booth in Unjha, a town in Gujarat.
 
Minutes after casting her vote she said, "Modi sahab has done a lot for the country, he will do more."

PM Modi keeping mum on farmer suicides, lack of jobs: NCP chief Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of deliberately maintaining "silence" on issues like suicide by farmers and unemployment while campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls.
 
Addressing a rally at Bhayander in Thane district of Maharashtra on Monday night, Pawar said unemployment has gone up manifold since the NDA government came to power in 2014.

Man killed in a clash between Congress, TMC workers in West Bengal

A man standing in a queue to vote killed in clashes between Congress and TMC workers in Baligram, Murshidabad.

Assam: Manmohan Singh votes at a polling booth in Dispur

Former Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh leaves after casting his vote at a polling booth in Dispur.

Madhya Pradesh: BJP workers thrashed an NCP worker in Bhopal

Congress defends Rahul over 'Chowkidar chor hai' jibe

The Congress defended party chief Rahul Gandhi over his "Chowkidar chor hai" jibe aimed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying it was a mere political slogan and the party never intended to attribute it to an earlier Supreme Court order.
 
"Rahul Gandhi and other political leaders have been using this political slogan in the past. We never intended to attribute it to an earlier Supreme Court order," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.
 
He accused Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party of politicising the Rafale jet issue.
 
Noting that the party had urged the apex court to drop the case, Singhvi said the Congress had submitted a detailed explanation before it but will file an additional explanation, if needed.

Rahul Gandhi promises Special Kisan Budget from next year

Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that a Special Kisan Budget will be presented in Parliament next year if the party is voted to power in the ongoing general elections.
 
"There will be two budgets presented in Parliament from next year, one will be the national budget which is presented each year while the other budget will be the Special Kisan Budget which will be specifically for farmers," Gandhi said while addressing an election rally in Baneshwar Dham, Banswara.
 
"This budget will announce the Minimum Support Price for farmers, the compensation amount, loan waiver, food processing locations and other crucial information at the start of the financial year."
 
He added: "Farmers shared with us that they need separate budget and hence we have decided to draft a separate budget for them. We don't want farmers to fear anything and hence have decided to take this historic decision."

PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti casts her vote in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district

PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti casts her vote at polling booth number-37D in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district.

Finance Minister & BJP leader Arun Jaitley casts his vote at a polling booth in Ahmedabad.


AIADMK announces candidates for 4 assembly seats

The ruling AIADMK announced its candidates for by-polls to four Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu scheduled on May 19.
 
Party Coordinator O Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator K Palaniswami said in a statement that the decision to field the candidates to Sulur, Aravakurichi, Tirupprankundram and Ottapidaram (SC) was taken by the party's Parliamentary Board.
 
Palaniswami is the Chief Minister of the state while Panneerselvam is his deputy.
 
The two leaders named VP Kandasamy (Sulur), VV Senthilnathan (Aravakurichi), S Muniyandi (Tirupparankundram) and P Mohan to Oddapidaram as the party's nominees.
 
Mohan is a former MLA while the others hold various party posts.

Gujarat: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote at a polling booth at Shahpur Hindi School in Ahmedabad.


We have said what we had to say in favour of the party and our candidates, now voters will decide: Bhupesh Baghel

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel after casting his vote at polling booth number 55 in Durg in the 3rd phase of polling of Lok Sabha Elections 2019: We have said what we had to say in favour of the party and our candidates, now voters will decide. They are the real judge.

Kerala records 22.24% voting, 28.64% in Assam till 11 a.m.

Kerala recorded 22.24 per cent voting till 11 a.m. on Tuesday, in the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state, where Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and Union minister Alphons Kannamthanam are the key contenders.
 
An estimated 28.64 per cent of the total electorate of 74,76,062 cast their vote till 11 AM in four Lok Sabha constituencies of Assam amid reports of EVM malfunctioning in some polling stations, an election official said.
 
Voters formed long queues at the polling booths since early morning in some places, to exercise their franchise in Dhubri, Kokrajhar (ST), Barpeta and Gauhati parliamentary constituencies.

Less than 5% voter turnout in J-K's Anantnag in four hours of polling

Less than five per cent of the 5.30 lakh electorate of Anantnag district in the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency of Jammu and Kashmir exercised their franchise in the first four hours of polling on Tuesday.
 
The overall poll percentage in Anantnag at 11.00 am was 4.79 per cent, an official spokesman said.

Now voters will decide who should win: Chhattisgarh CM Baghel

"We have said what we had to say in favour of Congress and our candidates. Now voters will decide as they are the real judge," Chhattishgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel after casting his vote.


It is certain that Naveen Patnaik is going this time: PM Modi in Odisha

"It is confirmed that Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will go and BJP will come to power in Odisha. Though I wanted their farewell to be a good one, but the way violence has been used in past few days, all I want to say is Naveen babu, it is certain you're going this time," PM Modi in Kendrapara, Odisha.

Singer Hans Raj Hans to contest from NW-Delhi constituency on BJP ticket

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, wife cast their votes

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and wife Sulakshana Sawant cast their votes at polling booth no. 47 in Sankhali Lok Sabha constituency.

My work will do the talking: Sunny Deol after joining BJP

Bollywood actor joined BJP on Tuesday in the presence of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
 
"The way my father worked and supported Atalji, I am here today to work with and support Modiji. My work will do the talking," said Deol after joining BJP on Tuesday.
 
"Whatever I can do for this family (BJP), I will do it....I won't talk, I will show you through my work," he added.

16.94 per cent polling in West Bengal in first two hours

An estimated 16.94 per cent of over 80 lakh electorate exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling in five Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal, an election official said.
 
Barring a few isolated incidents of violence, polling has largely been peaceful in Balurghat, Maldaha Uttar, Maldaha Dakshin, Jangipur and Murshidabad Lok Sabha seats, he said.
 
"Two women voters were injured in an alleged incident of bombing in Murshidabad's Domkal area near a polling booth. Both of them have been hospitalized and we have sought report on the matter from the district magistrate. No one has been arrested or detained in the case so far," the official said.

Boxer Vijender Singh to file his nomination from South Delhi seat as Congress candidate shortly

I'm happy that Congress has given me a responsibility to serve the people. As a son of a driver,I understand the plight of the poor. I'll reach out to ppl to understand their problems.

Actor Sunny Deol arrives at BJP office, he will join the party shortly.


'Avarice' of Congress-BJP will crash in LS polls: Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan came down heavily on opposition Congress-led UDF and BJP-led NDA, saying the "avarice" of both the fronts would come crashing down in the Lok Sabha elections as candidates of the CPI(M) headed LDFwould win with a thumping majority.
 
Vijayan cast his vote at a local school in Pinarayi in northern Kannur district along with his family members in the morning.
 
"You will see that the avarice of certain people crashing in the state during this election," he told reporters after exercising his franchise.
Narendra Modi's mother Hiraba Modi casts her vote in Gandhinagar. Earlier, PM Modi met her to seek her blessings.

Congress leader Hardik Patel casts his vote in Surendranagar constituency.

Lok Sabha elections Phase 3: Congress leader Hardik Patel casts his vote at booth number 252/355 in Surendranagar constituency.

BJP workers beat up presiding officer in Moradabad

BJP activists allegedly beat up the presiding officer at booth number 231 in Bilari in the Moradabad Lok Sabha constituency on Tuesday.
 
BJP workers alleged that the officer, Mohd Zubair, was pressurizing women voters to press the 'cycle button' of the Samajwadi Party.
 
The officer was later removed from the booth but no action was taken against the attackers.
 
In Etah, a number of voters alleged that the presiding officials were pressuring voters to vote for the "cycle". One such officer, Yogesh Kumar, was taken off duty.

7.38 per cent turnout recorded in Karnataka so far

An estimated 7.38 per cent of voter turnout was recorded till 9 AM in 14 constituencies of Karnataka Tuesday, where the contest is between Congress-JD(S) combine and BJP.
 
The highest turn out was recorded in Shimogga with 10.12 per cent and least in Haveri with 5.75 per cent till 9 am, poll officials said.
 
Queues were seen at polling booths as the voting began, with many including senior citizens arriving to vote in the morning hours to cast their vote to avoid the summer heat.
 
Former Chief Minister and state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa was among the prominents, who cast his vote early on Tuesday at Shikaripura in Shimogga.
 
Yeddyurappa was accompanied by family members including his son B Y Raghavendra, who is the BJP candidate from Shimogga Lok Sabha seat.

10.01% polling till 9 am in Gujarat

An average 10.01 per cent voting was recorded in 26 Lok Sabha seats of Gujarat in the first two hours of polling on Tuesday. Long queues of voters were seen at some booths even before the polling began at 7 am.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar seat, were among the early ones to cast their vote in the state.

Lok Sabha elections phase 3: Kerala records 11.61 per cent by 9 am

Kerala recorded 11.61 per cent voting till 9 AM today in the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state, where Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and Union minister, Alphons Kannamthanam are the key contenders.
 
Though complaints of technical glitches in voting machines were reported in some places, majority of polling stations witnessed heavy rush and long queues since morning.
 
Cutting across cities and villages, women, senior citizens and first-time electors turned up in large numbers to exercise their francise in the initial hours.
 
According to Election Commission sources, Palakkad witnessed the highest voting percentage at 9 AM--12.64, while Ponnani in Malappuram registered the lowest- 9.74 per cent.
 
The high profile Wayanad contituency, where Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is seeking mandate, witnessed 11.87 per cent so far, they said.

10% voting for 14 seats in Maharashtra

Around 10 per cent voting was recorded for the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra here on Tuesday, as polling continued on a peaceful note, election officials said.
 
The voting percentage was recorded till 9.30 a.m. after polling began at 7 a.m.
 
The fate of several political stalwarts, scions, royals and rebels including Shiv Sena Union Minister Anant Geete, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Raosaheb Danve-Patil and big political clans like the Pawars and Vikhe-Patils will be decided by the voters.
 
Voting is underway in: Jalgaon, Raver, Jalna, Aurangabad, Raigad, Pune, Baramati, Ahmednagar, Madha, Sangli, Satara, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and Hathkanangale constituencies.
Social activist Anna Hazare after casting his vote in Ralegan Siddhi, Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra.

12.36 per cent polling recorded in Assam in first two hours

An estimated 12.36 per cent of over 74 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling today in four Lok Sabha seats of Assam, an election official said.
 
Voting has been brisk since morning with the weather being sunny and women and first-time voters queuing up outside polling booths in large numbers, he said 
 
Tight security arrangements have been made across the four constituencies -- Dhubri, Kokrajhar (ST), Barpeta and Gauhati -- to ensure peaceful voting in the third and final phase of elections in the state.
 
Dhubri registered the highest voter turnout till 9am at 14.52 per cent, followed by Gauhati at 12.38 per cent and Barpeta at 11.71 per cent.
 
Kokrajhar recorded the lowest voter turnout so far at 10.41 per cent.

Gautam Gambhir holds roadshow ahead of filling his nomination from East Delhi

BJP MP candidate from East Delhi, Gautam Gambhir holds roadshow ahead of filling his nomination, says, "I really want to contribute something to the country & whatever our PM has done in the last 5 years, I want to take that legacy forward."
Karnataka: Priyank Kharge and his wife Shruthi Kharge casts their votes at polling station number 26, in Gundagurti village, in Kalaburagi Lok Sabha constituency.
Kashmiri Pandits cast their votes at a Special Polling Station in Udhampur, for Anantnag parliamentary constituency.

Lok Sabha Elections phase 3: 13% voter turnout in Goa till 9 am

Around 13 per cent voter turnout was reported in the first two hours of polling today for elections in two Lok Sabha constituencies and bypolls in three Assembly seats in Goa. As per the Election Commission, there was around 13.14 per cent polling in North Goa Lok Sabha seat and 13.12 per cent in South Goa. Besides, around 13.05 per cent electorate cast their votes in Mandrem Assembly seat, 14.47 per cent in Mapusa and 13.18 per cent in Shiroda seat.

NDA candidate from Wayanad demands re-polling after EVM malfunction

Thushar Vellappally, NDA candidate from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, on Tuesday demanded re-polling after an electronic voting machine (EVM) malfunctioned at a polling booth.
 
"Let me draw your kind attention to an important matter. It is reported from booth number 79 - CMS Higher Secondary School, Arappatta in Mooppanad Panchayath that the voting machine is damaged. A vote is not being cast even after pressing twice," a letter by Vellappally through Chief Election Agent Advocate Sinil Kumar G read.
 
"Please take necessary steps for re-polling as pressing the voting machine twice can make changes in the voting," it added.
Goa Chief Electoral Officer: Entire set of EVMs has been replaced for AC 34, PS No 31 as per report from DEO South Goa.
Heeraben Modi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother casts her vote at a polling station in Raisan, Ahmedabad.

Shashi Tharoor casts his vote at a polling booth in Thiruvananthapuram

Senior Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram candidate Shashi Tharoor casts his vote at a polling booth in the city. He is up against BJP's Kummanam Rajasekaran and LDF’s C Divakaran. 

Millions of youngsters stepping out to vote want 'Nyay' for every Indian: Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi expressed confidence that millions of youngsters stepping out to vote want 'Nyay' (justice) for every Indian and will cast their ballot wisely.  His appeal came as polling began for the third phase in which 116 Lok Sabha seats, including all constituencies in Gujarat and Kerala, are going to polls.
 
"Across India, millions of youngsters are stepping out to vote, many of them for the first time. In their hands lies the future of India," Gandhi said.
"I'm confident that they want NYAY for every Indian and will vote wisely," he tweeted and tagged a short video of the Congress' 'Ab hoga Nyay' theme focusing on youngsters.


Abhay Singh Yadav casts vote in Mainpuri

Younger brother of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Abhay Singh Yadav after casting his vote at a polling booth in Saifai, Mainpuri

Punjab: Sukhbir Singh Badal to contest from Firozpur seat, Harsimrat Kaur from Bathinda

Shiromani Akali Dal has announced its decision to field party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal from the Firozpur Lok Sabha seat while his wife and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has been nominated from the Bathinda seat. The announcement was made by party patron and Akali stalwart Parkash Singh Badal.

Voting began in West Bengal's Murshidabad at 9:40 am

Earlier in the day, some attempts were made to capture a booth in ward number 7 of the Domkol municipality in West Bengal's Murshidabad district. The voting is now being conducted peacefully. Locals had alleged that members of Trinamool Congress had bombed the area in the wee hours to create panic among the voters.

Of the candidates contesting third phase of Elections 2019, here's how many face serious criminal charges

BJP:  27% (26 of 97)
Congress: 27% (24 of 90) 
BSP: 27% (6 of 22) 
Shiv Sena: 32% (6 of 19) 
CPI(M): 50% (5 of 10)
SP: 44% (4 of 9)

Numerous complaints of malfunctioning EVMs reported across Kerala

Numerous complaints of malfunctioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs) were reported from across Kerala today as the state voted to elect 20 Lok Sabha members.
 
The malfunctioning was pointed out by none other than Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who said that election officials appear to have failed to ensure that the EVMs worked properly.
 
"I myself had to wait for a while and I was told that the EVMs are not working. I am also told that this is the case in other places also," Vijayan told the media in Kannur after he voted.
 
The Leader of Opposition, who voted in Alappuzha, also complained about faulty EVMs.

Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik casts his vote at a polling booth in Bhubaneswar.


Polling percentage recorded in Assam-12.36%, Bihar-12.60%, Goa-2.29%, Gujarat-1.35%, J&K-0.00%, Karnataka-1.75%, Kerala-2.48%, Maharashtra-0.99%, Odisha-1.32%, Tripura-1.56%, UP-6.84%, WB-10.97%, Chhattisgarh-2.24%, Dadra & Nagar Haveli-0.00%, Daman & Diu-5.83%.
BJP President Amit Shah and his wife Sonal Shah cast their votes at polling booth in Naranpura Sub-Zonal office in Ahmedabad

Dharmendra Pradhan casts his vote at a polling booth in Talcher.


Will quit BJP if denied ticket: BJP MP from North West Delhi Udit Raj

BJP MP from North West Delhi Udit Raj announced that he will resign from the party if he is not fielded as a candidate in the Lok Sabha elections.
 
The BJP has announced candidates on six seats of Delhi but is yet to announce a candidate for North West Delhi.
 
"I am waiting for ticket. If not given to me, I will bid goodbye to party," Udit Raj tweeted.
 
Sources close to the MP said he would contest the elections even if denied a ticket. They said he will then file his nomination after quitting the party.

CM Pramod Sawant among first to cast vote in Goa

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was among the early ones to cast his vote for the Lok Sabha elections in the state's North Goa constituency, where Union minister Shripad Naik is the BJP's candidate.
 
He arrived around 8 am at a polling booth located in his Sankhalim Assembly segment along with his wife Sulakshana Sawant, who is head of the BJP Mahila Morcha in Goa.
 
After exercising his franchise, the chief minister told PTI that he was expecting a good voter turnout.
 
"I am happy that I am voting for the first time as chief minister. I am aware that mining suspension in the state has been a major issue, but people know we are taking all possible steps to resolve it. I am expecting 75 to 80 per cent voting in Goa," he said.

Over 300 EVMs not working, police scaring voters: Abdullah Azam Khan

Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Azam Khan's son Abdullah has alleged that more than 300 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have not been working and the "DM is letting it happen on purpose". He has also alleged that the police has been scaring voters by going inside their houses. "I also heard people are being told to keep their rifles ready. All this is being done to scare the voters where we can easily win," he said.
 
On Jaya Prada and his "Anarkali" remarks, Abdullah Azam Khan said that the BJP candidate from Rampur has been victimising herself. "I said what I had to say. I did not even name her. She is victimising herself," he said.
Odisha: A specially-abled person casts his vote at polling booth in Government Primary School, IRC village, Bhubaneswar.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and wife Anjali cast their vote in Rajkot

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and wife Anjali cast their vote at a polling booth in Anil Gyan Mandir school in Rajkot.

The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is voter ID: Modi

PM Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad: The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is voter ID. I can say with surety that the voter ID is much much more powerful than an IED, so we should understand the strength of our voter IDs. #LokSabhaElections2019

Here are some interesting facts about Phase 3 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019:

* Third phase is biggest as it covers 116 parliamentary seats in a single phase
 
* Over 18.85 crore voters to decide fate of 1640 candidates
 
* Over 2.10 lakh polling stations in place for smooth conduct of polls 
 
* Anantnag Parliamentary constituency in Jammu & Kashmir would be going to polls in 3 parts in Phase III, Phase IV and Phase V of Lok Sabha elections, the only such PC in the country.
 
* Fearing law and order problems the election to Tripura (East) constituency were postponed from April 18 (Phase 2) to Aril 23 (Phase 3, that in on Tuesday).

Voting begins on a dull note in Anantnag district of Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency

Residents in most parts of the district in restive south Kashmir have stayed indoors so far, an official said. The Anantnag constituency has 13,97,272 registered voters including 7,20,337 males, 672879 females and 35 transgender voters.
 
There are 18 candidates in the fray for Anantnag constituency including PDP president and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti.
 
The Congress has fielded its state president Ghulam Ahmad Mir while former High Court judge Hasnain Masoodi is contesting on the National Conference ticket.
 
The other prominent candidate in the fray is former MLC Sofi Yousuf of BJP.

Lok Sabha election 2019 will decide fate of country: Sonia Gandhi

UPA chairperson and Congress candidate from Raebareli Sonia Gandhi Monday said the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are not "ordinary" as they will decide who will rule the country -- those who "destroyed" the Constitution or those who want to preserve its sanctity. Addressing party workers at the Bhuyemau guest house here, she said the Congress will continue to fight to defend the "buniyaadi usool" (founding principles) of the Constitution.
 
"Elections have happened a number of times, but this election is not an ordinary one. It will decide whether the rule of those who destroyed the Constitution will prevail or that of those who want to preserve its samman (sanctity). It has to be decided that, whether those destroying the society will govern, or those who take the country on the right track will get the reins of power," Gandhi said.

Himachal village decides to boycott the Lok Sabha elections unless roads are built

Residents of Laharu Teeka village of Naura Panchayat have decided to boycott the Lok Sabha elections unless roads are built in their village. Villagers have put up several banners around the village urging politicians not to come asking for votes.
 
"We are very annoyed with the system. Every time politicians come to us, they promise to connect our village with a good road. But they stop coming after elections. Sometimes local women have to lift pregnant women to the hospital," said Reeta Devi, a villager.
 
The villagers believe that a small patch of road, about 150 meters, could end their longstanding woes.
 
Himachal Pradesh has 4 Lok Sabha constituencies that will go to polls on May 19 in the seventh and last phase of general elections.

Bihar: Polling percentage in Madhepura till 8 am: 5%

The Madhepura Lok Sabha Constituency of BIHAR state is currently held by Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav of RJD. The key candidates in the Madhepura constituency for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are Rajesh Ranjan@Pappu Yadav of OTHERS, Sharad Yadav of RJD and Dinesh Chandra Yadav of BJP. Read to know more about Araria Lok Sabha Constituency.

Bihar: Polling percentage in Jhanjharpur till 8 am is 4%

The Jhanjharpur Lok Sabha Constituency of BIHAR state is currently held by Birendra Kumar Chaudhary of BJP. The key candidates in the Jhanjharpur constituency for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are Ramprit Mandal of JD (U) and Gulab Yadav of RJD. Read to know more about Araria Lok Sabha Constituency.

Bihar: Polling percentage in Araria till 8 am: 3%

The Araria Lok Sabha Constituency of BIHAR state is currently held by Tasleem Uddin of RJD. 
 
The key candidates in the Araria constituency for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are Sarfaraz Alam of RJD and Pradeep Kumar Singh of BJP. Read to know more about Araria Lok Sabha Constituency.

Bihar polling percentage at 8 am

Jhanjharpur: 4%
Supaul: 4%
Araria: 3%
Madhepura: 5%
Khagaria: 5%

Manmohan Singh, wife to cast vote in Assam today

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur will cast their votes in Guwahati Lok Sabha constituency.
 
A Rajya Sabha member from Assam since 1991 with his current term ending on June 14 this year, Manmohan Singh and his wife are voters of Dispur legislative assembly in Assam.

I feel pure after casting vote, says Modi

PM Modi: I am fortunate that I also got the opportunity to fulfill my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Just as you feel pure after a holy dip in Kumbh, one feels pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy.

Narendra Modi to vote in Ahmedabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to cast his vote at polling booth in Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip, Ahmedabad

Maharashtra: NCP's Supriya Sule casts vote a polling station in Baramati

Nationalist Congress Party's Supriya Sule along with her family casts her vote a polling station in Baramati. She is sitting MP and NCP MP candidate from Baramati.

Your vote is precious and will shape the direction our nation takes in the years to come, says Narendra Modi

Urging all those voting in today’s Third Phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to do so in record numbers, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets his mother at her residence in Gandhinagar today.


BJP President Amit Shah is contesting from Gandhinagar Parliamentary constituency

BJP President and party's candidate from Gandhinagar Parliamentary constituency Amit Shah, near the polling booth at Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip, Ahmedabad. 

Today's polling marks the end of the Lok Sabha election in Chhattisgarh

Seven of the 11 parliamentary constituencies in Chhattisgarh are polling in the third phase today, marking the end of the Lok Sabha election in the state, months after the Congress party came back to power in the state after 15 years.

Narendra Modi at his mother's residence in Gandhinagar

Karnataka: BJP MP candidate from Shimoga BY Raghvendra among early voters

BJP MP candidate from Shimoga BY Raghvendra casts his vote at a polling booth in Shikaripura, in the third phase of general elections.
Baramati (Maharashtra)
 
Key candidates: Supriya Sule (NCP), Kanchan Kul (BJP)
Madha (Maharashtra)
 
Key candidates: Ranjitsinh Naik-Nimbalkar (BJP), Sanjay Shinde (NCP)
Puri (Odisha)
 
Key candidates: Pinaki Mishra (BJD), Sambit Patra (BJP), Satya Prakash Nayak (Congress)
Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh)
 
Key candidates: Varun Gandhi (BJP), Hemraj Verma (Samajwadi Party)
Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh)
 
Key candidates: Mulayam Singh Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Prem Singh Shakya (BJP)
Firozabad (Uttar Pradesh)
 
Key candidates: Akshay Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Shivpal Singh Yadav (Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia), Chandra Sen Jadun (BJP)
Rampur (Uttar Pradesh)
 
Key candidates: Azam Khan (Samajwadi Party), Jaya Prada (BJP), Sanjay Kapoor (Congress)
Gandhinagar (Gujarat)
 
Key candidates: Amit Shah (BJP), C J Chavda (Congress)

Key candidates for phase 3 of Lok Sabha polls

Wayanad (Kerala)
 
Key candidates: Rahul Gandhi (Congress), P P Suneer (CPI), Thushar Vellappally (NDA)

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