Total voter turnout for 3rd phase of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections is 63.24 percent.
Total voter turnout for 3rd phase of #LokSabhaElections2019 is 63.24%.— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Odisha - 58.18%
Tripura - 78.52%
Utar Pradesh - 57.74%
West Bengal - 79.36
Chhattisgarh - 65.91%
Dadra & Nagar Haveli - 71.43%
Daman & Diu - 65.34% https://t.co/CmyxZmbhVW
Total voter turnout for 3rd phase of #LokSabhaElections2019 is 63.24%.— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
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
Calling it day off on the third phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) & VVPATs being packed at polling booth no.199 in Dhubri after voting concludes there.
Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir files his nomination for the East Delhi parliamentary constituency as a BJP politician.
Estimated voter turnout till now is 61.31 per cent for the third phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
Estimated voter turnout till now for the 3rd phase of the #LokSabhaElections2019 is 61.31%. Voting for 116 parliamentary constituencies across 13 states and 2 union territories is being held today. pic.twitter.com/BhPmIG44yK— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Kendrapara, Baijayant Jay Panda, casts his vote for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Odisha: BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Kendrapara, Baijayant Jay Panda, casts his vote for #LokSabhaElections2019 and #OdishaAssemblyElections at Booth No. 19 in Bhubaneswar. pic.twitter.com/E1pymZWOd7— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Jagadish Shettar, Former Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader, casts his vote at a polling booth in Hubballi-Dharwad, Karnataka.
In Maharashtra, the Kolhapur Lok Sabha constituency recorded 54.27 percent voting till 3 pm, followed by Hatkanangale, where there was 52.27 percent polling, reports PTI.
An average 46.28 percent voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm in 14 seats of Maharashtra where polling for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections was underway, reports PTI.
Shraddha, a bride from Maharashtra casts her vote at a polling station in Pune ahead of her wedding during the third phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections 2019.
Maharashtra: Shraddha, a bride, casts her vote at a polling station in Pune ahead of her wedding. Shraddha says, "It is our national duty. I felt a little nervous but I liked it". #LokSabhaElection2019 pic.twitter.com/YyhItHN3wu— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Voter turnout till now for the 3rd phase of the Lok Sabha Elections2019 is 51.15 percent.
Estimated voter turnout till now for the 3rd phase of the #LokSabhaElections2019 is 51.15%. Voting for 116 parliamentary constituencies across 13 states and 2 union territories is being held today. pic.twitter.com/mV9g0JmSq1— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel casts his vote at a polling station in Bharuch.
Kerala's Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, from where Congress President Rahul Gandhi is contesting, saw over 43 per cent polling till 2 p.m. whereas Gujarat's Gandhinagar seat, where BJP President Amit Shah is contesting, witnessed just over 39 per cent polling till the same time. However, election officials said that figures may increase as more people come out to vote during the evening hours
Estimated voter turnout till now for the 3rd phase of the #LokSabhaElections2019 is 37.89%. Voting for 116 parliamentary constituencies across 13 states and 2 union territories is being held today. pic.twitter.com/VL12zJSs3C— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Veteran BJP leader LK Advani cast his vote at a polling booth in Shahpur Hindi School here on Tuesday. Advani, who is sitting MP from Gandhinagar, has been replaced by BJP president Amit Shah. The veteran BJP leader has won from the seat six times. Advani and senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi are among those who have not been fielded by the party for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
Gujarat: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote at a polling booth at Shahpur Hindi School in Ahmedabad. pic.twitter.com/u5UoSPBCCA— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Gujarat: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote at a polling booth at Shahpur Hindi School in Ahmedabad. pic.twitter.com/u5UoSPBCCA— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and wife Sulakshana Sawant cast their votes at polling booth no. 47 in Sankhali Lok Sabha constituency. pic.twitter.com/uv0pVH5cBy— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Nearly 21.38 percent voter turnout was recorded in the first four hours in 14 seats of Maharashtra where polling for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections was underway on Tuesday. The Kolhapur Lok Sabha constituency reported 25.49 percent voting till 11 am, followed by Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, where there was 24.96 percent polling. The voting figures in other constituencies are as follows: Jalgaon -20.34 percent, Raver-21.24 percent, Jalna- 23.28 percent, Aurangabad-20.97 percent, Raigad-23.94 percent, Pune-15.5 percent, Baramati-21.33 percent, Ahmednagar-20.26 percent, Madha-19.63 percent, Sangli-20.09 percent, Satara-20.67 percent and Hatkanangale-23.45 percent.
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. Nearly three per cent voting was recorded in the first two hours
A 68-year-old man, named Basir Ali, who is suffering from cancer, on Tuesday cast vote in Guwahati. Ali was accompanied by his childhood friend, Mukut Choudhary. "Ali has come to set an example for the people to come out and exercise their power of vote. Doctors have advised him rest. However, he wanted to come here and vote. Ali is on the last stage of cancer and might die within a short time, doctors have said this. We have come here in a rickshaw," Choudhary said.
Congress leader Hardik Patel after casting his vote in Viramgam,says "Chowkidaar dhoondhna hoga toh mein Nepal chala jaaunga, mujhe desh mein PM chahiye jo iss desh ke arthvyavastha ko, shiksha ko, yuvaon, jawanon ko mazboot kar sake. Mujhe chowkidar nahi pradhan mantri chahiye." pic.twitter.com/dYGjy7S7YW— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
All EVMs at a polling station in Cuncolim Assembly constituency in South Goa have been replaced after reports of malfunctioning, Goa Chief Electoral Officer Kunal said on Tuesday. "Entire set of EVMs has been replaced for Assembly constituency 34 (Cuncolim), polling station number 31, as per report from the district election officer South Goa," Kunal said. Earlier in the day, Aam Aadmi Party convenor Elvis Gomes had complained about the malfunctioning electronic voting machines (EVMs) at polling station number 31.
An unusual "visitor" in a polling booth in the Kannur Lok Sabha constituency, held up voting for a brief while on Tuesday. A small snake was found inside a VVPAT machine in a booth at Mayyil Kandakkai in the constituency, which is witnessing heavy polling, triggering panic among officials and voters. However, the reptile was soon removed and voting continued.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh on Tuesday alleged that EVMs were "malfunctioning or voting for the BJP" across the country, terming it a criminal negligence. "EVMs across India malfunctioning or voting for the BJP. DMs say poll officials untrained to operate EVMs. 350+ being replaced. This is criminal negligence for a polling exercise that costs Rs 50,000 crs. Should we believe DMs @ECISVEEP, or is something far more sinister afoot?" Yadav said in a tweet tagging the Election Commission.
EVMs across India malfunctioning or voting for the BJP. DMs say poll officials untrained to operate EVMs. 350+ being replaced. This is criminal negligence for a polling exercise that costs 50,000 crs.— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) April 23, 2019
Should we believe DMs @ECISVEEP, or is something far more sinister afoot? pic.twitter.com/eGsGUUBWai
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Hiraba on Tuesday cast her vote for the Lok Sabha polls at a booth in Gujarat's Gandhinagar district. Hiraba, 95, who lives with her younger son Pankaj Modi at Raisan village, located around 10 km from Gandhinagar city, arrived at the polling booth set up in the gram panchayat and exercised her franchise.
BJP activists allegedly beat up the presiding officer at booth number 231 in Bilari in the Moradabad Lok Sabha constituency on Tuesday. The Bharatiya Janata Party (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. Watch video here
As many as 16,000 police personnel including the Central and State reserve force have been deployed in Pune district for the ongoing Pune and Baramati Lok Sabha Constituency on Tuesday. Around 4,896 policemen will be casting their votes via postal as a special initiative. On Tuesday, more than 42 lakh voters will step out to cast their votes both at the Pune and Baramati Constituencies.
An estimated 12.36 per cent of over 74 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling Tuesday in four Lok Sabha seats of Assam. 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.
Over one lakh voters cast their votes in the first two hours of polling in West Bengal on Tuesday as 16 per cent voting was reported till 9 a.m. in the third phase of the seven-phased polling in the state. The overall polling percentage at 9 a.m. was 16.94, with Balurghat recording 17.28, Malda North 16.11, Malda south 16.22, Jangipur 17.54 and Murshidabad 17.54, an Election Commission official said.
An average 10.01 percent voting was recorded in 26 Lok Sabha seats of Gujarat in the first two hours of polling on Tuesday.
An estimated 7.38 per cent of voter turnout was recorded till 9 AMin 14 constituencies of Karnataka on 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
An estimated 9.35 percent of over 89 lakh electorate in Bihar exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling during the third phase of polling in five Lok Sabha seats, an election official said. According to the figures released by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Bihar, Jhanjharpur recorded the highest turnout at 11.50 percent followed by Araria at 10 percent, Madhepura 8.75 percent, Supaul 8.30 percent and Khagaria 8 percent.
Kerala: 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. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/zJwnJ3nALC— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
An average 8.21 percent voter turnout was recorded in the first two hours in 14 seats of Maharashtra where polling for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections was underway on Tuesday. The Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg constituency reported 10.9 percent voting till 9 am, followed by Kolhapur, where there was around 9.97 percent polling, according to the state election office. The voting figures in other constituencies are as follows: Jalgaon -7.81 per cent, Raver-8.48 per cent, Jalna- 9.21 per cent, Aurangabad-8.77 per cent, Raigad-9.35 per cent, Pune-5.7 per cent, Baramati-8.54 per cent, Ahmednagar-7.37 per cent, Madha-6.85 per cent, Sangli-7.04 per cent, Satara-6.84 per cent and Hatkanangale-8.98 per cent.
Around 13 per cent polling was recorded in the first two hours of polling for Goa's two Lok Sabha constituencies and three Assembly seats on Tuesday. The two parliamentary seats -- North Goa and South Goa -- recorded 13.14 per cent and 13.12 per cent polling respectively till 9 a.m. since voting began at 7 a.m. In the Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem Assembly segments, the polling percentage in the first two hours was recorded at 13.18, 14.47 and 13.05, respectively.
Bracing a sudden rise in the mercury level, an estimated 12 percent of the electorate exercised their franchise during the first two hours of voting in Uttar Pradesh in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday. The seats are spread over the Rohilkhand region of the state where the BJP had won seven out of 10 seats in 2014. The areas where the voting is taking place is considered SP strongholds as three of the total five members of the Yadav family had won from this region despite a Modi wave in the last elections.
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 in Wayanad. "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. Vellappally is the chief of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), the political arm of the Sree Narayan Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP). (Read more)
BJP national president Amit Shah and his wife Sonal Shah cast their votes in the third phase of the Lok Sabha Elections from Naranpura Sub-Zonal office in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. Talking to media here, Shah said: "I appeal to voters across the country to vote in large numbers. Your one vote will make the country secure, prosperous and developed. I appeal to youth and first-time voters to vote for the future of the country. My wishes and thanks to all the voters."
Gujarat: BJP President Amit Shah and his wife Sonal Shah cast their votes at polling booth in Naranpura Sub-Zonal office in Ahmedabad pic.twitter.com/0lNdyv0XDp— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
The Congress on Tuesday urged people to cast their vote, saying the "third step" of removing their problems has to be taken today. The 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. "Today, the third step of removing the problems of the people has to be taken," Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted. "Your one vote will take the country towards progress and equality," he said.
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Voting in the largest democracy in the world for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections began on April 11, 2019, in 543 constituencies. The polling for Lok Sabha seats is being held in seven phases. In Mumbai, the voting for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will take place on April 29, 2019. We have compiled important guidelines on the voting process. Watch this video to know more.
Voting for the crucial third phase for 10 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh began on Tuesday that will decide the fate of four members of SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav's clan, besides senior party leader Azam Khan and his bete noir BJP's Jaya Prada. A total of 1.78 crore electorates would would choose from 120 candidates contesting in Muradabad, Rampur, Sambhal, Ferozabad, Mainpuri, Etah, Badaun, Aonwla, Bareilly and Pilibhit, where polling began at 7 a.m. and would end at 6 p.m.
Large number of women were seen queued up outside polling booths in Bihar as voting for five Lok Sabha seats began on Tuesday in the third phase of the seven-phased process in the state. Technical glitches in EVMs though reportedly delayed the balloting process in Khagaria, Madhepuea and Araria, which will see over 88 lakh voters deciding the fate of 82 candidates, along with Supaul and Jhanjharpur -- all of which are in Koshi and Seemanchal region. Heavy security arrangements have been made at the polling booths. Three helicopters have been requisitioned to provide air cover as well. So far voting has been peaceful with no reports of violence
On the other hand, several Congress leaders are trying to woo voters through SMS campaigning. Sanjay Nirupam, the Congress candidate from Mumbai North West constituency, is looking to rope in more votes by sending SMSes to the voters. The message contains a link which takes the receiver to a webpage where he/she can read the details about Nirupam, his family and the poll promises of the party.
As the polling day in the city nears, don't be surprised when you hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking your vote this general election. The BJP is calling voters on their cell phones with a recorded message from Modi, who asks the public to vote for his party. Every vote counts in making him the Prime Minister again, he says in the message.
Urging the people to exercise their franchise in huge numbers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the voter identity card of a person is more powerful than an improvised explosive device (IED) used by terrorists. "The weapon of terrorism is IED and 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. I urge all to vote in huge numbers," Modi told reporters after casting his vote in Ahmedabad
Voting begins for 14 LS seats in Maharashtra
Voting for 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra started on a peaceful note in the third phase of the staggered process amid tight security on Tuesday. Among the early voters were former Deputy Chief Minister and NCP senior leader Ajit Pawar and his family, cousin and sitting Baramati MP Supriya Sule.
Maharashtra: 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 pic.twitter.com/iNVAP3QDAr— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Earlier on Tuesday, BS Yeddyurappa visited Hucharaya Swamy temple in Shikaripura, in Shimoga district before the beginning of the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls.
Karnataka: Former CM BS Yeddyurappa visits Hucharaya Swamy temple in Shikaripura, in Shimoga district; 14 Lok Sabha constituencies to vote in third phase of elections today. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/kgr02GIvYj— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) candidate from Shimoga BY Raghavendra cast his vote at a polling booth in Shikaripura, in the third phase of the polling on Tuesday. Last year, Raghavendra, who is the son of former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, defeated his rival Madhu Bangarappa of Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) by a margin of 52,148 votes in Shimoga Lok Sabha by-poll.
PM Modi: Today third phase of polling is underway, I am fortunate that I also got the opportunity to fulfill my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Like you feel pure after a holy dip in Kumbh, one feels pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy pic.twitter.com/yzjBd3Kpfz— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Narendra Modi arrived at the polling booth in Nishan Higher Secondary School along with Shah and party workers. He met his mother at her residence before heading to the booth. Voting is underway for all 26 parliamentary constituencies in Gujarat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday cast his vote at a polling booth in Ranip, Ahmedabad, a part ofthe Gujarat's Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency, in the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah is the party candidate from this constituency, which was earlier represented by BJP veteran L.K. Advani.
Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to cast his vote at polling booth in Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip, Ahmedabad; BJP President Amit Shah also present pic.twitter.com/wu3Y5EopRF— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Maharashtra: A senior citizen couple, 93-year-old Prabhakar Bhide and 88-year-old Sushila Bhide cast their votes at a polling booth in Pune's Mayur colony. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/4xT4Qoo8LR— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
The Anantnag district has 5,29,256 electors including 2,69,603 males, 2,57,540 females, 2,102 service electors and 11 transgender voters. The EC has also established 1,842 polling stations to facilitate smooth polling, the official said. The Anantnag constituency has 13,97,272 registered voters including 7,20,337 males, 672879 females and 35 transgender voters
While polling is underway in Anantnag district, voting in Kulgam district will be held on April 29 while Pulwama and Shopian districts will go to polls on May 6. The Election Commission has curtailed the polling duration for Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency by two hours following a request from the state police to this effect. The voting will be held in south Kashmir areas from 7 am to 4 pm
Voting began on Tuesday on a dull note in Anantnag district of Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, where polling will be held in three legs, amidst tight security measures, officials said. Residents in most parts of the district in restive south Kashmir have stayed indoors so far, an official said.
Mumbai: Magistrate court in Sewri issues bailable warrant against S Yechury,as he or his lawyer failed to appear in court after a summon was issued to him. RSS worker&lawyer Dhrutiman Joshi had filed complaint against R Gandhi&him after they named RSS in Gauri Lankesh murder case— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Rahul Gandhi, through his lawyer, asked for inquiry against Dadar Post office as he claims he hasn't received summons yet. He is exempted from appearing till 30 April. Next Date of hearing is 30 April. https://t.co/0AbFjKsEYR— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
At the Chalakudy constituency, where ace comedian and sitting Lok Sabha member Innocent seeking his second victory as the CPI-M supported Independent candidate was also spotted in the queue to cast his vote along with his family. At Kollam, the Congress led UDF candidate N.K. Premachandran along with his wife also cast his vote, early itself."As a candidate, I had to face a lot of smear campaign, but now I am confident, that I will win with ease," said Premachandran.
At the Ernakulam constituency, Congress candidate Hibi Eden and his wife were the first voters, at the Mamangalem polling booth. "Everything looks fine for us, here and expect to come out with shining colours," said Eden to the media soon after he cast his vote, while his wife said this is the first time that she is casting her vote for her husband
At Malappuram, where rains came down heavily, Hyderali Shihab Thangal, the supreme leader of Indian Union Muslim League - the second biggest ally of the Congress led UDF, was seen waiting in the queue, much before polling started to cast his vote. "Our candidates both Kunhalikutty and E.T. Mohammed Basheer will win, while Rahul Gandhi contesting from Wayanad with a record margin. The Congress-led UDF will score an excellent victory," said Thangal, after casting his vote.
Polling that began at 7 a.m., comes to a close at 6 p.m. and authorities have ensured total security for the polls, as a record 58,138 police officials and 11,781 special police officials will be manning the security during the poll day. 57 companies of Central forces have also arrived and have taken their position. Ahead of the poll, the officials conducted a mock polling of 50 votes to ensure that everything functions well. Poll officials pointed out that at some booths, some voting machines failed to function and those where replaced.
Polling in Kerala's 20 Lok Sabha constituencies began at 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Right from early morning, people were seen queuing up to cast their votes. A record 227 candidates will fight it out for the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state, which go to the polls in the third phase of polling. A total of 25,408,711 voters, including 13,111,189 women, 12,297,403 men and 119 belonging to the 'other' gender, will be able to exercise their franchise in 24,970 polling stations spread across 14 districts.
Watch: PM Narendra Modi meets his mother Heeraben Modi at her residence in Gandhinagar and takes her blessings.
Second phase of polling is underway in the remaining 14 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, where the contest is between the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine and the BJP. Polling began at 7 am in 28,022 polling stations that are mostly in the northern belt of the state, covering the entire Hyderabad-Karnataka and Mumbai-Karnataka regions, a couple of central districts and coastal Uttara Kannada. Queues were seen at polling booths as the voting began, with many arriving to vote early in the day to avoid the summer heat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at his mother's residence in Gandhinagar. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly. All 26 constituencies in Gujarat, all 20 seats in Kerala, 14 each in Maharashtra and Karnataka, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, seven in Chhattisgarh, six in Odisha, five each in Bihar and West Bengal, four in Assam, two in Goa, one each in Jammu and Kashmir, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura are witnessing polling in the third phase.
Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his mother at her residence in Gandhinagar today. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly. pic.twitter.com/CUncTSpBTt— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets people outside his mother's residence in Gandhinagar. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly. pic.twitter.com/HhjPyB1c5F— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged to vote in record numbers in the third phase of the Lok Sabha Polls held in 116 constituencies spread across 13 states and 2 Union Territories. On Twitter PM Modi wrote: "Urging all those voting in today's Third Phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to do so in record numbers. Your vote is precious and will shape the direction our nation takes in the years to come. I'll be voting in Ahmedabad in a short while from now."
Urging all those voting in today’s Third Phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to do so in record numbers. Your vote is precious and will shape the direction our nation takes in the years to come.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 23, 2019
I’ll be voting in Ahmedabad in a short while from now.
The villagers believe that a small patch of road, about 150 meters, could end their longstanding woes. "We have to carry patients and pregnant women till the main road, on a cot. We had complained to the current as well as previous MLA but to no avail. Everyone asks for our votes but no one does anything for our roads. They make promises at the time of elections only," said Kartar Singh, another local. "We have decided to boycott elections until roads are built," he added. Himachal Pradesh has 4 Lok Sabha constituencies that will go to polls on May 19 in the seventh and last phase of general elections. The counting of votes will take place on May 23
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.
Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at his mother's residence in Gandhinagar. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly. pic.twitter.com/Ik9cDksSr4— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
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West Bengal will witness voting in five Lok Sabha constituencies in the third phase. These include Balurghat, Maldaha Uttar, Maldaha Dakshin, Jangipur and Murshidabad
West Bengal: Voters queue outside polling booth in Kotwali Junior Basic School, in Malda; 5 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state are voting in the third phase of general elections today pic.twitter.com/MQpWKd8Hz7— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
In Odisha, six Lok Sabha seats and 42 assembly constituencies will go to polls in this phase. Lok Sabha seats going for polls are Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar
In Karnataka, meanwhile, 14 Lok Sabha seats will go for polls including Chikkodi, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere, Shimoga, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur. Over 2.43 crore voters are eligible to cast their vote in this phase in the state
In Maharashtra, the fate of as many as 249 candidates will be decided during voting on 14 Lok Sabha seats in the third phase. BJP is contesting in the state in alliance with Shiv Sena, while they face a tough battle from Congress and Sharad Pawar-led NCP. Among the Lok Sabha constituencies going for polls are Jalgaon, Raver, Jalna, Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Madha, Sangli, Raigad, Pune, Baramati, Satara, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and Hatkanangle
Maharashtra: A senior citizen being helped by security personnel at a booth in Pune's Mayur colony. 14 Parliamentary constituencies of the state are undergoing polling today. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/Su532BdeH9— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Mehbooba Mufti, who won from Anantnag seat in Jammu and Kashmir, would be eyeing another win this time. She is in contention with Ghulam Ahmad Mir of the Congress and National Conference's new entrant Hasnain Masoodi
In pic: Election officials carry election material as they leave for their polling stations, on the eve of Lok Sabha elections, in Anantnag district on April 22, 2019.
Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Araria, Madhepura and Khagaria Lok Sabha constituencies will go for polls today in Bihar
Bihar: Visuals from polling booth number 151 in Supaul parliamentary constituency where voting is yet to begin, currently mock poll is underway at the polling booth after a faulty EVM was replaced pic.twitter.com/GupGE3i8Pc— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
In Chhattisgarh, 123 candidates will be testing their electoral fortunes from seven Lok Sabha constituencies - Raipur, Raigarh, Surguja, Janjgir-Champa, Korba, Bilaspur and Durg
In Kerala, as many as 227 candidates will contest on all the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Wayanad is considered the main focus as Rahul Gandhi is contesting from this seat for the first time. He is in the fray with 19 other candidates. Besides Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, elections will be held in Kasaragod, Kannur, Kollam, Attingal, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadakara, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Ponnani, Palakkad, Alanthur, Thrissur, Chalakudy, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Mavelikkara and Pathanamthitta.
In Uttar Pradesh, elections will be held in Moradabad, Rampur, Sambhal, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etah, Badaun, Aonla, Bareilly and Pilibhit. There are 120 candidates, including 14 women, in the fray while more than 1.76 crore people are expected to cast their vote
In Gujarat, over four crore voters will decide the fate of 371 candidates in fray for 26 Lok Sabha constituencies and 45 candidates for by-polls in four Assembly seats. Besides Gandhinagar, polling will be held in Kachchh, Banaskantha, Patan, Mahesana, Sabarkantha, Ahmedabad East, Ahmedabad West, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Anand, Kheda, Panchmahal, Dahod, Vadodara, Chhota Udaipur, Bharuch, Bardoli, Surat, Navsari and Valsad.
In Assam, 74 lakh voters will decide the fate of 54 candidates in the third phase, which will cover Guwahati, Barpeta, Dhubri and Kokrajhar parliamentary constituencies.
Assam: People queue up outside polling station number 224 in Dhubri to cast their votes. Four parliamentary constituencies of the state are undergoing polling today. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/7Og1xC7qWV— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
In West Bengal where it faces a multi-cornered challenge from the Trinamool Congress, the BJP and the CPI-M, the Congress will seek to at least retain the three seats it won in 2014
The Congress will look to swell its tally in Kerala with Rahul Gandhi in the fray from Wayanad. The party had won 8 of the 20 seats in 2014 while a few more were won by its allies. The BJP too is seeing a realistic chance to win four seats in the southern state
In the four constituencies of lower Assam that will go to the polls, both the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) are seeking to gain votes by targeting the BJP over its stance in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The AIUDF has accused the Congress of not adhering to "gentleman's agreement" between the two parties under which the regional party did not put up candidates on 11 seats and was expecting the Congress to field "weak candidates". Congress, however, has said that it had no such arrangement
In Odisha, the third phase of elections will witness a battle between several political heavyweights as well as former bureaucrats. Puri will witness a triangular fight between spokespersons of three major political parties, as two-time sitting MP and BJD spokesman Pinaki Mishra will cross swords with BJP's national spokesperson Sambit Patra and state Congress media cell Chairman Satya Prakash Nayak. Dhenkanal is also expected to witness a triangular fight
Of the five seats in Bihar, the BJP had won only one in 2014 and it is again contesting one seat this time. Janata Dal (United), the BJP's ally in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), is contesting three seats while the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is contesting one seat. As part of the grand alliance, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is contesting three seats, while the Congress and the Vikasheel Insaan Party (VIP) are contesting one seat each. The key contest is in Madhepura, where sitting MP Pappu Yadav, who had won on a RJD ticket in 2014, is contesting for the Jan Adhikar Party, a political outfit floated by him in 2015. He is up against RJD candidate Sharad Yadav
In Chhattisgarh, the BJP has sought to beat the anti-incumbency wave against its sitting MPs by replacing all of them. Here the saffron party faces a renewed challenge from the Congress, which returned to power in the state in 2018 after 15 years. The Congress is focusing more on local issues, telling the voters that its government has quickly delivered on its promises
In Maharashtra, the third phase of polling will be held in some NCP strongholds, including Baramati, Madha, Kolahpur and Satara. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule is contesting from the party's bastion in Baramati. The Congress and the NCP have dominated the local bodies and cooperatives in the sugar belt of the state, which has of late been challenged by the BJP-Shiv Sena combine. The Lok Sabha results will show if the NCP is able to regain its earlier dominance in the region
Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) President Shivpal Singh Yadav, who is contesting from Firozabad against his nephew and SP candidate Akshay Yadav, has been cautioning the people against the SP-BSP combine. SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav is contesting from Mainpuri. The joint rally held in the constituency on Friday, in which BSP supremo Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav shared the stage, is likely to boost the prospects of the SP candidates
The BJP faces a strong challenge in Uttar Pradesh, as the third phase of Lok Sabha elections will be fought in the "Yadav belt". The Samajwadi Party (SP) strongholds of Mainpuri, Badaun and Sambhal will go to the polls on Tuesday and the party's prospects have received a considerabe boost following its alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The Congress too is also likely to cut into BJP votes.
In Karnataka, the BJP is considered to have strong footing in many of the 14 seats going to the polls on Tuesday. However, the saffron party faces tough challenge from the Congress-JD-S combine. Moreover, its vote share too dipped in the Assembly polls held in Karnataka last year as compared to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. In the Assembly elections, the BJP had polled lesser votes than the Congress but got more seats.
In 2014, the BJP won all the 26 seats in Gujarat, 11 of 14 in Karnataka, 8 of 10 in Uttar Pradesh, 6 of 7 in Chhattisgarh, 6 of 14 in Maharashtra, both the seats in Goa and one seat each in Assam, Bihar, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu
The presidents of the two main political parties are in fray in the third phase with BJP chief Amit Shah making his Lok Sabha election debut from Gandhinagar and Congress President Rahul Gandhi contesting from Wayanad. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will aim to defend the 62 of the 117 third phase seats it won in 2014 and its performance in this phase will be crucial in deciding its political fortunes
The Congress had won 16 seats, while the remaining seats were divided between BJD (6), CPI-M (7), NCP (4), Samajwadi Party (3), Shiv Sena (2), RJD (2), AIUDF (2), IUML (2), LJP (1), PDP (1), RSP (1), Kerala Congress-M (1), CPI (1), Swabhimani Paksha (1) and Trinamool Congress (1). Three seats were won by Independent candidates. This time the BJP will be tested in its bastion Gujarat -- where polling will be held for all the 26 Lok Sabha seats -- apart from Karanataka, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh, where the party had done well in 2014
People in 15 states will vote on Tuesday in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections scheduled for Tuesday which will see a maximum of of 117 seats going to the polls in a single phase of seven-phased election. Voting will be completed in all seats of Gujarat, Kerala, Goa, Karanataka, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu with the third phase polls
Gujarat being the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP would again look for a clean sweep in the state. However, the Congress, which gave a tough fight to the BJP in the Assembly polls held in 2017, is hoping to win 10 to 15 seats this time. The three young Gujarat leaders -- Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mewani -- whose positions had helped the Congress build a narrative against the BJP during the Assembly elections, are not in the fray for the Lok Sabha polls. Patidar agitation leader Patel, who joined the Congress last month, cannot contest due to his conviction in a rioting case, while Thakor quit the Congress earlier this month