The constituencies where voting is in the final stages are: Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central, Mumbai South, Nandurbar, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Maval, Shirur and Shirdi.
Though everyone from celebs to commoners sent out repeated appeals to people to step out and vote, high temperatures, coupled with extreme humidity, especially in the coastal constituencies, are being blamed for the poor voter turnout, which has alarmed the political parties.
Farmer-dominated rural-urban mix constituencies such as Nashik saw 53.09 per cent, Maval 52.74 per cent, Shirur 52.45 per cent and Dhule 50.97 per cent voting.
Other urban, semi-urban centres like Bhiwandi and Thane recorded a dismal polling percentage. While Bhiwandi witnessed 48.90 per cent polling, in Thane -- which has the highest electorate -- only 46.42 per cent came out to vote.
The voting percentage in Mumbai's other constituencies was -- 52.30 per cent in Mumbai North East, 51.53 per cent in Mumbai South Central, 50.44 per cent in Mumbai North West and 49.49 per cent in Mumbai North Central.
The lowest turnout was 48.23 per cent in Mumbai South, where former Union Minister Milind M. Deora is contesting against Shiv Sena's Arvind G. Sawant
Of the six seats in the country's commercial capital, Mumbai North, where Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar is pitted against BJP MP Gopal Shetty, notched the highest 54.72 per cent voter turnout.
The tribal Nandurbar (ST) constituency recorded the highest 62.44 per cent voter turnout, while Kalyan in Thane district saw the lowest 41.64 per cent turnout. The other reserved constituencies -- Dindori (ST), Palghar (ST) and Shirdi (SC) -- also notched significantly higher voting percentages of 58.20, 57.60 and 56.10 per cent respectively, compared to the urban areas, as per the EC figures.
A moderate voter turnout of 52.07 per cent was recorded in the fourth phase of polling for 17 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra till 5 p.m. on Monday, an Election Commission (EC) official said.
#UPDATE Estimated voter percentage till now (final figures awaited) for the 4th phase of #LokSabhaElections2019— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2019
Bihar - 53.67
J&K - 9.79
Madhya Pradesh - 65.86
Maharashtra - 51.06
Odisha - 64.05
Rajasthan - 62.86
Uttar Pradesh - 53.12
West Bengal - 76.47
Jharkhand - 63.40 https://t.co/JAcrBkZipo
Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and his family after casting their votes at a polling booth at Villa Theresa High School on Peddar Road.
Mumbai: Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and his family after casting their votes at a polling booth at Villa Theresa High School on Peddar Road. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/jAsCfSQ3cB— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2019
Veteran actor Dharmendra says "We don't know the ABC of politics but patriotism is in our blood, we will serve the nation. What I did in Bikaner you can go and see, Sunny will also serve the nation." Watch video here...
#WATCH Mumbai: Veteran actor Dharmendra says "We don't know the ABC of politics but patriotism is in our blood, we will serve the nation. What I did in Bikaner you can go and see, Sunny will also serve the nation." #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/DHUqymVxCc— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2019
Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan stepped out to vote on Monday morning with her two-year-old son Taimur Ali Khan in tow. Kareena held Taimur in her arms as she walked towards the polling booth. The style icon kept her fashion simple yet chic. She sported a classic white t-shirt teamed with torn jeans and sunglasses. She chose to leave her hair open. Taimur flaunted the colours of the Indian flag -- an orange t-shirt teamed with green shorts -- for his outing on a day when Mumbai went to the polls. After voting, Kareena also posed for the shutterbugs flaunting her inked finger.
Estimated voter turnout till 5 pm for the 4th phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is 50.6 percent. Voting is underway in 72 constituencies, across 9 states.
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mid-day spoke to several shopkeepers in Mumbai city asking them their expectations from the government. While most of them said that why will vote this election, many of them have high hopes from the government. Watch this video to know what they had to say.
Interestingly, social media is full of appeals, jingles, messages, even the Income Tax Department came out with a new song "Harr Vote Zaroori Hai" to lure the voters, but everything seemed to have fallen on deaf ears in urban areas.
A dejected social campaigner Tushar A. Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi rued that the electoral response of Mumbaikars "is true to form" though another three-four hours voting time was left. "We have always shown a less-than-keen response to elections and for Mumbaikars, the long extended weekend was far more attractive than their democratic duty," he said. Gandhi feels it is time now to think of some form of a 'Poll Tax' for those in the tax-paying bracket but who don't vote, a kind of 'compulsory voting'.
A leading Mumbai businessman Pratap S. Bohra attributes the "irritatingly low turnout" in Mumbai and urban centres due to the "self-centric and selfish nature" of the wealthy folk who refuse to think of the nation or democracy. "These people believe that money means everything in life... They have not an iota of understanding of the miseries of the people living in rural or tribal and backward regions of the country. These poor millions faithfully come out and vote in every election, local, state or national and then they demand their rights from the government in power," Bohra pointed out.
Former Chief Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said, "I think the urban voters have largely taken it for granted that their single vote may not make any difference as governance doesn't improve, irrespective of which party or candidates may come to power." Gandhi says that people and parties should focus on "improving the governance for the next five years" like in advanced democracies rather than deploying "all energies towards winning or losing an election that comes every five years".
The rural folk exercised their votes without any fanfare despite the blistering heat, but Mumbai's big personalities were virtually mobbed - as they stepped out of their cool homes into pre-chilled vehicles, cast their votes mostly without queuing up, walking out exhibiting the indelible marked finger, smiling and "byting" out homilies before daintily departing in their deluxe cars
Not belying expectations, tribals and villagers in far-flung hamlets in the state 'out-voted' cool Mumbaikars, business and glamour world personalities in the fourth and final phase of voting for 17 Lok Sabha constituencies on Monday. While thousands of tribals patiently standing in serpentine queues, especially in Nandurbar, Dhule, Palghar remained virtually cut-off from the electronic media, the limelight was on around 200 big names from the business, sports and glamour world.
Actor Rithvik Dhanjani says voting is very important as it gives everyone "the power to decide India's future". "Voting is important. My vote is my voice. It has the power to change the scenario that there is," Rithvik said in a statement. Rithvik stressed on the importance of voting as part of the #PowerOf18 online video series, an initiative by Twitter India. Watch video here
The big names of India Inc who have so far exercised their franchise in the fourth phase include Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das, Reliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani, Chairman of Godrej group Adi Godrej, Tata Sons Chairman N. Chandrasekaran, HDFC Chairman Deepak Pareakh and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Keki Mistry, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of JSW group Sajjan Jindal, BSE CEO Ashish Chauhan and Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal
Never has there been any doubt in my mind about who I am or where I’m https://t.co/Iv1nhLQWqD for those of you confused on my behalf...please don’t be!Jai Hind!ðð½ #proudtobeanindian #govote pic.twitter.com/8ZYj1g0r9u— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) April 29, 2019
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Actor Arjun Kapoor on Monday urged everyone to cast their vote to bring about the changes they want to see. Arjun cast his vote for the Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai. He said: "Everyone who is sitting at home, checking Internet and Twitter, thinking that there should be change in India...every citizen should participate in voting so that they can be a part of the change. "Like the saying goes, 'The leaders you get is what you deserve'. Make sure you make your vote count. Every vote matters. This year's elections are really important to make sure we have a better future than what we had for the last so many years. "India is counted as the biggest democracy in the world. We must vote."
Politician and MNS chief Raj Thackeray was seen casting his vote along with his wife Sharmila, son Amit Thackeray and daughter Urvashi Thackeray. The Thackeray family stood in the queue for more than 1 hour at Balmohan Vidya Mandir.
Sanjay Barve, Mumbai Police Commissioner poses for the cameras after casting his vote in Mumbai. Pic/Anuraag Kamble
Mumbai Police exercise their franchise to vote through Postal Ballot
Over 17,000 officers and men of Mumbai Police have registered to cast their vote via postal ballot, to ensure they do not miss fulfilling their duty towards democracy while being on duty for its people #LetsVoteMumbai #YouChoiceMatters #PostalBallot #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/nwBvYdfnz3— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) April 29, 2019
Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal cast his vote with his wife Siddhi Jaiswal in Thane during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai. Pic/Anuraag Kamble
A suburban restaurant in Malad came up with a cheeky poster to encourage voters to cast their valuable vote during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai. Check the quirky poster below:
The cheeky message by Uncle's Kitchen, Malad requests voters to cast their voters on April 29, 2019
First-time voter Constable Prashant Dhas cast his vote during phase 4 of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai.
We congratulate our first time voter Constable Prashant Dhas & we hope he will continue being a responsible citizen apart from being a sincere,selfless and brave police personnel #FirstTimeVotersOfMumbai #YourChoiceMatters #LetsVoteMumbai #LokSabhaElections2019 #à¤²à¥à¤à¤¸à¤à¤¾à¤¨à¤¿à¤µà¤¡à¤£à¥à¤à¥¨à¥¦à¥§à¥¯ pic.twitter.com/dqcFEmbnMM— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) April 29, 2019
South Mumbai Congress candidate Milind Deora cast his vote with wife Pooja Deora and mom Hema Murli Deora at Activity school, Pedder Road in Mumbai. Pic/Bipin Kokate
Mumbaikars came out in large numbers to cast their vote in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Voters queued outside polling booths across the city. Several dignitaries and political leaders led from the front and cast their vote during phase 4 of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai. Watch the video here.
Estimated voter turnout till 2 pm for phase 4 of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections is:
Politician Smriti Irani and husband Zubin Irani cast their vote during phase 4 of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai.
Estimated voter turnout till 1 pm in phase 4 of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections:
Estimated voter turnout till 12 pm for the 4th phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections is 23.48 percent.
Anand Paranjape, Candidate from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for Thane constituency, cast his vote. Pic/Anuraag Kamble
Union Minister and BJP leader Piyush Goyal after casting his vote at Walsingham School, Malabar Hill in Mumbai said, "This election is now a Tsunami election. North South, East and West, Modi wave has overtaken the country. PM Modi is the tallest leader today in the country."
Union Min&BJP leader Piyush Goyal after casting his vote at Walsingham School, Malabar Hill in Mumbai: This election is now a Tsunami election. North South,East&West, Modi wave has overtaken the country. PM Modi is the tallest leader today in the country. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/S6fXnrhLE1— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2019
Mumbaikars came out in large numbers to cast their vote in the 2019 elections. Voters queued outside polling booths across the city. Several dignitaries and political leaders cast their vote. The votes cast in the Lok Sabha election will all be counted on May 23
As many as 3.11 crore voters spread across the Mumbai metropolitan region and northern and western Maharashtra are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 323 candidates in the fray in these 17 seats. Around 40 polling booths in these constituencies, including 26 in suburban Mumbai, are being managed women.
Palghar- 21.46 per cent, Bhiwandi- 17.25 per cent, Thane-17.43 per cent, Mumbai-North- 19.46 per cent, Mumbai-North West 17.64 per cent, Mumbai-North East-18.39 per cent, Mumbai-North Central- 16.21 per cent, Mumbai-South Central-16.80 per cent, Mumbai- South 15.51 per cent
The voting figures till 11 am in other constituencies are as follows: Dhule- 18.26 percent, Dindori - 21.06 percent, Nashik- 17.22 percent, Maval- 18.23 percent, Shirur- 18.65 percent and Shirdi 20.55 percent.
BJP MP Poonam Mahajan, industrialist Anil Ambani, Congress nominee Urmila Matondkar and actor Rekha were among the early voters in Mumbai. State education minister Vinod Tawde, BJP candidate from Mumbai-North East Manoj Kotak and Congress nominee from Mumbai-Central Eknath Gaikwad also exercised their franchise in the initial hours. So far, Nandurbar Lok Sabha seat recorded the highest polling at 24.59 percent while Kalyan constituency saw the lowest voter turnout of 13.91 percent, according to an official statement.
An average 18.39 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first four hours in Maharashtra's
17 seats on Monday as polling for the fourth and last phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state was underway. Polling began at 7 am and long queues were seen outside many booths, some of which were decorated with balloons and 'rangolis' (colourful decorations).
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, his wife Rashmi Thackeray and son Aditya Thackeray after casting their vote at a polling booth in Gandhi Nagar, Mumbai. Poonam Mahajan BJP's candidate from Mumbai North Central LS seat was also present.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar and his wife Renu Namboodiri after casting their vote at polling booth number 167 at M.M.K. College in Bandra.
Chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra after casting his vote in Malabar Hill, says, "We all have been infected by the virus of progress and growth. Even if a coalition govt comes, it should work towards progress and growth of the country."
The fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot and managed to rescue those stuck in the lift after around 15 minutes, he said. The lift was being used by the poll staff to reach the classrooms where the election material was kept, Kadam said. On Sunday, six poll staffers got stuck in the school's lift for around 40 minutes before being rescued, he said.
A day after six people on election duty were rescued from a lift at a school in Maharashtra's
Thane district, three more poll staffers got stuck in the same elevator as it malfunctioned again on Monday, an official said. The three poll staffers were using the lift in Sahakar Prasarak Mandal School at Kalwa town in Thane in the morning when it got stuck on the building's fourth floor after developing a technical snag, Thane civic body's regional disaster management cell chief Santosh Kadam said
Actress Divya Dutta urged: "Vote, not because just your life depends on it. Vote because an entire nation does. One vote can make the difference. Be your change."
R. Madhavan, who went to a polling booth with his wife, urged the youth to give "no excuses" for not voting.
Actress Gul Panag wrote: "Go out and vote. Because the future depends on it. And not just our future, but the future of the next generation too. Every vote counts."
Go out and vote . Because the future depends on it. And not just our future, but the future of the next generation too. Every vote counts.— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) April 29, 2019
It’s a right and more importantly, it’s a duty. pic.twitter.com/Emx9cmpQRL
The Congress mobilised Twitter to send out a Bollywood celeb-led message to citizens: "Vote karo, magar soch samajh ke" via a video featuring Kalki Koechlin, Varun Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Nandita Das, Swara Bhasker, Vishal Dadlani, Renuka Shahane and many more.
Special arrangements have been made for specially-abled voters in Virar where the handicapped voters are being picked up, ensured that they cast their franchise and later being dropped at their homes. The electoral teams are equipped with Wheelchairs, palki, drinking water, etc
Madhuri Dixit posted a selfie on Instagram after casting her vote. "Voting is our right, let's use it wisely! The future of our country is in our hands. Let's do our duty and Vote For India," she wrote in the caption.
Polling for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha polls began on Monday in 71 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across nine states. Over 12.79 crore voters will decide the fate of 945 candidates today. Mumbai Police on Twitter shared a heartwarming post of senior citizens at the polling booths.
Senior citizens Mathurdas Majithia, aged 95 and Pransukhbhai Majithia, aged 85 didn't let age deter their will and cast their vote at Virar
Most of the corporate chieftains cast their vote in Mumbai-South constituency, where Congress candidate Milind Deora is challenging incumbent Arvind Sawant of the Shiv Sena. Deora recently got public endorsement from Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and ace banker Uday Kotak. Other bigwigs of India Inc are also expected to cast their vote as the day progresses
Auto major Mahindra and Mahindra's managing director Pawan Goenka, exercised his franchise in suburban Juhu. Ashish Chauhan, the managing director and chief executive of Asia's oldest stock bourse BSE, also cast his vote, as did American brokerage Morgan Stanley's managing director Riddham Desai.
Captains of the Indian industry, including the Ambanis, Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran and
Adi Godrej were among the early voters in Mumbai on Monday during polling for the fourth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections. Chandrasekaran and his wife voted at a polling booth at Worli in Central Mumbai, while Godrej cast his ballot in the Malabar Hill area in south Mumbai
Aamir Khan dressed casually, cracked a joke as the media approached him for a byte, but made a point about the importance of voting.
Saffron allies BJP and Shiv Sena are contesting three seats each out of total six in Mumbai. The Congress nominees are in the fray in five of these seats while the NCP has fielded its candidate in one seat. Maharashtra sends 48 MPs to Lok Sabha, the second highest after Uttar Pradesh which has 80 parliamentary seats.
In Mumbai-North East seat, where sitting BJP MP Kirit Somaiya has been denied a ticket, the main contest is between the party nominee Manoj Kotak and NCP's Sanjay Dina Patil
Milind Deora is pitted against sitting Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant while Matondkar is taking on BJP MM Gopal Shetty. The prominent candidates also include Congress' Priya Dutt from Mumbai-North Central and NCP chief Sharad Pawar's grandnephew Parth Pawar from Maval seat.
In picture: Vinod Tawde
State education minister Vinod Tawde, BJP candidate from Mumbai-North East Manoj Kotak and Congress nominee from Mumbai-Central Eknath Gaikwad also exercised their franchise in the initial hours
Mumbai North-West: 6.18 percent
Mumbai South: 5.89 percent
Mumbai North: 7.82 percent
Mumbai North East: 6.29 percent
Polling percentage recorded till 9 am in Phase 4 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019: 6.82% in Maharashtra (17 seats), 11.11% in Madhya Pradesh (6 seats) and 9% in Odisha (6) and 16.90% in West Bengal (8 seats)
Polling percentage recorded till 9 am in #Phase4 of #LokSabhaElections2019 : 6.82% in Maharashtra (17 seats), 11.11% in Madhya Pradesh (6 seats) and 9% in Odisha (6) and 16.90% in West Bengal (8 seats) pic.twitter.com/aIcQ8pfDxZ— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2019
Meanwhile in West Bengal: Clash between TMC workers and security personnel at polling booth number 199 in Asansol. A TMC polling agent said, 'no BJP polling agent was present at the booth.' BJP MP candidate from Asansol, Babul Supriyo's car was also vandalised outside the polling station. Watch video here
#WATCH Clash between TMC workers and security personnel at polling booth number 199 in Asansol. A TMC polling agent said, 'no BJP polling agent was present at the booth.' BJP MP candidate from Asansol, Babul Supriyo's car was also vandalised outside the polling station. pic.twitter.com/goOmFRG96L— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2019
Sanjay Nirupam with family voted at Gyan Kendra school in Andheri at Mumbai North-West Constituency. Pic/Ranjeet Jadhav
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Writer and Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj casts his vote at Gyan Kendra in Andheri west. Pic/Ranjeet Jadhav
Voting is yet to begin at booth number 162 of Malad West in Mumbai after a glitch in EVM was detected.
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Mumbai North West Congress-NCP candidate Sanjay Nirupam said, "There has been a good response to our campaigning and all I can say is that people should come out in large numbers and exercise their right of voting." Other candidates such as Rahul Shewale (Mumbai South Central), Eknath Gaikwad (Mumbai South Central) and Gopal Shetty (Mumbai North) spent the Sunday in their offices similarly.
While many candidates interacted with party workers and people from the constituency, many also studied voting patterns to understand where they stand, instead of having a relaxing day at home. Shiv Sena workers have been assigned various tasks including interacting with voters in their localities and requesting them to come out and vote in large numbers.
With Saturday evening marking the last day of campaigning, most candidates spent Sunday at their office, after a month of being on the field to woo voters. Most of them held meetings with party workers. Speaking to mid-day, Shiv Sena-BJP candidate from Mumbai North West constituency, Gajanan Kirtikar said, "I am really happy with the support we have got during campaigning and it will work in my favour because the Shiv Sena-BJP has delivered on the promises that were made. The added advantage for Shiv Sena-BJP is that we have a very good force of party cadres on ground and their efforts will help us achieve success. I would also appeal to voters to come out in large numbers and cast their votes."
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According to sources, live webcasting will be done at more than 10 percent (763) of the total 7,472 polling stations in suburban Mumbai. The procedure will be carried out based on the terms of the 65 'critical' polling stations out of the 763. Whereas in proper Mumbai, of the 357 polling stations declared critical, webcasting will be conducted at 260. As part of the security arrangements, additional force, including teams of the Central Industrial Security Force, will be deployed within a 100-meter radius of polling centres.
As per the instructions given by the Election Commission (EC), the booths that polled more than 75 per cent votes in the last elections or where the same candidate got 75 per cent votes have been marked as 'critical'. Even the law and order situation of the last election has been taken into consideration before deciding on this.
With Mumbai going to the polls today, a total of 422 polling stations has been declared 'critical', which includes 65 from Mumbai suburban and 357 from the Island City. As part of the special arrangements made at polling stations, live web-casting and video-recording will be done. The procedures will be monitored closely and immediate action would be taken in case of any suspicious activities.
The Election Commission has taken various measures to ensure citizens come out and vote. The total number of voters in the city, is 96.39 lakh. The EC and Collector offices of the city are aiming at a voting percentage of at least 61% this time from 41% in 2009 and 51% in 2014. Citizens, too, have come forward to help increase voter turnout. An ALM from Juhu has organised a pick-up for senior citizens to the polling booths. The EC, too, has organised help for people with disabilities. Further, in order to ensure proper transport system during the voting process, the Collector offices have organised 2,985 vehicles in Mumbai suburban district and 1,769 vehicles in Mumbai Island City.
Problem with the EVM at polling booth number 19 and 17, Sion-Koliwada in Pratikshanagar. A polling officer is repairing the machine. Voting delayed by one hour
Actor and politician Ravi Kishan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhhpur seat, voted in Goregaon
Rekha was also spotted outside her designated polling booth wearing all white clothes and black sunglasses. She even held her inked finger high, to pose for the paparazzi.
The confusion about the long press while registering your vote on the electronic voting machine was cleared by Collector officials. They said your vote is considered registered once the long beep is heard. Do keep your finger pressed on the button until you hear it or your vote will not be registered.
Please remember that the voter slip is not proof of identity. You have to also carry any one of the 11 identity cards. If you have none of them, once again, you cannot vote. Please do not argue with the election duty staff, they have no role to play in this. Shivaji Jondhale, Mumbai City Collector, said, "If there is no name on the electoral list, then people cannot vote. It is very important to be a registered voter. Further, if there is no voting slip but your name is on the electoral list of the Election Commission and you have a valid ID card, then by checking with the help desk you can find out the polling station and can exercise your right to vote."
Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das also exercised his democratic right near his official residence at Pedder Road, his first vote after taking charge as head of the central bank in December last year.
Mobile phones cannot be used within 100 metres of the polling booth, but for the working population of the city, who either votes on its way to or from work, you may carry your phone with you but must remember to either switch it off or keep it on silent mode. Cars and bikes, too, will have to be parked 100 metres away from polling booths. Only designated vehicles carrying people with disabilities will be allowed close to polling booths.
A swing in Marathi and Muslim votes could prove decisive in the Mumbai North Central Lok Sabha constituency, where sitting MP Poonam Mahajan of BJP is squaring off against Congress's Priya Dutt, who had lost in the 2014 election. While Mahajan, the daughter of BJP leader late Pramod Mahajan, is banking on the work carried out by her in the past five years, Dutt, the daughter of the late Sunil Dutt, says her fight is for "saving" democracy.
While some of us may have got the voting slips, those who haven't got theirs need not panic. All you need to do is go up to one of the helpdesks set up at street corners and look for your name. If your name is on the list, the corresponding voting booth number and other details will be mentioned there. You can also look for your name online before leaving the house on https://electoralsearch.in. If your name is not on this list, you cannot vote. No argument. Do remember to register yourself on https://www.nvsp.in before the assembly elections.
We have compiled important guidelines on the voting process. Watch this video to know more.
Anil Ambani casts his vote at voting centre number 216 at GD Somani School in Cuffe Parade.
Voting day is here, but not all of us remember how exactly to go about it. Don't worry, mid-day's refresher has it all covered. Among the most important things to remember is to not forget to carry any one of the 11 accepted identity proof documents (see: Valid proof of identity) and to not use your mobile phone in and around the polling booth. Voting begins at 7am sharp and will last until 6 pm.
Special wheelchair compatible taxis are arranged by the election commission to ferry specially abled voters from their houses to polling booths in Mumbai
In Maharashtra, 17 seats -- Nandurbar, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central, Mumbai South, Maval, Shiru, and Shirdi are witnessing polling. Voting is being held at 33,314 polling stations where 3,11,92,823 people will decide the fate of 323 candidates.
Appealing voters to turn out in large numbers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on his Twitter handle: "Another phase of the General Elections begins today. I hope those voting today do so in large numbers and break the voting records of the previous three phases. A special appeal to young voters to head to the polling booth and exercise their franchise."
Another phase of the General Elections begins today. I hope those voting today do so in large numbers and break the voting records of the previous three phases.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 29, 2019
A special appeal to young voters to head to the polling booth and exercise their franchise.
Polling for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha polls began on Monday in 71 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across nine states. Over 12.79 crore voters will decide the fate of 945 candidates today.
Mumbai: Visuals from polling station number 212-222 at Vibgyor School in Mumbai North West constituency where preparation ahead of voting is underway. Voting for the fourth phase of #LokSabhaElections2019 will begin at 7 AM today. pic.twitter.com/CTA3M5Fnhf— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2019
In Maharashtra, 17 seats will go to polls. These are Nandurbar, Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Palghar, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Thane, Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central, Mumbai South, Maval, Shiru, and Shirdi. Voting will be held at 33,314 polling station where 3,11,92,823 people will decide the fate of 323 candidates. Mumbai Congress chief Milind Deora, Congress leader Milind Deora and Priya Dutt are some of the high-profile candidates whose fate will be sealed in the EVMs today
The elections are taking place six days after the third phase polls, when a Congress activist died during a political clash at Bhagwangola of Murshidabad district. In the wake of the first polling related death in the state this time, the Election Commission has decided to deploy 552 companies of central paramilitary force personnel, covering 97 per cent of polling stations for the fourth phase
An electorate of 1,34,28,693, spread across 15,277 polling stations, will decide the fate of 68 candidates in Jangipur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Burdwan East, Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Birbhum and Bolpur constituencies
The Lok Sabha battle in West Bengal is set to witness some big fights that would determine the fortune of several star candidates, including two Union Ministers, in the fourth phase when eight seats are up for grabs. The poll caravan would complete its lap of Murshidabad district, and roll into Nadia - the birthplace of Vaishnava saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu - before traversing what is considered the rice bowl of India - Burdwan East and Burdwan West districts. Also on the poll bandwagon is Birbhum district - that houses the Visva Bharati University set up by Asia's first Nobel laureate poet Rabindra Nath Tagore - with its two seats
In the case of Assembly, voters will be deciding the fate of several ministers of the Naveen Patnaik government and state Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik contesting the Bhandaripokhari seat against BJD Minister Prafulla Samal. Of total voters, 49.08 lakh are male, 46.05 lakh female and 615 belong to the other category. While 52 candidates are in the fray for the six Lok Sabha seats, 336 people, including 34 female and one belonging to the third gender category, are contesting Assembly seats
The stage is set for free and fair poll in six Lok Sabha and 41 Assembly constituencies in Odisha in the fourth and final phase on Monday. The polling will be held in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha constituencies and 41 Assembly segments under them. Over 95.14 lakh voters are eligible to vote at 10,792 booths and decide the fate of 388 candidates, which include prominent names like BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda (Kendrapara) and Pratap Sarangi (Balasore).
A total of 210 candidates contesting in phase four of the Lok Sabha elections face criminal charges, with 158 having serious cases and 12 of them convicted cases, according to the National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). Five candidates have declared cases related to murder, 24 have declared cases related to attempt to murder, four have declared cases related to kidnapping, 21 have declared cases related to crime against women and 16 candidates have declared cases related to hate speech
The next three rounds of the Lok Sabha battle will conclude on May 19 and the vote count across the country will be taken up on May 23
Moon Moon Sen of the Trinamool Congress has taken on Supriyo, Urmila Matondkar is contesting from Mumbai North and Baijyant Panda of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Kendrapara in Odisha are among the key candidates on Monday
Prominent candidates on Monday include three Union Ministers: Babul Supriyo (West Bengal), Giriraj Singh (Bihar) and S.S. Ahluwalia (also West Bengal). Giriraj Singh, for whom Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar campaigned, is pitted against former JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar of the CPI in Begusarai. Kanhaiya Kumar's candidature has virtually overshadowed the RJD contestant in the seat. In pic/Giriraj Singh
The fourth round will also mark an end to staggered voting in Odisha and Maharashtra. Odisha is also electing its state Assembly. In Madhya Pradesh, the VIP Chhindwara Assembly constituency will go the polls, with Chief Minister Kamal Nath in the race to become a member of the legislature
Campaigning for Monday's polling ended on Saturday evening amid allegations and counter-allegations bordering on personal affairs, making it one of the most bitterly fought elections in the country. The BJP and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi are determined to secure a second term while a divided opposition is aiming to end his five years in power
Among other parties, the Biju Janata Dal won all six in Odisha, the Trinamool Congress six in West Bengal and the Samawadi Party one in Uttar Pradesh. With the end of the fourth round of polling, over 61 crore of the electorate would have taken part in the democratic exercise, the largest in the world
In Maharashtra, all the remaining nine were won by the Shiv Sena while in Bihar, the remaining two seats were bagged by BJP's ally Lok Janshakti Party. The Congress got only two -- one in Madhya Pradesh and one in West Bengal
In the fourth phase, the BJP will be defending 45 of the seats it won in the 2014 Lok Sabha battle -- 13 in Rajasthan, 12 in Uttar Pradesh, five in Madhya Pradesh, three in Bihar, three in Jharkhand, eight in Maharashtra and one in West Bengal
A total of 72 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over nine states, mostly in Hindi heartland, will go to polls in the fourth phase of the elections on Monday. An estimated 12.79 crore electorate will be eligible to exercise their franchise in 13 seats each in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, five in Bihar, eight in West Bengal, three in Jharkhand, six in Madhya Pradesh, 17 in Maharashtra and six in Odisha. Polling will also be held in the second of the three phases in Jammu and Kashmir's troubled Anantnag constituency