Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 7: 60.17% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm
| Sunday | 19th May, 2019
Polling will take place on remaining eight constituencies of Bihar, three of Jharkhand, eight of Madhya Pradesh, 13 of Uttar Pradesh, nine of West Bengal and all the four of Himachal Pradesh, 13 of Punjab and the lone seat of Chandigarh.
Polling for the last phase, phase 7 of Lok Sabha elections began today at 7 am. The voters of 59 parliamentary constituencies spread across 8 states will choose their candidate in the last phase of General elections 2019. Polling will take place on remaining eight constituencies of Bihar, three of Jharkhand, eight of Madhya Pradesh, 13 of Uttar Pradesh, nine of West Bengal and all the four of Himachal Pradesh, 13 of Punjab and the lone seat of Chandigarh.
67.37% voter turnout till sixth phase of polling: EC
The Election Commission today announced that the voter turnout until the sixth phase of polling was 67.37 per cent. In 2014, polling until the sixth phase was 66.44 per cent.
17:05 PM IST
Election Commission presser at 5:30 pm today
The Election Commission is scheduled to hold a press conference at 5:30 pm today.
17:02 PM IST
TMC symbol in EVM is misguiding voters, alleges Anupam Hazra
Anupam Hazra, the BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Jadavpur in Kolkata, alleged a special mark was put on TMC`s symbol in the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) to misguide illiterate and semi-literate voters and indicate that they press that button.
"The presiding officer is trying to fool me saying he doesn`t know anything. I spoke to a few voters who said the presiding officer was whispering to them that they need to press the button which is inked. It`s clearly a pre-planned game," Anupam Hazra said.
The BJP has written to the Election Commission on the violence that has erupted in West Bengal. IT has highlighted 5 major incidents in its letter.
16:51 PM IST
Watch | First voter of Independent India casts vote in final phase
102-yr old Shyam Saran Negi, the first voter of Independent India, cast his vote in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh earlier today. He was welcomed by officials with traditional folk music. He had cast the first vote in the 1951 general elections.
Mamata Banerjee cast her vote in Kolkata today. "This is not campaigning... So i will not say anything on it... It is election... but in my state... the way BJP has used central forces to torture... here ... I have never seen this...unprecedented," she told media persons outside a polling booth.
58.15% voter turnout recorded in Himachal Pradesh till 3pm
The four Lok Sabha seats of Himachal Pradesh witnessed a turnout of 58.15 per cent till 3 pm on Sunday, officials said.
16:22 PM IST
Sitaram Yechury alleges massive rigging in parts of Kolkata
Alleging massive rigging in parts of Kolkata, CPI (M) general secretary tweeted, "Massive rigging including in Diamond Harbour, Dum Dum, North Kolkata. There are no central forces, no efforts to stop the highjacking of Democracy. EC cannot merely watch it needs to intervene decisively. It is the people resisting this violence and wresting back their rights."
The reason advanced for the long-drawn seven phases was free and fair polls. This has been the most disappointing overseeing of polls in independent India by the Election Commission. https://t.co/4SAGud3ql4
BJP is not good for the country, says Sitaram Yechury
CPI (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury after meeting Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday said, "We are discussing the way forward, BJP is not good for the country and its people. We are waiting for the election results. Once the results are out we will see what you do. Regular consultations will happen till then."
14:44 PM IST
TMC`s Nusrat Jahan greets people after casting her vote
TMC`s candidate from Basirhat, Nusrat Jahan greets people after casting her vote in the constituency.
Law and order situation is peaceful: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said, "By and large, elections have been peaceful in the state. One incident of murder was reported from Tarn-Taran but initial police report says it was a case of personal enmity. Law and order situation is peaceful. We`ll beat both BJP and Akali Dal."
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh: By & large elections have been peaceful in the state, 1 incident of a murder was reported from Tarn-Taran but initial police report says it was a case of personal enmity; Law&Order situation is peaceful. We`ll beat both BJP&Akali Dal pic.twitter.com/apQxLjxTw9
TMC workers not letting people vote in Bengal, alleges BJP
Voters in Basirhat and Jadavpur have alleged that TMC workers are disrupting the election process by not allowing them to vote.
A protest was held by voters outside booth number 189 in Basirhat. "We are not being allowed to vote by TMC goons. We went to Police for complaining against them, but TMC supporters stopped us midway and started beating us," a protestor said.
BJP`s Lok Sabha candidate from Basirhat, Sayantan Basu was also present at the spot. "100 people were stopped from voting. We will take them to cast their vote," he said.
Similarly, in Jadavpur, there were disturbances in the polling process at booth number 150 and 137.
BJP`s candidate from the parliamentary constituency, Anupam Hazra said, "Women TMC workers with covered faces are casting proxy votes, it is difficult to establish their identity. When we raised an objection to it, they created a ruckus at the polling station."
"TMC goons have beaten up a BJP mandal president, a driver and attacked a car. We also rescued 3of our polling agents.TMC goons were going to carry out rigging at 52 booths. People are eager to vote for BJP but they are not allowing them to vote." he alleged.
12:36 PM IST
Voters boycott polling at six booths in Madhya Pradesh
Voters boycotted polling at six booths in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday over some local issues, a senior election official said.
Efforts were on to pursuade the voters to exercise their democratic right, MP`s Chief Electoral Officer VL Kantha Rao told reporters here.
Polling was underway in the eight constituencies of Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Dhar, Indore, Khargone and Khandwa since 7 am, he said.
However, voters listed at a booth in Agar Malwa district falling under the Dewas seat and five booths in Mandsaur seat boycotted the polling over some of their demands, Rao said, without elaborating further.
"Our teams are in talks with them and urging them to cast their votes. We are trying hard so that that no one refrains from voting over local issues," he said.
Rao said around 12 people cast their votes at the polling booth in Dewas after being persuaded by the election officials there.
12:34 PM IST
Himachal Pradesh: Bridegroom along with his family casts his vote
A bridegroom along with his family in Himachal Pradesh casts his vote at polling booth number 8 in Manali parliamentary constituency.
Himachal Pradesh: A bridegroom along with his family casts his vote at polling booth number 8 in Manali parliamentary constituency. pic.twitter.com/N6viD4NJtT
FIR a joke in West Bengal: BJP leader Babul Supriyo
In light of recent incidents of violence in West Bengal, BJP leader Babul Supriyo has said that the FIR has become a joke in the state.
Supriyo said that the state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has inherited violence from CPI(M) and is spreading it everywhere. He also slammed Mamata Banerjee for saying "Mai inch inch ka badla lungi".
"TMC has lost their credibility and if they say that they don’t do violence, people won’t believe them," Supriyo said.
12:25 PM IST
Rabri Devi seeks Bihar CM`s resignation over Pragya Thakur`s comment
RJD leader Rabri Devi sought Chief Minister Nitish Kumar`s resignation after the latter condemned Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur`s comment on Nathuram Godse.
Rabri told ANI that if Kumar was miffed over Thakur`s remark then he should have separated from the BJP.
"Nitish Kumar should have resigned, if he is hurt over Pragya Thakur`s comment. He should have separated from BJP over this comment," she said speaking to ANI.
"We are getting 40 out of 40 seats. The Mahagathbandhan is relaxed. On May 23, everything will be clear," she added.
Pragya Thakur on May 16, stoked a huge controversy and left the BJP red-faced with her comment that Mahatma Gandhi`s assassin Nathuram Godse was a `true patriot`, a statement her party condemned and asked her to apologise for it immediately.
The Opposition parties tore into Pragya, saying what she said reflected the mindset of the people nurtured in RSS ideology.
11:42 AM IST
TMC`s Madan Mitra slam central forces
TMC`s Madan Mitra involved in an altercation with central forces at booth number 37 at Kakinara High School. He also hurled abuses. The booth comes under Bhatpara Assembly seat.
Madan Mitra said "Booth is our temple but Central forces is molesting inside the booth, they are raping democracy. Why they will enter inside the booth? Even they don`t allow the TMC voters."
11:34 AM IST
Bomb hurled allegedly by TMC workers at booth number 6 at Madaripur
Bomb hurled allegedly by TMC workers at booth number 6 at Madaripur in Islampur Bypoll today. Journalists have also allegedly been attacked by TMC.
11:29 AM IST
Additional forces arrive at polling station number 189 in Basirhat
BJP MP candidate from Basirhat, Sayantan Basu has alleged that TMC workers are not allowing people to cast their vote. Following violence in Basirhat, additional forces arrive at polling station number 189.
West Bengal: Voters hold protest outside polling station number 189 in Basirhat, allege that TMC workers are not allowing them to cast their vote. BJP MP candidate from Basirhat, Sayantan Basu says, "100 people were stopped from voting. We will take them to cast their vote." pic.twitter.com/9qoXEi8YDV
Even God cannot save PM Modi from losing: Mamata Banerjee`s nephew
Abhishek Banerjee, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee`s nephew said, "Even God cannot save PM Modi from losing...let him do dhyan...We are confident of winning 42 seats in Bengal. BJP is a communal party and government...people have decided to oust them."
08:09 AM IST
West Bengal: Kolkata North BJP candidate Rahul Sinha casts his vote
Kolkata North BJP candidate Rahul Sinha casts his vote at polling booth in Bijoygarh Shikshaniketan For Girls, in Jadavpur.
West Bengal: Kolkata North BJP candidate Rahul Sinha casts his vote at polling booth in Bijoygarh Shikshaniketan For Girls, in Jadavpur. pic.twitter.com/q2dtJGB3gf
Voting begins in all 13 Lok Sabha seats of Punjab, lone Chandigarh seat
Polling began Sunday morning in all 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab and the lone Chandigarh constituency in the seventh and final phase of general elections, with prominent faces including SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Puri in the fray.
Polling began at 7 am and is scheduled to go on till 6 pm, officials said.
Over 2.07 crore voters in Punjab are eligible to exercise their franchise in the election in which 278 candidates, including 24 women, are in the fray.
Besides Sukhbir Badal, his wife and Union minister Harsimrat Badal is seeking re-election from Bathinda for the third time. Union minister and BJP candidate Puri is contesting from Amritsar seat.
Actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol is making his electoral debut from Gurdaspur constituency against Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar.
AAP`s Bhagwant Mann is trying his luck from Sangrur seat.
Among Congress` heavyweights, former Union minister Manish Tewari is contesting from Anandpur Sahib while former Union minister and wife of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Preneet Kaur, is contesting Patiala seat.
On most of the 13 seats, the contest appears to be a direct fight between the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance.
In 2014, the AAP and the SAD had won four seats each, the Congress three and the BJP two.
Out of over 2.07 crore eligible voters in Punjab, 98,29,916 are female electors and 560 belong to the third gender.
More than one lakh security personnel including paramilitary force have been deployed in the state for holding free and fair polling, officials said.
Over 3.94 lakh voters in the 18-19 age group would exercise their franchise for the first time in Punjab.
A total of 23,213 polling stations have been set up and 249, 719 and 509 booths have been categorised as critical, sensitive and hyper sensitive, respectively.
From the Chandigarh seat, BJP candidate Kirron Kher is locked in an electoral battle against former railway minister and Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal.
More than 6.46 lakh voters in Chandigarh have the right to exercise their franchise in the election in which 36 candidates, nine of them women, are in the fray.
Of total 6,46,063 voters in Chandigarh, 3,04,423 are women electors and 21 are in third gender category. There are 17,598 eligible first-time voters in the 18-19 age group.
07:41 AM IST
BJP leader Anupam Dutta under house arrest
BJP leader from Bidhan Nagar area Anupam Dutta has been placed under house arrest. He has been instructed by the Bidhan Nagar police to stay in his home between 5 pm of May 18 to 6 pm May 19. However, allegedly police has not given Dutta reasons for his house arrest.
07:39 AM IST
TMC leader detained by police on Election Commission`s instructions
Trinamool councillor Subhas Bose has been detained at the airport. He is the councillor from ward No. 6 of Bidhan Nagar corporation. He had been asked by police to come to the airport police station for a discussion. After he came, the police detained him. Bose has claimed this detention is a conspiracy of the BJP.
07:36 AM IST
Long election in summers should not take place: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has said, "Election should take place in two to three phases. Long election in summers should not take place."
07:35 AM IST
West Bengal: BJP office near booth No. 201 at Kadampukur attacked
The Bharatiya Janata Party office was allegedly attacked and vandalised near booth No. 201 at Kadampukur in newtown, West Bengal. The party alleges that TMC is responsible for the vandalisation.
07:22 AM IST
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar casts his vote in Patna
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has reached to cast his vote in Patna.
Chandauli: Residents of Tara Jivanpur village allege ink was forcefully applied to their fingers
Residents of Tara Jivanpur village allege ink was forcefully applied to their fingers and they were given Rs 500 yesterday by three men of their village. They said, "They were from BJP and asked us if we`ll vote for the party. They told us now you can`t vote. Don`t tell anyone."
Chandauli: Residents of Tara Jivanpur village allege ink was forcefully applied to their fingers & they were given Rs 500 y`day by 3 men of their village. Say, "They were from BJP&asked us if we`ll vote for the party. They told us now you can`t vote. Don`t tell anyone." (18.05) pic.twitter.com/yICJKNPwdt
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