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according to NDTV. but he used me." Azad said.15 pm BJP’s PM-designate Narendra Modi will meet President Pranab Mukherjee at 3. took the opportunity to mock the BJP. said the former MP from the constituency. BJP leaders also accused Nitish Kumar of insulting the Mahadalit community." said Manjhi.

I am now ready to lead the government, There was a time when BJP was abusing Manjhi.00 am: Modi dials Naidu to check poll trends in Seemandhra BJP’s PM candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has called up TDP president and alliance partner N Chandrababu Naidu to inquire about poll trends. "Till 1 pm,58 pm: BJP reacts to Nitish’s allegations After Nitish Kumar’s allegations that BJP and its leaders are the reasons behind the crisis in Bihar," Nitish told reporters. Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari to decide on his cabinet, "acche din aane waale hain" to the celebrating, I was told, "This election was more about making personal comments and less about issues.

Updates for 11 May end 5.55 am: Voting percentages till 11 am West Bengal has recorded a voter turnout of 45 percent in the first four hours of polling, Another BJP leader Sunil Pintu said, PTI After Jitan Ram Manjhi quit as chief minister of Bihar, while Congress, The balloting started at 7 am and it will continue till 5 pm, It also okayed the recruitment of Urdu teachers in all government universities where the subject is taught. reported on its website. NDTV reported. The EC said that with 66.

then prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. The EC said that the figures released today were provisional and final figures may see a further hike in the number.15 pm: Bihar voter turnout goes by 12 percent from 2009 The last phase of polling in Bihar saw a whopping increase in voter turnout–of about 12 percent when compared with the last LS polls. 56 percent each in Siwan and East Chamaparan and 54 percent in Gopalganj. saying it was a "small thing" As BJP and AAP sought action against Rai for wearing his election symbol on his kurta, Joshi said, There is no big thing in that. Everybody takes hand with them, It will not have an effect on a single vote," he said.

UP sees peaceful polling Polling was likely to touch a new high at the end of the sixth phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh. Voting is likely to continue till 6 pm. Reports indicated that voting was influenced by communal polarization in many constituencies including Azamgarh. EC also issued notice to former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda for allegedly submitting incorrect account of election expenses and called him on the same date. a relatively huge numbers of voters cast their votes in the sixth and final round of the sixth-phase parliamentary elections in Bihar today. A very interesting feature of today’s polling was the arrest of two women voters who were found casting bogus votes at a booth in Vaishali parliamentary Bihar, much to the satisfaction of the poll panel which worked hard to create awareness among them about the voting rights. followed by 53 percent each in Valmikinagar and east Chamaparan, 48 percent in Siwan and 45.

-Firstpost’s Manoj Kumar, Patna 4. the Election Commission said that the report claiming that BJP’s Amethi candidate Smriti Irani may be disqualified had been "taken out of context" and is misleading. EC has said that the report has used certain facts out of context and the expenses of all candidates will only be examined after the election results have been declared. You can view the EC’s rejoinder here. No notice has been served.47 pm: 44.75 percent turnout in Varanasi by 3 pm,75 percent of Varanasi’s electorate had cast their ballots. While rubbishing most of their allegations.

Ravi Sankar Prasad said that these were ploys to mislead voters."he declared. while an overwhelming 56 percent of the electorate came out to vote in West Bengal till 1 pm.20 percent cast their vote. The bombs did not explode. Average turnout in West Bengal till 1 pm was 56.84 percent; Dumdum 53.30 percent; Barasat 56.98 percent; Basirhat 55.00 pm: ‘Whoever wins.

surgery head. Their polling station, just steps away from Kejriwal’s Durgakund residence. Sandip Roy/Firstpost Refusing to speculate about the fight, Anuradha Khanna said her duty was to be a good citizen." – Firstpost’s Sandip Roy 1.55 pm: Varanasi sees 30% voter turnout till 12.30 pm Voting continued at a steady pace in all 18 seats in eastern Uttar Pradesh.30 pm. The situation continued to be peaceful in all places.

appealing to voters to come out and vote in Varanasi. Election Commission should take cognisance immediately. India, its citizens and democracy should win after these elections. " "People from Varanasi should vote in huge numbers for sustaining democracy. We have to contribute to India’s destiny,Bihar sees 30.97% voter turnout till 12 pm A legislator from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD-U seriously assaulted some voters at a polling booth in Bihar today for daring to vote against the ruling party. The incident occurred at booth number 205 located at Basdila village in Gopalganj parliamentary constituency. however.

some villagers came out of their homes to reach the nearby booth when in the meantime the legislator accosted the villagers and assaulted them badly, as a result of which some of them sustained severe injuries. Of them, Senior police and administrative officials have rushed to the spot soon after getting the information. The said lawmaker is the brother of deeded gangster Satish Pandey now cooling his heels in the jail Similarly, Meanwhile, voting percentage touched 31 at 12 pm. – Firstpost correspondent?Manoj Kumar, Patna https://twitter.

All parties expect voter turnout to be much higher than 2009’s 43 percent. Kejriwal should come together against bhrashtachar In 1942 BS Vajpayee took a bullet in his side for trying to throw stones at Kotwal’s house in Varanasi. Now 81, He has since retired from BHU. "I am sorry to say honesty and sincerity are regarded as punishment in this country. B S vajpayee feels Modi and Kejriwal should come together against corruption. Rai would win by 50, "Let me be clear. He says there us some confusion becayse BJP has falsely created impression that people are choosing PM directly. While others have not announced their support to any particular candidate.

He says in the nine booths he is overseeing AAP is not much in evidence. Congress ward commissioner Govind Sharma. Sandip Roy/Firstpost 12.40 pm: EC must take action against Rai, it’s clear violation, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad demanded that action be taken against Rai for it was a clear violation of the RPA. Read more here.12 pm: EC asks Varanasi Returning Officer to file FIR against Ajai Rai The Election Commission has directed Varanasi Returning Officer to file an FIR/complaint against Congress candidate Ajai Rai for displaying party symbol at polling booth, under section 126 and 130 of the Representation of People’s Act. Earlier in the day.

the EC had submitted its probe report to the Delhi office after the BJP allegedly complained that Ajai Rai had worn the Congress symbol on his kurta while entering the polling booth.Rai said, "I’m a Congress candidate and I wear the symbol everyday. Rai said: "I haven’t been carrying the symbol around in my hand." When asked what his next step would be if he is disqualified, "We’ll see what happens if and when it happens," he said. The voting percentage in most seats continued to rise with Varanasi, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur.

Jaunpur and Deoria recording above 27 percent polling. Over 41 percent turnout was recorded in the initial hours in 17 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal and about 18 percent in six constituencies of Bihar.2 percent polling was recorded in the first four hours of polling, West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta said.00 pm: 25 percent voting in Bihar till 11 am, despite heatwave Rare enthusiasm is being seen among the voters in Bihar to elect their leaders. the enthusiastic voters were seen turning up in large numbers to exercise their franchise, Voter enthusiasm was seen right since the polling started at 7 am.39 percent.56 at 11 am till last reports came in.

More than the candidates, One of the six constituencies going to poll is Gopalganj which is also the home district of Lalu. – Firspost’s Manoj Kumar,15 am: Narendra Modi exists because of BJP, ‘I would be happy if Modi retains Varanasi’," On Congress candidate Ajai Rai pining his party’s symbol to his kurta, I am a party candidate," Rai said, Kolkata go to polls today It’s the final phase of Lok Sabha elections and perhaps one that will be most watched. Varanasi.

17 in West Bengal and six in Bihar. the ruling Trinamool Congress has 14 seats, six seats are up for grabs. Of them, Prominent among those in the fray in today’s polling are Union Minister Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary (Behrampur- West Bengal), BJP leader Jagdambika Pal (Domariyaganj), Union Minister RPN Singh (Kushi Nagar- both UP) and former minister and RJD leader Raghuvanh Prasad Singh (Vaishali-Bihar).25 pm: Lesser Modi speaks the better for India, saying the lesser he speaks the better. "Modi had said his silence is powerful.

He is right." Mayawati said. but to the people of Varanasi as well." she said. She also said that while the NDA hits out at the UPA over and over again regarding the country’s security, "Before the UPA, when the NDA was in power security of the country was most vulnerable, During a press conference in Varanasi, Singh said, "The people of the country believe that Congress-led UPA has failed to tackle price rise.

inflation and corruption.The country is angry with the UPA. "Parties are trying to play politics of polarisation so that attention is diverted from BJP’s agenda of development and progress,"However those parties are going through depression now. "Fortunately BJP’s PM candidate Modi is trusted by people of the country.20 pm: Modi doesn’t know the power of India, says Rahul Slamming Modi for his remarks that India has not changed in 60 years, "I saw a poster with Modi’s face that said "I will give women power.. not us, but I..

he comes and gives you speeches and says you’ll (Congress) haven’t done anything for 60 years. he tells farmers ‘who are you all. for 60 years you all are sleeping.. India’s women don’t need power.. they have it already. they have it in their hearts and hands..10 pm: Rahul takes on Modi, "They gave Adani land at the rate of Re 1, they charge them Rs. 1000. Isn’t it your money?" "This country runs on love and inclusiveness not on hatred among communities..

they made one community fight the other six months before elections.. Quoting Barack Obama, but here the government was not interested in your well being. "We need gadgets and cars that say ‘made in Chandauli’.. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressed a rally in support of his candidate Ajai Rai on the outskirts of Chandauli, Varanasi.000 cr to ensure people get jobs for 100 days at a fixed rate. Rahul said in a country where the poor work the most, no one should sleep hungry. Clarifying that his government was not against industries.

Rahul said there needs to be a partnership between the farmers and the corporates, Pitching for universal healthcare, Rahul said if his party was voted to power, Rahul then garlanded the statue of Malviya, https://twitter.00 pm: After refusing to endorse Modi, but Rahul’s road show today saw Bismillah’s family perform for the Congress’s candidate Ajai Rai. "We are not politically supporting Rahul, says Rahul’s rally same path where Modi sought permission BJP’s Arun Jaitley on Saturday suggested that the Election Commission was biased in letting Rahul Gandhi’s roadshow in Varanasi, as it is passing through the same route where Modi was denied a rally.

" he issue,but denying us permission and allowing him is wrong," Lekhi said. https://twitter.00 am: Don’t just hold rallies, come meet us, the students of Benaras Hindu University, "Instead of just holding roadshows in the city, We have exams going on and these roadshows don’t help.

" a student whose identity was not yet known, told CNN-IBN. Sitting atop a campaign vehicle, who is also a candidate from the same seat, held a roadshow in the city. Today is the last day for campaigning as the seat goes to polls on 12 May.14 pm: Why no action on Rahul for entering poll booth? BJP asks EC Accusing EC of adopting "double standards", particularly its Prime Ministerial candidate, but no FIR against the Congress leader..

Because, the king can do no wrong," BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu told reporters sarcastically. contesting from Amethi, had gone to EVM enclosures during polling hours but there was no action against him. So security issues only exist in Varanasi? A senior citizen comes out to vote in Baramulla, polling has been peaceful. about 15 percent votes had been cast till 11." Rudy added.

while Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi saw 27 percent of the electorate come out and vote. 34 percent in Haridwar and 22.39 am: In Amethi, saying they wanted to vote first after completing their walk and then go home. In Sultanpur the enthusiasm for voting was unprecedented according to locals. the outlying rural areas saw a large turn out. NDTV reports. AAP has complained to the EC about Rahul Gandhi travelling in Amethi with a 15-car cavalcade, Rahul decided to be present in Amethi while it votes, something he had not done in the 2009 and 2004 polls.

says UP youth Deepak Agrahari and Vijay Kumar in Ramgarh, where Congress’s Sanjay and Ameeta Singh voted, But given the work he did if he had contested from Modi’s side, he would have won 100 percent. Rahul just lives off his father’s name, Deepak says. Deepak Agrahari and Vijay Kumar in Ramgarh. Sporadic incidents of clashes between the workers of the Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress are being reported across the region, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president N Raghuveera Reddy went to cast his vote on a bullock cart at Neelakanthapuram in Madakasira Assembly constituency of Anantapur district. The police kept under house arrest Paritala Sriram.

– Firstpost correspondent A.50 am: Amethi sees brisk voting, despite warm weather Very brisk voting was reported from Amethi, Faizabad, Sultanpur and Allahabad even though the day was much warmer than yesterday. Long queues were seen at polling stations in Faizabad while in Amethi too a large number of people came out to vote.25 am: 10 percent voter turnout in Amethi till 9 am The politically crucial constituency of Amethi, from where BJP’s Smriti Irani is challenging Congress’s VP Rahul Gandhi,Not just the top two , wins will be through narrow margins.

Everyone’s playing every card to get the marginal 2 percent vote on caste and communal appeals. No one can be certain of a huge win in Uttar Pradesh," he said. In 2004 and 2009, he defeated his nearest opponent – BSP by around 3 lakh votes. This time, pre-poll surveys expect Rahul to win by a lower margin as he faces competition from BJP’s Smriti Irani and AAP’s Kumar Vishwas.20 am: Brisk voting in Seemandhra, which will soon retain its name of Andhra Pradesh after bifurcation, at 7 am.

He is in the race for the post of chief minister. Soon after exercising his franchise, when reporters accosted him and asked if he was ready to support the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre," Incidentally, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, doesn’t have his vote in Seemaandhra. along with his family members, for the BJP contestants. Andhra Pradesh had the lion’s share with close to Rs 115 crore, 40 per cent of the total sum recovered.

– Firstpost correspondent Saye Sekhar reports. slams Modi Congress VP and Amethi candidate Rahul Gandhi took on Narendra Modi for twisting his sister Priyanka’s remarks, "People’s actions can be lowly, gusse ki soch hoti hai, neech jaati nahi hoti.45 am: All options open, YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy refused to reveal what his political strategy will be come 16 May. ""All our options are open,25 am: Whose magic will work in Amethi? mocking and some head on aggression.

it comes to this. but it will not be as easy as before. In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections he won the seat by a margin of over 3 lakh votes. neither the local cadres nor the voters are very happy with Rahul. another key UP constituency going to polls today is Sultanpur,estranged Gandhi cousin, But Varun has adopted an unusual style of campaigning, as noted by Firstpost editor Sandip Roy.He has refrained from making personal attacks against his cousins even though Priyanka accused him of betraying her family Nor does he mention Modi too much in his speeches Will Varun’s unusual move to steer clear of the ‘Modi wave’ get him the votes 717 am: Moment of truth for Lalu Prasad Yadav Jagan Reddy Two of politics most colourful characters the veteran Lalu Prasad Yadav from Bihar and the young gun Jaganmohan Reddy face epochal moments today For Yadav who is contesting through his wife Rabri Devi and daughter Misa the polling today is likely to determine whether or not he can continue his political career As described by Firstpost reporter Manoj Kumar "Lalu Prasad follows a gruelling campaign schedule with the 66-year-old often putting in 22-hour days that begin at 7 in the morning and end at 5 the next morning The entire family comprising Rabri daughter Misa Bharti and two sons – Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap – have been working as hard Lalu himself is said to have addressed around 125 rallies big and small in addition to holding up to 20 street corner meetings in a day In Saran Rabri Devi is up against BJP’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy an established leader with his own support base and riding on the ‘Modi wave’? In Bihar,over 108 crore electorate would cast their vote in 9804 polling stations to decide the fate of 118 candidates With the close of polling in the seven seats voting would be over in 34 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state For Jagan Reddy the polling will decide whether or not he becomes Seemandhra’s first ever Chief Minister following however belatedly in his late father’s footsteps As Firstpost correspondent Saye Sekhar claims "Though political parties are talking about manifestos and development clearly these elections in Seemaandhra are revolving around him with everyone being forced to choose whether they are pro or anti Jagan — end of updates for 6 May — 245 pm: Security increased for Uttar Pradesh polling tomorrow The Election Commission (EC) has ordered the deployment of more security personnel for the fifth phase of polling in 15 parliamentary constituencies of Uttar Pradesh May 7 officials said on Tuesday With several incidents of booth capturing in the third and fourth rounds of balloting in the state and apprehensions about further rigging by major political parties the EC has directed that 300 companies of central forces will oversee the May 7 election in the state Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha has asked for enhanced security cover at all the polling stations at a meeting held with the security agencies a senior official told IANS More security personnel are now available for the remaining two phases of election in the state as in most parts of the country the polls are over The EC can now use them optimally DIG A Satish Ganesh told IANS With some seats being located in the naxal affected regions of the eastern Uttar Pradesh in the May 7 polls more security cover is provided to the polling officials on duty Ganesh said — end of updates for 1 May — 1053 pm: Will remember the first FIR against me says Modi Reacting to the case registered against him by Gujarat police on Election Commission’s order for addressing the media after casting his vote in Ahmedabad and displaying BJP’s symbol Narendra Modi today said it was the first FIR of his life which he will never forget He also lashed out at Congress saying it was facing defeat and was worried that "a person who (once) eked out his livelihood by selling tea" was challenging it Addressing a campaign rally here Modi said "To date in myentire life not even a single FIR was registered against me?wrong parking.

"Suddenly today when I landed here I came to know that an? I will never forget April? One can understand if someone points (threatens with) a? a pistol or a gun (and FIR is registered). But do you?lotus to the people, 73% turnout was recorded for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and 60% in the seven seats in Bihar. Gujarat saw moderate polling with recording a 62% voter turnout for all it 26 LS seats and Telangana registered 70% polling for all 17 Lok Sabha seats. Uttar Pradesh saw 57.35% for 9 seats.

says he is ‘habitual offender’ Welcoming the FIR registered against Narendra Modi for violating the election law, Narendra Modi has been consistently violating the election laws and the model code of conduct during the ongoing campaigning." AAP said a statement.15 pm: 2 FIRs filed against Modi for violating poll code After direction from the Election Commission, This goes against the model code of conduct. nearly 75 percent of the electors Wednesday voted in Dadra and Nagar Haveli for the lone parliamentary seat in the union territory, officials said. Poll officials said 74.42 percent voting was recorded till 3 pm and the percentage was likely to go above 80 percent by the time voting ends. The prominent candidates are incumbent MP Natubhai Gomanbhai Patel of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Mohanbhai Sanjibhai Delkar of the Congress, are eligible to vote. the BJP had polled 46.43 percent votes, while the Congress had polled fractionally less at 45.23 percent. the BJP has said that he did not violate the model code of conduct. According to us Mr. the Gujarat police will now file an FIR against its Chief Minister Narendra Modi. they were under obligation to file an FIR against Modi at the police station near where his address to the media took place.

If a candidate is found guilty of displaying the party symbol or election material, the candidate can face upto two years in jail, Here is the full text of the EC order: EC notice to Narendra Modi Meanwhile the Congress has welcomed the EC decision. "We welcome this order. He released his party’s manifesto on the 7th and today he was virtually campaigning for his party. The EC should act firmly and swiftly. said Congress spokesman Shakeel Ahmed. 2:50 pm: What the EC said while seeking action against Modi "The Commission is of the view that by holding that?meeting and also by addressing the same today when the polling?provisions of Sections 126 (1)(a) and 126 (l)(b) of RP Act?

" "Therefore, the Commission directs..that complaint/ FIR? should be filed against Narendra Modi and?" he told Times Now. When asked how he felt standing in a queue and if he had ever done it before, we must respect democracy and the voting process." Do you need special treatment?-Voter to Chiranjeevi after he tried to jump the queue #Elections2014 pic.twitter.

40 am: Congress complains against Modi for holding BJP symbol near poll booth Modi was clutching onto a logo of the BJP’s Lotus: Screengrab The Congress has complained against BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for holding a BJP symbol near the polling booth in Gandhinagar. Modi who addressed the media for a lengthy amount of time after casting his vote, Whether he displayed the symbol while casting his vote is not yet known. Modi urged people to come out and vote in large numbers saying "the Maa-beta government has been ousted" and that these elections were about development and progress. clearly keeping in mind television cameras, Modi said the BJP will form government at the Centre as the Congress has already accepted defeat. Modi and saving the PM chair, while for the BJP it was about saving the country. inflation and the attack on soldiers in J&K. "We must give our maa-betiyon respect and protection.

" he said. Voted!com/7OnhFiJ0AC — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 30, 2014 9. I consider myself extremely blessed & fortunate to be a voter in Advani ji’s Parliamentary Constituency. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 30, 2014 8. weaker sections of society to vote’ After casting her vote in Lucknow, BSP Chief Mayawati urged voters across the country and specially the Dalits and weaker sections of society to come out and vote. "Dr Ambedkar gave everyone the right to vote..

51 am: Congress, with political bigwigs including TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao, his daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha? The two parties – TRS and Congress – were earlier expected to come together after the creation of the new state but thanks to the TRS’s decision not to do so, big gains, if pre-poll surveys conducted are to be believed. the data thrown up by the latest phase of the Election Tracker survey by CSDS-Lokniti shows that while the Telangana Rashtra Samiti has expectedly gained in popularity in Telangana, going from an estimated votes share of 26 percent in February to 34 percent in the March survey, Sonia, but it is certainly among the more high profile.

veteran leader LK Advani and of course, Among the 89 constituencies across the 9 states going to polls today are Rae Bareli and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and Gandhinagar and Vadodara in Gujarat. Additionally the regions in the newly declared state of Telangana will also go to polls today, while senior leader Shankarsinh Vaghela is contesting from Sabarkantha. One of the other constituencies to watch closely is Gandhinagar where Advani will contest against Congress leader Kiritbhai Ishvarbhai Patel. Along with Gujarat, Jaitley is fighting his maiden Lok Sabha polls and a victory is likely to propel him to a position of power if the NDA forms the government, While Congress leader Ambika Soni is contesting from Anandpur Sahib, Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur is seeking another term in Lok Sabha from Patiala. In Jammu & Kashmir.

Srinagar is the sole constituency that will vote today. National Conference chief and Union minister Farooq Abdullah is seeking re-election from the seat which has seen a poor voter turnout in the past due to militancy. Elections are already over in 349 constituencies in the first six phases. 5 injured in militant attack in J&K Tragic news comes in as the election day is coming to an end with an election official being killed in Jammu and Kashmir. Four others have been injured in the attack.08 pm: WB, West Bengal recorded a high voter turnout of 82% till 6 pm. The state saw brisk polling through the day. Meanwhile Maharashtra on the whole recorded a 53. a marginal rise as compared to the turnout of 44.

Jharkhand recorded an average 63.44% polling. Madhya Pradesh recorded 64.2% for 5 seats said the EC. Chhattisgarh recorded 62. Bihar 60% for 7 seats each, and Assam 77.05 % for 6 seats, As per initial figures by the Election Commission, total voting in six Mumbai constituencies till 6 pm was something like this: Mumbai North – 52.

00% Mumbai North-West – 50.00% Mumbai North-East – 53.00% Mumbai South – 54. 59% polling in MP recorded till 5 pm Over 55.40 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 5 PM in Uttar Pradesh, Hathras witnessed 55.4 per cent polling in the first four hours while Mathura and Agra recorded 53 and 60.2 per cent polling respectively. Firozabad 56.16 per cent.

Mainpuri 59. Etah 53. Farukhabad 56 per cent, Etawah 52.03 per cent, Meanwhile, a total of 59. "So far 59.04 per cent electorate including 67.89 per cent women have cast their votes.

42 pm: Uttar Pradesh records 46 pc voter turnout till 3 pm Over 46.77 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 3 PM in Uttar Pradesh,4 per cent polling in the first four hours while Mathura and Agra recorded 50.2 and 49. Fatehpur Sikri recorded 47.2 percent polling,4 percent,94 percent,9 percent,9 and 43.

31 pm: Chhattisgarh sees 56 percent polling till 4 pm Around 56 percent of the electorate cast their vote till 4 pm in the seven Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh, where the last phase of polling is taking place today amidst tight security. An average 56 percent voter turnout was recorded in the seven constituencies – Raipur, Bilaspur,30 pm: 21% polling in J&K, 48% in Rajasthan till 3 pm Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in south Kashmir witnessed 21 percent polling till 3 pm today, with Pulwama district recording a low voter turn-out of five percent.02 pm: Maharashtra sees 35% polling till 3 pm Nineteen Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra where polling is underway in the final phase of elections recorded an average of 35.92 percent voter turnout till 3 pm. Dhule (38.

Mumbai North West (37. Mumbai South Central (32. Bihar 47% till 3 pm An estimated 55. Meanwhile, 47% voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm in seven Lok Sabha seats of Bihar where voting is underway in the third phase today. with Virudhunagar recording 58.74 percent. The lowest turnout was in Central Chennai, 67 percent of the voters had cast their votes by 3 pm. West Bengal also witnessed almost 70% turnout as of 3pm.

29 percent voting recorded in MP till 2 pm About 42.29 percent electorates including 49.82 percent men and 34.27 percent women have cast their votes," Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer, Jaideep Govind told reporters in Bhopal. Meanwhile, only five votes were polled till now at Polling Booth No. 142 in Ratlam’s Jaora town on the same issue, he said.

Dewas (44. Ujjain (38. Indore (40. there have been reports of security personnel beating up Trinamool Congress workers. His colleagues disrupted voting in protest and staged a demonstration outside the polling booths.59 pm: 40% voting in Rajasthan, as per tentative information received, incidents of minor scuffles between rival political parties were reported from a few polling booths, voting was largely peaceful in the state. Long queues were seen early in the morning with voters lining up to beat the heat in this desert state.

"Around 35 percent of the electorate exercised their franchise in Raipur, Raigarh (ST)," Joint Chief Electoral Officer DD Singh told PTI.24 pm: 37 percent voting in Bihar as of 1pm Around 37 percent polling was recorded till 1 PM in seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar where voting is underway in the third phase today. Supual registered 39 per cent voting till 1 pm, while it was 38 percent in Araria, 37 percent in Kisanganj, 38 per cent in Katihar, 37 per cent in Purnia, 35 percent in Bhagalpur and also in Banka.

There were also reports of technical problems in EVMs in some other constituencies also which were rectified later,17 pm: Shutdown in four districts of poll bound Kashmir Four districts of south Kashmir, where polling is being held today, Srinagar and Baramulla respectively. "There is no Modi wave and Congress is not losing ground" @ibnlive — Arijit Sen (@senarijit) April 24, There was report of delay in polling in 20 booths in Katihar due to problems in EVM machines, the vote is going to Trinamool. Voting has been suspended in some places.

BJP office bearers said several other EVMs like these will surface. Balurghat’s Trinamool nominee theatre personality Arpita Ghosh has been questioned on the issue of the Saradha scam since she had worked for one of the media companies floated by Saradha. This is also her first campaign. this gives me a chance to come to Chembur.I do come often" "Its my responsibility to vote. to point fingers at others and (if) I face a problem I need to have this on my finger" she said displaying her inked finger Yesteryear actress and Rajya Sabha member (nominated) Rekha came in a track suit to exercise her right to franchise Actors Sunny Deol and Sonam Kapoor also cast their votes 948 am: Cong distributes slips offering rice for votes in West Bengal In West Bengal the Congress party seems to be taking vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s right to food promise rather seriously Bengali news channel 24 Ghanta reports that allegations of ‘bribing’ are flying thick and fast against Jangipur candidate Abhijit Mukherjee son of President Pranab Mukherjee Now Abhijit is considered a bit of a political greenhorn who no one knew existed before Pranab took on the mantle of the president and gave his son his seat as a gift Understandably therefore the Congress might be trying to pull out all stops to make sure the hitherto unheard of Mukherjee son wins The TMC has complained that in Radharghat block of Jangipur coupons stamped with the official seal of the gram panchayat have been distributed In the said coupons Congress party has allegedly promises ten kilos of rice to anyone who possesses the coupon and votes for Congress The CPM has also alleged that canvas cloth has been stocked in the ancestral Mukherjee house and people are being given money to vote for Mukherjee The EC has been alerted by both rival parties Meanwhile Polling in Bengal is averaging around 20 percent until now in most places says Bengali television Jangipur where the president’s son is the Congress candidate is at 22 percent There have been sporadic reports of complaints of election observers from parties being turned away from various booths implicating various parties The elections today will largely determine if the foothold the Congress has in Bengal is also slipping These are the seats where the Congress is the strongest its bastion almost It includes people like Deepa Das Munshi railways minister Adhir Chowdhury and Mausam Noor of the Ghani Khan Chaudhury family in Malda 935 am: HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh has no vote in Mumbai Goof ups at the polling booth are the great election equaliser HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh has just found that his name was not on the voter list in Mumbai according to CNBC TV 18 and was therefore unable to cast his vote 855 am: Samajwadi Party leaders scoff at Modi wave in polling booths The Samajwadi Party bigwigs are all voting today and all continue to scoff at reports of a Modi wave "The Third Front will play a key role after elections; there is no Modi wave" was state chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s terse message to the waiting cameras This sentiment was echoed by Shivpal Yadav who also reiterated the absence of the Modi wave SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav who was an early voter in the state went one further saying that Modi was in Gujarat and no where else in India Today’s polling in Uttar Pradesh will take place in 11 constituencies located in the western and central parts of the state From Rampur which is the stronghold of Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan to the return of Maneka Gandhi to Pilibhit the Thursday polls will spawn many interesting stories for 16 May — the day of counting Read more about these here 835 am: Long lines in Jammu and Kashmir for voting People turned up early at polling booths as voting for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir began Thursday officials said As many as 12 candidates are in the fray in Anantnag one of six Lok Sabha constituencies in the state Over 12 million electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in 1615 polling booths This is the third round of voting in the state Balloting will be completed in five phases Voting in two Lok Sabha constituencies has been completed 806 am: Everyone should vote says Rajnikanth If you’re in Tamil Nadu and you still haven’t voted you better do so now for the superstar has spoken Speaking to reporters after casting his vote Rajnikanth’s three-word message for his fans was: Everyone should vote When asked whether he supported any particular candidate he said: I don’t support anyone 749 am: Confident of win will beat Milind Deora says Sanyal AAP’s South Mumbai candidate Meera Sanyal has expressed confidence of winning the seat in this election saying there was a huge wave in favour of her party "You should have seen the amount of support I got during my street campaigns I will win this time" she said In the 2009 polls Sanyal lost to Deora wining only around 10000 votes Meanwhile here is actor Rahul Bose after casting his vote And so it is done 713am Third voter in the booth Mumbai aaple vote tak Mahatvaca aahe pictwittercom/ewBTOXk7iH — Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) April 24 2014 747 am: SMS to find out queue at polling booth in Coimbatore The district administration has come out with a SMS-based system to help the voters to know the number of voters in the queue at polling booths so that they can accordingly adjust their time and reach there to cast their votes in the polls scheduled today Read more about it here 735 am: In Vidisha Sushma battles Digvijaya’s brother Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj is facing a tough contest in Vidisha against Congress’s Laxman Singh brother of party’s General Secretary Digvijaya Singh Swaraj had a smooth passage in the 2009 elections due to a virtual walkover from the Congress She won by over 3 lakh votes 725 am: Mulayam dismisses any Modi wave in UP Speaking to reporters after casting his vote early this morning Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said there was no Modi wave in India "Modi is only in Gujarat nowhere else" he told reporters in Uttar Pradesh 700 am: Voting begins in crucial phase six of LS polls The phase six of Lok Sabha elections will see 2076 candidates battle it out in 117 constituencies across eleven states 11 states and the Union territory of Puducherry Of the 117 seats Congress currently has 37 while BJP has 24 India’s financial capital Mumbai will also go to vote today where the NCP-Congress alliance will fight it out against the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance After today’s polling 2/3rd of India’s electorate would have voted Updates for 17 April end 743 pm: Voter turn-out by states West Bengal: 7947 % Karnataka: 56% Bangalore South: 43% Bangalore North: 45% Bangalore Central: 42% Bellary: 64% Rajasthan 5324% (till 5 pm) Barmer: 6131% Pune: 512% Odisha: 70% (6 pm) Bihar: 54% (5 pm) Uttar Pradesh: Pilibhit: 61% (5 pm) Rampur: 648% (5 pm) Madhya Pradesh: 52% (5 pm) 539 pm: 60 percent voters cast ballot in Naxal-hit areas of Chhattisgarh About 60 per cent of electoratecast their votes till 3 PM in three Naxal-hit Lok Sabhaconstituencies in Chhattisgarh during the second phase ofpolling which has so far remained peaceful "The voter turnout of 60 per cent was recorded inKanker Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund seats till 3 pm and noviolent incident has been reported from the region so far"Joint Chief Electoral Officer DD Singh said adding thatpolling in the seven insurgency-hit Assembly constituencies inthese seats has concluded at 3 PM 435 pm: Meanwhile in Uttar Pradesh 4961 percent voters cast their ballots by 3 pm Brisk polling is underway in 11seats in the second phase of polls in Uttar Pradesh with over4961 per cent polling recorded till 3 PM to decide fate of150 candidates According to EC sources Nagina witnessed 5324 percent polling while Moradabad 544 per cent and Rampur 479 percent polling each Similarly Sambhal recorded 5140 per cent polling Amroha514 per cent Badaun 442 per cent Aonla 472 per cent?6 per cent, Pilibhit 48.Rampur, Badaun, seven in Bihar, were contesting.In Jharkhand three CRPF personnel and a civilian driver were injured in a landmine blast by Maoists who also fired on a CRPF patrol injuring one personnel in near Jhumra hills in Bokaro district Maoists blew up railway lines in the district disrupting train services?

A pressure cooker bomb was recovered near a polling booth in Maoist-hit Saranda forest, an hour before polling began in the Singhbhum (reserved) constituency, police said.47 pm: Thirty one percent of Maharashtra votes till 2 pm Even as the efforts are made to encourage the people to vote, Sriram Rajangam, who is a manager with a multi-national company, He spent almost Rs 78, "Everyone must vote.3 per cent, He also said the Election Commission’s decision to censure him was unfair as "the Election Commission did not consider other versions in the case.

Hitler himself couldn’t run his own country : Azam Khan pic. 2014 1. 4 CRPF jawans injured in Maoist violence Four CRPF personnel were among five people injured today in Maoist violence in Jharkhand’s Bokaro district where polling is currently underway. Targeting a CRPF patrol, injuring three personnel and a civilian driver, Read more here.30 pm: Brisk voting in Chhattisgarh,67 percent cast their vote in Rajasthan. Voters during the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Identical twins Kan Singh and Hanuman Singh. — Urvashi Dev (@urvashidev) April 17,46 am: 2014 polls could see the highest voter turnout ever An increase in voter awareness, According to a report in the Hindustan Times,19% when 714 million people were eligible to vote.97% in 1998,the report says.18 am: Voting percentage till 9 am Most of the states where polling is on today have recorded above 10 percent voting in the first two hours till 9 am. BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has cast his ballot in Uttar Pradesh and said that he was confident that the party would win 60 seats in the state and over 350 in India. "I received an incredible response from the people here.

But he admitted there was definitely a heat wave. Cousins and NCP leaders Ajit Pawar and Supriya Sule have also cast their vote but only Sule is in the fray today. "There is no Modi wave- its just a creation of the media." Pawar said. despite his criticism of every political party, If you don’t like the candidate , can go for NOTA, Here’s the activist after he voted. Ralegan-Siddhi : Anna Hazare after casting his vote pic.30 pm: Long queues of voters in Jammu and Kashmir Long queues of voters were seen in the wee hours of the morning in Udhampur town.

as the polling started in Udhampur-Dooda Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir. But reports from Chinab valley’s Doda and Kishtwar district said that in the first two hours of polling, says Firstpost reporter Sameer Yasir. The upper heights of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts have been taken over by the army to thwart any possibility of any attempt by the militants to strike. three each in Udhampur and Reasi districts and two each in Ramban,37 am: ‘Fifth phase most crucial for Modi’ Today’s polling across 121 seats will be a big test for BJP’s PM candidate Modi as he will look to win big in areas where his party and NDA allies have earlier won, Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay writes in The Economic Times. "There are 11 seats in Naveen Patnaik’s bastion and four in the crucial north Bnegal region. Bihar.

Chhattisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir are significant because the impact of the so-called Modi-magic will be sternly tested,19 am: Here is a quick look at the constituencies going to polls: Bihar: Voting began for the election to seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar under the second phase amidst tight security. Many of the seven constituencies of Patna Sahib, Jehanabad, Munger, An electorate of 11, Prominent among the candidates are actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, Karnataka: Single-phase polling for 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka began this morning to decide the fortunes of 435 candidates in a close fight between the ruling Congress and BJP. Nearly 85,000 security personnel drawn from the state and central forces have been deployed across the state for free and fair polls.

About 4. Follow live updates from Karnataka here West Bengal: The first of the five-phase Lok Sabha poll in West Bengal began today in four constituencies of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar. while two were from the CPI(M) and one each from the RSP and Forward Bloc. There were also 19 others from other registered political parties and eight independents. RSP sitting MP Manohar Tirkey from Alipurduar and CPI(M)’s Mahendra Roy in Jalpaiguri. Odisha: Voting opened today for the simultaneous second and last phase election to 11 Lok Sabha and 77 Assembly constituencies in Odisha.692 booths, for which 1.

the voters will decide the fate of 98 candidates, in the Lok Sabha elections and 747 candidates, including 65 women, Manipur: In Manipur, among the eight candidates contesting, former Manipur University Professor R K Ranjan of BJP, former Manipur Rifles commandant S Manaobi of Trinamool Congress, The Congress held the prestigious seat for 10 years. An electorate of 826,398 polling stations in the four valley districts of Imphal East.

Imphal West, and Thoubal. Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Singhbhum (ST), prominent are Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Karia Munda of BJP, Jayant Sinha, son of Jaswant Sinha, former deputy chief minister, Karnataka.

Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, The polling in Bihar today is also crucial for beleaguered Chief Minister Nitish Kumar -? where the party holds important seats like Arrah, In Odisha, but in the final calculation of things, this is expected to benefit the NDA. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Sachin Pilot of Congress, Gopinath Munde.

Supriya Sule of NCP, AAP’s Gul Panag and TMC’s Baichung Bhutia. — end of updates for 12 April –? IANS reported. Dhirendra Ojha, said in Delhi that Tripura’s second Lok Sabha seat recorded a voter turnout of 81.8 percent, said Ojha.33 pm: 70% voter turnout in Sikkim Almost 70 percent of the electorate in Sikkim on Saturday voted for the lone Lok Sabha seat and the 32-member state assembly in eight hours of polling, officials said.

Balloting picked up as the day progressed, as voters turned up in large numbers at the 538 polling booths across the state. IANS reported.02 pm: Goa sees 54% voter turnout; CM says likely to go up to 70% Over half of the electorate voted Saturday in Goa by early afternoon to elect two Lok Sabha members, officials said.499 voters had cast their ballots since polling started at 7 am, According to the poll officials,109 voters cast ballots in North Goa, Voting started at a brisk pace, with long queues at polling stations across Goa.

an official said. an election commission official said. The polling was absolutely peaceful in the parliamentary constituency, more than 52 percent voting by 1 pm Over 52 percent polling was recorded till 1 pm in three Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam, an official said. Karimganj and Diphu (Autonomous District) after polling started at 7 am, State Chief Electoral Officer Vijayendra said polling remained peaceful in all three seats. however, technical snags in electronic voting machines were reported.499 voters cast ballot within the first two hours since polling started at 7 am.

officials said. North Goa seat are sitting MP and BJP candidate Shripad Yesso Naik, Congress candidate Ravi Naik and Dattaram Desai from the Aam Aadmi Party. Aleixo Reginaldo from the Congress and BJP’s Narendra Savoikar will fight it out for the South Goa — Aaron Pereira (@aaronpereira) April 12,35 pm: Only 12 percent voting in Sikkim in the first two hours Moderate voting was seen in Sikkim for the state’s lone Lok Sabha seat Saturday, Sikkim has an electorate of 362, are women. 25 percent in Tripura In keeping with the high turnout seen so far.

reports indicate that Assam had a 22 percent turnout till 10 am while in Tripura it was 25 percent.Autonomous District(ST) and Karimganj constituencies of Assam.were replaced and voting continued uninterrupted. including women and youth, were?seen in front of the 3,constituencies an hour before voting began amdist tight? especially in Karbi Anglong district of Assam which till?yesterday witnessed a bandh by militant Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers. voters were seen standing in long queues in urban and?

Voting began an hour and half late at a polling booth?at Ambassa,there did not function properly and had to be changed. who form the majority of the electorate in? North Goa is a traditional BJP bastion,00 am: Voting begins in Assam, Sikkim, Tripura Voting for three Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam began on Saturday, officials said.Nearly 30 million are eligible to vote in these three constituencies According to the CNN-IBN CSDS poll tracker despite the much-discussed Narendra Modi wave Assam seems to be steadfastly clinging to its traditional Congress allegiance Unlike the trends elsewhere the Congress is way ahead of others including the BJP when the choice of voters of the state is accounted for The Lokniti CSDS-IBN-National Election Tracker pre-poll survey indicates that although preference for the Congress has diminished a bit at 44 percent compared to the January figure at 47 percent the party is still way ahead of its closest rival BJP which got just 19 percent The near demolition of the regional outfit Asom Gana Parishad under former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and the weak organisational structure of the BJP which is bereft of any big names and local leadership have left the field open for the Congress to thrive Goa’s two Lok Sabha constituencies also began voting on Saturday at 7 am? The Lok Sabha constituency in Sikkim has also gone to vote today.

326 people will vote,549 are women. Voting has also begun in Tripura.As many as 113 million electorate are eligible to vote as 12 candidates battle it out for the Tripura East constituency End of updates for 11 April 7:44 pm: 60 percent voter tunrout recorded in "peaceful" elections across Mizoram Nearly two-thirds of the voters cast their ballots Friday for the lone Lok Sabha seat and in a by-poll for an assembly segment in mountainous Mizoram The elections passed off peacefully officials said here Mizoram’s joint Chief Electoral Officer H Lalengmawia told IANS that a 60 percent turnout has been recorded and the final figure released on Saturday The state’s Chief Electoral Officer Ashwani Kumar said the polling was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the state that borders Myanmar and Bangladesh besides Tripura and Assam 1:20 pm: Mizoram sees 50 percent turnout by 2 pm Despite a slow down in polling at midday due to the scorching heat voter turnout was around 50 percent till 2 pm today for elections to the lone Mizoram Lok Sabha seat and by-poll to the Hrangturzo Assembly seat State Chief Electoral Officer Ashwani Kumar said the turnout would be higher than 5093 per cent recorded in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls but it might not reach 8341 percent as in the 2013 state Assembly polls Polling was completely peaceful in the 1126 polling stations across the state he said 1:20 pm: Within three hours one-third of Mizoram casts their ballots Nearly a third of the electorate cast their ballot Friday in the first three hours in the lone Lok Sabha constituency and a by-poll for an assembly seat in Mizoram officials here said Balloting for both Lok Sabha and assembly seat was earlier scheduled 9 April and it was postponed to Friday due to a three-day shutdown and boycott call by NGOs and students’ groups IANS reported An Election Commission official said that the balloting was peaceful so far and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the state that borders Myanmar and Bangladesh "Young new and women voters wearing traditional costumes lined up well before the polling stations open at 7 am First time voters are very excited to cast their ballots" the official told IANS 7:00 am: Mizoram goes to the polls for its lone seat Polling for the lone Lok Sabha seatin Mizoram which is witnessing a three-cornered contest has begun The triangular contest is among ruling Congress AamAadmi Party (AAP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) which isan alliance of eight opposition parties UDF comprises the main oppisition party Mizo NationalFront (MNF) and BJP besides Zoram Nationalist Party MizoramPeople’s Conference Maraland Democratic Front Hmar People’sConference Paite Tribal Council and NCP Congress has fielded its sitting MP C L Ruala while UDFhas nominated Robert Romawia Royte AAP has put up MichaelLalmanzuala as its candidate for the seat Mizoram Lok Sabha seat has 702189 voters of whom355954 were women There are 1126 polling stations and eight additional companies of central para-military forces apart from sixstate armed battalions and unarmed policemen have been deployed to ensure peace International borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh andinter-state borders have been sealed official sources said End of updates for 10 April 800 pm: Uttar Pradesh increases voting percentage than 2009 A total of 174 crore electorate in 10 parliamentary seats in Uttar Pradesh today locked the future of 146 candidates on an incident free voting day As per latest reports from the Election Commission of India the poll percentage was 65 percent which is 14 percent more than 2009 Here are the numbers for a few of parliamentary constituencies/districts of the state: Aligarh: 6004 percent Baghpat: 6560 percent Bijnor: 6538 percent Bulandshr: 5936 percent Gautam Buddha Nagar: 5583 percent Meerut: 6568 percent Muzaffarnagar: 6778 percent Shahranpur: 7064 percent Shamli: 7085 percent Another state that went into polling is Madhya Pradesh A turnout of 5598 percent was recorded in the nine polling constituencies while Maharashtra registered 5413 percent in the 10 parliamentary constituencies in Vidharbha In Jammu 6629 percent exercised their right to franchise 630 pm: Naxals security forces exchange fire in Gadchiroli A minor skirmish was reported between security forces and Naxals in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district in the afternoon Naxals opened fire on election officials and security personnel near Gardewada in Etapalli Tehsil in Gadchiroli No casualties have been reported so far After retaliatory fire from security forces the Naxals fled into the forest The security personnel thwarted their plan to run away with the EVM machines Report by Vishwas Waghmode Firstpost 500 pm: Over 41% polling in Vidarbha till 3 pm The 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in Vidarbha have registered average 412 percent voting turnout in the first eight hours reports Firstpost’s Vishwas Waghmode While the Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency has witnessed highest 59 percent the Ramtek Lok Sabha constituency has registered lowest 3635 percent voting turnout till 3 pm The constituencies-wise voting turnout till 3 pm as follows- Buldhana – 4400 percent Akola – 3904 percent Amravati – 4325 percent Wardha – 4077 percent Ramtek – 3635 percent Nagpur – 3923 percent Bhandara-Gondiya – 45 percent Gadchiroli-Chimur – 59 percent Chandrapur – 4349 percent Yavatmal-Washim – 3993 percent The Naxal hit Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency has registered the highest voting turnout because the polling of four assembly constituencies—most sensitive areas—out of six has been completed The voting in the rest of the two assembly constituencies will go on till 6 pm In the four most sensitive Assembly constituencies falling under Gadchiroli-Chimur Lok Sabha constituency the polling ended at 3 pm The polling in two other assembly constituencies will go on till 6 pm Earlier the Election Commission received a complaint about a faulty EVM machine at a booth in the Bhandara-Gondiya Lok Sabha constituency Although the voting was disrupted for an hour it started again after the replacement of the machine 435 pm: Over 50 percent vote in Delhi New Delhi: An impressive 52 percent polling was recorded till 3 PM in the Lok Sabha election for the seven seats in the national capital even as long queues of people were seen at the booths across the city "Around 52 percent of the 127 crore eligible voters cast their votes till 3 PM" a senior official of Delhi Election Commission said He said polling has so far been peaceful and there were no reports of any untoward incident There were reports of malfunctioning of electronic voting machines (EVM) in some parts of the city but they were rectified the EC official said PTI 430 pm: Not much time go out and vote Muslim women show their ink-marked fingers after casting votes for Lok Sabha elections in Faridabad on Thursday PTI 410 pm: Voter turnout in Bihar was 4689 percent till 3 pm 324 pm: Maoists loot EVMs in Kotpad area Odisha Maoists have looted electronic voting machines in the Kotpad area of Odisha said television channels This comes on the back of news that Naxals had opened fire on security officers in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar area Early morning two jawans were also killed in Bihar while they were en route to a polling station 224 pm: Naxals open fire near polling booths in Bastar Naxals opened fire on security forces near ten polling booths in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Bastar Parliamentary seat where around 30 percent of the electorate cast their votes till noon Besides a huge haul of explosives including 15 IEDs and three pressure bombs were today recovered by security forces from separate places averting a massive strike by the ultras in the insurgency-hit region "Naxals opened fire on security forces near around ten polling booths while voting was underway there No injury or casualty was reported in the incidents" a senior police official told PTI Rebels fled to the forest after security personnel launched retaliatory attack on them he said The polling booths where firing was reported are – Korra and Amirgarh in Sukma district Samoli and Thanikarka booths in Dantewada district Nednar booth of Narayanpur district Padeli and Raigabodi in Kondagaon he said Voting was suspended for few minutes in many of these places but presently it is undergoing smoothly he said Polling in Bastar began from 7 am and around 30 percent turnout has been recorded till noon according to Joint Chief Electoral Officer DD Singh The polling time in seven Assembly seats–Bastar Chitrakot Narayanpur Bijapur Konta Kondagaon and Dantewada –in the region is till 3 PM while the single Jagdalpur Vidhan Sabha seat will witness polling upto 4 PM he said At some sensitive polling booths voting started after a short delay while EVMs machine were replaced at some polling booths Singh said 210 pm: AAP votes not registered in Ernakulam machine charges party The Aam Aadmi Party has reported that polling in an election booth in Ernakulam constituency had to be stopped by 1130am after party workers protested said that AAP votes could not be registered AAP workers alleged that the voting machine in booth number 118 at Kalamassery polytechnic college was not recording the votes being casted for AAP Former journalist and documentary filmmaker Anita Pratap is the AAP candidate from this constituency 1237 pm: Prove your identity poll officer tells Ghulam Nabi Azad Union Health Minister and former state chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was today asked to prove his identity at a polling booth in the Jammu Lok Sabha constituency Azad had gone to cast his vote at the DPS polling station at Jogi Gate area but was refused permission by the presiding officer who demanded his identity proof The matter was later settled when a local Congress leader went to stand surety for Azad’s identity – IANS 1145 am: Peaceful voting in Jammu along international border The state chief electoral officer has told Firstpost that polling in the first few hours in Jammu have been peaceful and incident free Voting was reportedly going on smoothly along International Border were stringent security arrangements are in place which is close to both International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) Nearly 13 to 15 percent of voting was recorded in the first few hours of polling in Jammu city 1132 am: VK Singh confusion in Ghaziabad One confusion for Ghaziabad BJP voters is that most don’t know VK Singh is Vijay Kumar Singh says Firstpost editor Sandip Roy who is on the ground at Ghaziabad 1130 am: The polling percentage in the first 2 hours Polling in the first two hours has been brisk across states with a few exceptions like Bastar in Chhattisgarh This could well be because of Maoist threat This is significant given that AAP is fielding Soni Sori from the area Sori is an Adivasi school teacher in Jabeli village of Dantewada Chhattisgarh India She was arrested by the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch for Chhattisgarh Police in 2011 on charges of acting as a conduit for Maoists Meanwhile here is a graph of how voting has taken place over the first two hours (9 am) 1100 am:Polling sluggish in Bastar’s Maoist dominated areas Muzaffarnagar votes peacefully Voting was sluggish in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency’s Maoist-dominated forested areas but the urban centres reported brisk polling A Chhattisgarh election commission official told IANS that till 10 am, 18-20 percent votes had been cast and polling was peaceful. There was a healthy turnout of voters in urban areas like Jagdalpur town.However the enthusiasm was comparatively much less in the interior forested areas which are dominated by Maoists The polling was slow Over 129 million voters will decide the fate of eight candidates in the constituency where roughly 80 percent of the total 1797 polling booths have been declared "ultra sensitive" The remaining 10 seats will see polling April 17 and 24?Bastar, has more female voters at 665,290 than 633,681 male voters. The main contest is between Bharatiya Janata Party nominee and sitting MP Dinesh Kashyap and Congress candidate Deepak Karma.

son of late Mahendra Karma, the founder of the controversial Salwa Judum civil militia movement. Aam Aadmi Party’s Soni Sori, is also in the fray. Reports say that polling is peaceful in Muzaffarnagar, There was report of a clash between two groups at village Doongar. However, He is up against Rahul Inderjeet Singh of the BJP. Mewat incidentally, Meanwhile this update from Firstpost editor Sandip Roy from Ghaziabad.

he says. Anuj Mehra getting into his car says it took 10 minutes to vote. Then he laughed and said you obviously know which party I voted for.25 am: Markets hit new high as 91 seats go to polls The markets have hit new highs even as brisk polling has been reported across the country. Here are some initial numbers from poll bound states: An average 16 percent turnout was recorded in the first two hours of polling in 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala, which began this morning. According to the Election Commission,Polling for 10 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 11 districts of Western Uttar Pradesh, bonds have outperformed equities by at least 6 percent CAGR over the last six years. Read his full analysis here 9.

10 am: A look at how the poll bound states votes in 2009: With polling well under way in all 91 constituencies, When asked about the ‘Modi wave’ however he said, Voting is going on peacefully in all the 10 constituencies of western Uttar Pradesh, an election commission (EC) official told IANS. The polling which began at 7 am will go on till 6 pm, Umesh Sinha said. The 10 seats for which polling is being held are Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat,00 am: Polling begins in Lakshwadeep.

Andaman – Nicobar islands Polling in the Lakshadweep Lok sabha constituency in the Lakshadweep Islands began this morning. of which only 10 are inhabited, including the headquarters island of Kavaratti. Hamdullah Sayeed, son of former Union minister, almost evenly balanced between 136,500 women.55 am: Large number of people outside Jammu polling station A large number of people can be seen outside many polling stations in Gandhi Nagar Jammu, were 1848154 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. The Election Commission has established 2.

274 polling stations in Jammu, The constituency has over 50,38 am: Maoists attack jawans en route to polling station Two CRPF jawans were killed and three others injured when Maoists triggered an explosive, when they were on way to a polling station in Jamui parliamentary constituency of Bihar early morning, CRPF and Bihar Police team were travelling in two jeeps when the Maoists triggered an IED planted under the bridge they were crossing, near Sawa Lakh Baba Mandir at the entrance of Bhimbandh jungle, about 170 km from state capital Patna. The incident took place at around 5:30 am, reserved) constituency.00 am: Big polling day as Delhi.

Haryana go to polls The big leagues as far as polling goes, Odisha and Maharashtra. Voting for the lone seat of Chandigarh will also take place today.’Modi wave’ will be tested to its limit today, the Congress which won all seven Lok Sabha seats in 2009, is facing the prospect of a rout at the hands of the BJP and AAP. In Chandigarh, incumbent MP Pawan Kumar Bansal is up against actors turned politicians Kirron Kher (BJP) and Gul Panag (AAP). the big question is whether incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s gamble to break his party’s 17-year-old alliance with the BJP. In Uttar Pradesh.

However regional factors like the Samajwadi Party (Whose Azam Khan has been taking on Amit Shah) and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samajwadi Party cannot be ruled out. In Kerala, the Congress-led UDF is expected to retain its hold in the state despite the anti-incumbency against the UPA government. Parts of Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra will also go to the polls today. In Odisha, the BJP-Shiv Sena combine is expected to win. — end of updates for 9 April 2014 –? Nagaland registers 81% turnout Nagaland registered 81.

47 percent polling, Manipur 80 percent, Meghalaya 71 percent and Arunachal Pradesh 55 percent, according to election office sources, Zee News reported. Polling was not held in a disputed area in Longleng district of Nagaland bordering Assam. 5:48 pm: Arunachal records 45 percent polling Around 45 percent of Arunachal Pradesh’s electorate cast their votes in the simultaneous elections on two Lok Sabha seats and the state assembly, officials said. "We decided to withhold the election in four polling stations after miscreants burnt down poll material and voting machines in Sarli polling station in Kurung Kumey district, "Voting in two other polling stations in Sisiang village in East Siang was suspended due to a boycott call by villagers protesting poor road connectivity.

as voting took place at a brisk pace with people turning out in huge numbers to elect two Lok Sabha members from the state, IANS reported. The voting percentage is expected to be around 65 percent at the end of voting 5 pm "I am hopeful we are going to cross the 64 percent voter turnout recorded in the 2009 election, as polling was held for one of the two seats in the northeastern state,406 polling stations in the tribal reserved constituency with no untoward incidents reported so far." a poll panel official told reporters.55 pm: Wild elephants obstruct poll officials in Meghalaya Voting picked up Wednesday for the two Lok Sabha seats in Meghalaya, even as the firing of blanks was reported near a polling centre and wild elephants obstructed officials from visiting two polling booths in the state. "Around 39 percent of the 15,241 electors voted till 1 pm in Shillong and Tura.

Meanwhile, suspected insurgents fired blanks near the Tolegre polling booth in South Garo Hills district under Tura parliamentary constituency. "We don’t know who was behind the firing as it took place near a jungle, adding that balloting continued there. disrupted movement of election officials to two polling booths – Nokchi and Halchatti – under Tura. "Wild elephants blocked the road disrupting movement of sector election officials to two polling booths – Nokchi and Halchatti, The road was cleared as forest guards chased away the elephants into the forest.25 pm: Sixteen faulty EVMs replaced in Arunachal As many as 16 Electronic Voting Machines were today replaced after they developed technical snags during voting for the two Lok Sabha seats and 49 out of 60 Assembly seats in Arunachal Pradesh, the EC said today. while 13 EVMs were found defective during mock polling (6 am to 7 am) before formal voting begun.

Chandel, Tamenglong and Churachandpur, where central security forces have been deployed in strength. Chief Electoral Officer O Nabakishore said all deputy commissioners of hill districts have been instructed to take every precautionary measure. Congress, Trinamool Congress, Naga People’s Front, Gangmumei Kamei (BJP), C Doungel (NCP), L Gangte (JD-U) and M K Zou (AAP).

The last phase of polls in the state will be held on 17 April for the Inner Manipur seat.21 am: Arunachal voters flocking to booth to vote in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections According to PTI reports, Long queues of women and youth could be seen in most of the polling stations waiting patiently for their turn to cast their votes.5 percent of the total electorate of 7, 10:30 am: Security personnel block EC staff in Nagaland village PTI reports that polling is yet to begin today in a disputed area under Longleng district of Nagaland bordering Assam where security forces have prohibited entry of polling officials and setting up of a polling station. Longleng Superintendent of Police James said tension was prevailing along the border area between Yanglok and Ladaigarh villages after Assam Police along with CRPF personnel prohibited the entry of polling officials and setting up the Ladaigarh Polling Station (PS) No. 1 under 49 Tamlu Assembly Constituency in the district.34 am: Will Congress hold on to its dominance in poll bound states?38 am: Voting begins in Meghalaya, Nagaland.

Nagaland, Meghalaya: The voting for the two parliamentary constituencies (Shillong and Tura) in Meghalaya began amidst tight security. Early reports said that both men and women have queued up outside polling stations in large numbers. In Shillong parliamentary constituency, who is fighting the election as an Independent. However, Agatha K. the youngest parliamentarian in the current Lok Sabha representing Tura constituency, quit the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and decided not to contest the April 9 election to make room for her father, Arunachal: Balloting began Wednesday for Arunachal Pradesh’s two Lok Sabha constituencies and 60-member state assembly.

have been elected unopposed to the assembly. Manipur: Polling has got underway for one of the two Manipur Lok Sabha seats, The Inner Manipur constituency will vote on 17 April. According to media reports, in one of the poll booths the presiding officer had announced that 80 percent of voting was over by 1 pm leading to doubts of rigging. In the same booth, the AGP polling agent was beaten up allegedly by Congress workers and thrown out of the booth. So far, none of the senior district officials have reached the spot.30 pm: Voting trends As per data available till 4 pm on the polling ratio.

Dibrugarh 64 percent, Tezpur 67 percent and Jorhat 69 percent.10 pm: Voting may continue beyond 5 pm Voting may extend in the five constituencies in Assam provided there are long queues outside the polling booth. These voters will be issued coupons to enable them cast their votes. there are allegations that many EVMs voting malfunctioned affecting voting in many poll booths.30 pm: Voter turnout nears 50 percent in Assam According to the latest reports that came in Assam has registered 49.30 pm.89 percent, Jorhat – 48.28 pm: Thirty five percent polls cast in Assam as of noon Thirty-five per cent of the 64.

long queues were seen in front of the 8, particularly in the rural areas where poll campaigning was intense. A considerable number of the 6.5 lakh first time voters in the age group of 18 to 19 years registered in the state this time, Most of the early morning voters were women who said they wanted to cast their ballot before they began their housework for the day. According to reports, Kaliabor, Tezpur and Lakhimpur constituencies. Of them, 29 were later replaced while snags in the others were rectified and voting continued uninterrupted.

they said. police said. his wife Dolly Gogoi as well as his son and Koliabor constituency Congress candidate Gaurav Gogoi cast their vote in Jorhat.634 voters exercised their franchise during the first three hours of polling to decide the fate of 51 candidates in five Lok Sabha seats in Assam amidst tight security today. Tezpur recorded 20 percent, Jorhat 22 percent, Dibrugarh 20 percent and Koliabor 30 percent votes till 10 AM, Polling has remained peaceful so far. "There is no Modi magic, but Tarun Gogoi magic in Assam.

I have said we’ll win ten seats," he told reporters after casting his vote here. "The so-called Modi wave is the creation of private electronic media channels," Gogoi said. The polling percentage in the current Lok Sabha polls in the state was expected to cross 75 percent turnout in the 2011 state assembly elections, he said. while his son also cast his vote earlier in the same booth. election is being held in Tripura West constituency today where about 15 percent voters exercised their franchise till 9 AM, sources in the state Election department said. including women.

While male voters outnumbered female voters in the state capital and other towns, women were more in number in tribal compact areas like Mandai and Burakha, Tribal women dressed in traditional attire had lined up before the booths Tea shops and snack vendors were doing brisk business Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar BJP candidate and President of the party Sudhindra Dasgupta state secretary of CPI-M Bijan Dhar Congress Candidate and former Vice- Chancellor Arunoday Saha TMC candidate Ratan Chakraborty exercised their franchise in different polling stations of the capital city Security forces were deployed in adequate number in all the polling stations No untoward incident was reported from any part of the poll-bound areas Polling for the Tripura East (ST) seat will be held on 12 April 1000 am: Assam records 12 percent polling in first two hours People queued up at polling booths in Assam’s five constituencies as balloting began in the first phase of the Lok Sabha election Monday The state recorded 12 percent voting in the first two hours officials said here The polling started at 7 am in most of the polling stations barring a few polling booths under Kaliabor and Tezpur Lok Sabha constituencies where the process was delayed due to some technical snags in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) People were seen queuing up at most of the 8588 polling booths since early hours in the morning An estimated 64 million people are eligible to vote in Tezpur Jorhat Kaliabor Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur constituencies A total of 51 candidates are in the fray in the first phase 820 am: Will Congress retain Assam Here is a quick look at how Assam voted in the last elections Of the five Assamese constituencies that go to the polls today Tezpur voted for the Asom Gana Parishad in 2009 while Kaliabor Jorhat Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur all voted Congress The Congress party was the biggest party in the state in 2009 sending 7 MPs to the Lok Sabha Tripura West which goes to polls today is a CPM stronghold According to the CNN-IBN CSDS poll tracker despite the much-discussed Narendra Modi wave Assam seems to be steadfastly clinging to its traditional Congress allegiance Unlike the trends elsewhere the Congress is way ahead of others including the BJP when the choice of voters of the state is accounted for The Lokniti CSDS-IBN-National Election Tracker pre-poll survey indicates that although preference for the Congress has diminished a bit at 44 percent compared to the January figure at 47 percent the party is still way ahead of its closest rival BJP which got just 19 percent The near demolition of the regional outfit Asom Gana Parishad under former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and the weak organisational structure of the BJP which is bereft of any big names and local leadership have left the field open for the Congress to thrive Among the 51 candidates Union ministers Ranee Narah and Paban Singh Ghatowar former Union minister and sitting MLA Bijoy Krishna Handique Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gourav Gogoi and Bhupen Kumar Bora are for the Congress Congress rebel and Independent candidate Moni Kumar Subba is also in the fray For the BJP its unit president Sorbananda Sonowal and Kamakhya Prasad Tasa are contesting while AGP’s nominees are Arun Kumar Sarma Pradip Hazarika and Joseph Toppo This time around in addition to the much talked about ‘Modi wave’ the TMC is expected to make a strong play for the state 7:30 pm: Polling peaceful across Assam and Tripura CNN-IBN reports that polling has begun peacefully in all the constituencies and there are no reports of violence in Assam despite it being the foundation day of militant group Ulfa 7:00 am: Polling begins in Assam and Tripura This election will begin relatively calmly with two states going to the polls to elect legislators for 6 constituencies Five seats in Assam and one seat in Tripura will go the polls today with over 76 lakh voters expected to cast their ballot In the state of Assam where the Congress is in power the grand old party will face off against the BJP Trinamool Congress AIUDF AGP AAP SUCI CPI(M) AIFB and SP who will all be hoping to take advantage of the anti-incumbency against the United Progressive alliance The five constituencies which will go to the polls today are Tezpur Koliabor Jorhat Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur An electorate of 6441634 including 3120067 women will cast their vote in 8588 polling stations and will have to choose between a list of candidates that features former ministers and rising leaders This is the first phase of polling PTI The 51 candidates in the fray for the five seats include union ministers Ranee Narah and Paban Singh Ghatowar former union minister and sitting MLA Bijoy Krishna Handique Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gourav Gogoi and Bhupen Kumar Bora for the Congress Congress rebel and now an independent candidate Moni Kumar Subba will be joining other opposition candidates like BJP state unit chief Sorbananda Sonowal and AGP’s candidates Arun Kumar Sarma Pradip Hazarika and Joseph Toppo For the seat of Tripura West there is expected to be a multi-cornered contest between the CPM Congress TMC and BJP Among the 13 candidates major contestants in the fray include are CPM’s Shankar Prasad Dutta Congress’ Arunoday Saha BJP’s state unit chief Sudhindra Dasgupta and chairman of the state unit of TMC Ratan Chakraborty The CPI(M) has won the seat ten out of 15 times between 1952 and 2009 Since 1996 the CPI(M) has consistently won this seat Of the 1246794 voters for this seat 634702 are men and the remaining women Altogether 1605 polling stations have been set up for the constituency of which two have been identified as very vulnerable and 486 as vulnerable Manoj Kumar Patna Undeterred by scorching summer heat and threats by some leaders a relatively huge numbers of voters cast their votes in the sixth and final round of the sixth-phase parliamentary elections in Bihar today An average 51 percent of voters had cast their votes till4 pmin Bihar much to the satisfaction of the poll panel which worked hard to create awareness among them about the voting rights A maximum of 54 percent voters cast their votes in Vaishali followed by 53 percent each in Valmikinagar and east Chamaparan 52 percent in west Champaran 48 percent in Siwan and 4574 in Gopalganj

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