May 12 campaign roundup: The only exit poll that matters is the one slated for Friday, rest all time pass, says Omar

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that  If the decision to appoint a commission was taken in December, it should have been implemented. To appoint a judge five months later is wrong. Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that If the decision to appoint a commission was taken in December, it should have been implemented. To appoint a judge five months later is wrong.

Get all the election updates throughout the day:

8:45 pm: BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi said here today that results of municipal elections in Seemandhra and Telangana are curtain raisers for the results to be declared on May 16.

8:30 pm: WB records nearly 80 pc polling amid sporadic violence

8:21 pm: 

8:03 pm: Election Commission (EC) has identified 10 political parties, including BJP, Congress and CPI, for “defaulting” on their submissions to it of their election expenditure statements for various Assembly polls held recently in the country.

8:01 pm: 

7:59 pm: Minutes after the ninth and the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections concluded, BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi thanked the voters, the Election Commission and “the social media” in a series of tweets this evening.

7:40 pm: With the heat and dust of elections over, Narendra Modi today said it is time to resurrect the spirit of bi-partisanship in Indian politics which was temporarily lost in the poll campaign.

7:20 pm: Terming poll violence in West Bengal as “mockery and rape of democracy”, Left parties today demanded repoll in over 800 booths hours after voting, blaming the ruling Trinamool Congress for large-scale violence, mayhem and booth capturing.

7:03 pm: Elections 2014: BJP to win big in Delhi, Congress faces rout, says exit poll

6:49 pm: Congress will not participate in the exit poll programmes scheduled to be telecast by several news channels this evening.

6:28 pm: Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev today visited counting centres of two parliamentary seats in the national capital to take stock of the arrangements for the counting of votes of Lok Sabha polls scheduled on May 16,

6:20 pm: Total poll percentage in today’s balloting in 18 constituencies of UP was 55.29 per cent; 55.34 per cent in Varanasi: EC.

6:13 pm: Rajasthan Chief Electoral Officer A K Jain today asked District Election Officers-cum-District Collectors to prepare for swift and accurate declaration of Lok Sabha poll results on May 16.

6:10 pm: Exuding hope that it may win seven to eight Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, the Congress state unit president Ashok Chaudhary today said the priority for him is to revive the party on a long-term basis.

5:55 pm: A case has been lodged against the ruling Samajwadi Party MLA from Sagdi segment, Abhay Narain Patel, for making unauthorised entry into polling booths here, police sources said

5:20 pm: As voters, election officials and security forces occupied a 117-year-old Buddhist monastery here which was turned into a polling booth, monks there were forced to cancel their daily prayers and other religious activities.

5:03 pm: Reiterating its stand, the Aam Aadmi Party today asked the Election Commission to conduct repolling in a few booths of the Gurgaon parliamentary constituency.

4:48 pm: Over 67 per cent polling in West Bengal till 3:00 PM amidst stray violence.

4:45 pm: By 3 pm, 44.51 per cent voting was recorded in 18 seats of Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

4.10 pm: 

3.15 pm: In remarks that might land him in fresh trouble, BJP leader Giriraj Singh questioned the impartiality of the Election Commission saying that different yardsticks were being adopted for model code violations.

3.10 pm: BJP hits out at Congress, says ‘politics of arrogance and dynasty’ is being rejected by the people of India and the ‘politics of accomplishment and good governance’ is being rewarded in the country.

3.05 pm: Election Commission grants Rahul Gandhi three more days to respond to show cause notice on his alleged remarks against BJP. The earlier deadline was till today.

2:37 pm: 

2.15 pm: A JD(U) MLA was booked along with nine others for allegedly attacking a voter outside a booth during voting in Bihar’s Gopalganj district.

2.05 pm: Varanasi Police says an FIR has been lodged against Congress candidate Ajay Rai on EC directive.

1.25 pm: Nearly 57 per cent votes were cast till 1 PM in West Bengal, where polling is underway in 17 Lok Sabha constituencies in the fifth and final phase election in the state to decide the fate of 188 candidates.

12.45 pm: Repolling at three booths in the riot-affected Muzaffarnagar district will now be held on May 13 as per election commission orders, official sources said today.

12.15 pm: BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi downplays Congress candidate from Varanasi Ajai Rai wearing party symbol into poll booth. “Everyone takes their hand into poll booth, should we cut it off?…Party which is winning with huge majority should not bother about such small things,” says Joshi. 

12.04 pm: The Election Commission directs Varanasi Returning Officer to file FIR/complaint against Congress candidate Ajay Rai for displaying party symbol at polling booth.

11.48 am: Over 41 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 11:00 am in 17 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal in the fifth and final phase on Monday. “On an average 41.2 per cent polling was recorded in the first four hours of polling,” state Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta said. READ FULL STORY

11.40 am: Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha says DM has been directed to carry out investigation, action will be taken against Ajay Rai

11.10 am: BJP complains to the Election Commission, demands action against Ajai Rai for showing party symbol outside polling booth. “Different parites being treated differently,” says BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.

FROM THE PRINT: DIVIDED HOUSE

While  Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath recently sought to cover up the cracks in the poll body, claiming that all decisions are  taken collectively, there are few takers for his claims. Nirvachan Sadan (the EC headquarters) has long been abuzz with murmurs about growing differences between the CEC and the two Election Commissioners — H S Brahma and Nasim Zaidi. There have been differences on a variety of issues ranging from the refusal of permission to Narendra Modi to hold rally in Varanasi to not acting swiftly on complaints against Rahul Gandhi and whether to allow the government to appoint the next Army chief.

11.00 am: If Ajay Rai has violated election code, then action should be taken, rules same for all, says NCP’s Tariq Anwar.

10.45 am: Election Commission calls for CD containing footage of Congress candidate Ajai Rai.

10.30 am: Flashing of party symbol is violation of election rules. A report is being sent on the matter to the EC in Delhi: EC observer Praveen Kumar.

10.00 am: Over 10.3 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first two hours in Uttar Pradesh, where polling is underway on 18 seats to decide the fate of 328 candidates including Narendra Modi, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Arvind Kejriwal. READ FULL STORY HERE

FROM THE PRINT: BEATING THE CODE

Of the 54 Kendriya Vidyalayas that were announced just before the model code of conduct came into effect, some are already up and running. Kamal Nath has ensured that the one in his constituency Chhindwara is up in action. Similarly, Sonia Gandhi’s team ensured that land was made available for the KV in her constituency Rae Bareli in time. The new KV in Rahul Gandhi’s constituency Amethi, however, could not take off in time.

 

9.30 am: Thirteen persons were today injured when CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress supporters clashed at Haroa in North 24 Parganas district, police said. Supporters of the rival parties pelted stones and used lathis in the clash which took place near two polling booths at Brahmanchak area of Haroa. READ FULL STORY

9.15 am: Congress candidate from Varanasi, Ajai Rai courts controversy after he displays party symbol at polling booth. While district administration has sought report, BJP says, “will see what step Election Commission takes on the issue.”

Meanwhile, Congress leader Meem Afzal hit back at BJP for demanding action against Ajai Rai over displaying party symbol. “BJP earlier said if Modi was wearing lotus symbol then its nothing wrong,now saying take action against Ajay Rai.”

9.00 am: CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat claims modus operandi between BJP and RSS. “While Modi was talking about development, RSS was focussing on destruction. It is clear RSS was deciding campaign. They were sowing the seeds of communal violence,” says Karat

8.50 am:

8.48 am: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is confident of his party winning Varanasi seat, claims Narendra Modi to be losing the contest. “There is a two-way battle between me and Modi. Ajai Rai is not in the fight,” says Kejriwal. READ FULL STORY

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8.43 am:

8.35 am: 

 

7.25 am: Polling began on a peaceful note for 18 seats in the crucial last phase of Lok Sabha polls in eastern Uttar Pradesh, to decide the fate of 328 candidates, including BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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As the last phase of the most anticipated high voltage poll battle approaches, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is all set to face AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal today in Varanasi.

However, 6.61 crore voters are expected to exercise votes in this last and the final phase of Lok Sabha elections 2014 that will take place in 41 constituencies of 3 states including Bihar, Uttar pradesh and West Bengal.

Here is a quick view of the 3 states where political parties will be contesting for 41 seats today.

 

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BIHAR:

6 seats (Gopalganj, Paschim Champaran, Purvi Champaran, Siwan, Vaishali, Valmiki Nagar).

Currently: JD(U) 2, BJP 2, RJD 1, Ind 1

 

UTTAR PRADESH:

18 seats (Azamgarh, Ballia, Bansgaon, Chandauli, Deoria, Domariyaganj, Ghosi, Gorakhpur, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Kushi Nagar, Lalganj, Machhlishahr, Maharajganj, Mirzapur, Robertsganj, Salempur, Varanasi).

Currently: SP 6, BSP 5, BJP 4, Cong 3

WEST BENGAL:

17 seats (Baharampur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Bongagon, Barrackpore, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, Kolkata Uttar, Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal).

Currently: TMC 14, Cong 1, CPI 1, Ind 1

 More updates:

 7.20 am: Derek O’Brein exercises his franchise from West Bengal constituency and tweets.

7.10 am: Voting began on Monday morning in six constituencies in the last of the six-phase Lok Sabha election in Bihar in which 90 candidates are contesting. Among the candidates are film-maker Prakash Jha and former Union minister Raghubansh Prasad Singh.

6.40 am: The voting will begin in Varanasi at 7.00 am and would continue till 6.00 pm.

6.45 am: Around 16 lakh voters across five Assembly constituencies of Varanasi are set to caste their votes.

6.48 am: Around 1,200 booths would have surveillance through CCTV cameras and the remaining close to 300 booths would have videography facility.