The fate of 1,737 candidates, including Rahul Gandhi (Amethi), his cousin Varun (Sultanpur), Union minister Beni Prasad Verma (Gonda), cricketer-turned-politician Md Kaif (Phulpur-all in UP), Ram Vilas Paswan (Hajipur), Rabri Devi and Rajiv Pratap Rudy (Saran-all in Bihar) is in the hands of 18.47 crore voters who are eligible to cast their franchise.
Here are the latest updates:
10.15 pm: Denied permission for Modi rally based on based on intelligence reports: Varanasi RO.
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10.10 pm: Narrow roads, too much crowd can cause problems for Modi rally: Varanasi RO.
10.00 pm: 4 out 5 permissions given for Modi rally within 24 hours: Varanasi RO.
9.00 pm: An FIR was registered against the yoga guru Baba Ramdev here today for his controversial statement about the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
8.07 pm: Uttar Pradesh voter turnout 55.52 per cent for 15 seats, Bihar 58 per cent for 7 seats, says EC.
8.06 pm: West Bengal voter turnout 81.28 pc for 6 Lok Sabha seats and Jammu and Kashmir 49.98 pc for 2 seats: EC.
8.05 pm: Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi called on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at the headquarters of the outfit here today and reportedly batted for respectable positions in new government for “sidelined” saffron leaders of his ilk.
7.50 pm: Uttarakhand registers 62 pc polling for 5 Lok Sabha seats, Himachal Pradesh 65 pc for 4 seats: EC.
7.49 pm: Seemandhra registers 76.01 pc voting for 25 Lok Sabha seats: EC.
7.28 pm: Addressing a rally in Kolkata, Modi says the rape cases are increasing in the state where the chief minister is herself a woman.
7.25 pm: Didi you yourself were against infiltrators but now that they are giving you votes, you are betraying the nation: Modi to Mamata
7.20 pm: Poll percentage recorded in Bihar today is 58 per cent; the voter turnout in Himachal pradesh is recorded at 65 per cent: EC
Jaitley and BJP should explain why they are disrupting life of Varanasi as on his own words dharna is an act of anarchism ??
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) May 7, 2014
6.43 pm: SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav says allegations on Samajwadi Party just shows BJP is frustrated since they know they will lose in Uttar Pradesh.
BJP is good copy cat. AAP started cap , they copied and now they are doing satyagraha. Jaitley Is a good learner.
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) May 7, 2014
6.20 pm: We have not got any piece of paper, we were just informed in the afternoon that none of the permissions will be given to us: Jaitley.
6.15 pm: The RO is being very economical with the truth. We have been informed that none of the venues will be given to us. He smelled a protest and probably backtracked. The alternative venue was not proposed by us as it can only accommodate not more than 2000 people: Arun Jaitley.
BJP wale kabhi bhi kashi walon ki problems ko lekar dharne par nahi baithe, ab rally ki permission ke liye unke topmost neta dharna karenge?
6.10 pm: Arun Jaitley will sit on dharna outside EC office and BHU.
BJP ke netaon ke iss dharne ke peeche kya rajniti hai?
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 7, 2014
6.05 pm: This is not a banana republic. A PM candidate being denied to hold a rally in his own constituency is unheard of, said Arun Jaitley.
5.48 pm: Varanasi poll officer says permission was given to all Modi events, but BJP contests that grounds are inadequate.
5.35 pm: One person was killed in police firing outside a polling booth during voting in Bihar’s Sitamarhi district today.
In the Holy city of Kashi to join the most important battle of all – against corruption, communalism & crony capitalism. Aap honge kaamyab !
— Meera Sanyal (@meerasanyal) May 7, 2014
5.25 pm: BJP rejects alternative venue proposed by Varanasi RO for Modi rally.
5.10 pm: About 63 per cent polling was recorded till 1500 hours today in the elections to 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly constituencies in Seemandhra.
4.44 pm: Maoists burnt an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and a vehicle in the agency area of Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh during the polling for second phase of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
4.10 pm: BJP to protest against poll panel for denying Modi permission to hold an election meeting with the people of Varanasi. Modi was given permission to hold the meeting outside the city limits: TV REPORTS.
4.08 pm: About 47 per cent voting was registered till 3:00 pm today in seven Lok Sabha seats in Bihar in the fifth phase of elections in the state.
3.43 pm: India’s first voter Shyam Saran Negi today cast his vote at a polling booth at his native place, Kalpa.
3.23 pm: The Trinamool Congress wrote to the Election Commission urging it to restrain TV channels from live telecast of election speeches in states where polling is being held today.
2.43 pm: A Bihar BJP leader filed a complaint in a local court against Priyanka Gandhi for her ‘neech rajniti’ barb against Narendra Modi.
Does the election commission allow candidates to stand and chat inside polling stations? pic.twitter.com/MjP456johx
— Aam Aadmi Party (@AamAadmiParty) May 7, 2014
2.34 pm: “All those who are raising slogans of secularism are not working in favour of minorities,” Ramvilas Paswan said without naming any party. Paswan said differences between Hindus and Muslims have increased and this has happened because of vote bank politics.
2.29 pm: Narendra Modi telephoned TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu and enquired about the polling pattern in Andhra Pradesh, TDP sources said.
2:04 pm: 36.15 per cent polling recorded in UP till 1 pm.
2:00 pm: Arun Jaitley demands recall of Varanasi returning officer.
1:45 pm: PRO of Priyanka Gandhi, Preeti Sahay, asked to leave Amethi constituency by the District Returning Officer.
1:31 pm: EC rejects AAP complaints of booth capturing in Amethi
1:20 pm : Over 29 per cent voting in seven LS seats in Bihar till 12 pm
Today is an important day in nation’s life. Get rid of Congress Pollution. @narendramodi is the sparkling solution.
— Ram Jethmalani (@RamJethmalani5) May 7, 2014
1:04 pm: About 33 per cent polling was recorded till 11 am in Seemandhra on Wednesday with voters turning up in good numbers even as police opened fire in the air to disperse a group of YSR Congress workers who allegedly tried to forcibly remove a poll agent from a booth in Guntur.
12:56 pm: Moderate to brisk polling was reported during first four hours in Himachal with 18 to 25 per cent voters exercising their franchise by 11 am
12:40 pm: 25.18 per cent voters exercising their franchise till 11 am to decide fate of 243 candidates in Uttar Pradesh.
12:14 pm: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was denied permission to hold a rally in Varanasi. Modi was scheduled to hold two rallies in Varanasi on Thursday.
Their arrogance will be the cause of their downfall. People know the truth: Narendra Modi on the Congress while campaigning in Bihar
— narendramodi_in (@narendramodi_in) May 7, 2014
There are reports of large scale malpractices in Amethi during polling . Locals are openly saying EC seems to be non existent.
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) May 7, 2014
11:32 am: AAP candidate Kumar Vishwas on Wednesday accused Congress workers of indulging in booth capturing here to save the prestigious seat, a charge denied by the district administration. “Booth capturing is going on at booth number 42 of
Mehmoodpur…,” Vishwas alleged on Twitter.
ALSO READ: AAP accuses Congress men of indulging in booth capturing in Amethi
11:09 am: Over 11 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first two hours in Uttar Pradesh, where polling is underway in 15 seats to decide the fate of 243 candidates including Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
10:55 am: Rahul Gandhi objected the lotus symbol drawn on the blackboard at a polling station in Amethi. Rahul has said that he will bring this matter before the Election Commission.
ALSO READ: Rahul Gandhi objects to lotus drawing in Amethi polling booth
10:45 am: Seemandhra witnessed 15 per cent voter turnout in first two hours of polling.
ALSO READ: 15 % turnout in Seemandhra in initial hours of voting
On Tagore’s 154th birthday we recall his words “Where the mind is without fear and head held high”. Vote without fear, with head held high.
— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) May 7, 2014
10:13 am: Seemandhra votes for 25 Lok Sabha seats and 175 assembly seats
ALSO READ: Polling begins in Seemandhra
10:00 am: BJP leader Vinay Katiyar and head priest of Hanumangarhi temple Mahant Gyan Das cast their votes in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
Polling for 64 seats across 7 states is underway. I hope people will vote in large numbers & youngsters will show the way in doing so.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 7, 2014
9:25 am: Grenade was diffused near a polling booth in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir. One CRPF jawan is reportedly injured.
ALSO READ: Polling begins in 15 UP Lok Sabha seats
9:12 am: “Options for post poll alliance are open, will support whoever gives our state a better deal”, says sister of Jagan Mohan Reddy.
9:09 am: Former HRD minister M M Pallam Raju said, “I am confident people of my constituency will reward me”. Pallam Raju is Congress candidate from Kakinada
9:04 am: Baba Ramdev and Balkrishna cast their vote in Haridwar on Wednesday.
8:45 am: Mohammad Kaif, Congress candidate from Phoolpur casts his vote.
8:12 am: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi lands in Amethi on the polling day.
8:00 am: Polling begins across seven states in the 8th phase of the Lok Sabha Elections 2014.