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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 1 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: Violence, technical glitches mar 1st phase of polling

Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 1 Voting Today HIGHLIGHTS: At least two people were killed in poll-related violence in Tadipatri after TDP and YSRCP factions clashed outside a polling booth. Western UP seats recorded 51 per cent polling till 3 pm while in J&K the voter turnout till 3 pm was 46 per cent.

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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 1 Voting LIVE Updates: Polling in 91 Lok Sabha constituencies across 20 states and Union Territories will take place in the first phase. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 1 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: The first phase of Lok Sabha elections kicked off Thursday as people turned up in huge numbers to elect 91 parliamentarians in over a month-long polling exercise. Voting began in 91 Lok Sabha constituencies across 20 states and Union Territories today in the first of the mega seven-phase general elections. In Andhra Pradesh, at least two people were killed in poll-related violence in Tadipatri after TDP and YSRCP factions clashed outside a polling booth.

In Uttar Pradesh, around 51 per cent polling was recorded in western UP seats till 3 pm. In Jammu and Kashmir, 46 per cent polling was recorded till 3 pm. Voting for Assembly polls is also being held in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and some seats in Odisha simultaneously.

The eight constituencies in western UP that is voting, will be closely watched as there is a lot riding on the outcome. Three Central ministers, General V K Singh, Mahesh Sharma and Satyapal Singh, and one former minister, Sanjeev Balyan, are fighting to retain their seats. The April 11 poll will be the first major test of whether the Gathbandhan of Mayawati’s BSP, Akhilesh Yadav’s SP, and Ajit’s RLD actually work on the ground.

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Also, a total of 14 parliamentary constituencies out of 25 in the eight northeastern states are voting in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls.

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Voter turnout in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections

Uttar Pradesh (8 seats)- 63.69 pc
Bihar (4 seats)- 50 pc
West Bengal (2 seats) - 81 pc
Andhra Pradesh (25 seats)- 66 pc
Telangana (17 seats)- 61 pc (till 5 pm)
Manipur (1 seat)- 78.2 pc
Mizoram (1 seat)- 60 pc
Jammu Kashmir (2 seats)- 54.49 pc
Odisha (4 seats) - 68 pc
Assam (5 seats)- 68 pc
Chhattisgarh (1 seat)- 56 pc
Maharashtra (7 seats)- 56 pc
Tripura (1 seat) - 81.8 pc
Sikkim (1 seat)- 69 pc
Uttarakhand (5 seats)- 57.85 pc
Meghalaya (2 seats)- 67.16 pc
Arunachal Pradesh (2 seats)- 66 per cent
Nagaland (1 seat)- 78 pc
Andaman and Nicobar (1 seat)- 70.67 pc
Lakshadweep (1 seat)- 66 pc

Source: ANI

(Note: Final voter turnout may rise)

Total seizure in 2019 elections till 6 pm is Rs 2,626 crore

EC today said that total seizure in 2019 Election so far, till 6 pm, is Rs 2626 Crore. Rs 607 crore has been recovered in cash, liquor worth Rs 198 crore, drug & narcotics worth Rs 1091 crore, precious metal worth Rs 486 crore, freebies & other items worth Rs 48 crore.

Polling couldn't take place at 4 poll stations in Gadchiroli: Maha CEO

Maharashtra Chief Electoral Officer told ANI that polling could not take place at four polling stations of Gadchiroli as the polling teams could not reach there. "These are naxal-affected areas. EC will go for re-poll in these four polling stations," he said.

Family of BJP MLA killed in naxal attack cast their vote in Dantewada

Two days after BJP MLA Bheema Mandvi and four other lost their lives in a Naxal attack in Dantewada district, the family members of the BJP legislator cast their votes today.

Here is the poll percentage in north east states and West Bengal till 5 pm

Up to 5 pm, the polling percentage was recorded at 69 per cent in Sikkim, 60 per cent in Mizoram, 78 per cent in Nagaland, 78.2 per cent in manipur, 81.8 per cent in Tripura, 68 per cent in Assam and 81 per cent in West Bengal

32.29 pc polling in Baramulla and 67.39 pc in Jammu till 5 pm

The polling percentage was recorded at 32.29 per cent in Baramulla and 67.39 per cent in Jammu. An overall percentage of 54.49 per cent was recorded till 5 pm at both the parliamentary constituencies.

People in Shyamgiri (Dantewada) voted fearlessly: EC

The Election Commission on Thursday held a press conference at the end of the day as the first phase of polling for Lok Sabha elections came to an end. The commission said: "Voters in great number fearlessly used their franchise in Shyamgiri (in Bastar's Dantewada district) polling station. Turnout was 77% in this polling station. On Tuesday, BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi and four policemen were killed in a powerful IED blast after a group of Maoists attacked the convoy they were travelling in around near Nakulnar, around 25 km from the Dantewada district.

Over 70% of 70,000 complaints lodged on C-VIGIL app found to be correct: EC

The Election Commission, in a press conference in the evening, said that over 70 per cent of 70,000 MCC complaints lodged on C-VIGIL app was found to be correct.

EC received 570 proposals from Centre for clearance under Model Code

EC has received 570 proposals from the central govt for clearance under Model Code of Conduct. 547 have been disposed off. 23 pending

Total poll percentage of 63.64 per cent recorded in UP

Polling in eight parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh was recorded at 63.69 per cent at the end of the day. Western UP today voted in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, with Saharanpur recording the highest polling percentage at 70.68 per cent.

CRPF men fired upon while returning from poll booth in Gadchiroli

CRPF told ANI that troops of 113 Battalion were fired upon while they were returning from booth number 283 in Tumrikasa Village of Gadchiroli's Dhanora at 4 pm. The troops retaliated. No injuries/loss has been reported. More details are awaited.

Residents of Odisha village boycott polls

In Odisha, residents of Bhejipadar village in Kalahandi district boycotted the first phase of LS polls today alleging that they are still awaiting a proper road connectivity to their village despite complaining to the administration since 2017.

Polling for first phase of Lok Sabha elections ends

Here are polling percentages till 5 pm in Bihar, Telangana, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Lakshadweep and Assam

Average voter turnout recorded at 60 per cent in UP till 5 pm

59.77 per cent polling recorded in UP till 5 pm
59.77 per cent polling recorded in UP till 5 pm

Amid allegations of EMV malfunction, J&K records over 46% turnout till 3 pm

Jammu and Kashmir Thursday recorded 46.17 per cent turnout till 3 pm in Jammu and Baramulla constituencies, where voting is underway in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, even as there were protests over defective EVMs in some areas, officials said. The two constituencies house over 33 lakh electorate, reports PTI.

The National Conference and the PDP alleged that uniformed personnel "coerced" people to vote for the BJP and that EVMs malfunctioned in some places with the Congress button not working in Jammu's Poonch area. The Jammu Lok Sabha constituency recorded 59.40 per cent voter turnout, with Samba district registering the highest of 66.6 per cent polling till 3 pm, the officials said.

The Baramula Lok Sabha constituency registered 27.93 percent polling, with the highest turnout of 38.70 per cent recorded in Kupwara till 3 pm, they said.

Kairana: BSF fires in air as people try to vote without ID cards

BSF personnel fired in the air at a polling booth here on Thursday as some people, who were not carrying their identity cards, tried to forcibly enter the premises to cast their votes, police said. The incident took place at a polling booth in Rasoolpur Gujran village under Kandhla police station around 12 pm, they said, reports PTI.

Some people, who had turned up without their identity cards, tried to enter the polling booth forcibly. Pushing and shoving ensued when the presiding officer tried to stop them, said Superintendent of Police, Shamli, Ajay Kumar.

To bring the situation under control, BSF personnel at the booth fired in the air, which led to chaos. Later police personnel also reached the spot, he said. The situation is normal now and polling is underway smoothly, the SP added. However, villagers refuted the police's version of events.

First phase of polling concludes in Bihar

The first phase of polling has concluded in Bihar. Here are the visuals from Jamui where the EVMs and VVPATs were taken to the strong room.

44 per cent voting turnout in Bihar's Gaya till 3 pm

In Bihar, 38.50 per cent voting was recorded in Aurangabad, 44 per cent in Gaya, 43 per cent in Nawada and 41.34 per cent in Jamui till 3 pm.

68.16% voters turn out till 3 pm in Manipur

Outer Manipur Lok Sabha constituency, which went to polls today in the first phase of elections, recorded 68.16 per cent of voting till 3 pm. Polling will be conducted in Inner Manipur in the second phase of general elections on April 18.

68 per cent voter turnout in West Tripura Lok Sabha elections till 3 PM

West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency, which goes to polls today in the first phase of elections, recorded a voter turnout of 68 per cent. East Tripura will go to polls in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 18.

Fadnavis shares picture on Twitter after voting in Nagpur today

Earlier, in the day, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cast his vote along with his mother and wife in Nagpur. He also appealed to the people to exercise their right.

Nagpur records 38.55 per cent voting till 3 pm

38.55 per cent voter turnout in Nagpur till 3 pm. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was among the early ones to cast their vote for the Lok Sabha polls in the parliamentary constituency. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is contesting from Nagpur.

Voter turnout in Uttarakhand recorded at 46.95 per cent till 3 pm

Voter turnout in Lakshadweep till 3 pm is 51.25 per cent, in Uttarakhand is 46.95 per cent and in Manipur is 68.90 per cent.

Dalit voters being stopped from voting: BSP writes to EC 

The Bahujan Samajwadi Party on Thursday wrote to the Election Commission that they are receiving information from various polling stations about BSP voters, especially dalits being stopped from reaching polling booths by use of force by the UP police. "All this is apparently being done on the diktat of higher-ups. Immediate intervention is required," a member of the party told ANI.

Dozamanga, a 109-years-old man cast his vote in Khawlian, Mizoram

Dozamanga, 109 years old, cast his vote in Khawlian, Mizoram
Dozamanga (109-years-old) cast his vote in Khawlian, Mizoram

Voter park set up in Gurgaon to spread awareness regarding voting

In Gurgaon, a voter park was set up this morning to spread awareness about the history of elections, provide important information related to voting.

Voter park set up in Gurgaon to spread awareness regarding voting

In Gurgaon, a voter park was set up this morning to spread awareness about the history of elections, provide important information related to voting.

Gautam Budhha Nagar in UP registers 50.42 per cent voting by 3 pm

Lok Sabha elections voting 1st phase: Gautam Budhha Nagar Lok Sabha seat registered 50.42 per cent voting by 3 pm with Jewar Vidhan Sabha at 56%, Dadri at 52.20% and Noida at 43.08%.

Three killed after tractor overturns in Gadchiroli

Three people were killed and nine others injured after a tractor overturned near Shankarpur village in Gadchiroli, Thursday. The victims were returning to their villages after casting their votes.

J-K: 35.2% voting recorded in valley

Around 35.52 per cent voting has been recorded in Jammu and Kashmir (Jammu & Baramulla Lok Sabha seats) till 1 pm and 39.08 per cent voting was recorded in Sikkim Parliamentary constituency. While Mizoram recorded 46.5 per cent voting. 

Over 38% polling recorded in Telangana

Over 38 per cent polling was recorded in Telanagana till 1 pm. Former Union minister Renuka Chowdary and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi are among prominent candidates in the fray.

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, TRS Working President KT Rama Rao, K Kavitha and AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi and film actors Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, junior NTR and 'Baahubali' director SS Rajamouli were among the prominent people who cast their vote in their respective constituencies.

Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said the polling process is going peacefully across the state.

TDP leader Kodela Siva Prasada Rao attacked at polling booth in Sattenapalli

Smriti Irnai files nomination from Amethi

Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani files her nomination from Amethi parliamentary constituency.

Congress complain about faulty EVMs in Vidarbha

In a letter to EC, the Congress has complained that the EVMs are not working properly in 39 polling booths in various constituencies in Vidarbha.  

Congress and CPIM booth offices vandalized at Agartala

Express Photo by Debraj  Deb

Two killed in Andhra poll violence

At least two people were killed in poll-related violence in Tadipatri in Andhra Pradesh after TDP and YSRCP factions clashed outside a polling booth. 

Similar incidents of violence were reported at many places in the state, including Guntur district where Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao was allegedly attacked by YSRCP activists, who accused him of urging voters at Inumetla village to vote for TDP

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu accused YSRCP of intimidating voters to reduce the voting percentage as it would benefit them. However, YSRCP leaders accused TDP leaders of beating up its polling agents to prevent YSRCP supporters from voting for their party.

104-year-old Lakhi Paul from Assam’s Charaideo District casting her vote

Poll turnout till 1 PM in UP, Tripura

Poll turnout till 1 PM

Western Uttar Pradesh- 38.7 per cent

West Tripura- 35.4 percent at 1 PM. 

Manipur-  53.44% at 1 pm

Naxals trigger IED blast near polling booth in Maharashtra

Naxals triggered an IED blast near a polling booth in Maharashtra's Gadchroli district Thursday while voting was underway, police said.

The IED (improvised explosive device) blast took place around 10.30 am in Waghezari area, around 150 metres from the polling booth where people were standing in queues to cast their votes for the Lok Sabha election, an official said.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis casts his vote, 13.7% vote turnout till now

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