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Gujarat Lok Sabha elections 2019 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: 62.36% total voter turnout, Bardoli tops with 68.9%

Gujarat Lok Sabha elections 2019 Voting Percentage HIGHLIGHTS: Gujarat is likely to see a straight contest between the BJP and Congress. In 2014 all 26 seats were won by the BJP. BJP chief Amit Shah, L K Advani and Arun Jaitley are among other top leaders who will vote today.

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Gujarat Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Voter queue up in large number in Ahmedabad. (Express Photo by Javed Raja)

Gujarat Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: The voter turnout in the 26 constituencies of Gujarat after the voting in the third phase of Lok Sabha election was 62.36 per cent. Bardoli topped the polling charts with 68.9 per cent voter turnout while Kutch Lok Sabha constituency recorded 51 per cent turnout.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi cast his vote from Ahmedabad constituency after paying a visit to his mother in Gandhinagar in Gujarat. He urged voters to turn up in large numbers and exercise their franchise. BJP chief Amit Shah also voted from Gandhinagar. He is contesting Lok Sabha elections for the first time.

BJP patriarch L K Advani and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were among other top leaders who voted Tuesday. Gujarat is likely to see a straight contest between the BJP and Congress. In 2014, all 26 seats were won by the BJP.

Election 2019 Phase 3 Voting LIVE Updates

Along with voting in all the parliamentary constituencies, bypoll in Dhrangadhra, Manavadar, Unjha and Jamnagar (Rural) Assembly seats in Gujarat was also be held Tuesday. Altogether, 45 candidates were contesting. The bypolls were necessitated after Congress MLAs in the four seats quit and joined the BJP.

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BJP chief Amit Shah, party patriarch L K Advani and FM Arun Jaitley are among other top leaders who will vote today in Gujarat. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS. Read in Malayalam 

Gujarat Lok Sabha elections: Total voter turnout for third face stands at 60.21%

The total voter turnout in Gujarat for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections stood at 60.21 per cent.

51.08 % turnout recorded in Kutch till 5 pm

51.08 % turnout recorded in Kutch Parliamentary constituency till 5 pm.

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala casts his vote at Rajkot

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala casts his vote at a polling station in Rajkot city on Tuesday. Vala is a native of Rajkot and was elected MLA from the city for 7 times before the Narendra Modi government appointed him Karnataka governor in 2014. (Photo by Ashwin Sadhu)

Bardoli records the highest 68.9 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm

Bardoli records the highest 68.9 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm; Amreli records the lowest at 51.48 per cent.

Gujarat Lok Sabha elections: 57.59 per cent turnout till 5 pm

The voter turnout in Gujarat till 5 pm was 57.69 per cent.

Gujarat Lok Sabha elections: 54.14% turnout recorded in Jamnagar till 5 pm

54.14 % turnout recorded in Jamnagar Parliamentary constituency till 5 pm.

57% turnout recorded in Rajkot till 5 pm

The voter turnout in Rajkot Lok Sabha seat till 5 pm was 57 per cent.

Villagers boycott polls in Bharuch and Chhota Udepur

Representatives of about 314 villages in Narmada District are sitting in protest at the District collector office, boycotting polls. They are demanding a separate gram panchayat in their villages. Although voting is on in the villages, the turn out is expected to be less due to the protest. Narmada district falls under two parliamentary constituencies-- Bharuch and Chhota Udepur.

Election officials have been advising the representatives to finish voting first.

200 voters from Chapargota village in Bodeli also boycotted the polls over administration inaction towards their complaint of corruption in development works.

Voter turnout in Anand 53.38% at 5pm

Till 5 pm, voter turnout in Anand stands at 53.88 per cent and in Kheda at 56.56 per cent.

Polling booth set up for one man in Gujarat

Polling booth set up for one man in Gujarat

Vadodara Congress complains to EC after BJP candidate visits polling stations

Vadodara Congress complains to Election Commission after BJP candidate Ranjan Bhatt visits polling stations with other BJP leaders who are not authorised to be present at polling booths.

Tribal farmer dies after casting vote in Bharuch

Chhitu Vasava (60), a tribal and farmer by profession, died due to heart-attack after casting his vote on Tuesday afternoon. Vasava, a resident of Ochan village in Vaghra taluka of Bharuch district, left his house in the morning to cast vote at the government primary school in Ochan village. He had to stand for a longer time in queue for his turn to cast vote. After casting his vote, Vasava left for home and sat outside a temple just 200 meters far from the polling station. According to Police, he had incurred severe chest pain and was found lying on the steps of the temple

Some people took him to the government hospital and informed his family members. Vaghra police sub-inspector j K Danger said, "The hospital doctor declared him brought dead. The cause of death is heart-attack."

Gujarat Lok Sabha elections: 50.32 per cent voter turnout at 4 pm

Till 4 pm, the voter turn out in Gujarat stood at 50.32 per cent, PIB reported. Bardoli is leading with 58 per cent voter turnout.

Gujarat Minister Ishwar Patel casts his vote

Gujarat cabinet minister Ishwar Patel with his family exercised voting at Ankleshwar taluka in Bharuch district.

Dalit beaten by gaurakshaks in Una casts his vote

Vashram Sarvaiya, one of the seven Dalits of Una who were allegedly assaulted by gaurakshaks in Mota Samadhiyala village of Gir Somnath in 2016, cast his vote on Tuesday. Vashram and his family are on a hunger strike since March 11.

Gujarat Lok Sabha elections: 50.32% voter turnout till 3pm

Nearly 50.32 per cent of the total 4.51 crore voters exercised their franchise till 3 pm in Gujarat where polling was underway in all 26 Lok Sabha seat of the state, PTI reported.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel casts his mandate

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel casts his vote in Gujarat on Tuesday.

Naran Kachhadiya, Paresh Dhanani cast their votes

Naran Kachhadiya, the sitting BJP MP from Amreli Lok Sabha seat and his challenger Paresh Dhanani of Congress share a light moment while visiting a polling booth in Amreli Parliamentary seat.

Gujarat Lok Sabha elections 2019: 49.58% polling recorded in Rajkot till 3 pm

49.58 per cent polling recorded in Rajkot Parliamentary seat till 3 pm. Tankara Assembly seat, the home stretch of Congress candidate Lalit Kagathara is leading all the seven Assembly segments in Rajkot Parliamentary constituency with around 54 per cent voter turnout.

Former Gujarat minister Dilip Sanghani casts his vote

Dilip Sanghani, former Gujarat minister and vice chairman of National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited, and his wife Geetabehn after casting their votes in Jalila village of Amreli district.

Gujarat Lok Sabha elections 2019: 39.89 per cent voting till 3 pm

The voter turnout for the Lok Sabha polls in Gujarat till 3 pm was 39.89 per cent. The overall voter percentage stood at 40.17 per cent.

FM Arun Jaitley casts his vote in Ahmedabad

Veteran BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote

Voters queue up in large number at Ahmedabad polling station

24.87% polling recorded in Gujarat till 11 am

Gujarat clocks 24.87% polling till 11 am. Highest turn out in Banaskantha 29.73%, while lowest n Ahmedabad-East constituency 19.12%.   EVM malfunctioning also recorded in different parts of the state. MCC complaints have been received from  Surat, Dahod, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Patan, Gandhinagar, Rajkot & Porbandar in Gujarat. 

Patidar quota agitation leader Reshma Patel casts vote, contests from Porbandar Lok Sabha seat

Reshma Patel (center, front row), the Patidar quota agitation leader with her family after casting her vote in Zanzarda area of Junagadh city. Reshma is contesting Porbandar Lok Sabha seat as an Independent and bypoll to Manavadar Assembly seat as NCP nominee. 

Express Photo by Gopal Kateshya 

PM Modi's mother Hiraba casts her vote

Congress candidate Lalit Kagathara's constituency takes lead

Rajkot Lok Sabha constituency records 10.39% polling till 9 am. Tankara, the home constituency of Congress candidate Lalit Kagathara is leading all the 7 Assembly segments in Rajkot LS with 14.44 % polling in first 2 hours of polling

Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara votes at Madhapar in Rajkot

BJP's Devusinh Chauhan casts his vote in Congress bastion Kheda

BJP's Devusinh Chauhan casts his vote from Kheda. He is the sitting MP from Kheda. Chauhan had won the Constituency in 2014, defeating six-term sitting MP Dinsha Patel of the Congress. Chauhan is now contesting against Bimal Shah of the Congress who is a former BJP leader. Kheda Constituency has been a Congress bastion since 1977. Vote turnout in  Kheda recorded at 9.78 % since morning.  Express Photo by Ashwin Sadhu

Vote turnout in Gujarat so far

Vote turnout in Gujarat so far:

Amreli- 10.26%
Vadodara-9.51%
Kheda district- 9.78%
Rajkot- 10.22%

MoS for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Parshottam Rupala casts vote from Amreli district

Amreli Lok Sabha constituency recorded 10.36 % polling in the first two hours.

BJP chief Amit Shah casts his vote

Amit Shah contests Lok Sabha elections for the first time

BJP national president Amit Shah is contesting from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency for the first time He concluded his campaigning after holding a roadshow in Sanand town recently on Sunday. A total of 17 candidates are in the fray for Gandhinagar constituency. The Congress has fielded its two-time sitting MLA and former deputy collector C J Chavda to take on Shah.

Among the 17 contestants are Valjibhai Rathod from Thangadh of Surendranagar district and Firoz Pathan, a resident of Juhapura. Rathod is the father of one of the three youths who was killed in police firing in Thangadh in 2011. Whereas, Pathan is a close relative of some of the 69 persons who were killed in the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre case. Both are fighting the election to voice their sense of injustice.

Amit Shah arrives at Naranpura polling booth to cast his vote

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BJP chief Amit Shah waves crowd in Ahmedabad

BJP Chief Amit Shah waves crowd at Ranip in Ahmedabad.  (Express Photo by Javed Raja) 

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani casts his vote

The strength of democracy is vote: PM Modi after casting his vote

After casting his vote from Ahmedabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he feels blessed to have cast his vote from home state. " Like you feel pure after a holy dip in Kumbh, one feels pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy," he said.

"The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is voter ID. I can say with surety that the voter ID is much much more powerful than an IED, so we should understand the strength of our voter IDs," he added.  

Express Photo by Javed Raja 

<strong>Gujarat Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: </strong>Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP National President Amit Shah (PTI Photo)

Gujarat Lok Sabha elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Amit Shah is the BJP nominee from Gandhinagar, a Lok Sabha constituency earlier represented by Advani. Voting began at 7 am on Tuesday as 116 constituencies across 15 states go to polls in the third and largest phase of Lok Sabha elections. Voting is underway in all constituencies in Gujarat, Goa, and Kerala, with BJP president Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and several Union ministers among prominent candidates in the fray.

The BJP faces a strong challenge in Uttar Pradesh, as the third phase of Lok Sabha elections will be fought in the “Yadav belt”, and Chhattisgarh, where the Congress swept to victory in the assembly elections just four months ago, winning 68 of 90 seats, reducing BJP to just 15.

Kerala Lok Sabha elections 2019 

In Kerala, the contest is primarily between the CPM-led Left Democratic Front, Congress-led United Democratic Front and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

In Karnataka, the BJP seems to have their noses ahead in many of the 14 seats going to the polls even though it faces a tough challenge from the Congress-JD-S combine. With the completion of the third phase, the election process will be completed in southern states.

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