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.
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.
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.
Total voter turnout for 3rd phase of #LokSabhaElections2019 is 63.24%.— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
Assam - 78.29%
Bihar - 59.97%
Goa - 71.09%
Gujarat - 60.21%
Jammu & Kashmir - 12.86%
Karnataka - 64.14%
Kerala - 70.21%
Maharashtra - 56.57% pic.twitter.com/bGbCl4G4Q3
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)
Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala casts his vote at a polling station in Rajkot city. Vala is a native of Rajkot & was elected MLA from the city for 7 times before the Narendra Modi govt appointed him Karnataka governor in 2014. Photo by Ashwin Sadhu #Decision2019 @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/lvFq1Hmpdf— Gopal Kateshiya (@gopalreports) April 23, 2019
Bardoli records the highest 68.9 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm
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
57% turnout recorded in Rajkot till 5 pm
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
Gujarat:A polling booth in Gir Forest has been set up for 1 voter in Junagadh.Voter Bharatdas Bapu says,“Govt spends money for this polling booth for 1 vote.I've voted&it's 100% voter turnout here.For 100% voter turnout everywhere,I request all to go&vote.” #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/N0xYNKSK0S— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
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.
At 4 PM : #Gujarat crossed 50% mark in voter turnout, #Bardoli— PIB in Gujarat (@PIBAhmedabad) April 23, 2019
leads with 58%
4 વાગ્યાની સ્થિતિ: ગુજરાતમાં મતદાનનો આંકડો 50% ને પાર, બારડોલી 58% મતદાન સાથે સૌથી આગળ#2019Elections#Phase3#GujaratElections2019 pic.twitter.com/hi5b6UngJm
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.
Vashram Sarvaiya(L), 1 of the 7 Dalits of Una who were allegedly assaulted by gaurakshaks in Mota Samadhiyala village of Gir Somnath in 2016,after casting his vote for #2019Elections Vashram &his family are on a hunger strike since March11 https://t.co/RrjEDPM6p0 @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/kZN0yFDA30— Gopal Kateshiya (@gopalreports) April 23, 2019
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.
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.
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 #2019Elections @decision2019 @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/fncrQ1PmpX— Gopal Kateshiya (@gopalreports) April 23, 2019
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.
49.58% 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 % turnout #2019Elections @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/wr52PsSTZf— Gopal Kateshiya (@gopalreports) April 23, 2019
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.
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 #2019Elections @IndianExpress @decision2019 pic.twitter.com/QiB194pbpn— Gopal Kateshiya (@gopalreports) April 23, 2019
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.
24.87% polling recorded in Gujarat till 11 am
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
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
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 #LokSabhaElections2019 @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/ptt2rphUSH— Gopal Kateshiya (@gopalreports) April 23, 2019
Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara votes at Madhapar in Rajkot
Indian cricket star Cheteshwar Pujara, his wife Pooja Pabari and father Aravind Pujara pose for photos after exercising their franchise at a polling station in Madhapar outskirts of Rajkot city for #2019Elections @decision2019 @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/pMZmrUCJ0E— Gopal Kateshiya (@gopalreports) April 23, 2019
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:
Kheda district- 9.78%
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.
Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, Parshottam Rupala and his family after casting their votes in Ishwariya village of Amreli district. Ishwariya is part of Amreli Lok Sabha constituency. Photo by Milap Ruparel #LokSabhaElections2019 @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/76JxL025Rr— Gopal Kateshiya (@gopalreports) April 23, 2019
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.
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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)
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