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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 2 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: Maximum polling in West Bengal, over 66 per cent turnout recorded

Lok Sabha Election 2019 India Phase 2 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: Polling was held in 38 seats in Tamil Nadu, 14 seats in Karnataka, 10 in Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one seat each in Manipur and Puducherry.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 18, 2019 8:52:41 pm
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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 2 Voting LIVE Updates: The second phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 ended on Thursday, with over 66 per cent voters exercising their franchise. While West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout with 75.27 per cent, Jammu and Kashmir recorded the lowest with 43.37 per cent. Read more

The voting took place in 95 constituencies across 11 states and one union territory. Polling is being held in 38 seats in Tamil Nadu, 14 seats in Karnataka, 10 in Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one seat each in Manipur and Puducherry.

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There were reports of violence in north Bengal’s Islampur in which CPM candidate Md Salim’s vehicle was attacked allegedly by miscreants. Polling in Vellore, which was slated for today, stands cancelled owing to the abuse of money power. Four booths in Odisha will undergo re-polling in Daspalla assembly constituency due to technical problems in EVM machines and VVPATs, ANI reported.

Union ministers Jitendra Singh, Jual Oram, Sadananda Gowda and Pon Radhakrishnan, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda and DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja and Kanimozhi are among the 1,600-odd contestants in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls. Click here for more election news

Here is a quick guide on how to vote without voter ID card, how to locate polling booth.

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Voting begins in 95 constituencies in 11 states and a union territory. Follow LIVE UPDATES in Tamil, Malayalam and Bangla

20:25 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Lok Sabha elections 2019: 66 per cent voter turnout in second phase

Sixty-six per cent turnout recorded in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls, says Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha. (PTI)

18:25 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Total voter turn out in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections

Assam- 73.32%
Bihar- 58.14%
Chhattisgarh- 68.70%
Jammu and Kashmir- 43.37%
Karnataka- 61.80%
Maharashtra - 55.37%
Manipur- 74.69%
Odisha- 57.41%
Puducherry- 72.40%
Tamil Nadu- 61.52%
Uttar Pradesh- 58.12%
West Bengal- 75.27%

Total voter turnout: 61.12%

17:54 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Maharashtra: Two villages in Osmanabad district boycott voting

Two villages in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra Thursday boycotted voting for the Lok Sabha election, as the villagers felt that the government has not paid heed to their demands and the issues have remained unresolved so far.

Residents of Jejala village in Bhum tehsil and Dhanegaon village in Tuljapur boycotted voting.

Jejala has around 1,000 voters, but till 1 pm not a single person came to the polling booth.

"We have been demanding better roads, but no government official and politician addressed our demand," said Sagar Bhosale, a local youth, who is leading the protest.

17:52 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Rs 11 lakh cash seized in Mumbai

Election Commission flying squad seized Rs 11.85 lakh unaccounted cash in Sion area of Mumbai last night, ANI reported.

17:38 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Repolling at 4 booths in Odisha due to EVM malfunction

Chief Electoral Officer Odisha Thursday recommended re-polling in booth 213 in Sundergarh, booth 129 in Bonai, and booths 210 and 222 in Daspalla assembly constituency due to technical problems in EVM machines and VVPATs, ANI reported.

16:55 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Voter turnout in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and other states till 3pm

Voting turnout till 3pm

Maharashtra - 46.63%
Tamil Nadu - 52.02%
Odisha - 53%
Manipur - 67.5%
Uttar Pradesh - 50.39%
Chhattisgarh - 59.72%
Karnataka - 49.26%

(ANI)

16:38 (IST)18 Apr 2019
107-year-old casts vote in Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha seat

A 107-year-old woman named Saalumarada Thimmakka exercised her franchise at the Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha constituency Thursday. She is also a Padma awardee, ANI said.

16:35 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Polling percentage in Assam till 3pm

Karimganj- 63.66%
Mangaldoi- 62.7%
Autonomous- 62.7%
Silchar- 57.06%
Nowgong- 56.78%

State total: 60.38%

(PTI)

16:20 (IST)18 Apr 2019
West Bengal poll percentage till 3.00 pm

Jalpaiguri (SC) - 71.32%,
Darjeeling - 63.14%,
Raiganj - 61.84%

State total - 65.43%.

(ANI)

16:15 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Polling percentage in Jammu and Kashmir till 3pm

Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency

Reasi 62.7%
Kathua 64.6%
Udhampur 63.1%
Ramban 50.8%
Doda 57.2%
Kishtwar 50.4%

Average polling till 3pm: 59.1%

Srinagar Lok Sabha Constituency

Budgam 17.1%
Ganderbal 14.4%
Srinagar 5.7%

Average polling till 3pm: 12.4%

15:41 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Poonam Sinha files nomination from Lucknow Lok Sabha seat

Samajwadi Party candidate from Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency Poonam Sinha filed her nomination Thursday. Her husband and Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha and SP's Dimple Yadav were also present. Poonam Sinha will take on Union minister and BJP candidate from Lucknow Rajnath Singh.

15:36 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Another Bangladeshi actor asked to leave India for participating in poll rally

Ghazi Abdul Noor, another Bangladeshi actor, who attended a political rally in Dumdum in West Bengal, has been asked by the Home Ministry to leave India. His visa has already expired. The ministry has said that appropriate action will be taken regarding his stay.

15:25 (IST)18 Apr 2019
BJP MLA alleges Burqa clad-women indulging in fake voting

Mahendra Singh Khargvanshi, BJP's MLA from Hasanpur in Amroha, Thursday alleged that "Burqa-clad women" are indulging in fake voting in his constituency. The MLA said he had reports of such bogus voting from at least three polling booths in his constituency.



"In Hasanpur, on three polling booths (85, 86 and 87) our booth-level party workers have informed me that Burqa-clad women are indulging in fake voting," he told PTI.



He said he has informed the district magistrate and the superintendent of police about this. "And, I have been told that they are looking into this."



Amroha District Magistrate Umesh Mishra denied any "fake voting" was taking place. "There is no fake voting. Only genuine voters are allowed to cast their votes, after their identity is thoroughly checked. We are continuously on the move, and there are no such complaints," he said.

BJP candidate from Amroha Kanwar Singh Tanwar too had claimed the same charges earlier in the day.

15:09 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Raman Singh casts his vote in Rajnandgaon

Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh and his family cast their vote for the Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday.

15:06 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Akhilesh Yadav filed nomination from Azamgarh

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Thursday filed his nomination papers from Azamgarh Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh. 

14:38 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Voter turnout in Maharashtra till 1 pm

Buldhana - 34.43%
Akola - 34.46%
Amravati - 33.68%
Hingoli - 37.44%
Nanded - 38.19%
Parbhani - 37.95%
Beed - 34.65%
Osmanabad - 34.94%
Latur - 36.82%
Solapur - 31.56%

Average voting - 35.40%

14:33 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Over 46% polling recorded in Assam till 1 pm

An estimated 46.42 per cent of over 69 lakh electorate exercised their franchise till 1 pm Thursday in five parliamentary constituencies of Assam, an election official told PTI.

14:01 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Mangoli Kala village of Fatehour Sikri boycott elections, says polling official
13:40 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Violence mars polling in Bengal: Clashes on NH31; CPM candidate vehicle attacked

Clashes erupted in Chopra Assembly segment when police used force to disperse a group of people who blocked the National Highway 31, claiming they were not allowed to vote. Crude bombs were reportedly lobbed at the police contingent after they had deployed tear gas. Read more here.

13:12 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar casts his vote

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: A total of 179 candidates are in the fray from ten constituencies in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra. Prominent candidates in the fray are former chief ministers Ashok Chavan and Sushilkumar Shinde of Congress, who are contesting from Nanded and Solapur seats, respectively.

In the 2014 elections, the NDA won 8 out of these 10 seats, riding the Narendra Modi wave, whereas the Congress won the remaining two seats – Nanded and Hingoli. Beed constituency has the highest number of contestants at 36 while 10 candidates are contesting from Latur.

READ | All you need to know about phase 2 of Lok Sabha elections

Polling is being held in 38 seats in Tamil Nadu, 14 seats in Karnataka, 10 in Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one seat each in Manipur and Puducherry.

Meanwhile, the EC has also announced postponement of voting in Tripura (East) Lok Sabha seat to the third phase on April 23, saying the prevailing law-and-order situation there is not conducive for holding free and fair polls.