Election 2019 Phase 4 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: West Bengal registered the highest voter turnout of 76 per cent in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections Monday which saw a total turnout of 64 per cent despite incidents of violence in several areas. Seventy-one parliamentary constituencies spread across nine states voted in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019.
In the Hindi heartland, while 13 seats in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh each recorded 62 per cent and 53.12 per cent turnout respectively, six seats in Madhya Pradesh recorded 65.86 per cent turnout. Nearly 52 per cent voting was recorded in Maharashtra (17 seats), 64.05 per cent Odisha (6 seats), 53.67 per cent Bihar (five seats) and 63.42 per cent Jharkhand (3 seats), PTI reported.
Seventy-one parliamentary constituencies spread across nine states voted in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 today. While Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan voted for the first time this election season, Maharashtra and Odisha saw the final phase of polling. Of the 71 parliamentary constituencies, five seats are in Bihar, 17 in Maharashtra, 13 in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh each, six in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh each, eight in West Bengal, three in Jharkhand and one in Jammu and Kashmir went to polls.
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64% turnout in Phase 4, West Bengal tops with 76% despite sporadic violence
Incidents of violence in West Bengal and EVM glitches in some areas were reported as 64 per cent turnout was recorded on Monday in 72 constituencies across nine states in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections.
In the heartland states, where the BJP had won 30 out of 32 seats in 2014, 62 per cent turnout was recorded in Rajasthan, 53.12 per cent in Uttar Pradesh and 65.86 per cent Madhya Pradesh.
West Bengal recorded a high turnout at 76.47 in the eight seats. Nearly 52 per cent voting was recorded in Maharashtra, 64.05 per cent Odisha, 53.67 per cent Bihar and 63.42 per cent Jharkhand, according to data provided by the Election Commission till 6 PM.
In Kulgam district of Anantnag constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, 10.3 per cent polling was recorded.
Maharashtra: 52.07% polling in 4th phase; 51.11% in Mumbai
The voter turnout in Mumbai was recorded at 51.11 per cent Monday, almost similar to the voting percentage of 51.59 in the 2014 polls.
The overall percentage in the 17 seats when polling ended at 5 pm was 52.07 per cent, compared to 55.83 per cent in these seats during the 2014 elections, PTI reported.
Nandurbar seat in north Maharashtra recorded the highest 64.44 per cent voting while Kalyan near Mumbai saw the lowest 41.64 per cent polling.
Voting figures for other seats are as follows: Dhule-50.97 per cent, Dindori- 58.20 per cent, Nashik- 53.09 per cent, Palghar- 57.60 per cent, Bhiwandi 48.90 per cent, Thane-46.42 per cent, Mumbai North- 54.72 per cent, Mumbai North West 50.44 per cent, Mumbai North East- 52.30 per cent, Mumbai North Central- 49.49 per cent, Mumbai South Central-51.53 per cent, Mumbai South- 48.23 per cent, Maval- 52.74 per cent, Shirur- 52.45 per cent and Shirdi- 56.19 per cent.
Rajasthan: 67.78% voter turnout, highest in tribal Banswara
A voter turnout of 67.78 per cent was recorded in Rajasthan's 13 Lok Sabha seats which went to the polls Monday, PTI reported.
According to a tentative break-up made available earlier, the tribal dominated seat of Banswara recorded the highest voting percentage at 72.34, followed by Barmer which recorded 72.21 per cent voting.
Chittorgarh and Jhalwar-Baran also recorded 71.29 and 70.95 per cent voting.
Voters are still lined up in front of several polling booths and the final figure will be known later.
Uttar Pradesh registers 57.58% voter turnout
Voter turnout for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh which went to the polls Monday was recorded at 57.58 per cent, slightly lower than in 2014. In 2014, the turnout was 58.39 per cent over the same 13 constituencies. (PTI)
In pictures | People vote in Kulgam amid high security
People waiting in a queue to cast their votes outside a polling station during the fourth phase of the general elections in Gulzarabad south Kashmir's Kulgam. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)
Rajasthan: 67.13% voter turnout recorded till 6 pm
A voter turnout of 67.13 per cent was recorded till 6 pm in Rajasthan's 13 Lok Sabha seats which went to polls Monday, PTI reported.
Tribal dominated seat of Banswara recorded the highest voting percentage at 72.34, followed by Barmer which recorded 72.21 per cent voting. Chittorgarh and Jhalwar-Baran also recorded 71.29 and 70.95 per cent voting.
Madhya Pradesh: 66.09% voter turnout till 6 pm
An average 66.09 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 6 pm across six Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh that went to polls Monday, an official told PTI.
Voting figures till 6 pm were as follows: Sidhi- 56.82 per cent, Shahdol- 66.89 per cent, Jabalpur- 64.05 per cent, Mandla 67.09 per cent, Balaghat 70.13 per cent and Chhindwara-72.95 per cent.
Madhya Pradesh: 63% voter turnout till 5pm
An average 63 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm across six Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh Monday, an official told PTI.
Voting figures till 5 pm were as follows: Sidhi- 47.76 per cent, Shahdol- 64.89 per cent, Jabalpur- 64.05 per cent, Mandla 64.54 per cent, Balaghat 66.88 per cent and Chhindwara- 71.71 per cent.
EVMs were also replaced at 106 polling booths due to malfunctioning after the voting began.
Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha polls: 55.31% voting till 4 pm
An average 55.31 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 4 pm across six Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh Monday, an official said.
"An average 55.31 per cent turnout was recorded till 4 pm," an election official said.
The voting figures till 4 pm were as follows: Sidhi-46.85 per cent, Shahdol-55.93 per cent, Jabalpur- 53.87 per cent, Mandla -56.16 per cent, Balaghat -60.18 per cent and Chhindwara- 59.87 per cent.
NCP candidate's mother's name goes missing from voter's list in Nashik
NCP candidate from Nashik Sameer Bhujabal's mother's name goes missing from voters list. The entire Bhujbal clan exercised its vote in Nashik except the candidate's mother Hirabai Bhujbal.
NCP candidate form Nashik Sameer Bhujabal's mother's name goes missing from voters list in Nashik. The entire Bhujbal clan exercised it's vote in Nashik however the candidates mother Hirabai Bhujbal could not exercise her right to vote. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/U5eiWtP31Y— zeeshan shaikh (@zeeshansahafi) April 29, 2019
Odisha: BJD writes to EC over alleged 'booth capturing' by BJP
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) writes to Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha over alleged "booth capturing by BJP". The letter states "BJP goons conducted booth capturing in 12 booths of Bari assembly constituency under Jajpur parliamentary constituency while the polling was going on today." (ANI)
42.03% voting in Maharashtra till 3 pm
An average 42.03 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm in Maharashtra's 17 seats on Monday as polling for the fourth and last phase of Lok Sabha elections is underway.
The voting figures till 3 pm in other constituencies are as follows: Dhule- 40.63 per cent, Dindori- 46.13 per cent, Nashik- 41.72 per cent, Palghar- 46.77 per cent, Bhiwandi- 39.35 per cent, Thane- 38.52 per cent, Mumbai North-44.65 per cent, Mumbai North West- 40.53 per cent, Mumbai North East- 43.12 per cent, Mumbai North Central- 39.84 per cent, Mumbai South Central- 41.09 per cent, Mumbai South-38.76 per cent, Maval- 42.32 per cent, Shirur- 41.48 per cent and Shirdi- 45.48 per cent.
Lok Sabha elections phase 4: Voter turnout till 3 pm stands at 49.53%
The voter turnout till 3 pm for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha Elections was recorded at 49.53 per cent. West Bengal recorded the highest polling percentage at 66 per cent while Jammu and Kashmir recorded the lowest 8 per cent.
Over 43% voting in Rajasthan till 1 pm
Over 43 per cent of 2.57 crore electorate Monday cast their votes till 1 pm in 13 Lok Sabha seats of Rajasthan. Maximum voter percentage of 53.45 was registered in Barmer, followed by Jodhpur where 46.41 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 1 pm. (PTI)
Samajwadi Party alleges VVPAT shows 'lotus' when 'cycle' button pressed
Opposition Samajwadi Party Monday urged the Election Commission to remove Uttar Pradesh's police chief OP Singh from the post alleging he was "favouring" the ruling BJP and affecting elections.
The party also alleged that in at at least two polling booths the Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machine showed the voting for the BJP when the ballot was cast for the SP.
Party leader Dharmendra Yadav said the Director General of Police was "misusing" government machinery to help the BJP.
"We demanded from the EC to remove him immediately," Yadav told reporters here.
He was part of a SP delegation that met Chief Electoral Officer L Venkatenshwar Lu and submitted a memorandum demanding immediate removal of the DGP. It highlighted the issue of "faulty" EVMs.
"The police are terrorising minority voters. The force is being misused in favour of the BJP. We have apprised the CEO about it," SP spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said.
Lok Sabha Elections Phase 4: 35 per cent polling recorded in Odisha till 1 PM
An estimated 35 per cent of the 95.06 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 1 PM during fourth and final phase of simultaneous polling on Monday in six Lok Sabha and 41 assembly constituencies of Odisha, a poll official said.
Polling is not being held in Patkura assembly seat, where voting will be held on May 19 following the death of the BJD candidate.
TMC writes to EC, alleges poll violence by Central Forces
Trinamool Congress has written to the Election Commission over alleged "firing by Central Forces personnel inside a polling booth in Dubrajpur, Birbhum parliamentary constituency", ANI reports. The letter states, "Central forces have created a reign of terror in minds of voters and have also urged the voters to cast their vote for BJP."
TMC writes to EC over alleged "firing by Central Forces personnel inside a polling booth in Dubrajpur, Birbhum parliamentary constituency". Letter states, "Central forces have created a reign of terror in minds of voters & have also urged the voters to cast their vote for BJP." pic.twitter.com/s81VTTWq8q— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2019
Sachin Tendulkar and family cast their ballots
Sachin Tendulkar along with wife Anjali Tendulkar and children Sara and Arjun, both first-time voters, after casting their ballots at Pali Chimbai School in Bandra. (Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)
Bihar records 32.48 per cent voting till 1 pm
An estimated 32.48 per cent voters of the 87.74 electorate cast their ballots till 1 pm in Bihar, where polling for five Lok Sabha seats is underway on Monday, an election official said. Voting was initially hampered at three polling stations in Munger, two polling stations in Darbhanga and three polling stations in Begusarai due to technical glitches
A trivia for the poll officers in Mumbai
The voter-search website requires a person to do a math equation instead of a captcha. Here is a polling officer's sheet of math sums he's done since morning while helping candidates find their names @IndianExpress #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/8SpcwkrWfN— Sadaf Modak (@sadafmodak) April 29, 2019
Mumbaikar with mental, visual disability casts his vote
44-year-old Deepak Nagrani from Mumbai suffers from mental and visual disabilities. His father Ramchand has got special permission from the government to physically help his son cast his vote. This is the third time Deepak has voted. (Express photo by Mohamed Thaver)
Bollywood stars Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor cast their votes
Amitabh Bachchan and family cast their votes
Amitabh Bachchan turned up to vote along with wife Jaya Bachchan, son Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. (Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)
Piyush Goyal casts his vote
Union Min&BJP leader Piyush Goyal after casting his vote at Walsingham School, Malabar Hill in Mumbai: This election is now a Tsunami election. North South,East&West, Modi wave has overtaken the country. PM Modi is the tallest leader today in the country. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/S6fXnrhLE1— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2019
Uddhav Thackeray and family cast their votes
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and his family cast their votes at NavJeevan Vidya Mandir School in Bandra East, Mumbai on Monday afternoon. (Express photo by Pradip Das)
20.87 per cent polling in Jharkhand till 11 am
An estimated 20.87 per cent of the 45.26 lakh electorate cast their votes till 11 am on Monday in three Lok Sabha constituencies of Jharkhand, in the first phase of elections in the state. Women voters were seen in large numbers at many booths in Lohardaga (ST), Palamu (SC) and Chatra constituencies, where voting began at 7 am, election officials said.
WATCH VIDEO: TMC women supporters protest in Birbhum district
#WATCH TMC women supporters protest in Nanoor of Birbhum district, after BJP opposed TMC supporters who insisted on polling despite absence of central forces at the polling booth. Police is trying to mediate between the two groups. #WestBengal #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/WhPWtwqeVG— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2019
Stone pelting near polling booths in J-K's Kulgam
Several incidents of stone pelting took place Monday in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir where polling is underway for election to the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, police said. "Isolated incidents of stone pelting near polling stations have been reported from various parts of Kulgam district but the situation is under control due to timely action of security forces," a police official said. He said there were no reports of anyone getting hurt in the stone pelting incidents so far. PTI
Former King of Jodhpur, Gaj Singh casts his vote
Sporadic violence reported in West Bengal
Sporadic incidents of violence marked the first two hours of polling in West Bengal. There were reports of a clash between TMC and BJP workers outside a booth in Barabani in Asansol, following a tiff between sitting MP and BJP candidate in Asansol, Babul Supriyo and polling officials inside the station, an Election Commission source said. Supriyo's vehicle was also reportedly vandalised in the clash, he said. However, an EC official said by and large, polling has so far been peaceful.
Maharashtra: voter turn out till 11 am
A voter turnout of 18.39% was recorded in 17 parliamentary constituencies in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections, till 11 am.
29.40% voting recorded till 11 am in Rajasthan
Over 29 per cent voting was recorded in the first four hours of polling in 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan which began at 7 am on Monday. The Barmar parliamentary constituency recorded the maximum voter turn out of 33.53 per cent, while the overall voting percentage at 11 am was 29.40 per cent, according to the office of the chief electoral officer. Banswara, a tribal dominated Lok Sabha seat in south Rajasthan, recorded 31.66 voter turn out till 11 am. Jodhpur, which is the keenly watched seat where the son of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Vaibhav Gehlot, is contesting against Union minister of state and sitting MP Gajendra Singh Shekhwat, recorded 30.53 per cent voting in the first four hours. Tonk-Sawaimadhopur recorded 26. 15 percent voter turn out, Ajmer 28.16 per cent, Pali 28.53 per cent, Jalore 30.51 per cent, Udaipur 27.71 per cent, Chittorgarh 30.47 per cent, Rajsamand 28.83 per cent, Bhilwara 28.81 per cent, Kota 29.26 per cent and Jhalawar-Baran 29.04 per cent till 11 am. PTI
Polling percentage till 11 am in Bihar, Jharkhand
Till 11 am a voter turnout of 17.07% was recorded in five parliamentary constituencies of Darbhanga, Ujiarpur, Samastipur, Begusarai and Munger, in Bihar and 29.21% in Jharkhand.
Babul Supriyo alleges violence and booth capturing by TMC
Trinamool Violence & Booth Captured:— Chowkidar Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) April 29, 2019
•171, 223, 224, 199 TMC standing near EVM and influencing voters
•117, 118, 119 kumadieh , pandaveshwar captured.
•275/140 Pansuli nimna Buniyud school
TMC trying to influence voters: Babul Supriyo
BJP MP Babul Supriyo alleged that the Trinamool Congress is trying to influence voters and have stationed their people at booth numbers 171, 199, 223 and 224 in Jamuria constituency.
Jamuria Assembly : Booth 171, 223, 224, 199, TMC standing near EVM and influencing voters— Chowkidar Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) April 29, 2019