Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: 64% turnout in Phase 4, lowest in Kulgam with 10% voting
Lok Sabha Election 2019 India Phase 4 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: Of the 71 parliamentary constituencies, five seats 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.
Election 2019 Phase 4 HIGHLIGHTS: A woman casts her vote in Unnao. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)
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.
Sachin Tendulkar along with wife after casting vote in Pali Chimbai School Bandra. (Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)
Election 2019 Phase 4 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: While Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav is making his political debut against sitting MP and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s son Nakul Nath is the Congress candidate for the MP's Chhindwara Lok Sabha seat. Bihar's Begusarai will witness an electrifying contest where CPI debutant Kanhaiya Kumar take on BJP veteran Giriraj Singh.
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 4: Battle for Maharashtra
In Mumbai North Central, sitting MP Poonam Mahajan will take on former MP Priya Dutt. While Dutt has managed to draw crowds after her brother Sanjay Dutt campaigned for her, there has been no massive groundswell of support in her favour. Meanwhile, in the BJP bastion of Mumbai North, Congress candidate Urmila Matondkar put up the most spirited campaign in the city against sitting BJP MP Gopal Shetty.
In Mumbai North West, which has the largest number of voters in the city and where former Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam is contesting against sitting Shiv Sena MP Gajanan Kirtikar, the Congress is hoping disgruntled Marathi votes will swing to its kitty, on the back of Raj Thackeray’s say-so, even though he did not campaign in this constituency.
The Congress, meanwhile, is also betting on itself to put up a good performance in Mumbai South where Milind Deora takes on sitting Sena MP Arvind Sawant. The Congress believes the endorsement of Deora by Reliance head Mukesh Ambani has raised the party’s prospects.
Campaigning for the fourth phase of the elections ended Saturday with candidates making a last effort to sway voters in favour of their parties. Among the key contestants in Maharashtra, actress Urmila Matondkar is contesting from North Mumbai constituency and Sanjay Dutt's sister Priya Dutt will battle it out from Mumbai North Central. In Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav is contesting from Kannauj while in West Bengal’s Asansol, singer and sitting MP Babul Supriyo of the BJP will lock horns with Trinamool Congress leader and veteran actress Moon Moon Sen.
Polling in the first three phases of the parliamentary elections have seen moderate turnout with a total of 69.43% turnout in the first phase on April 11. The second phase on April 18 and the third phase on April 23 witnessed 67.1% and 66% turnout,