Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 6 polling HIGHLIGHTS: Overall 63% voter turnout recorded, Bengal sees 80% polling amid sporadic violencehttps://indianexpress.com/elections/lok-sabha-elections-2019-phase-6-polling-live-updates-bjp-congress-aap-delhi-5723127/

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 6 polling HIGHLIGHTS: Overall 63% voter turnout recorded, Bengal sees 80% polling amid sporadic violence

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 India Phase 6 Voting Highlights: Elections are being held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in Haryana, eights constituencies each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, seven seats in Delhi and four in Jharkhand.

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Elections 2019 Phase 6 Voting: In West Bengal, violence was reported in some areas even as voters came out in good numbers to exercise their franchise. (Express photo)

Elections 2019 Phase 6 Voting Highlights: An average of 63 per cent voter turnout was recorded in 59 seats spread across UP, Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha, as per the data compiled by the Election Commission.

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In West Bengal, violence was reported in some areas even as voters came out in good numbers to exercise their franchise.

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Elections are being held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in Haryana, eights constituencies each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, seven seats in Delhi and four in Jharkhand.

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In the last Lok Sabha elections, BJP had won 45 of these seats, the Trinamool Congress 8, the Congress two and the Samajwadi Party and the LJP one seat each. Prominent candidates in the sixth phase include senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, boxer Vijender Singh, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and Atishi from AAP. In UP, the big guns who will be at the mercy of the ballot include Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, who is contesting from Azamgarh, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi from Pilibhit and Varun Gandhi from Sultanpur.

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 6 polling: Here are the HIGHLIGHTS.

LS polls: 63% voting in sixth phase

The sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections saw 63 per cent voting on Sunday, with 80 per cent voters participation in West Bengal where sporadic incidents of violence were reported. Read more here.

LS Elections 2019 Phase 6: Overall 62% polling till 8pm

An average of 62 per cent voter turnout was recorded in 59 seats spread across UP, Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha, as per the data compiled by the Election Commission till 8 pm. 

State wise report

Bihar -59%
Haryana- 65%
Madhya Pradesh- 63%
Uttar Pradesh- 54%
West Bengal- 80%
Jharkhand- 64%
Delhi-58%  

Haryana sees 63.91% turnout till 8 pm

Haryana witnessed 63.91 per cent voter turnout till 8 pm. Gurgaon saw a voter turnout of 61.93 per cent till 8 pm. Among the nine assembly constituencies in Gurgaon Lok Sabha, the highest turnout was in Rewari at 70.56%, while Badshahpur witnessed the lowest turnout at 44%.

Election Commission announces overall voter turnout in sixth phase

The Election Commission announced the overall voter turnout in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 till 5 pm.

Delhi: 59.8 per cent (In 2014: 65.1 per cent)

Haryana: 62.91 per cent (In 2014: 71.86 per cent)

Madhya Pradesh: 60.06 per cent (In 2014: 56.81 per cent)

Jharkhand: 65.17 per cent (In 2014: 64.53 per cent)

West Bengal: 79.93 per cent

Bihar: 59.38 per cent (In 2014: 57.25 per cent)

UP (till 6 pm): 54.53 per cent (In 2014: 54.53 per cent)

Total turnout till Phase 5 is 67.4 per cent: EC

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Overall 59% polling till 6 pm

Overall 59.75  per cent voter turnout was recorded till 6 pm in 59 seats spread over UP, Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha, as per the data compiled by the Election Commission.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh fails to vote

"Yes I couldn't go to vote to Rajgarh and I regret it. Next time I will register my name in Bhopal," Digvijaya Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.

State wise voter turnout till 5 pm

Overall voter turnout- 58% 

State wise report

Bihar -55.04%
Haryana- 62.08%
Madhya Pradesh- 59.96%
Uttar Pradesh- 50.62%
West Bengal- 79.94%
Jharkhand- 65.17%
Delhi-54.82%  

Phase 6 polling: 58% voter turnout reported till 5 pm

An average of 58.88 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm in 59 seats spread across UP, Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha, as per the data compiled by the Election Commission. 

Deepender Hooda accuses Haryana minister of booth capturing

Phase 6 polling: Congress candidate from Rohtak Deepender Singh Hooda Sunday alleged that Haryana minister Manish Grover indulged in booth capturing as Haryana went to polls in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections. Read more here.

Manish Grover and Deepender Singh Hooda. (File Photo)

Overall 50 per cent polling till 4 pm

Overall 50.90 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 4 pm in 59 seats spread over UP, Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha, as per the data compiled by the Election Commission.

State wise report

Bihar -44.40%
Haryana- 52.59%
Madhya Pradesh- 53.14%
Uttar Pradesh- 43.26%
West Bengal- 70.53%
Jharkhand- 58.08%
Delhi-45.24%  

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu casts his vote

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, along with his wife, cast his vote at Nirman Bhawan polling booth in New Delhi.

Uttar Pradesh: 43% polling till 3 pm

Over 43 per cent polling was reported till 3 pm in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, where Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Union minister Maneka Gandhi are among the key contestants.

While Ambedkar Nagar Lok Sabha constituency recorded the highest turnout of 47.60 per cent, enthusiasm among voters was the least in Phulpur, where 36.80 per cent cast their ballots. (PTI)

Haryana: Deepender Singh Hooda alleges booth capturing, blames BJP

"Only candidate or the election agent can enter the polling booth. We learnt that cabinet minister Manish Grover was also entering the booth with armed men and nobody from the administration or Election Commission has taken any action. We have appealed to the EC to register a criminal case against Manish Grover and his men on charges of booth capturing," Deepender Hooda said. 

"I would like to ask EC, if any Constitution exists in this country? Why hasn't EC acted against the minister? In which capacity has the minister been allowed to enter the booth. Our party's leader BB Batra even made a video of minister entering the booth. We have given it to the Returning Officer. Yet, no action has been taken. We have lodged a strong protest", Hooda added.

Overall 50 per cent polling till 3 pm


Overall 50.41 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 3 pm in 59 seats spread over UP, Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha, as per the data compiled by the Election Commission.

State wise report

Bihar -44.40%
Haryana- 51.45%
Madhya Pradesh- 52.44%
Uttar Pradesh- 43.26%
West Bengal- 70.31%
Jharkhand- 58.08%
Delhi-44.98%  

EVM glitches reported in several areas in Delhi

Complaints about malfunctioning EVMs poured in from several places of the national capital on Sunday where voting is underway, news agency PTI reported.

Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh said 5.5 per cent EVMs were replaced in the morning, adding that problems in EVMs were reported from Chandni Chowk and West Delhi.

Raghav Chadha alleges foul play by BJP

"BJP workers are moving around in a polling booth in Sangam Vihar in BJP scarves, a person voted 4 times. We identified 8-10 such ppl and caught one red-handed. Ramesh Bidhuri(BJP candidate) is losing badly so is indulging in such tactics," AAP South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha said.

Over 39% voting in Haryana till 2 pm; polling peaceful

A voter turnout of 39.16 per cent was recorded till 2 pm in ten Lok Sabha seats of Haryana on Sunday, with Kurukshetra and Hisar constituencies witnessing brisk polling, news agency PTI reported.

Polling began Sunday at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm in the 10 parliamentary constituencies which are going to polls in a single phase.

Average 39 per cent polling till 2 pm

An average of 39 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 1 pm in 59 seats spread over UP, Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha, as per the data compiled by the Election Commission.

In West Bengal, violence was reported in some areas even as voters came out in good numbers to exercise their franchise.

Will jawans have to seek Election Commission permission to kill terrorists: PM Modi

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Voter turnout for Bihar, Bengal, MP and UP till 11 am

According to data compiled from PTI,  the poll percentage for West Bengal till 11 am was 37.97; Haryana recorded 22.87 per cent voter turnout in the first four hours; in Madhya Pradesh the polling percentage was 20.93 till 11 am; Delhi recorded 20.37 per cent of voting; in Bihar, voting per cent recorded till 11 am was 21.52.

The voting percentage in Uttar Pradesh was 34.92 till 1 pm.

Australia's Envoy to India, Harinder Sidhu, praised 'well organised' EC

Australia's Envoy to India, Harinder Sidhu in Delhi praised the 'well organised' Election Commission for the smooth conducting of the Lok Sabha elections.

"It's been a really inspiring experience. How can you get so many people to voting? Answer is well-organised EC and its officials. It's a good system and organised. I'm really impressed with EVMs, we don't have those in Australia. I think even with paper ballots which we have in Australia, it's always a case where there's a risk to integrity in any system. VVPAT is actually a good development," she was quoted as saying to ANI. 

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Robert Vadra cast their vote in Delhi

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Robert Vadra after casting their vote. (Express photo Anil Sharma)

Video: 111-year-old Bachan Singh is Delhi's oldest voter

A paralytic stroke has left Singh weak and his voice is faint, but he has always voted — be it the Lok Sabha, Assembly, MCD or even the local gurdwara election. (Source: Express video by Renuka Puri)

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Robert Vadra cast their vote

West Bengal: Sporadic incidents of violence reported

Sporadic incidents of violence has been reported from Ghatal and Jhargram Lok Sabha seats soon after polls for the sixth phase began in West Bengal. In Keshpur, BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh was gheraoed by villagers when she went to a booth. Ghosh's security resorted to baton charge following which locals lobbed stones injuring one of her security guards. Ghosh's car was ransacked. The incident took place around 8 am.

Meanwhile, in Jhargram a BJP worker Ramen Singh (46) was allegedly attacked by TMC workers at Beliabera village in Gopiballavpur. Singh was taken to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead. TMC leaders have denied the allegations. The incident took place around midnight.

Bhupinder Singh Hooda casts his vote

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Rahul Gandhi casts his vote in Delhi. (Express photo: Anil Sharma)

West Bengal voter turnout till 9 am

The average poll percentage for eight Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal has been recorded at 16.66 per cent. 

Uttar Pradesh voter turnout till 9 am

The average poll percentage for 14 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh has been recorded at 9.28 per cent. 

Video: Villagers boycott polls in West Bengal's Jhargram

Voter turnout for Bihar, UP and West Bengal till 9 am

Tripura repolls register a 14.79 per cent voter turnout till 9 am while West Bengal records a voter turnout of 16.66 per cent. The average poll percentage for Uttar Pradesh has been 9.28 per cent, and in Bihar 8.30 per cent voting was recorded by 9 am.

EC shares some interesting facts related to Lok Sabha elections this year

Here are some interesting facts:

* 59 Lok Sabha constituencies across six states and Delhi headed to polls for the sixth phase.
* Over 10.17 crore voters to decide fate of 979 candidates in this phase.
* Over 1.13 lakh polling stations in place for smooth conduct of polls for Sunday's vote.
* In the last five phases, 424 out of 543 seats have already gone to polls. 
* Percentage-wise, 78 per cent seats have undergone the electoral exercise till the fifth phase 

(Source: Election Commission)

(From left to right) Delhi Congress Chief Sheila Dixit casts her vote in Delhi. (Express Photo: Tashi Tobgyal); Gautam Ghambir at Rajender Nagar polling booth. (Express photo: Renuka Puri); Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli cast his vote at Pine Crest School in Gurgaon this morning. (Express photo: Sakshi Dayal)

West Bengal: Voting underway in Jhargram

People line up outside Dherua primary school polling booth to cast their vote in Jhargram, West Bengal. (Express photo: Partha Paul)

Visuals of people waiting to cast their vote at a polling station in Delhi. (Express photo: Neeraj Priyadarshi)

PM Modi urges people to go out and vote

Haryana: 223 candidates in fray for 10 Lok Sabha seats, voting underway

Over 1.8 crore voters will decide the fate of 223 candidates on Sunday. A total of 19, 441 polling stations have been set up in Haryana, in which 5,510 polling stations are there in urban areas and 13,931 in rural areas. The voters will exercise their franchise for all ten Lok Sabha constituencies including two reserved seats; Ambala and Sirsa. The polling will take place from 7 am to 6 pm. According to Haryana Chief Electoral Officer Rajiv Ranjan, apart from State Police, 95 companies of Central Armed Police Forces, home guards and special police forces have been deployed. 

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Prominent candidates in the sixth phase include senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, boxer Vijender Singh, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and Atishi from AAP. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Compared to the election results of these 59 seats in the last Lok Sabha elections in 2014, BJP had won 45 of these seats, the Trinamool Congress 8, the Congress two and the Samajwadi Party and the LJP one seat each among others.