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Elections 2019 Phase 7 Voting Highlights: 61% voter turnout till 5 pm in last lap

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 India Phase 7 Voting Live News Updates: The voter turnout for the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections was recorded at 61 per cent in 59 constituencies across eight states on Sunday with few incidents of violence reported in some areas, the Election Commission said.

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Elections 2019 Phase 7 Voting LIVE Updates: A voter turnout of 61% was registered at 5 pm on Sunday.

Elections 2019 Phase 7 Voting LIVE Updates: The voter turnout for the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections was recorded at 61 per cent in 59 constituencies across eight states on Sunday with few incidents of violence reported in some areas, the Election Commission told reporters in the national capital. Amid reports of EVM glitches and violence in some parts, the BJP urged the poll panel to deploy the central armed forces in West Bengal till the Model Code of Conduct is underway as it expressed fears that the ruling Trinamool Congress may target a section of voters after polling is over.

For the final lap, the poll watchdog had set up more than 1.12 lakh polling stations and had deployed security personnel for smooth conduct of polls. Meanwhile, bye-elections were also held in Panaji, which was necessitated due to the death of former chief minister Manohar Parrikar, and in four assembly constituencies of Tamil Nadu — Sulur, Aravakurichi, Ottapidaram (SC) and Thiruparankundram.

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Congress to bag 13 seats in Kerala, predicts poll of polls

In Kerala, Congress will bag 13 seats, predicts poll of polls. It has given five seats to the Left and one to the BJP. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Congress had emerged as the single largest party in the state with 8 seats and a vote share of 31.5 per cent. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) had won 5 seats with 21.8 per cent votes.

India Today-Axis predicts rout for Mahagathbandhan in Bihar

In Bihar, the Congress' efforts to string together a Mahagathbandhan along with Tejashwi Yadav's RJD seems to have bit the dust, with people of the state once again giving the mandate to the BJP-JD(U) alliance. The India Today-Axis My India exit poll has predicted 38-40 seats for NDA and 0-2 seats for UPA.

In the 2014 elections, BJP had emerged as the single largest party in the state, winning 22 seats with a vote share of 29.9 per cent. Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal was the second-biggest in terms of votes polled, with a share 20.5 per cent, but it was third in terms of seat tally (4).

NDA set to continue its march in Northeast

Here is what News18-IPSOS exit poll predicts in Assam:

NDA: 8 to 10 seats
Asom Gana Parishad: 2
Congress: 2

In the other Northeast states, the NDA is expected to win majority, cornering 17-19 of the seats, with the Congress emerging victorious in four to six constituencies.

Positive signs for NDA in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Jharkhand

Rajasthan (25 seats): NDA - 16, Congress - 3, Others- 6

Maharashtra (48 seats): NDA - 36, Congress+NCP - 11

Jharkhand (14 seats): NDA - 9, Congress+JMM - 5

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had emerged as the single largest party, winning 23 seats in Maharashtra. In Rajasthan, BJP won all 25 seats with a vote share of 55.6%. In Jharkhand, BJP emerged as the single largest party with 12 seats and vote share of 40.7 per cent.

BSP-SP-RLD combine to win 54 seats in Uttar Pradesh

Meanwhile, Anthro.ai, which calls itself an 'AI Anthropology experiment', has predicted that the BSP + SP + RLD combine will win 54 seats in Uttar Pradesh. "We may be wrong about 8 seats. The BSP will win 27. The SP will win 22. The RLD will win 2. We have a few more weak projections for the BSP than for the SP," their blog said.

Here is what pollsters have predicted for NDA in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections

BJP set for huge gains in West Bengal

West Bengal Exit Poll Results 2019:

News18’s IPSOS - TMC 25-28 | BJP 3-7 | Others- 5-7

India News-Polstrat- TMC 26 | Congress 2 | BJP 14

Republic-Jan Ki Baat- TMC 28 | Congress 2 | BJP 18-26

Republic- CVoter- TMC 29 | Congress 2 | BJP 11

In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP bagged only 2 seats (Asansol and Darjeeling) with 17 per cent vote share.

Don't trust exit poll gossip, says Mamata Banerjee

RepublicTV predicts win for TMC in Bengal, BJP in Maharashtra

Here are Republic TV exit poll predictions for West Bengal and Maharashtra:

West Bengal - TMC: 29; NDA: 11

Maharashtra - NDA: 34, UPA: 14

Rs 15 lakh ex-gratia for polling officials who died during duty: EC

The Election Commission has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 15 lakh each to the next of the kin of three polling officials who died during duty, ANI reported. The deceased officials were Vineet Kumar, Devi Singh and Lot Ram.

Here are the exit poll predictions so far: NDA set to return to power

'Every single exit polls can't be wrong': Omar Abdullah

Chanakya predicts BJP will win 27 seats in Madhya Pradesh

Today’s Chanakya prediction for Madhya Pradesh

BJP: 27 seats Congress: 2 seats

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP won 27 of the 29 seats with a vote share of 54.8 per cent, while the Congress, with 35.4 per cent votes, managed to win just two.

Times Now-VMR predicts BJP will win 23 seats in Gujarat

Times Now-VMR Exit Poll predicts for Gujarat

NDA: 23 UPA: 3

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party had won all of the state’s 26 seats with a vote share of 60.1 per cent. Congress was the second in terms of vote share at 33.5 per cent.

TMC to retain grip in West Bengal despite BJP inroads

Here is News18's IPSOS prediction for West Bengal:

TMC: 25 to 28 seats BJP: 3 to 7 seats

In the previous Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC had won 34 seats with a vote share of 39.8 per cent. BJP bagged only 2 seats.

Exit poll results: Here what they predicted for 2014

All surveys had projected that the BJP would win more than 200 seats, bettering its previous best of 182 seats in 1998 and 1999. In contrast, most polls barring the one by Times Now-ORG had suggested the Congress would slip below the 100 mark. The Times Now-ORG survey, however, had predicted that the Congress would cross 100 seats. The surveys had also suggested that Uttar Pradesh would be the biggest contributor to the BJP’s tally, with all predicting the BJP winning more than 45 seats of the total 80.

The exit polls had also predicted that Mamata Banerjee’s TMC and late Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK would be the only two other political parties with more than 20 seats in the new house.

The surveys had given the NDA between 249 seats (Times Now-ORG) and 340 seats (News24-Chanakya), and between 70 (News24-Chanakya) and 148 seats (Times Now-ORG) to the UPA. Read more here.

Are exit polls reliable?

In India, exit polls have often proved to be unreliable. There have been several instances when they have predicted the verdict of an election incorrectly. For instance, exit polls on the 2004 Lok Sabha polls wrongly predicted the BJP-led NDA coalition winning again, while in 2009 they underestimated Congress-led UPA’s seat share. In 2014, however, most of the exit polls turned out to be accurate with BJP securing a majority of its own. Read more.

Rs 839.03 crore seized in final lap: Election Commission

SP-BSP alliance to see some gains in Uttar Pradesh

According to Republic-Jan Ki Baat exit poll, the NDA is set to bag 305 seats, while the UPA will manage only 124. The SP-BSP combine, which shed 24 years of animosity to seal a pact, is set to mark victory on 26 seats only. The Times Now exit poll predicts 306 seats for the NDA, 132 for UPA, while 104 seats are likely to be bagged by other parties. The Republic CVoter has precited 287 seats for the NDA, 128 for the UPA, while 40 seats have been predicted for the SP-BSP combine.

Three exit polls predict thumping win for NDA

Three exit polls have predicted a big win for the NDA. Two exit polls said the BJP-led NDA will win more than 300 seats and return to form its second successive government. Times Now-VMR says NDA will win 306 and UPA 132 seats.

In the 2014 elections, the NDA together won 336 seats. The BJP swept all seats in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, and virtually won all of Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh (71 out of 80) as well as Bihar with allies.

India Today-Axis predicts win for YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh

According to India Today-Axis, YSR Congress is expected to win anywhere between 18 to 20 seats in Andhra Pradesh while TDP will be down to 4 to 6 seats. In the 2014 elections, N Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP had bagged 16 and emerged as the single largest party with a vote share of 40.8 per cent. The second-biggest party was the Jaganmohan Reddy-led YSR Congress Party, which won 8 seats with 45.7 per cent votes.

Voting concludes, all eyes on exit polls

With voting come to an end in a majority of the seats, all eyes are now on the exit polls, which have been announced by most television channels. Get latest updates on Exit Poll Results 2019 India Lok Sabha elections here.

98-year-old casts her vote in Himachal Pradesh

Former Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh casts his vote in Rampur

Watch: Students' band welcome voters at polling booth in Himachal Pradesh

Watch: Election Commission addresses media on Lok Sabha polls 2019

7.27 crore voters cast ballot in last phase: EC

"In the final phase, 7.27 crore voters cast their ballot of which 3.47 crore were women and 3,377 were persons of the third gender," the poll panel tol reporters.

61% voter turnout in last lap: EC

Addressing the media, the Election Commission said, "A voter turnout of 61 per cent was recorded in the seventh phase."

Polling concludes in 524 seats: Election Commission

Jharkhand: Polling concludes in Dumka

Jadavpur: Polling officer misguiding voters, says BJP candidate Anupam Hazra

BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Jadavpur, Anupam Hazra, alleged that a special mark was put on the TMC's symbol in the EVM machine to misguide illiterate and semi-illiterate voters and indicate them to press that button. "The presiding officer is trying to fool me, saying he doesn't know anything. I spoke to a few voters who said the presiding officer was whispering to them that they need to press the button which is inked. It is clearly a pre-planned game," he told ANI.

Bihar: 42.16 per cent polling till 3 pm in eight seats

An estimated 42.16 per cent of over 1.52 crore voters exercised their franchise till 3 pm in eight Lok Sabha constituencies of Bihar today. Polling, which began at 7 am, is currently underway at 15,811 booths in the eight seats - Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Pataliputra, Arrah, Buxar, Jehanabad, Sasaram (SC) and Karakat - amid tight security. Altogether 157 candidates, including four Union ministers, are in the fray in the seventh phase of the parliamentary polls.

Have never seen anything like this before: Mamata Banerjee

"The torture that BJP workers and central forces have carried out today since the morning, is unprecedented. I have never seen anything like this before," West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters after casting her vote.

West Bengal: Clashes erupt in Barrackpore, police car vandalised


A police car was vandalised in Bhatpara, in Barrackpore, after a clash broke out when rival groups hurled bombs at one another. (Express photo/Shashi Ghosh)

Tamil Nadu: Over 50 pc polling till 3 pm in four constituencies

Brisk voting continued in the four Assembly segments in Tamil Nadu today where by-polls are underway, according to the Election Commission, PTI reported. According to the 3 pm voter turnout, statistics made available by the officials, three of the four constituencies recorded in excess of 50 per cent, even as Aravakurichi registered 66 percent polling. Over 50 per cent of the voters had cast their ballots in Sulur (58.16), Thirupparankundram (56.25) and Ottapidaram (SC) (52.17), while Aravakurichi recorded 66.38 per cent. There have been no reports of untoward incidents so far.

Mamata Banerjee casts her vote in Kolkata

CRPF acting on orders of BJP: Mamata Banerjee

Speaking to reporters, Mamata Banerjee said, "I am surprised by the manner in which the BJP has influenced the CRPF personnel."

Bihar: Police official attacked in Arrah

In Bihar, a police official on polling duty was allegedly attacked for preventing bogus voting at a polling booth in Arrah, ANI reported. The additional district magistrate said, "We received information of stone pelting but there has been no disturbance in voting. Some people might have tried to create trouble, they have been chased out."

Central forces taking order from BJP: TMC

Former Indian cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly casts his vote in Kolkata

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally. (File)

The Election Commission has set up more than 1.12 lakh polling stations for smooth conduct of polls. In the last six phases, an average of 66.88 per cent voters exercised their franchise. The whole elections were spread over 38 days. Meanwhile, the embargo on the broadcast of exit polls will be lifted this evening after polling concludes at around 5 pm. The election results will be declared on May 23.

In Uttar Pradesh, the cynosure of all eyes will be on the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, where PM Modi had defeated his nearest rival AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal by a record 3.7 lakh votes in the 2014 elections. This time, Modi’s main challengers are Congress’s Ajay Rai and SP-BSP grand alliance’s nominee Shalini Yadav. Even before Modi, Varanasi had been a BJP stronghold, with the party retaining it consistently since 1991 except in 2004, when the Congress’s Rajesh Kumar Mishra had won.

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Besides Varanasi, another seat that will be closely watched will be Gorakhpur, which was wrested by the SP-BSP alliance in bypolls last year. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who has won the seat every time since 1998, has campaigned aggressively in Gorakhpur, where BJP has fielded actor-turned-politician Ravi Kishan Shukla.

See photos: Google doodle marks final phase of Lok Sabha polls

West Bengal, where campaigning was curtailed by 20 hours following violence during BJP chief Amit Shah’s roadshow, will see voting in its capital Kolkata in the last phase. TMC chief Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee is seeking re-election from the Diamond Harbour seat. In Javadpur, the CPM has fielded lawyer and former Kolkata mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya against a Trinamool greenhorn, actress-turned-politician Mimi Chakraborty, and BJP’s Anupam Hazra, an expelled TMC MP. Basirhat Lok Sabha seat will see another star TMC candidate Nusrat Jahan locking horns with BJP’s Sayantan Basu.