Election 2019 Phase 3 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: An overall 64.66 per cent polling was recorded across 15 states and union territories as the third and largest phase of Lok Sabha elections came to an end. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters to turn up in large numbers and exercise their franchise. He paid a visit to his mother in Gandhinagar in Gujarat before casting his vote from Ranip, Ahmedabad. This part of Ahmedabad city falls under Gandhinagar constituency, of which Shah is the BJP’s candidate.
Complaints of EVMs malfunctioning were also reported from various seats in Kerala, Karnataka and Bihar. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday alleged that EVMs were “malfunctioning or voting for the BJP” across the country, terming it criminal negligence.
The BJP faces a strong challenge in Uttar Pradesh, as the third phase of Lok Sabha elections will be fought in the “Yadav belt”, and Chhattisgarh, where the Congress swept to victory in the assembly elections just four months ago, winning 68 of 90 seats, reducing BJP to just 15.
In Kerala, the contest is primarily between the CPM-led Left Democratic Front, Congress-led United Democratic Front and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.