Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Voting for 95 seats in 11 states in 2nd phase underway

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Voting for 95 parliamentary seats in 11 states in the second phase of this year’s Lok Sabha polls has begun. Nearly 16 crore voters will exercise their rights to decide the fate of nearly 1600 candidates in today’s polls. Also going for polls are 18 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu.

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The seven-phase Lok Sabha polls will culminate on 19 May with the counting scheduled for 23 May. 

Among those whose fate will be decided in today’s polls are a former prime minister, several union ministers and many celebrities, who are contesting elections for the first time. Notable among them are former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, union ministers Jitendra Singh, Jual Oram, Sadananda Gowda and Pon Radhakrishnan and celebrity candidates such as Hema Malini and Raj Babbar.

Today’s elections cover 38 seats of Tamil Nadu, 14 out of 28 seats of Karnataka, 10 in Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one seat each in Manipur and Puducherry.

91 seats covering 20 states had gone for polls in the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls.

This year’s elections have been marred by blatant violations of the Model Code of Conduct with the Election Commission coming under considerable condemnation for biases in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Last week, the national poll body had banned Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Samajwadi Party Leader Azam Khan and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati from campaigning for poll code violations. However, the EC has chosen to look the other way on complaint of violations against Modi.

Among other high-profile candidates taking part in today’s elections are former Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, actor Prakash Raj, Karti Chidambaram, DMK leader and former Union Minister Kanimozhi, Karnataka Chief Minister’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy, late superstar Ambareesh’s wife Sumalatha Ambareesh, Tejasvi Surya and Prakash Ambedkar.

On Wednesday, the EC suspended one of its officers for checking Modi’s helicopter when he visited Odisha for an election rally.

Here are the LIVE updates (With inputs from ANI):

  • Voter turnout till 3 PM for 2nd phase of Maharashtra – 46.63%, Tamil Nadu – 52.02%, Odisha – 53%, Manipur – 67.5%, Uttar Pradesh – 50.39%, Chhattisgarh – 59.72%, Karnataka – 49.26% (ANI)

  • West Bengal Poll % till 3.00 pm: Jalpaiguri (SC) – 71.32%,Darjeeling – 63.14%, Raiganj – 61.84 %. State total – 65.43 %. (ANI)
  • Odisha: A 95-year-old man collapsed & later died while waiting for his turn to vote, at a polling booth in Ganjam. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. #LokSabhaElections2019 (ANI)

  • #LokSabhaElections2019 : Voter turnout till 11 AM in Uttar Pradesh (8 constituencies) is 24.31% (ANI)
  • : Voter turnout till 11 AM in #Bihar is 18.97% (ANI)

  • Voter turnout till 11 AM in Manipur is 32.18% (ANI)
  • WB: BJP General Secy&candidate from Raiganj constituency Debasree Chaudhuri alleges TMC workers were trying to capture booth at Raiganj Coronation High School. Says “TMC workers were trying to capture booth. They were campaigning among Muslims there. This isn’t election campaign” (ANI)
  • : Polling has temporarily halted at booth number 217 in Solapur’s Shastri Nagar due to fault in Electronic Voting Machine (ANI)

  • : A polling official deputed at polling booth number 186 in Kanker dies of heart attack during election duty. (ANI)
  • Voter turnout in Bihar at 10 am is around 20%
  • Dynasty politics isn’t an important issue now, country’s problems are the main issue.Only because of dynasty politics and regional politics,this country developed in several states.We’re not bothered about criticism from BJP: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy

  • Beed DM Astik Kr Pandey: Five places have reported EVM and VVPAT malfunction since morning in Beed constituency. Those are Georai, Mazalgaon, Kej, Ashti, Parali. However all those machines have been replaced immediately and polling is going smoothly at all locations.  (ANI)

  • Polling is yet to begin at booth number 29/134 at Islampur Hindi FP School of Uttar Dinajpur, in Raiganj Parliamentary constituency, as the EVM at the booth is not functioning. (ANI)

 

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