63.24% voting registered in third phase of Lok Sabha polls


Polling for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections started on Tuesday. According to the Election Commission, 63.24 percent voting was registered in the third phase of polls that covered 116 parliamentary seats spread across 14 states and two Union Territories with 18.85 crore voters deciding the fate of 1640 candidates. The first two phases of polls so far have covered 91 and 94 seats respectively.

Photo: ANI

Seats going to polls today were important given that the BJP had won 66 of them in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The Congress and its allies had won 27 of them. Today’s elections include all 26 seats of Gujarat and all 20 seats of Kerala, where the BJP has been trying to gain foothold. Kerala’s 20 seats also include Wayanad, which Congress President Rahul Gandhi has chosen as his second seat after Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

In Gujarat, BJP President Amit Shah is contesting from Gandhinagar by replacing LK Advani. In 2014, the BJP had won all 26 seats in the state.

Among other states, four seats in Assam, five in Bihar, seven in Chhattisgarh, 14 each in Karnataka and Maharashtra, six in Odisha, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, five in West Bengal, two in Goa, and one each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura.

Another highlight of today’s polls was Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag Parliamentary constituency, which will have first part of its three-phase elections held today. Anantnag is the only Lok Sabha seat in India, which will go to polls in three phases.  While Anantnag will have polling today, Kulgam will see voting on 29 April and Shopian and Pulwama on 6 May.

Here are the key highlights:


  • Polling percentage recorded in Assam-12.36%, Bihar-12.60%,Goa-2.29%,Guj-1.35%, J&K-0.00%, K’taka-1.75%, Kerala-2.48%, M’rashtra-0.99%, Odisha-1.32%, Tripura-1.56%, UP-6.84%, WB-10.97%, Chhattisgarh-2.24%, Dadra&Nagar Haveli-0.00%, Daman& Diu-5.83%,till 9am (ANI)
  • After casting his vote, Modi told reporters, ” Today third phase of polling is underway, I am fortunate that I also got the opportunity to fulfill my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Like you feel pure after a holy dip in Kumbh, one feels pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy.”
  • PM Modi met his mother before casting his vote today


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