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East states Lok Sabha Election 2019 Voting updates: Till 7 pm, Bengal registers 79.36% polling, Tripura and Assam 78.52%; Odisha's turnout improves to 58.18%

East states Lok Sabha Election 2019 Voting LATEST updates: West Bengal recorded over 79 percent polling till 7 pm, highest among the eastern states of India which voted in phase 3 of the General Election to Lok Sabha

FP Staff April 23, 2019 21:12:14 IST
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East states Lok Sabha Election 2019 Voting updates: Till 7 pm, Bengal registers 79.36% polling, Tripura and Assam 78.52%; Odisha's turnout improves to 58.18%
  • In the eastern India, voting in the third phase will be held in Assam, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura

  • The Election Commission had deferred the polls from 18 April to 23 April in Tripura East constituency due to security concenrns

  • In six seats in Odisha, the main contest in between the state's ruling BJD and the BJP

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Apr 23, 2019 - 21:07 (IST)

Election Voting Latest Updates

Voter turnout till 7 pm

Apr 23, 2019 - 21:01 (IST)
Assam Election Voting Latest Updates
 
Dhuburi, Kokrajhar and Barpeta to decide fate of immigrant Muslims in Assam
 
Three constituencies out of four in Assam, in which polls were held on Tuesday are likely to determine the fate of immigrant Muslim politics in the frontier state. Dhuburi, Kokrajhar and Barpeta constituencies  elected non-BJP candidates even amidst Modi wave in 2014. The saffron party along with it's allies are trying to unseat the sitting MPs of these constituencies.
 
Interestingly, Dhuburi elected Maulana Badaruddin Ajmal, the president of All India United Democratic Front and also the pioneer of immigrant Muslim politics in the year 2014. The BJP supported Asom Gana Parishad candidate Javed Islam, who is an Assamese Muslim in attempt to replace Ajmal in this election. The constituency has a sizeable Assamese Muslim population known as Ujaani Muslims. The Ujaani Muslims, who strive to assert their Assamese identity are likely to play a significant role in this election.
 
The Congress too has fielded an Ujaani Muslim Abu Taher Bepari as its candidate in Dhuburi. Though Islam and Bepari would share the Ujaani Muslim votes, Badaruddin is likely to focus on the immigrant Muslim votes alone. If Ajmal succeeds in drawing most of the immigrant Muslim votes, being an immigrant Muslim himself he is likely to win. But the BJP and its ally Asom Gana Parishad is focusing to polarise Ujaani Muslim votes by assuring them to protect their unique identity.
 
In this case, the BJP-AGP alliance candidate may end up winning if majority of Assamese Muslims caste their votes in favour of him. And if Ajmal loses the election, his party AIUDF is likely to face existential crisis. For his party, formed in the year 2005, has never been in power and if he himself loses this time around he will no longer remain the 'go to' man for the immigrant Muslims.
 
On the other hand, the 2012 Kokrajhar riots had tremendous bearing on the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in Kokrajhar constituency. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the constituency elected Naba Saraniya, a surrendered ULFA leader. He was supported both by immigrant Muslims and indegeneous Assamese identities in the constituency. The cause that helped Saraniya's win was the increasing demand to carving out a separate state for the Bodos including Kokrajhar. This irked the immigrant Muslims and indegeneous Assamese in the constituency. But the BJP ally Bodo People's Progressive Front is trying to woo the non-Bodo voters this time around by playing the demand for separate Bodoland low.
 
In the Barpeta constituency, which elected Sirazuddin Ajmal, brother of Badaruddin Ajmal, AGP candidate Kumar Dipak Das is attempting to win over the Assamese Muslims along with the Assamese Hindus by evoking chauvinistic sentiments. If the BJP and it s allies succeed in these constituencies than the immigrant Muslim politics in the state would change direction forever.

Apr 23, 2019 - 18:36 (IST)

Eastern States Election Voting Latest Updates

Barring Odisha, eastern states cross 70 percent polling till 6 pm

West Bengal recorded over 78 percent polling till 6 pm, highest among the eastern states of India which voted in phase 3 of the General Election to Lok Sabha. Bengal recorded high turnout despite polling being marred by poll violence in Murshidabad.

Tripura recorded the second highest at 75.26 percent followed by Assam at 74.05 percent. Odisha performed poorly on Tuesday with just 57.86 percent turnout. Simultaneous polls are being held in Odisha for six Lok Sabha constituencies and 42 Assembly seats.

Apr 23, 2019 - 18:15 (IST)

West Bengal Election Voting Latest Updates

Congress workers protest outside EC office in Kolkata over death of party worker in Murshidabad

Congress workers laucnehd a protest outside the Election Commission's office in Kolkata over party worker's death in Murshidabad. Congress and TMC workers had earlier clashed in Murshidabad, which is underoing polling in phase 3 of the general elections to Lok Sabha, during which a Congress worker was killed.

Inputy by SS Parveen/101Reporters

Apr 23, 2019 - 18:06 (IST)

Assam Election Voting Latest Updates

Assam registers over 70 percent polling till 5 pm

Till 5 pm, Assam registered an overall polling of 71.47 percent in the four Lok Sabha seats — Dhubri, Kokrajhar (ST), Barpeta and Gauhati — that voted in phase 3 of the General Elections to Lok Sabha. Dhubri recorded the highest percentage of 78.94 percent, followed by Barpeta at 72.47 percent, Kokrajhar (ST) 70.31 percent and Gauhati 65.28 percent.

Input by Santanu Mahanta/101Reporters

Apr 23, 2019 - 17:29 (IST)

Assam Election Voting Latst Updates

Himanta Biswa Sarma casts his vote at Amingaon High School booth

Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma caste his vote with wife Riniki Bhuyan at Amingaon High School poling booth

Input by Santanu Mahanta/101Reporters

Apr 23, 2019 - 17:06 (IST)

Odisha election voting latest updates

Polling in two booths in Odisha adjourned due to mis-pairing 


The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Odisha has adjourned voting in two polling booths in the State due to mis-pairing of EVM and VVPAT machines. In a press statement, the Odisha CEO Surendra Kumar said polling in Booth No 196 of Badamba Assembly Constituency and Booth No 183 of Deogarh Assembly Constituency have been suspended due wrong pairing. The CEO will recommend for fresh polling in these two booths.

Input by Bibhuti Mohapatro/101 Reporters

Apr 23, 2019 - 16:52 (IST)

Narendra Modi in West Bengal latest updates

Modi mocks Mamata over PM aspirations

In Asansol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mocked TMC chief Mamata Banerjee for her prime ministerial aspirations. "By fighting on just a handful of seats, Didi is dreaming of becoming a prime minister. If the post of prime minister could be bought in auctions, then Congress and Didi  would've bought the post with the money they've looted from the country. Didi, this prime minister post is not available for auction that you can buy if with the money earned in Saradha, Narada (scams)."

Apr 23, 2019 - 16:36 (IST)

Polling stations setup in phase 3 of General Elections to Lok Sabha

Apr 23, 2019 - 16:14 (IST)

Voter turnout at 4 pm

 
Assam: 62.13%

Odisha: 46.44%

Tripura: 65.92%

West Bengal: 68.25%


 East states Lok Sabha Election 2019 Voting LATEST updates: West Bengal recorded over 79 percent polling till 7 pm, highest among the eastern states of India which voted in phase 3 of the General Election to Lok Sabha. Bengal recorded high turnout despite polling being marred by poll violence in Murshidabad.

Till 7 pm, Tripura and Assam recorded the second highest at 78.52 percent. Odisha performed poorly on Tuesday with just 58.18 percent percent turnout. Simultaneous polls are being held in Odisha for six Lok Sabha constituencies and 42 Assembly constituencies.

Congress workers launched a protest outside the Election Commission's office in Kolkata on Tuesday over party worker's death in Murshidabad. Congress and TMC workers had earlier clashed in Murshidabad, which is undergoing polling in phase 3 of the general elections to Lok Sabha, during which a Congress worker was killed.

Till 5 pm, Assam registered an overall polling of 71.47 percent in the four Lok Sabha seats — Dhubri, Kokrajhar (ST), Barpeta and Gauhati — that voted in phase 3 of the General Elections to Lok Sabha. Dhubri recorded the highest percentage of 78.94 percent, followed by Barpeta at 72.47 percent, Kokrajhar (ST) 70.31 percent and Gauhati 65.28 percent.

In Asansol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mocked TMC chief Mamata Banerjee for her prime ministerial aspirations. "By fighting on just a handful of seats, Didi is dreaming of becoming a prime minister. If the post of prime minister could be bought in auctions, then Congress and Didi  would've bought the post with the money they've looted from the country. Didi, this prime minister post is not available for auction that you can buy if with the money earned in Saradha, Narada (scams)," he said.

Till 4 pm, voter turnout was low in Odisha at 46.4 percent in the third phase of Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies in the state, while polling crossed over 60 percent in the third phase of Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal, Assam and Tripura. Bengal registered highest among the four eastern states at 68.2 percent despite violent clashes affecting voting in Murshidabad. Tripura registered 65.92 percent turnout whereas it was 62.13 percent in Assam.

A polling officer was found hanging in his house in Buniadpur, South Dinajpur, which is part of the Balurghat Lok Sabha constituency. Babulal Murmu allegedly committed suicide last night. However, his wife alleged that Murmu was under pressure. He was disturbed because of developments that has happened in West Bengal in the last two phases. No complaint has been registered against anyone as yet.

A voter named Tiyarul Kalam, 55, was killed and seven others injured in poll clashes between the Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Baligram area of West Bengal's Murshidabad which is a Lok Sabha constituency undergoing polling in the third phase of 2019 general elections.

TMC leader and former block president of Kumarganj, Mahmuda Begum allegedly threatened people and got inot a brawl with police after BJP's Goutam Chakravarty, the leader of party's South Dinajpur district, alleged that Begum was helping people in capturing the booth and influencing voters. After getting a complaint when police reached the spot, Begum got into a heated argument with the force.

A delegation from the BJP will meet Chief Election Officer for West Bengal, Aariz Aftab, at 3.00 pm on Tuesday to voice their concerns over vote rigging and violence reported during the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

Odisha has recorded 25.26 percent voting by 1 pm. However, Bhubaneswar saw a dismal polling percentage of 8.68 percent. Some people denoted the low voter turnout to EVM glitches.

In West Bengal's South Dinajpur BJP supporters and villagers were beaten up for showing support to the party. Several people alleged that TMC workers from the area tried hijacking the booth and threatened villagers to vote for the ruling party. The situation went out of control when a couple of people got into a scuffle, and central forces rushed had to be rushed to the booth.

Whereas in Maldaha constituency, there have been severe clashes in the block near the India-Bangladesh border. Three voters have been seriously injured including a woman. There have also been allegations that voters are being influenced to vote for particular candidates. TMC has alleged that Congress cadres are trying to influence the votes and not letting voters vote for their choice of candidate in Ratua under the Maldaha constituency.

A TMC councillors' husband was injured in clashes in Domkal in the Murshidabad district. The TMC has blamed the Congress and the CPM for the attack. Earlier, during the second phase of polling, West Bengal had witnessed widespread violence.

Meanwhile, outside a polling booth in Hariharpara in Murshidabad district, gunshots were heard after poll violence, with no security personnel present at the spot. Congress has accused TMC of violence.

The Election Commission (EC) ordered the removal of a presiding officer in Ratua under the Maldaha Uttar seat after unknown persons were seen assisting voters at the polling booth, News18 reported.

Early voting was seen in West Bengal's Murshidabad constituency. The important candidates in the seat are sitting MP, Badaruddoza Khan of CPM, BJP’s Humayun Kabir, Abu Hena from Congress and TMC’s Janab Abu Taher Khan. Voters also lined-up in Assam's Gauhati and Tripura East to vote early-on.

Meanwhile, an EVM malfunctioned in Baghbar under the Barpeta Lok Sabha constituency in Assam.

In the eastern part of India, voting in the third phase on Tuesday will be held in Assam, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura.

The election to Tripura East constituency was deferred from 18 April to 23 April after the Election Commission received inputs that the "law and order prevailing in the constituency is not conducive to the holding of a free and fair poll."

In six seats in Odisha, the main contest in between the state's ruling BJD and the BJP. The BJD had won all the six seats in 2014. The third phase of polls will decide the fate of 61 hopefuls in Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar.

In West Bengal, the ruling Trinamool Congress, BJP and Congress are the main contenders in the five seats: Balurghat, Maldaha North, Maldaha South, Jangipur and Murshidabad. Four seats will see four-cornered contests between the three parties and the Left Front. It will be a three-cornered contest in Maldaha South as no Left party is in the fray in the seat.

In Assam, four constituencies — Dhubri, Kokrajhar (ST), Barpeta and Gauhati — will go to polls on Tuesday. Prominent candidates in the fray are two sitting MPs AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal in Dhubri and Independent Naba Sarania in Kokrajhar, state social welfare minister Pramila Rani Brahma of BPF from Kokrajhar and Congress MLA Abdul Khaleque.

Gauhati has 17 candidates in the fray, including five women, with the contest likely to be direct between two women candidates — BJP's Queen Oja and Congress's Bobbeeta Sharma. In Dhubri, there are 15 candidates with the fight likely to be triangular between sitting AIUDF MP Badruddin Ajmal, AGP's Zabed Islam and Congress candidate Abu Taher Bepari.

The seven-phase Lok Sabha election started on 11 April. The first phase witnessed 69.45 percent voter turnout across the country, while the election for the second phase was held on 18 April and witnessed 69.43 percent voter turnout.

The result for the Lok Sabha election will be announced on 23 May.

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