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Gujarat, Maharashtra Lok Sabha Election 2019 voting updates: Gujarat sees 50.58% turnout, Maharashtra 45.64% till 5 pm
  • 18:51 (IST)

    Here are the voter turnouts till 6 pm:

  • 18:20 (IST)

    Gujarat voting live updates

    Police file FIR after video shows people being stopped from voting

    After a video with people stopping people from voting, IGP (law & order) Narsimha Komar said, "This incidence is of Junagadh. The police have filed FIR number 3108/ 2019 against 3 persons under 341, 171 C, 504, 114 of IPC. Also under Section 135A of representation of people's Act, 1952. Police have arrested the main culprit who was on the vehicle in the video, Sanjay alias Badio, son of Dulabhai Solanki, resident of Pradeep Khadia, a place in Junagadh. The other two, Kishore Khant Darbar and one Ashok are absconding

    Input by Amit Cowper/101Reporters

  • 18:01 (IST)

    Lok Sabha Election 2019 voting LIVE updates

    Goa sees highest voter turnout among western states

    At 5 pm, the voting percentage in Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra is 50.58 percent, 58.99 percent and 45.64 percent

  • 17:53 (IST)

    Gujarat voting live updates

    Poll timing in Gujarat not to be extended, says CEO

    Gujarat CEO, Dr S Murlikrishna has said that timing in any of the 26 constituencies in the state won't be extended, but whoever is in the queue till 6 pm will be allowed to cast vote irrespective of the size of the queue.

    Input by Amit Cowper/101Reporters

  • 17:38 (IST)

    Gujarat voting live updates

    71-year-old votes for first time; was unable to vote earlier because of disability

    71-year-old Dahiben Parakhiya voted for the first time in her life from Rajkot constituency. She had been unable to vote before because of her physical disability but district collector of Rajkot made special provisions to ensure that she is provided every possible help to reach the booth.

    Masuma Bharmal Jariwala/101Reporters

  • 17:36 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting latest updates

    Kolhapur sees turnout of 52.15% till 5 pm

    In Kolhapur constituency, the average turnout is 52.15% till 5 pm

    Chandgad 49.5%
    Kagal 56.9%
    Karveer 51.24%
    Kolhapur North 50.00 %
    Kolhapur south 51.71 %
    Radhanagari 54%

    In Hatkanagale constituency, the average turnout is 52.06% till 5pm
    Hatkanagale 55.06%
    Ichalkaranji 51.24%
    Islampur 51.05%
    Shahuwadi 51.35%
    Shiralal 48.29%
    Shirol 53.75%

    Input by Abhijeet Gurjar/101Reporters

  • 16:55 (IST)

    57.63 percent voting in Goa for two Lok Sabha seats by 3 pm
     
    As much as 57.63 per cent voter turnout was registered in the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Goa till 3 pm, election authorities said.
     
    Long queues were seen outside several polling centres. As per the data released by the Chief Electoral Officer, North Goa constituency witnessed 58.31 per cent polling by 3 pm while South Goa registered 56.93 per cent turnout.
     
    PTI

  • 16:50 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates
     
     
    25 complaints filed to Gujarat CEO
     
    A total of 25 complaints was filed today to the Gujarat CEO.
     
    Ahmedabad 9 
    Surat 1
    Junagadh  3
    Panchmahal 1
    Porbandar  1
    Girl Somnath 1
    Valsad 1
    Vadodara 1
    Bhavnagar 3
    Amreli 2
    Chotta Udepur  1
    Rajkot 1
    Dahod 1
    Jamnagar 1
     
    Unaccounted cash of Rs. 30 lakhs found on one person in Junagadh. Collector has been instructed to investigate.
     
    The Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC)  has complained to the CEO regarding MCC violation. When Modi was going to cast his vote at Nishan school in Ranip, posters and banners were allegedly displayed even within the 100 meters of polling booth, by supporters.
     
    Input by Amit Cowper/101Reporters

  • 16:20 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting latest updates

    EVM malfunctions while Shiv Sena candidate casts vote in Aurangabad

    An EVM malfunction occurred while sitting MP and Shiv Sena candidate Chandrakant Khaire was voting at Zilla Parishad office in Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency. The matter was immediately resolved by the officials present in the booth.

    J. Mahesh/101Reporters

  • 16:13 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting latest updates

    Seer arrives to vote in tractor

    Ellora's seer Shantigiri Maharaj who supported independent candidate, Harshwardhan Jadhav came in a tractor to cast vote for Aurangabad LS seat. ‘Tractor’ is the election symbol of Harshwardhan Jadhav. Shantigiri Maharaj contested for LS election in 2009 and managed to get around 1.5 lakh votes from Aurangabad LS seat as an independent candidate. His follower base is in Aurangabad, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon and Nashik district.

    Input by J Mahesh/101Reporters

  • 15:59 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting latest updates

    At Ahmednagar's Tisgaav, a 100-year-old woman, Chandrabhaga Undale cast her vote.

  • 15:49 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Among voters in Gujarat are 40 people on remote island

    The 40-odd voters of the mid-sea polling booth on remote Ajad island booth situated in the Gulf of Kutch/Arabian sea off Okha coast of Gujarat are also voting today.

    A booth was set up on the island for the first time in 2014 LS polls. The island has been deprived of basic amenities for long and is populated by only 89 people, of whom 40 odd were voters

    It comes under Khambhalia Assembly constituency of Devbhoomi Dwarka district and Jamnagar Lok Sabha constituency. In the last Assembly election in 2017, there was 90% voting turnout there.

    The election team has made all arrangements for a makeshift booth with all material including EVM/VVPAT after traveling in a boat to the island.

    In Gujarat, the single voter of Banje temple booth in Gir forests Mahant Dharmdas has also voted this time around. 

    Banej polling station which was set up for the first time in 2007 is a unique polling station in the entire country with just one voter. Located in the deep forest of Gir, the only resident is the 62-year-old temple priest who resides alone in the deep woods. Bharatdas was taking care of the temple for the past 17 years. He had first cast vote on this booth in 2007 Assembly election when it was part of Junagadh district and in the 2012 and 2017 Assembly polls as well as 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections. A polling party of 8 people including policemen is deputed on his booth.

    It is said that Pandava during their exile passed through Gir Forest and when their mother Kunti became thirsty great archer Arjun released a bow to get water from the earth. Hence the name ‘Banej’ derived. Every year, a large number of tourists and pilgrims visit Banej, but they are not allowed for night halts there as deadly wild beast including Asiatic lions and leopards roam around.

    In all the 26 Lok Sabha constituencies in Gujarat polling will be held simultaneously from 7am to 6pm today. At Banej booth, however, the polling party sealed the EVM soon after the single voter cast his vote.

    Input by Rajnish Mishra/101Reporters

  • 15:36 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    RECAP: 2014 LS polls was a watershed moment for BJP in Gujarat

    Even though the BJP has always been strong in Gujarat, after the Godhra incident and the Gujarat riots in 2002, the BJP's seat count reduced from 19 of 26 in 1999 to 14 seats in 2002. In 2009 too, the BJP won only 15 seats.

    However, Narendra Modi continued to be elected to the Assembly and holding the office of the chief minister. "The 2014 Lok Sabha election was a watershed moment when Gujaratis backed Narendra Modi for the prime minister's post. The BJP swept all the 26 seats and even the Congress stalwarts had to bite the dust," a report by The Economic Times noted.

  • 15:30 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting latest updates

    Parth Ajit Pawar voted at Katewadi booth of the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency on Tuesday. Pawar is the NCP candidate from Maval constituency. Maval will go for polling in the fourth phase of the elections.

    Input by Sunil Dhumal

  • 15:26 (IST)

    Voter turnout till 3 pm

    Maharastra: 33.09 percent

    Goa: 46.53 percent

    Gujarat: 39.5 percent

    Daman and Diu: 42.99 percent

    Dadra and Nagar Haveli: 37.2 percent

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Zero percent voter turnout recorded in Davdahad village in Gujarat's Dahod constituency

    Zero percent voter turnout was recorded in the Davdahad village of Dang, which is part of the Dahod Lok Sabha constituency. Residents of Davdahad village boycotted the elections due to lack of basic facilities in their village.

    Input by Darshana Jamindar

  • 15:05 (IST)

    Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu voting latest updates

    Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli register jump of almost 20% in voter turnout in one hour

    The Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, which have one Lok Sabha constituency each saw a nearly 20 percent jump in voter turnout between 1 and 2 pm. At 1 pm, the turnout in Daman and Diu was 23.93 percent and at 2 pm, it was 44.99 percent.

    Meanwhile, the voter turnout in Dadra and Nagar Haveli was 21.62 percent at 1 pm and 37.20 percent at 2 pm.

  • 14:48 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting latest updates

    Sharad Pawar struggles to win over sugar belt

    Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar is seeking to regain the favour of the electorate in Maharashtra's sugar belt, of which eight constituencies are voting today. Baramati, Pune, Madha, Hatkalangale, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur, and Ahmednagar have long been the NCP's stronghold, but the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance managed to usurp power from Pawar in 2014.

  • 14:38 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    94-year-old has not missed a single election since 1950

    Indubhai Joshi (94) has been voting in every election since 1950. He voted in the Rajkot Lok Sabha constituency on Tuesday.

    Input by Masuma Bharmal Jariwala

  • 14:34 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Congress candidate in Ahmedabad West clicks photo inside polling booth

    Congress candidate in the Ahmedabad West constituency, Raju Parmar, clicked a photo of while casting his vote inside the polling booth. A photo has gone viral, as there is a strict ban on the use of a mobile phone inside the polling booth.

    Input by Darshana Jamindar

  • 14:30 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Amit Shah visits various polling booths in Gandhinagar

    BJP president and candidate from Gandhinagar, Amit Shah visited different polling booths in the Lok Sabha constituency after casting his vote early on Tuesday.

    Input by Darshana Jamindar

  • 14:26 (IST)

    Voter turnout till 2 pm

    Maharastra: 32.07 percent

    Goa: 46.36 percent

    Gujarat: 39.27 percent

    Daman and Diu: 42.99 percent

    Dadra and Nagar Haveli: 37.2 percent

  • 14:22 (IST)

    Voter turnout latest updates

    Here is the trajectory of the voter turnout in the third phase of the Lok Sabha election till 2 pm: 

  • 14:16 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting updates

    Snapshot: Kolhapur

    An NCP stronghold since 1980, its sitting MP Dhananjay Mahadik defeated Shiv Sena contender Sanjay Sadashivrao Mandalik, son of former Congress-NCP strongman Sadashivrao D Mandlik, in 2014.

    Now Dhananjay Mahadik and Sanjay Mandlik are again pitted against each other in this erstwhile royal seat of the Chhatrapati of Kolhapur. The constituency has 17,58,300 voters.

  • 14:14 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting updates

    Snapshot: Ahmednagar

    The stronghold of the Vikhe-Patil clan where the Congress has held sway virtually uninterrupted since 1952. The constituency hogged limelight last month when Sujay Vikhe Patil, a medico and son of Congressman and Maharashtra Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, suddenly quit the Congress and joined the BJP.

    His grouse was that the NCP did not give up the Ahmednagar seat which has been the bastion of one of the oldest political clans in the state. The BJP promptly rewarded Sujay Vikhe-Patil with a ticket and now he is pitted against NCP's Sangram Jagtap. Upset over the subsequent developments, even Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil could create a major upset for the Congress-NCP alliance.

    The constituency has 16,99,408 voters, including 8,98,819 men and 8,00,589 women.

     

  • 14:10 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting updates

     

    Snapshot: Baramati

    In Baramati, the seat represented by Sharad Pawar for seven terms and Ajit Pawar for one term, NCP's Supriya Sule (Sharad Pawar's daughter) is making her third attempt amidst a loud chorus by the BJP that the "Pawars would be politically erased" from the region.

    BJP president Amit Shah has asked his workers to "hit the roots" of the Pawar clan even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on them.

    The BJP has pitted Kanchan Kul against Sule, making it only one of the two seats in the state other than Mumbai North-Central which will have a direct woman-to-woman contest. The constituency has 18,13,543 voters, including 9,60,387 males and 8,53,156 females.

     

  • 14:08 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting updates

     
    Snapshot: Raigad
     
    Shiv Sena's Union Minister Anant Geete will make his third attempt to bag the seat contesting former NCP state president Sunil Tatkare. Geete became a reckoning force in 2009 when he defeated late Congress former union minister and chief minister AR Antulay.

    While Tatkare boasts of having the support of the Congress and the 'Mahagathbandhan', Geete got a pre-poll booster when Antulay's son Naved Antulay joined the party last month. The constituency has 15,32,781 voters, including 7,52,491 males and 7,80,290 females.

     

  • 14:06 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting updates

     
    Snapshot: Why Jalgaon is important
     
    Jalgaon in north Maharashtra has been a BJP stronghold since 1999, but the party dropped its two-time sitting MP AT Nana Patil in favour of former state BJP women's wing president Smita Uday Wagh, who will contest against NCP's Gulabrao Deokar.

    Wagh's candidature may pose problems for the BJP from the Patil loyalists with many Shiv Sena men resenting her vis-a-vis Deokar, who has the support of the Congress plus the 56-party Mahagathbandhan and Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). Jalgaon has 17,05,933 voters comprising 9,09,027 males and 7,98,906 females.

     
    (IANS)

  • 14:04 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting updates

    Snapshot: Why Aurangabad is important

    An important seat with a Muslim-dominated population, Aurangabad is currently held by four-time Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire. In his fifth attempt this time, Khaire will face rough weather from Shiv Sena rebel MLA Harshvardhan Jadhav (son-in-law of state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve-Patil), Congress strongman MLC Subhash Zambad and the VBA-AIMIM's Imtiyaz Jaleel.

    Khaire's campaign slogan is "Baan pahije ki Khan pahije" (You want bow-and-arrow, Sena's poll symbol, or a Khan, meaning a Muslim). The constituency has a total of 15,89,393 voters, including 8,46,023 men and 7,43,370 women.

  • 14:01 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Arun Jaitley votes in Ahmedabad

    Union finance minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley cast his vote at a polling booth in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

  • 13:59 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting latest updates

    Today's polls to decide political fate of Sharad Pawar clan, Mohite-Patils

    The third phase of polls on Tuesday will decide the political fate of some of the biggest political clans in Maharashtra such as NCP leader Sharad Pawar's family, the Mohite-Patils and the late Vasantrao 'Dada' Patil's family, which are fighting to retain their stronghold as the ruling BJP attempts to overrule their supremacy.

  • 13:53 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    LK Advani casts vote in Ahmedabad

    Veteran BJP leader and former deputy prime minister LK Advani, who had represented the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency for six terms, casts his vote at Hindi School booth in Shahpur area which falls under Ahmedabad West Lok Sabha constituency.  He was accompanied by daughter Pratibha.

    Input by Rajnish Mishra

  • 13:45 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Kutch village boycotts polls 

    Joining the list of regions in which villages have boycotted the Lok Sabha election, residents of the Rapar Nada village of the Kutch Lok Sabha constituency have boycotted the polls to protest against the water problem in the area.

    Input by Binita Parekh

  • 13:34 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting latest updates

    Kolhapur booth being operated by women-only staff

    The Sakhi Voting Booth in Kolhapur is being operated by only by women. The booth was decorated with balloons and rangoli. Creche services (पालनाघर) were also made available for infants. The first 100 voters were greeted with flowers in the morning.

    The booth is being managed by Manik Khot, who is the polling centre in-charge, Varsha Pawar who is a polling officer, Niyoti Shinde (polling officer), and Pushpa Hinge (polling officer). VB Sangave, a police constable from the Shahupuri police station is also present.

    Input by Abhijeet Gurjar

  • 13:29 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting latest updates

    Sharad Pawar's grandson votes in Baramati

    Sharad Pawar's grandson, Rohit Pawar voted at the Pimpali booth in the Baramati constituency on Tuesday.

    Input by Sunil Dhumal

  • 13:22 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Congress' confident after 2017 Assembly performance while BJP fights to retain power

    Gujarat has been a stronghold of the BJP, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah, and party stalwarts like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani having represented various seats from the states in their respective political tenures.

    However, even though the party is seemingly confident about another sweep like in 2014 when the BJP won all 26 seats in the state, this time the fight is close in at least a dozen seats with the Congress' confidence increasing after its performance in the 2017 Assembly election. The party was able to score 77 seats in the state Assembly, up from its earlier count of 61.

    "Though the Modi factor still works in Gujarat where the majority roots for his stand on nationalism and action against corruption and terrorism, there is a vote bank disgruntled over farm distress, water scarcity for irrigation, and jobs even as Patel discontent fanned by the Patidar agitation stands doused after the Centre's 10 percent EWS quota," a report by The Times of India said.

  • 13:08 (IST)

    Voter turnout till 1 pm

    Maharastra: 18.21 percent

    Goa: 28.91 percent

    Gujarat: 25.50 percent

    Daman and Diu: 23.93 percent

    Dadra and Nagar Haveli: 21.62 percent

  • 13:06 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Gautam Adani votes in Ahmedabad

    Industrialist Gautam Adani, whom Congress president Rahul Gandhi targets for his "proximity" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cast his vote at a booth in the Bopal area in Ahmedabad under the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

    Input by Rajnish Mishra

  • 12:50 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting latest updates

    Mohan Joshi, Girish Bapat cast votes in Pune

    The Congress candidate Mohan Joshi for the Pune Lok Sabha constituency on Tuesday cast his vote at the Salisbury park booth. Joshi is contesting for the seat with BJP candidate Girish Bapat, who cast his vote earlier in the day at the Kasaba booth of the constituency.

    Input by Sunil Dhumal

  • 12:28 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    MCC violation seen in Surat constituency

    An MCC violation was reported in the Gajera school booth under the Surat Lok Sabha constituency, when polling officials displayed a BJP banner at the registration desk at the booth.

    According to the Moral Code of Conduct, on polling day, all party candidates are to cooperate with the poll-duty officials at the voting booths and are prohibited from displaying their election symbols near and around the poll booths.

    Input by Darshana Jamindar

  • 12:23 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Specialised booths to enable differently-abled people to vote in Panchmahal constituency

    The presiding officer at the Persons with Disabilities (PwD) booth at the Panchmahal constituency spoke about the facilities at the booth to enable differently-abled people to vote.

    The officer said, "It's a good initiative by the EC as it shows the priority to the handicapped people. Also, PwD Mobile app, is specially meant for PwDs to request for voter facilitation, including pick up and drop off, wheelchair facilities and more".

    Input by Vraj Rupachandani

  • 12:16 (IST)

    Voter turnout till noon

    Maharastra: 17.26 percent

    Goa: 28.49 percent

    Gujarat: 24.93 percent

    Daman and Diu: 23.93 percent

    Dadra and Nagar Haveli: 21.62 percent

  • 12:11 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Villages under Amreli Lok Sabha constituency boycott polls

    A few villages under the Amreli Lok Sabha constituency in Gujarat have boycotted the election. Locals from villages like Jafrabad allege that there is a "lack of political will" to address basic issues of the village.

    Input by Binita Parekh

  • 12:04 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Senior journalist's name left off list in Ahmedabad east constituency

    At the Kanbha polling booth of the Ahmedabad east Lok Sabha constituency, the name of a senior journalist, Shaileshkumar Vyas was left off the voter's list. However, the Election Commission of India website showed that Vyas' name was on the list at the Odhav village school voter's list, which is reportedly 10 kilometres away from his residence. 

    Input by Shriji Maharaj

  • 11:54 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Candidates who have voted so far:

     

    The Congress and BJP are facing off in Gujarat, where the Congress' confidence was bolstered after a significant win in the 2017 Assembly polls. Congress candidate from Amreli constituency, Paresh Dhanani cast his vote early in the day and urged voters to exercise their right "to save the Constitution, and save the country".

    Gujarat minister Jayesh Radadiya also voted in Jamkandorana under the Porbandar Lok Sabha constituency. In the Porbandar constituency, the contest is between Rameshbhai Lavjibhai Dhaduk of the BJP and Lalit Vasoya of the Congress.

    Kutch MLA Vasanbhai Ahir cast his vote early on Tuesday, even as he is still involved in a controversy. In Kutch, the fight for the seat is between Vinod Lakhamashi Chavda of the BJP and Congress’ Naresh Naranbhai Maheshwari.

    Gujarat minister Vibhawariben Dave raised slogans for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as she cast her vote in Bhavnagar Lok Sabha constituency. She said, "Modi hai toh mumkin hai" inside the polling booth in the Fulwari chowk area.

    Madhya Pradesh governor and former Gujarat chief minister, Anandiben Patel cast her vote at the Shilaj primary school  from Thaltej in the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency. Congress candidate Bharatsinh Solanki cast his vote at Dedarda village of Borsad Taluka in Anand constituency. 

    Congress leader Ahmed Patel cast his vote at Piraman booth in Bharuch Lok Sabha constituency.

    Inputs by Darshana Jamindar, Amit Cowper, and Rajnish Mishra

  • 11:33 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Hardik Patel expresses disappointment with low voter turnout

    Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who joined the Congress last month expressed disappointment with low voter turnout in Gujarat in the third phase of the Lok Sabha election on Tuesday.

  • 11:31 (IST)

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    Hardik Patel casts vote in Viramgram

    Hardik Patel, former Patidar quota leader who joined the Congress last month and is one of the star campaigners of the party, cast his vote in his hometown of Viramgam in Ahmedabad district which is under the Surendranagar Lok Sabha constituency

    Talking to the media, he expressed concern about low voter turnout. He said that a strong government could not be elected with a low voter turnout. He added saying that the low voting was due to lack of interest among people as real public issues were being ignored during the eelction campaign.

    Input by Rajnish Mishra

  • 11:28 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Special voting booth made for lone voter in Gir forest

    A special booth has been made in Banej, in the Gir forest which falls under the Una Lok Sabha constituency for a lone voter, Mahant Bharatdas Goswami. Around Rs 25,000 has been spent in securing this vote.

    Input by Amit Cowper

  • 11:25 (IST)

    Gujarat voting latest updates

    Cheteshwar Pujara casts vote in Rajkot

    Cheteshwar Pujara and his wife cast their votes in Gujarat's Rajkot constituency on Tuesday.

    Input by Rajnish Mishra

  • 11:18 (IST)

    Maharashtra voting latest updates

    18 Kolhapur villages boycott Lok Sabha election

    At least 18 villages in Maharashtra's Kolhapur have boycotted the Lok Sabha election as the state votes in the third phase on Tuesday. Zero voting has been reported in Kolhapur's Vetawade Tal Panhala. The boycott has been called in protest of the incomplete Dhamani Dam project in the district.

    Input by Abhijeet Gurjar


West states Lok Sabha Election voting LATEST updates:  At 5 pm, the voting percentage in Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra is 50.58 percent, 58.99 percent and 45.64 percent

The Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) has complained to the CEO regarding MCC violation. When Modi was going to cast his vote at Nishan school in Ranip, posters and banners were allegedly displayed even within the 100 meters of polling booth, by supporters.

An EVM malfunction occurred while sitting MP and Shiv Sena candidate Chandrakant Khaire was voting at Zilla Parishad office in Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency.

The Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, which have one Lok Sabha constituency each saw a nearly 20 percent jump in voter turnout between 1 and 2 pm. At 1 pm, the turnout in Daman and Diu was 23.93 percent and at 2 pm, it was 44.99 percent.

Meanwhile, the voter turnout in Dadra and Nagar Haveli was 21.62 percent at 1 pm and 37.20 percent at 2 pm.

Zero percent voter turnout was recorded in the Davdahad village of Dang, which is part of the Dahod Lok Sabha constituency. Residents of Davdahad village boycotted the elections due to lack of basic facilities in their village.

In Baramati, the seat represented by Sharad Pawar for seven terms and Ajit Pawar for one term, NCP's Supriya Sule (Sharad Pawar's daughter) is making her third attempt amidst a loud chorus by the BJP that the "Pawars would be politically erased" from the region.

BJP president Amit Shah has asked his workers to "hit the roots" of the Pawar clan even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on them.

The BJP has pitted Kanchan Kul against Sule, making it only one of the two seats in the state other than Mumbai North-Central which will have a direct woman-to-woman contest. The constituency has 18,13,543 voters, including 9,60,387 males and 8,53,156 females.

Veteran BJP leader and former deputy prime minister LK Advani, who had represented the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency for six terms, casts his vote at Hindi School booth in Shahpur area which falls under Ahmedabad West Lok Sabha constituency. He was accompanied by daughter Pratibha.

Gujarat has been a stronghold of the BJP, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah, and party stalwarts like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani having represented various seats from the states in their respective political tenures.

However, even though the party is seemingly confident about another sweep like in 2014 when the BJP won all 26 seats in the state, this time the fight is close in at least a dozen seats with the Congress' confidence increasing after its performance in the 2017 Assembly election. The party was able to score 77 seats in the state Assembly, up from its earlier count of 61.

"Though the Modi factor still works in Gujarat where the majority roots for his stand on nationalism and action against corruption and terrorism, there is a vote bank disgruntled over farm distress, water scarcity for irrigation, and jobs even as Patel discontent fanned by the Patidar agitation stands doused after the Centre's 10 percent EWS quota," a report by The Times of India said.

 An MCC violation was reported in the Gajera school booth under the Surat Lok Sabha constituency, when polling officials displayed a BJP banner at the registration desk at the booth.

According to the Moral Code of Conduct, on polling day, all party candidates are to cooperate with the poll-duty officials at the voting booths and are prohibited from displaying their election symbols near and around the poll booths.

A few villages under the Amreli Lok Sabha constituency in Gujarat have boycotted the election. Locals from villages like Jafrabad allege that there is a "lack of political will" to address basic issues of the village.

The Congress and BJP are facing off in Gujarat, where the Congress' confidence was bolstered after a significant win in the 2017 Assembly polls. Congress candidate from Amreli constituency, Paresh Dhanani cast his vote early in the day and urged voters to exercise their right "to save the Constitution, and save the country".

Gujarat minister Jayesh Radadiya also voted in Jamkandorana under the Porbandar Lok Sabha constituency. In the Porbandar constituency, the contest is between Rameshbhai Lavjibhai Dhaduk of the BJP and Lalit Vasoya of the Congress.

Kutch MLA Vasanbhai Ahir cast his vote early on Tuesday, even as he is still involved in a controversy. In Kutch, the fight for the seat is between Vinod Lakhamashi Chavda of the BJP and Congress’ Naresh Naranbhai Maheshwari.

Gujarat minister Vibhawariben Dave raised slogans for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as she cast her vote in Bhavnagar Lok Sabha constituency. She said, "Modi hai toh mumkin hai" inside the polling booth in the Fulwari chowk area.

Madhya Pradesh governor and former Gujarat chief minister, Anandiben Patel cast her vote at the Shilaj primary school from Thaltej in the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency. Congress candidate Bharatsinh Solanki cast his vote at Dedarda village of Borsad Taluka in Anand constituency.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel cast his vote at Piraman booth in Bharuch Lok Sabha constituency.

At least 18 villages in Maharashtra's Kolhapur have boycotted the Lok Sabha election as the state votes in the third phase on Tuesday. Zero voting has been reported in Kolhapur's Vetawade Tal Panhala. The boycott has been called in protest of the incomplete Dhamani Dam project in the district.

Technical problems with the Electronic Voting Machines were reported in two booths in the North Goa constituency, as the seats went to the polls in the third phase of the Lok Sabha election on Tuesday. In Talegoan, the EVM stopped working because there was no paper inserted in the machine, and was soon replaced by another.

BJP’s sitting MP Pad Yasso Naik has been fielded against Congress’ Girish Chodankar in the North Goa constituency.

EVM glitches were reported in several booths under the Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituency, due to which voting was delayed by 25 minutes.

Recently appointed Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant cast his vote in North Goa parliamentary constituency in the third phase of the Lok Sabha election on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the public and media after casting his vote in Ahmedabad. He said that he was "fortunate" to be part of the "festival of democracy". "The Voter ID is the strongest weapon, it is more powerful than an IED," he said. He also thanked the media for 'urging' people to vote.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he "fulfilled his responsibility" as a voter by casting his vote in Ahmedabad. He addressed the public after casting his vote and appealed voters to turn out in large numbers for the third phase of the Lok Sabha election.

"I welcome the first-time voters, this is the time of their generation, and to make their time successful, they need to vote," he said,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just cast his vote in the third phase of the Lok Sabha election. The prime minister voted in Ahmedabad under the Gandhinagar constituency, from where BJP president Amit Shah is contesting the General Election.

BJP president Amit Shah has arrived at the Nishan school booth in Ranip area in Ahmedabad under the Gandhinagar constituency and is expected to cast his vote shortly. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will cast his vote in the same constituency soon.

The main contests in Maharashtra's second and arguably the most crucial phase of the Lok Sabha election will be between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance and the Opposition Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) combine.

Besides these, the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) Dalit-Muslim front comprising Prakash Ambedkar's Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) and the Owaisi brothers' All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) will also put up a fight in the election.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Gujarat and will cast his vote in Ahmedabad for the Lok Sabha election shortly. All the constituencies in Gujarat will vote on Tuesday and BJP president Amit Shah is in the fray from the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

BJP president Amit Shah, who is in the fray from the Gandhinagar seat, tweeted an appeal to the voters in the third phase of the Lok Sabha election to turn out in large numbers. He also urged voters to vote for India's "security, pride, and respect" by voting for a "strong and decisive" government.

In the western India, polling for the third phase of the general election will be held in Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu.

In Gujarat, over four crore voters will decide the fate of 371 candidates in fray for 26 Lok Sabha constituencies and 45 candidates for bypolls in four Assembly seats. Besides Gandhinagar, polling will be held in Kachchh, Banaskantha, Patan, Mahesana, Sabarkantha, Ahmedabad East, Ahmedabad West, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Anand, Kheda, Panchmahal, Dahod, Vadodara, Chhota Udaipur, Bharuch, Bardoli, Surat, Navsari and Valsad.

BJP chief Amit Shah, who replaced LK Advani as the party nominee from Gandhinagar, and 370 other candidates are in the fray in the 26 Lok Sabha seats all of which were won by the saffron party in the last election. Union minister of state for tribal affairs Jaswantsinh Bhabhor is the BJP nominee from Dahod seat.

Altogether 249 candidates are in the fray in 14 constituencies in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra.

State BJP president Raosaheb Danve (Jalna) and NCP chief Sharad Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule (Baramati) are among the prominent candidates in fray.

Polling will be held in Jalgaon, Raver (north Maharashtra), Jalna, Aurangabad (Marathwada), Raigad, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg (Konkan), Pune, Baramati, Madha, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur, Hathkanangale (western Maharashtra) and Ahmednagar seats.

A keenly-watched contest will be in Ahmednagar where Sujay Vikhe Patil, the son of Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil of the Congress is the BJP nominee. Sujay Vikhe Patil joined the BJP in the run-up to the polls, after the NCP refused to vacate the Ahmednagar seat for the Congress. He is now pitted against NCP's Sangram Jagtap.

MP Raju Shetti of the Swabhimani Paksha, an ally of the Congress-NCP, is seeking a re-electionfrom Hatkanangale.

Polling on two Lok Sabha constituencies and bypolls in three Assembly seats will be held in the third phase in Goa. Twelve candidates are in the fray for the two Lok Sabha constituencies, North Goa and South Goa.

Besides these states, polling will also be held in one seat each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

The seven-phase Lok Sabha election started on 11 April. The first phase witnessed 69.45 percent voter turnout across the country, while 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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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 19:41:49 IST