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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 1 Voting Updates: Maharashtra Congress submits 50 complaints on EVMs, BJP workers' 'hooliganism'
  • 20:27 (IST)

    Maharashtra: Cong alleges faulty EVMs, intimidation by BJP workers
     
    The Congress said Thursday that it has submitted 50 complaints to the Election Commission about glitches in Electronic Voting Machines and hooliganism by BJP workers at booths across seven Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.
     
    It also made over 100 calls to EC and police authorities to seek action, it said.
     
    PTI

  • 20:12 (IST)

    Assam voting percentages at 5 PM (State EC Data) :

    -Dibrugarh   - 69 %
    -Jorhat         - 72 %
    -Kaliabor      - 64 %
    -Lakhimpur  - 62 %
    -Tezpur         - 70 %

    State Average - 67.4 %

    Figures likely to increase further as voting still underway at many polling booths.

    Input by Avik Chakraborty/101 Reporters

  • 20:02 (IST)

    Naxal-affected Bastar district sees turnout of 57 percent
     
    A 57 percent voter turnout was recorded in the naxal-affected Bastar Lok Sabha constituency of Chhattisgarh Thursday.
     
    Election officials said the figure may go up as several polling parties which manned booths in remote interior areas will return only Friday, after which the final turnout will be calculated.
     
    PTI

  • 19:58 (IST)

    BSP, SP allegation of Dalits being prevented from voting is baseless: Poll officers
     
    The election office in Lucknow on Thursday dismissed as "rumour" the allegations levelled by the BSP and the SP that some Dalit voters were prevented from casting ballots in a booth in Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor Lok Sabha constituency.
     
    The BSP has alleged that they had received reports of Dalits being prevented from reaching polling booths in "various" places in the state.
     
    Eight Lok Sabha seats in western Uttar Pradesh went to polls Thursday. In total, polling was held in 91 seats in 18 states and two Union Territories.
     
    "These (reports) are only rumours," State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) L Venkateshwarlu told PTI.
     
    PTI

  • 19:45 (IST)

    Nagaland Congress complains to EC agains Deputy CM Y Patton

    Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee has issued a release condemning the actions of Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, who was seen wearing a BJP scarf, and entering a polling station with 7-8 voter slips.

    Input by Kallol Dey/101Reporters

  • 19:35 (IST)

    AP voting percentage may reach 80%

    Andhra Pradesh CEO Dwiwedi said that the percentage  may come out to be 80% as there are still many voters in some places.

    The decision on re-polling will be taken tomorrow: Dwivedi

  • 19:27 (IST)

    AP saw turnout of 75-76%, says CEC

    In Andhra Pradesh, voter turnout was 75-76 % till 6 pm: CEC Dwivedi

    Input by T. Rameshbabu/101Reporters

  • 19:19 (IST)

    Meghalaya sees turnout of 67.16 percent

    Official data from the EC says that Shillong parliamentary seat had a voter turnout of 63.56 percent and Tura had 75.60 percent. In Meghalaya, the voter turnout stood at 67.16 percent.

    Input by Kyrmenlang Uriah/101Reporters

  • 19:16 (IST)

    Maharashtra: 55.78 percent polling in 7 Lok Sabha constituencies
     
    Altogether 55.78 percent voters Thursday exercised their franchise in the first phase of polling in seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra, officials said.
     
    Polling began at 7 am and ended at 5 pm in all the seven seats, they said.
     
    PTI

  • 19:08 (IST)

    East states election 2019 voting LIVE updates: Lok Sabha Election 2019: In Phase 1, four Bihar constituencies that went to polls appear to be heading into NDA kitty

    Not a single finger was chopped and not a single booth saw a boycott. The threat of the Maoists was simply ignored by the voters in all the four Lok Sabha constituencies of Gaya, Aurangabad, Jamui and Nawada which went to vote on Thursday. 

    Read the full article here

  • 19:05 (IST)

    Odisha saw a 66 percent voter turnout till 5 pm

  • 18:49 (IST)

    Telangana sees total voter turnout of 60.57 percent

  • 18:44 (IST)

    East states election 2019 voting LIVE updates: Tripura sees 81 percent voter turnout

    Following are the figures for voter percentages in the northeastern states. Tripura has the highest figure.

    Meghalaya: 62%
    Mizoram: 60.82%
    Tripura: 81%
    Nagaland: 73%
    Manipur: 78.20%
    Sikkim: 75%
    Assam: 67.4% 
    Arunachal Pradesh: 58.26 % 

    Input by Pranjal S/101Reporters

  • 18:38 (IST)

    The overall turnout in Bastar district was 46.3 percent. Chitrakot saw the highest voting percentage at 57.53 percent.

  • 18:34 (IST)

    High turnout in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar

    A high turnout was reported in West Bengal's Cooch Behar (81.94 percent) and Alipurduar (81.05 percent), CNN-News18 reported.

  • 18:27 (IST)

    EC could not maintain EVMs, VVPATs: Chandrababu Naidu

    Chandrababu Naidu was quoted by ANI as saying, "Election Commission acted actively in transferring the officials; and couldn't maintain EVMs & VVPATs. They've failed. You had to face troubles in the scorching heat. I'm very disappointed and feeling bad for it.However I once again appeal to all of you to cast your vote."

  • 18:07 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh Election Voting Latest Updates

    Dalit man not allowed to vote because he did not have identity proof, says ADM Shamli

    Assistant District Magistrate (ADM) Shamli Anand Shukla in a telephonic conversation said that they received the information of a Dalit man not being allowed to vote in the afternoon and immediately, the SDM was asked to investigate the matter.

    In the investigation, it was found that the man did not have any proof which was accepted by the the Election Commission to check identity. "We had asked that man to come again and we will wait five-ten minutes more even after the polling time ends," the ADM added.

  • 18:02 (IST)

    Uttarakhand Election Voting Latest Updates

    Voting concludes in Uttarakhand

    EVMs and VVPATs are being packed at a polling station in Haldwani.

  • 18:00 (IST)

    Andhra Pradesh Election Voting Latest Updates

    Man carries elderly father to let him cast his vote in Andhra Pradesh

  • 17:56 (IST)

    Meghalaya Election Voting Latest Updates

    Complaint lodged against BJP's Sanbor Shullai

    A complaint has been lodged against BJP candidate, Sanbor Shullai, who is contesting from the Shillong Parliamentary seat.

    At about 12:30 pm, Shullai allegedly came to Shankardev Vidyapith School polling booth to cast his vote and even tried instigating the voters of the booth to vote for him.

    On discovering this, a polling agent issued a strict warning as it is against the law.

    In return, he misbehaved with the polling agent.

    A complaint has been lodged against him in Laban police station by the presiding officer of Shankardev polling station, Bishnupur against Shullai.

    Input by Kyrmenlang Uriah/101 Reporters

  • 17:38 (IST)

    Lok Sabha Election Voting Latest Updates

    73% polling in Nagaland, 75% in Meghalaya

    Nagaland see 73 percent voter turnout till 4 pm, while Meghalaya sees 75 percent turnout till 5 pm.

    Input by Loreni Tsanglao and Kyrmenlang Uriah/101Reporters

  • 17:35 (IST)

    Odisha Election Voting Latest Updates

    Zero polling in 15 booths of Odisha

    CNN-News18 reported that due to fear of Naxals inn Odisha's Malkangiri, 15 polling booths in in Chitrakonda and Mathili blocks recorded zero voting.

  • Chhattisgarh Election Voting Latest Updates

    One Naxal killed in encounter at Orcha, Narayanpur in Chhattisgarh.

    Chhattisgarh Police killed one Naxal in an encounter at Orcha, Narayanpur in Chhattisgarh. Inspector General, Chhattisgarh police (Bastar range ) Vivekananda confirmed the incident.

  • 17:09 (IST)

    Andhra Pradesh Election Voting Latest Updates

    Over 10 clashes reported between TDP and YSRCP workers

    The latest violent clash that has erupted between the two party workers has taken place in Kurnool, reported CNN-News18.

  • 17:05 (IST)

    Uttarakhand Election Voting Latest Updates

    46.59 percent voting recorded in Uttarakhand till 3 pm

  • 17:01 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh Election Voting Latest Updates

    Visuals of Smriti Irani filing nomination from Amethi

  • 16:55 (IST)

    Maharashtra Election Voting Latest Updates

    46.13 percent turnout in Maharashtra till 3 pm

    According to ANI, Wardha witnessed 43.90 percent voting.

  • 16:53 (IST)

    West Bengal Election Voting Latest Updates

    EVM in Cooch Behar ransacked

    CNN-News18 reports that an EVM in West Bengal's Cooch Behar was ransacked by unidentified men.

    The news channel further reported that BJP has blamed TMC for the incident.

  • 16:49 (IST)

    Andhra Pradesh Election Voting Latest Updates

    Family of late Nandyal MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy alleges their supporters were kidnapped by YSRCP leaders

    The Bhuma family is alleging that two of their supporters were kidnapped by YSRCP leaders in Allagadda constituency.

    Bhuma Mounika (sister of state minister Akhila Priya) and Jagath Vikyath reddy (brother of Akhila Priya) have said that they would protest in front of YSRCP leader’s house if their supporters don’t come back.

    “They (YSRCP workers) are carrying sticks in their cars, throwing stones at us and have destroyed my car,” said Bhuma Mounika.

    Input by Mahesh Bacham/101Reporters

  • 16:44 (IST)

    Andhra Pradesh Election Voting Latest Updates

    Clash between YSRCP and TDP workers in Kadapa district

    ANI reported that a YSRCP worker was taken to a hospital after he was injured in the clash.

  • Chhattisgarh Election Voting Latest Updates

    Gumalwada records 82 percent voting by 12.30 pm

    Another Naxal hyper-sensitive  polling booth at Gumalwada under Kawapal village panchayat — 75 km from Jagdalpur town — recorded 82 percent voting by 12.30 pm.

    Gumalwada is the last point of Bastar division and 5 km away from Chhattisgarh-Odisha border.

    When Firstpost visited this booth, the security personnel said that on Tuesday, Maoists visited the Kotwar village at night and warned voters to abstain from voting. They had beaten up the 'village mukhiya (village head)', who is in the hospital at present.

    Despite death threats, the villagers came out to vote in the first hour. Polling officials said that after 2 pm, more number of voters would come. There was an eerie silence all over this small tribal village.

  • Chhattisgarh Election Voting Latest Updates

    Booths in Naxal-affected areas record huge turnout

    Polling booth number 52 of Machkot Jagdalpur Assembly seat recorded 96 percent voter turnout and Jeeragaon constituency recorded 97.45 percent.

    These booths fall in Naxal-sensitive areas of Chhattisgarh. Despite call for boycott of election by the Maoists, voters, defying their call, came out in huge numbers to cast their votes.

  • 16:20 (IST)

    Claims of indelible ink washing off emerge

  • 16:18 (IST)

    Maharashtra Election Voting Latest Updates

    Devendra Fadnavis urges people to vote

    Input by Murtaza merchant/101Reporters

  • 16:15 (IST)

    Uttarakhand Election Voting Latest Updates

    People in Bajpur area angry over their names missing from voters' list

    People of Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar constituency's Bajpur area were angry over their names allegedly missing in the voters list.

    Dozons of residents of Barhani village shouted slogans against the Election Commission. They have said  that their votes were included in the last Assembly elections. But allegedly, this time around, 150 voters have been out from the list in the Lok Sabha polls.

    Input by Rahul Singh Sekhawat, 101Reporters

  • 16:08 (IST)

    Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh Election Voting Latest Updates

    54 percent voting in Arunachal Pradesh till 3 pm

    Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh have seen 62 percent and 54 percent voting till 3 pm.

    Input by Pranjal S/101 Reporters

  • 16:05 (IST)

    Sikkim Election Voting Latest Updates

    PS Golay casts his vote

    SKM Party President PS Golay with his wife, Sarda Pakhrin, after they cast their vote at 10-Singling under 07 Soreng Chakung Constituency of West Sikkim.

    SKM president PS Golay has been declared the chief ministerial candidate by his party. Golay was associated with the SDF from 1994 till 2009.

    Inputs by Roshan Gupta/101Reporters

  • 16:01 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh Election Voting Latest Updates

    Dalit voters being blocked from voting, alleges BSP

    According to CNN-News18, BSP claimed that Dalit voters were being stopped from casting their votes by UP Police.

    BSP demanded immediate intervention from the Election Commission on this issue.

    Earlier in the day, some Dalit voters had alleged that they had been stopped from voting because of their caste. But it turned out that the voters who were turned away were not carrying their voter ID cards.

  • 15:46 (IST)

    Haridwar Election Voting Latest Updates

    If it weren't for the photos of the MPs on EVMs and VVPATs, voters from Haridwar constituency were not even aware of what their candidates look like. Here's one reason why.

    Voters aren't too happy with their representatives on the ground. BJP's Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' has been a no-show even for the sake of election campaigning, let alone reviewing the development in villages like Ambuwala, Subhashgadh, and Pathri. This attitude has not gone down well with BJP supporters, particularly in villages like Subhashgarh where the party enjoys a dominance. One seldom sees roads in the paths connecting villages to the main City of Haridwar, which too doesn't promise a smooth ride especially when one takes public transport. 

    On the other hand, Congress' Ambarish Kumar, too, sources say, hasn't shown much interest in spending money on election campaigning. Apparently, it is safe to say that the face of the PM candidate will yet again be a saving grace for the party that forms the next government in Uttarakhand, the 22nd state of India. By

    Pragya Bakshi, 101Reporters

  • 15:32 (IST)

    Telangana Election Voting Latest Updates

    Over 38% polling recorded in Telangana

    Over 38 percent polling was recorded in Telangana till 1 pm. Former Union minister Renuka Chowdary and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi are among prominent candidates in the fray. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, TRS Working President KT Rama Rao, K Kavitha and AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi and film actors Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, junior NTR and 'Baahubali' director SS Rajamouli were among the prominent people who cast their vote in their respective constituencies.

    Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar said the polling process is going peacefully across the state. To a query about voters boycotting election at Kotpad in Koraput district over some local problems, the CEO said efforts were being made to convince them to exercise their democratic right.

  • 15:22 (IST)

    Jammu Election Voting Latest Updates

    Jammu and Kashmir: 35.2% voting recorded in Valley

    Around 35.52 percent voting has been recorded in Jammu and Kashmir (Jammu and Baramulla Lok Sabha seats) till 1 pm and 39.08 percent voting was recorded in Sikkim Parliamentary constituency. While Mizoram recorded 46.5 percent voting. 

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Odisha Election Voting Latest Updates

    41% voter turnout in Odisha

    A voter turnout of 41 percent has been recorded in Odisha till 1 pm where polling is being held in four Lok Sabha seats and 28 Assembly constituencies on Thursday. "As per reports received from the constituencies, approximately 41 per cent of the electorate have cast their vote till 1 pm," Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar said.

    Polling was in progress in a peaceful manner, he said. The CEO said that technical glitches were noticed in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in several booths, but sectoral officers replaced the defective machines within 30 to 40 minutes. Despite some delay in starting the polling in these booths, the process picked up after corrective measures were taken by the concerned officials, he said. In a booth located atop a hill in an inaccessible area of Nuapada district, the poll personnel took quick steps to replace a defective EVM, he said.

  • 15:02 (IST)

    Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli to file nomination papers; Adityanath, Smriti Irani camp in Amethi
     
     
    Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani is set to file her nomination papers from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath also accompanied her. Meanwhile, Sonia Gandhi too is going to file her nomination papers for the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat shortly. Both leaders kickstarted their journey with extensive pooja archana and will subsequently hold roadshows and public rallies.

  • 14:12 (IST)

    Andhra Pradesh Election Voting Latest Updates

    Voting marred by TDP-YSRCP clashes, faulty EVMs

    Several incidents of violence were reported across Andhra Pradesh, where Assembly elections to 175 seats are being held simultaneously with the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls. TDP and YSRCP workers have been clashing at polling booths across the state, with each party blaming the other for the violence. 

    A TDP leader and a YSRCP worker died in clashes in Tadipatri Assembly constituency in Anantapur district, and two workers are in a critical condition. Meanwhile, Speaker of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Kodela Sivaprasad Rao fainted after he was attacked allegedly by YSRCP workers when he had gone to inspect a booth in Guntur district’s Inumella village at the Sattenapalle Assembly constituency. 

    Besides clashes between the rival parties, the elections have been marred by multiple reports of EVM malfunctions. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has sought re-polling at all the locations that reported glitches in the voting machines, but the state Chief Electoral Officer has denied that 30 percent of the EVMs were malfunctioning.

  • 13:51 (IST)

    Odisha Election Voting Latest Updates

    4 separate reports of EVM malfunctioning from Ganjam district

    Around 4 EVM machines are reported to have malfunctioned at the Jagdalpur polling booth in the Dighapahandi Assembly constituency in Ganjam district of Odisha. Voters claimed such malfunctions made them wait for voting for more than 2-3 hours. This centre also lacked in making space for the differently-abled.

    Sonali Singh/101reporters

  • 13:37 (IST)

    Andhra Pradesh Election Voting Latest Updates

    TDP, YSRCP workers among 2 dead in Anantapur

    Amid reports of escalating violence among TDP and YSRCP workers across Andhra Pradesh comes news of the death of two members of each party in a bloody clash in Anantapur constituency of Andhra Pradesh. Reports have said two people were injured in the clash.

    T Rameshbabu/101Reporters

  • 13:26 (IST)

    Cooch Behar Election Voting Latest Updates

    BJP-TMC workers in Cooch Behar

    BJP workers have been allegedly attacked by TMC workers in Coochbehar. Three BJP workers have been critically wounded while four others have also sustained injuries.

    Follow more updates here

    A Ghose/101Reporters

  • 13:16 (IST)

    Sikkim Election Voting Latest Updates

    'Impressive' voter turnout in Sikkim

    The Election Commission of India tweeted out images of the Tumin East polling station located at a remote college of East Sikkim. Till 11 am, 182 out of total 1,156 voters had cast their votes. 

  • 13:14 (IST)

    Tripura Election Voting Latest Updates

    Direct fight between Congress-BJP

    During the first phase of Lok Sabha Elections, out of the two seats in Tripura, the election is being held at west Tripura constituency. The core fight is between BJP candidate Pratima Bhaumik and Congress candidate Subal Bhowmik, who rebelled and joined the Congress just a few days ahead of the elections. Apart from that, BJP's coalition partner IPFT is also fighting in this seat separately.

    As of 12:15 pm, 35 percent vote has been cast. New voters are pouring in huge numbers. BJP candidate Pratima says so far voting has been peaceful and she is sure of her victory. She also alleged that Congress along with CPM "goons" are trying to create a nuisance. 

    Former chief minister Samir Ranjan Barman said that the ruling government along with officials have turned this election into a farce. The opposition party has alleged that many of the Opposition polling agents have been thrown out forcefully by the BJP. Whereas at Bishramganj, Block Advisory Committee (BAC) chairman was attacked by goons to prevent him from casting his vote. The police have rushed to the spot and taken the situation under control.

    Input by Shantanu Chakraborty/101Reporters

  • 12:55 (IST)

    Voting percentage in Chhattisgarh: Despite Maoist threats, Bastar comes out to vote

    In Chhattisgarh, out of the 11 constituencies, only Bastar is voting in the first phase. Till 9 am, the Maoist-hit belt has recorded 10 percent voting till 9 am, News18 reports.   


Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 1 Voting LIVE Updates: The Congress said Thursday that it has submitted 50 complaints to the Election Commission about glitches in Electronic Voting Machines and hooliganism by BJP workers at booths across seven Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.

One Naxal was killed in an encounter with the security forces in Narayanpur district falling under Bastar Lok Sabha constituency in Chhattisgarh. Meanwhile, in Odisha's Malkangiri, 15 polling booths recorded zero voting due to fear of Naxals.

Over ten clashes took place between TDP and YSRCP workers in Andhra Pradesh today. The latest clash took place in Kurnool.

Naxal-affected areas in Chhattisgarh recorded high voter turnout despite threats from Maoists. Naxal-affected polling booth at Gumalwada under Kawapal village panchayat — 75 km from Jagdalpur town — recorded 82 percent voting by 12.30 pm.

Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani is set to file her nomination papers from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath also accompanied her. Meanwhile, Sonia Gandhi too is going to file her nomination papers for the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat shortly. Both leaders kickstarted their journey with extensive pooja archana and will subsequently hold roadshows and public rallies.

Amid reports of escalating violence among TDP and YSRCP workers across Andhra Pradesh comes news of the death of two members of each party in a bloody clash in Anantapur constituency of Andhra Pradesh. Reports have said two people were injured in the clash.

In Chhattisgarh, out of the 11 constituencies, only Bastar is voting in the first phase. Till 9 am, the Maoist-hit belt has recorded 10 percent voting till 9 am, News18 reports.

Maharashtra had a slow start to its voting exercise despite Union minister Nitin Gadkari looking to fend off the challenge from Congress' Nana Patole in Nagpur and the Maoist-affected Gadchiroli–Chimur also among the seven parliamentary constituencies going to polls in the first phase of voting in the Lok Sabha Election 2019., according to News18.

As political parties and politicians allege mass deletion of votes, Google Trends showed a surge in search for 'How to remove vote ink'. Meanwhile, Delhi chief Arvind Kejriwal has also alleged mass deletion of votes. "Reports coming from all across India that votes have been deleted on an unprecedented scale," tweeted Kejriwal quoting a tweet of Kiran Majumdar Shaw who complained of her mother's name missing from the voters' list.

TDP councillor Shivashankar Yadav was seen distributing currency notes among voters at Nandamurinagar polling station in Andhra's Kurnool district. Kurnool Lok Sabha constituency is among one of those districts hit by Naxals. The key contest in this constituency is going to be held among BJP's Dr PV Parthasarthi, Congress’ Ahmed Ali Khan, CPI(M) K Prabhakara Reddy, YSR Congress Party's Sanjeev Kumar and TDP’s Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy.

A Dalit man was allegedly told to return from his polling booth and was not allowed to cast his vote because of his caste. Speaking to reporters outside, the man was unable to talk. The man alleged that he was humiliated by the EC official who turned him away because he was a Dalit.

The first voting trend comes in from Sikkim. Till 8.30 am, this tiny hill state has recorded 22 percent of voting, News18 reported. Sikkim is voting both for a new Assembly and also to elect a new MP. The state has only one seat in Lok Sabha. Voters are gradually trickling in to vote in their respective booths in Uttar Pradesh as the voting percentage in most of the eight constituencies in the state going to polls on Thursday is touching double figures, News18 reports.

Attacking the BJP government for Jobs and demonetisation, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on tweet urged people to vote wisely. Meanwhile, reports have said that Jana Sena MLA Madhusudhan Gupta smashed an EVM at a polling booth in Gooty, in Anantapur district. He has been arrested by police.

In the wake of reports of faulty EVMs, Chandrababu Naidu has reiterated his demand for replacement of EVMs with paper ballots, leading the Opposition's charge against the voting machines. Meanwhile, YSRCP in a statement said that YSRCP leaders in Icchapuram are being put into jails as a concerted effort between the police and TDP leaders. "Booth nos 41, 42, 43 in Rajahmundhry rural constituency have been forcibly occupied by TDP cadre and they are not allowing the voters to exercise their voting rights freely," the statement reads.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his chief rival, YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy, have both cast their votes in the early hours of Phase 1 of the polls. While Naidu voted for the simultaneous polls at Amaravati, Jaganmohan voted at Pulivendula. Naidu is seeking election from Kuppam, while his son Nara Lokesh is making his electoral debut from Mangalagiri.

Early reports from various constituencies indicated a slow start to Phase 1 of Lok Sabha Election with few voters showing up at their polling booths. Considering that summers have set in, experts expected a higher voter turnout in the mornings. In the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency of north Kashmir, very few voters came out in the morning especially in urban centre's like Sopore, Baramulla old town, Kupwara and Bandipora. Reports from border areas like Gurez, Karnah and Uri of Baramulla said voters started coming out in good numbers to exercise their franchise in the morning.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet urged young and first-time voters to vote in large numbers. "2019 Lok Sabha elections commence today. I call upon all those whose constituencies are voting in the first phase today to turn out in record numbers and exercise their franchise. I specially urge young and first-time voters to vote in large numbers."

In the North East, of the two seats in Arunachal Pradesh Union Minister Kiren Rijiju is seeking re-election from Arunachal West. Five seats in Assam will go to polls, with former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's son Gaurav Gogoi testing poll waters from Kaliabor.

The first phase of Lok Sabha elections has begun in 91 constituencies across 20 states of the country. The voting time in most of the Parliamentary Constituencies going to polls in the first phase is from 7 am to 6 pm. However, time of voting for Left-Wing extremism-affected areas and the North Eastern States might vary.

The eight constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh that go to polls will be closely watched as there is a lot riding on the outcome. The 11 April poll will be the first major test of whether the gathbandhan of Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party, Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party, and Ajit’s Rashtriya Lok Dal actually work on the ground.

Ninety-one Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states and two Union Territories, including all in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, will go to polls on Thursday in the first phase, with Nitin Gadkari, Kiren Rijiju and VK Singh among several Union ministers in the fray.

While the voting in most of the constituencies will begin at 7 am and end by 6 pm, timings in North East and areas affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) could either be 7 am to 5 pm, 7 am to 4 pm, or 7 am to 3 pm, according to the Press Information Bureau.

In Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha, Assembly polls to 175, 32 and 28 seats, respectively, will be held simultaneously in the first phase.

Voting for 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases: 11, 18, 23, and 29 April and 6, 12 and 19 May. Counting will be done on 23 May.

In Andhra Pradesh, strong anti-incumbency, caste and corruption are the major factors that could determine the outcome of the elections to Lok Sabha and the state Assembly as over 3.93 crore voters get to exercise their franchise.

This is the first general election in the state after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014.

Polling for all 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats will be held simultaneously. There are 2,118 candidates for the state polls and 319 for the Lok Sabha elections.

TDP president and chief minster N Chandrababu Naidu will be seeking election from Kuppam, while his son Nara Lokesh is making his electoral debut from Mangalagiri.

YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy, an aspirant for the chief minister's post, is fighting from his family's pocket-borough Pulivendula.

In 2014, the TDP won 101, YSRC 68, BJP four, Navodayam Party one and an Independent one in the state polls. In Lok Sabha seats, the TDP bagged 15, YSRC eight and BJP two.

All 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana will go to polls in phase-one.

The TRS having swept the December Assembly polls is hoping for an encore in the company of AIMIM while the Opposition Congress and BJP appear to be focussed on winning select number of seats. There are 443 candidates in the fray.

The Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency is a special case as 185 candidates, including over 170 farmers, are in the fray.

Congress leader Renuka Chowdary (Khammam), AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi (Hyderabad), state Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy (Nalgonda) and daughter of TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao, are among the prominent candidates.

In Uttar Pradesh, the ruling BJP will clash on eight seats with the newly-formed SP-BSP-RLD alliance.

In Muzaffarnagar, RLD chief Ajit Singh will take on BJP's Sanjeev Balyan. His son Jayant Chaudhary is fielded against Union minister Satyapal Singh in Baghpat. Union ministers VK Singh and Mahesh Sharma are BJP candidates in Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar, respectively.

Seven Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra will go to polls, with Union minister Nitin Gadkari locked in a battle with Congress's Nana Patole, a former BJP MP.Union minister and BJP leader, Hansaraj Ahir is seeking a fourth term from Chandrapur.

In Bihar, four Lok Sabha seats will see polling on Thursday. LJP leader Chirag Paswan is contesting from Jamui reserved seat. He is the sitting MP and is locked in a virtual straight contest with Bhudeo Chaudhary of RLSP.

In the North East, of the two seats in Arunachal Pradesh Union minister Kiren Rijiju is seeking re-election from Arunachal West. Five seats in Assam will go to polls, with former chief minister Tarun Gogoi's son Gaurav Gogoi testing poll waters from Kaliabor.

In Chhattisgarh, where only Bastar is going to polls on Thursday, security has been tightened following a Naxal attack in the constituency's Dantewada area on Tuesday. A BJP leader and four security personnel were killed in the attack.

Polls will go as per schedule in the state, the Election Commission has said.

Sixty lakh voters in Odisha will exercise their franchise in the first phase of polls for four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly seats on Thursday.

The first phase of polls will decide the fate of 217 candidates. There are 26 hopefuls in fray for Lok Sabha seats and 191 for Assembly seats.

Polls for all the five seats in Uttarakhand, which were won by the BJP in 2014, will be held the first phase.

Prominent candidates from the Congress include Pritam Singh (Tehri), former chief minister Harish Rawat (Nainital) and senior BJP leader BC Khanduri's son Manish Khanduri from Pauri.

Interesting contests are expected in Tehri, where BJP has pitted twice MP Mala Rajya Lakshmi Shah against Pritam Singh, and in Nanital where senior BJP leader Ajay Bhatt, who is making his poll debut, is pitted against Congress' Harish Rawat.

Two seats each in West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya will see polling in the first phase.

Thursday will also see the lone Lok Sabha seats of Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar, and Lakshadweep, going to polls.

Updated Date: Apr 11, 2019 21:52:11 IST