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Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 4 Voting Updates: EC issues show cause notice to Giriraj Singh over remark on 'Muslim graves'
  • 20:19 (IST)

    FirstCut by Manjul

    Mumbai, which went to polls on Monday, recorded 51.11 percent polling.

  • 20:04 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates

    64% voter turnout in phase four, says EC

  • 20:01 (IST)

    Odisha election latest updates

    Cyclone Fani: EC tells Odisha govt to ensure security of EVMs 

    In view of Cyclone Fani, Odisha chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi directed Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) to keep close watch over the situation and asked concerned departments to stay in all preparedness to deal with any possible strike of the cyclone, according to ANI. The Hindu reported that EC has told the Odisha government to ensure security of EVM strong rooms in view of the cyclone.

  • 19:48 (IST)

    Delhi election latest updates
    BJP files complaint against Kejriwal's wife for allegedly having two voter IDs
     
    Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khuranna Monday filed a complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's wife Sunita Kejriwal before a Delhi court for allegedly having two voter identity cards.
     
    While one identity card is from Uttra Pradesh's Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency, the another is from Chandni Chowk, Khuranna alleged in his petition.
     
    The complainant alleged, "In complete disregard to the electoral processes and norms and in order to wrongfully give advantage to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in which her husband is the national convener, the accused is deliberately and intentionally maintaining her name in the electoral roll at two different places."
     
    PTI

  • 19:43 (IST)

    BJP campaign election latest updates
    Rijiju hits out at Congress for 'criminal injustice' to Ladakh
    Union minister Kiren Rijiju lashed out at the Congress on Monday for "decades of criminal injustice" to the people of Ladakh.
     
    Addressing rallies at Nyoma in Changthang region near the Line of Actual Control in Leh, the minister of state for home said in the 72 years of independence, Congress enjoyed power for 60 years but the party did not manage to do anything for the common man.
     
    "The Congress has unleashed a demonic culture of looting the nation's resources for filling their own pockets, which has done enough harm to the nation and it should be stopped at once", he said, campaigning for the BJP's candidate Jamyang Tsering Namgyal in Ladakh parliamentary seat, which is primarily Buddhist-dominated.
     
    PTI

  • 19:17 (IST)

    State-wise voter turnout till 7 pm

    State Turnout till 6 pm
    Bihar 58.94%
    Jammu and Kashmir 9.79%
    Jharkhand 63.77%
    Madhya Pradesh 66.14%
    Maharashtra 54.55%
    Odisha 64.05%
    Rajasthan 65.91%
    Uttar Pradesh 54.61%
    West Bengal 76.59%

    The overall turnout for this phase is estimated to be 61.26 percent.

  • 19:10 (IST)

    West Bengal election latest updates

    Lesser violence now than before, says TMC's Moon Moon Sen

    On a day when a number of violent incidents were reported in West Bengal during the fourth phase of polls, TMC candidate from Asansol and veteran actor Moon Moon Sen said, "Thoda toh hoga hi har jagah hota hai (Some amount of violence is witnessed everywhere). Violence is much less now compared to before."

  • 19:02 (IST)

    Mumbai election polling latest updates

    Sunny Deol, Bobby cast vote in Mumbai

    Bollywood actors Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol cast their vote in Vile Parle in Mumbai. Sunny Deol is contesting the election on a BJP ticket from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab.

  • 18:31 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates
    EC issues showcause notice to BJP's Giriraj Singh for 'grave' remark
    The Election Commission (EC) issued a show-cause notice to Union minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his communal remarks.
     
    The EC said, prima facie, Singh has violated provisions of the model code and directions of the Supreme Court which had said that religion cannot be used while making statements during campaigning. He has been given 24 hours to respond to the notice.
     
    Taking suo motu cognizance, the Begusarai district administration in Bihar had on 25 April booked Singh for violating the Model Code of Conduct and the Representation of the People Act by making controversial remarks against Muslims at a rally on 24 April, where BJP president Amit Shah was also present.
     
    Addressing the rally in Begusarai, Singh had said in Hindi, "Those who cannot say Vande Mataram or cannot respect the motherland, the nation will never forgive them. My ancestors died at the Simaria Ghat and did not need a grave but you need three handspans of space."
     
    PTI

  • 18:23 (IST)

    Statewise turnout till 6 pm

    State Turnout till 6 pm
    Bihar 53.67%
    Jammu and Kashmir 9.79%
    Jharkhand 63.42%
    Madhya Pradesh 65.86%
    Maharashtra 51.02%
    Odisha 64.05
    %Rajasthan 62.86%
    Uttar Pradesh 53.12%
    West Bengal 76.47%

    The overall turnout is estimated to be 59.14 percent at 6 pm.

  • 18:20 (IST)

    West Bengal election polling latest updates

    BJP polling agent beaten up in Asansol

    A BJP polling agent brutally beaten up at booth number 79 at Mahua Dangal School in Asansol. Two others, identified as Pramod Biswakarma and Rajesh Verma, were also injured. The three have been admitted to Asansol government hospital.

    A Ghose/101Reporters

  • 17:55 (IST)

    BJP files EC complaint against TMC over poll violence

    The BJP met the EC to place its demand that repolling be conducted in Chapra in Krishnanagar constituency, Chakdah in Ranaghat constituency, Barabani, Asansol, Pandaweshwar in Asansol constituency, and all booths in Birbhum.

    Input by A Ghose/101Reporters

  • 17:45 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election latest updates
    SP seeks removal of Uttar Pradesh DGP over EVM snags
    Opposition Samajwadi Party Monday urged the Election Commission to remove Uttar Pardesh's police chief OP Singh from the post, alleging he was "favouring" the ruling BJP and trying to influence elections. The party also alleged that in at at least two polling booths in Kannauj the VVPAT machine showed the voting for the BJP when the ballot was cast for the SP. 
     
    It also claimed the police issued warning notes to "a large number" of SP supporters in the constituency, from where Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple is contesting, asking them to remain inside their houses after casting their own votes.
     
    Image coutesy: Saurabh Sharma/101Reporters

  • 17:31 (IST)

    West Bengal election polling latest updates

    EC orders FIR against Babul Supriyo for intimidating poll officials

    The Election Commission directed the police to register FIR against Union minister and BJP's Asansol candidate Babul Supriyo for allegedly trespassing into booth number 199 and threatening a polling agent and an officer. 

  • 17:19 (IST)

    West Bengal election latest updates

    Watch: BJP, TMC cadres clash in West Medinipur

    BJP and TMC cadres involved in a violent clash in West Medinipur. A clash broke out as BJP's Ghatal candidate former IPS offiial Bharti Ghosh came to visit the area. A few TMC supporters allegedly eve-teased her and passed lewd remarks. In reaction to which this, the clash broke out.

    A Ghose/101Reporters

  • 17:08 (IST)

    Odisha election polling latest updates

    BJD writes to Odisha CEO over 'booth capturing' by BJP

    The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has written to Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha over the alleged "booth capturing by BJP". According to ANI, the BJD said in its letter to the CEO, "BJP goons conducted booth capturing in 12 booths of Bari Assembly constituency under Jajpur parliamentary constituency while the polling was going on today (Monday)."

  • 17:05 (IST)

    State-wise voting turnout till 5 pm

    State
    Poll percentage till 5 pm
    Bihar 44.33
    Jammu and Kashmir 9.37
    Jharkhand 57.13
    Madhya Pradesh 57.77
    Maharashtra 42.24
    Odisha 53.11
    Rajasthan 5452
    Uttar Pradesh 44.95
    West Bengal 66.46

  • 16:56 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election polling latest updates

    Voting process stopped in Kanpur Dehat booth due to faulty EVM

    Voting has been stopped for the past hour due to EVM malfunctioning at booth 374 in Rasoolabad of Kanpur Dehat.

    Input by Abhay Awasthi/101Reporters

  • 16:42 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election latest updates

    Will charge Modi with horse-trading, says Derek O'Brien over PM's '40 MLAs in touch' remark

    After Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed at a West Bengal rally that 40 TMC MLAs were in touch with him, TMC leader Derek O'Brien said the party will complain to the Election Commission and charge Modi with horse-trading.

  • 16:29 (IST)

    One wrong vote can turn your child into a chaiwala or chowkidar: Navjot Singh Sidhu

    In a tweet, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and wrote, "One wrong vote can turn your child into a chaiwala, pakorawala, or chowkidar. Better prevent and prepare, rather than repent and repair."

  • 16:23 (IST)

    SC seeks EC, Centre's response over plea seeking deciminalistion of complaints regarding EVM malfunction

    The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Election Commission of India (ECI) and Centre (Union of India) in connection with a plea seeking to decriminalise complaint on malfunctioning of VVPAT/EVM.

    Mumbai based advocate Sunil Ahya, through his plea, sought direction to the Centre to set aside Rule 49MA of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 except for the procedure prescribed for purpose of creating a statistical record of the complaints. According to the present situation, jail term and fine is guaranteed if the complaint is found false.

    Ahya, in his petition, stated that at present, if an elector complains / reports about any discrepancy between EVM and VVPAT, he may face the consequence of a jail term up to six months if it turns to be false, so it should be decriminalised.

    Section 49 MA of Code Of Election Rules states that if a person files a complaint regarding the discrepancy (voted for a particular party but it went to some other party) regarding the EVM, and, if after investigation this is found to be false or incorrect, then the complainant can be prosecuted under section 177 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for "furnishing false information. This section invites six months in jail or a Rs. 1,000 fine or both".

    ANI

  • 16:18 (IST)

    West Bengal election polling latest updates

    TMC workers accused of not allowing voters inside booth in Nakasi Para

    Trinamool Congress workers have been accused of stalling the polling process in Nadia part of Krishnanagar LS constituency. They allegedly didn't let BJP's polling agent was not allowed to sit in the booth and stopped people from voting in the 162 number booth in Nakasi Para area.

    Input by A Ghose/101Reporters

  • 16:12 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election polling latest updates

    Two injured in Bijdua after ceiling fan falls in polling booth

    Two voters sustained minor injuries when the ceiling fan at the Bijdua polling booth in Jalaun fell on them.

    Input by Sushil Nayak/101Reporters

  • 16:10 (IST)

    Delhi election latest updaes

    Atishi alleges poll code violation by Gambhir over pamphlet distribution

    AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi  wrote to the Election Commission seeking registration of FIR against her BJP rival Gautam Gambhir over his alleged violation of the poll code by distributing pamphlets without details such as printer's name.
     
    The AAP nominee had on Sunday written to the EC seeking a 72-hour campaign ban against the cricketer-turned-politician for carrying out a road show without permission.

  • 16:04 (IST)

    State-wise voter turnout till 4 pm

    State
    Poll percentage till 4 pm
    Bihar 44.23%
    Jammu and Kashmir 8.42%
    Jharkhand 56.37%
    Madhya Pradesh 55.30%
    Maharashtra 41.16%
    Odisha 51.54%
    Rajasthan 54.19%
    Uttar Pradesh 44.16%
    West Bengal 66.01%

  • 15:43 (IST)

    West Bengal election polling latest updates

    TMC writes to EC over firing by security personnel in Birbhum

    TMC has written to the Election Commission over the alleged "firing by central forces personnel inside a polling booth in Dubrajpur in Birbhum parliamentary constituency". Letter states, "Central forces have created a reign of terror in minds of voters and have also urged the voters to cast their vote for BJP."

  • 15:39 (IST)

    West Bengal election polling latest updates

    EC orders police to file FIR against two BJP candidates for speaking on phone inside polling booth

    The Election Commission has ordered the police to register FIRs against BJP candidates Dudh Kumar Mondal (Birbhum) and Kalyan Chaubey (Krishnanagar). Both these candidates were caught speaking on the phone while being inside the booth. Allegations of vote rigging have also been levelled against both of them.


    Input by Syeda Shabana/101Reporters

  • 15:32 (IST)

    Shatrughan Sinha files nomination from Patna Sahib

    Congress candidate Shatrughan Sinha filed his nomination from Patna Sahib constituency in Bihar.

  • 15:30 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in West Bengal latest updates

    Modi claims division in TMC camp

    At his Srirampur rally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly claimed that 40 TMC MLAs are in touch with the BJP.

  • 15:25 (IST)

    State-wise polling till 3 pm

    State
    Poll percentage till 3 pm
    Bihar 37.71
    Jammu and Kashmir 8.19%
    Jharkhand 48.14%
    Madhya Pradesh 45.80%
    Maharashtra 31.63%
    Odisha 35.79%
    Rajasthan 44.80%
    Uttar Pradesh 35.84%
    West Bengal 52.91%

  • 15:11 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election latest updates

    SP changes its Varanasi candidate

    Samajwadi Party fielded former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur from Varanasi, withdrawing the name of its earlier candidate Shalini Yadav from the constituency. Bahadur had triggered uproar in 2017 over his videos on the "substandard food" served to soldiers on social media.

  • 15:07 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in West Bengal latest updates

    Lotus will bloom on 23 May, says PM

    "TMC goons are trying to stop people from voting. They are attacking BJP workers, not allowing them to have speeches. But people in the villages are reaching polling booths. There is only one voice and one dream visible among the voters and that is 'chupe chap, kamal chap'. When the results will be out, and lotus will bloom everywhere.," said Narendra Modi at a rally in West Bengal's Srirampur.

    On Mamata Banerjee's remark of sending him sweets filled with rocks, he said, "She wants to feed us rasgullas made of soil and stones. If Modi gets rasgulla made of the soil of West Bengal, that that will be as good as prasad for him.  The more rasgullas you send, the more people will be saved from being hit by them by your goons."

  • 14:50 (IST)

    Narendra Modi in West Bengal latest updates

    PM says it will be 'phir ek bar, Modi sarkar' on 23 May

    Addresing a rally in Srirampur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at TMC over poll violence. "Don't betray democracy. Didi, you, your workers, and your gang of goons, no matter who must violence you resort to, the people of West Bengal have made up their mind. The results will be out on 23 May, it will be 'phir ek bar Modi sarkar' (Once again, Modi government). Today whoever is aspiring to be a prime minister, their main agenda is to oust Modi. BJP's saying is that we will get rid of corruption and this mahamilawati says oust Modi. BJP says make India free of terrorism, yet didi and her allies want to oust Modi. BJP wants to double farmers income and give home to all poor by 2022. Yet they're saying 'Modi ko hatao'. 

  • 14:25 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi once again expresses regret for misquoting SC, but refuses to apologise

    Facing a contempt notice for his remarks in the Rafale deal case, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has filed a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court but has refused to apologise once again. 

    Expressing regret for attributing the ‘chowkidar chor hai’ slogan to the top court, Gandhi in his affidavit said he had no intention of dragging the court into the political arena, and claimed that the petitioner, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, was seeking political mileage under the pretext of contempt proceedings. 

    Read the full report here

  • 14:14 (IST)

    Phase 4 records 38.63% voter turnout till 2 pm 

      8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
    BIHAR   1.78% 10.76% 10.76% 18.26% 18.26% 37.71%
    JAMMU AND KASHMIR   0.61% 0.68% 0.68% 3.74% 6.47% 6.66%
    JHARKHAND   3.33% 12.00% 13.68% 29.21% 29.98% 44.90%
    MADHYA PRADESH   1.26% 11.39% 14.64% 26.62% 30.10% 43.44%
    MAHARASHTRA 0.19% 0.44% 6.39% 6.77% 16.47% 18.60% 29.94%
    ODISHA   1.16% 8.34% 8.48% 19.67% 19.87% 35.79%
    RAJASTHAN   0.13% 12.25% 12.54% 29.19% 29.88% 44.62%
    UTTAR PRADESH   4.01% 9.87% 12.31% 21.18% 22.76% 34.42%
    WEST BENGAL   0.48% 16.89% 19.14% 35.10% 35.45% 52.37%

  • 13:53 (IST)

    West Bengal election polling latest updates

     

    Paramalitary troops resort to aerial fire in Birbhum's Dubrajpur

    Paramilitary troops allegedly resorted to aerial firing at a poll booth in Birbhum's Dubrajpur to control a violent crowd. The firing took place after TMC workers allegedly tried to enter the booth with their mobile phones. The people were claiming that they were never informed that they cannot carry mobile phones to the booth.  

  • 13:42 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election polling latest updates

     

    This Hardoi village has not cast a single vote this election

    In Hardoi, booth number 234 in Sandila has not witnessed any voter since morning. The villagers are boycotting the polls owing to non development. 
    The Sandila area is infamous in India for its traditional prostitution and has seen lack of development because politicians do not want to go there.

    Input by Sanjeev Anand

  • 13:31 (IST)

    As the day progress, voter turnout goes north in Jharkhand

    Voter turnout in the three parliamentary constituencies of Jharkhand that have gone for polling in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha Election 2019 has picked up with Chatra recording 29.12 percent, Lohardaga 28.78 percent and Palamu 29.57 percent till 12 pm.   

     

  • 13:30 (IST)

    West Bengal election polling latest updates

     
    Amid West Bengal poll violence, BJP, TMC rush leaders to EC's doorstep
     

    A BJP delegation from Delhi including Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Vijay Goel and Anil Baluni met the Election Commission on Monday over the issue of poll-related violence during phase four voting in West Bengal. The panel also raised the issue of Congress leaders making 'derogatory statements' against the prime minister. Counterintuitively, the TMC had also asked the poll panel for time to make an appointment, about alleged poll code violations by the BJP.

  • 13:03 (IST)

    VOTER TURNOUT TILL 1 PM

    According to official EC data, 23.81 percent have voted till 12 pm across 72 constituencies in nine states. Here is a state wise break up of the polling percentage.

      8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
    BIHAR   1.78% 10.76% 10.76% 18.26% 18.26%
    JAMMU AND KASHMIR   0.61% 0.68% 0.68% 3.74% 6.47%
    JHARKHAND   3.33% 12.00% 13.68% 29.21%  
    MADHYA PRADESH   1.26% 11.39% 14.64% 26.62% 30.10%
    MAHARASHTRA 0.19% 0.44% 6.39% 6.77% 16.47% 18.60%
    ODISHA   1.16% 8.34% 8.48% 19.67% 19.87%
    RAJASTHAN   0.13% 12.25% 12.54% 29.19% 29.88%
    UTTAR PRADESH   4.01% 9.87% 12.31% 21.18% 22.76%
    WEST BENGAL   0.48% 16.89% 19.14% 35.10% 35.45%

  • 12:58 (IST)

    Sidhu says he will quit politics if Rahul loses Amethi

    Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has claimed that he would quit politics if Congress chief Rahul Gandhi loses the Lok Sabha election from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi faces a tough fight from Smriti Irani in the family bastion, from where he had defeated her in 2014 as well. 

    Cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu also rejected the BJP's charge that no development has taken place in the country in the last 70 years. He said that the country made everything from a needle to an aircraft during this period.

  • 12:55 (IST)

    West Bengal election polling latest updates

     

    TMC's polling agent seen casting women voters' vote for them in Burdwan-Durgapur consttituency 

    Trinamool Congress’ polling agent at booth number 136 in Natundanga High School, in Burdwan-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency, was seen voting for women voters on behalf of them. Subodh Ruidas, TMC's polling agent, was seen accompanying women voters into the EVM room and even pressing the button on their behalf. 

    Input by A Ghose/101Reporters

  • 12:50 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election polling latest updates

    In Lakhimpur Kheri, voters cross a river to cast vote

    People of the terai area in Lakhimpur Kheri came on a boat to cross the river just to cast their votes.  

  • 12:33 (IST)

    Anantnag election polling latest updates

     

    Amid poll boycott clashes erupt in Kulgam's Qoimoh, Bugam

    Amid poll boycott, clashes erupted on Monday between youth and government forces at Qoimoh and Bugam areas of south Kashmir's Kulgam district where polling is being held for Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency. Rising Kashmir reported that the local youth pelted stones at the polling booth, after which swung into action and fired tear gas shells at the protesting mob.  

  • 12:12 (IST)

    VOTER TURNOUT TILL 12 PM

    According to official EC data, 23.48 percent have voted till 12 pm across 72 constituencies in nine states. Here is a statewise break up of the polling percentage. 

      8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
    BIHAR   1.78% 10.76% 10.76% 18.26%
    JAMMU AND KASHMIR   0.61% 0.68% 0.68% 3.74%
    JHARKHAND   3.33% 12.00% 13.68% 29.21%
    MADHYA PRADESH   1.26% 11.39% 14.64% 26.62%
    MAHARASHTRA 0.19% 0.44% 6.39% 6.77% 16.47%
    ODISHA   1.16% 8.34% 8.48% 19.67%
    RAJASTHAN   0.13% 12.25% 12.54% 29.19%
    UTTAR PRADESH   4.01% 9.87% 12.31% 21.18%
    WEST BENGAL   0.48% 16.89% 19.14% 35.10%​

  • 12:09 (IST)

    Anantnag election polling latest updates

    Voters stay indoors in Kulgam

    Voters prefer to stay indoors in Kulgam district. The highest voter turnout was recorded from the National Conference bastion of Noorabad assembly segment at 8.50 percent while the overall percentage. As many as 4,509 people cast their vote in Noorabad, 4,459 people cast vote in Devsar, 528 people cast vote in Kulgam and only 292 people cast vote in Home Shalibugh assembly segment.

     
     

    Kulgam assembly segment has the highest number of 98,298 voters (51,051 males, 46,818 females, 455 service voters and 4 transgender voters) while Noorabad has the lowest 77,171 electors, including 40,093 males, 36,886 females, 188 service voters and 4 transgender voters.

  • 11:53 (IST)

    Anantnag election polling latest updates

    We are not voting because it means nothing for us: Kulgam voters

    Overall voting turnout in Kulgam (which comes under Anantnag LS seat) was an abysmal .36 percent till 11.46 am. Polling began in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir amid stringent security arrangements as the voting in the second leg of the three-phase schedule for the Lok Sabha seat would decide the fate of 18 candidates, including former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.

    "We are not voting because it means nothing for us," Abrara Ahmad, a resident of Yaripora said. "We even don’t know who has stood up in elections." Yaripora is infested with militancy and the streets were deserted on Monday morning. Kulgam, which is going to polls in the second of the three-phase polls for the Anantnag parliamentary constituency, is among the four most volatile districts in south Kashmir.

    In the first leg, Anantnag district voted during the third phase of the general elections on 23 April, with a low turnout of 13.61 percent. The state government has suspended the mobile Internet service in central and south Kashmir last night. All the 433 polling booths in Kulgam district have been designated as hypersensitive.

  • 11:27 (IST)

    Sunny Deol offers prayers at Golden Temple before filing papers from Gurdaspur 

    Actor and BJP candidate Sunny Deol, Monday paid obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar ahead of filling his nomination papers from the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat. Sporting a navy blue turban and wearing a blue shirt, the 62-year-old offered prayers at the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple. He also offered prayers at the Durgiana Temple. 

  • 11:22 (IST)

    Vasundhara Raje's son accused of threatening voters

    Congress candidate from Jhalawar, Pramod Sharma, has accused Dushyant Singh, son of former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, of threatening people at polling booths, reports India Today.  

  • 11:14 (IST)

    Bihar election voting latest updates

    BJP leader's aides capture booth in Munger

    Aides of former BJP leader and present JD(U) spokesperson Lalan Singh have allegedly captured booth number 313 in Lakhisarai, which is a part of Munger Lok Sabha constituency. No one is being allowed to enter the booth, say reports.

    Inputs by Ganesh Prasad, 101Reporters

Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 4 Voting Latest Updates: The Election Commission (EC) issued a show-cause notice to Union minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his communal remarks. The EC said, prima facie, Singh has violated provisions of the model code and directions of the Supreme Court which had said that religion cannot be used while making statements during campaigning. He has been given 24 hours to respond to the notice.

Opposition Samajwadi Party Monday urged the Election Commission to remove Uttar Pardesh's police chief OP Singh from the post, alleging he was "favouring" the ruling BJP and trying to influence elections. The party also alleged that in at at least two polling booths in Kannauj the VVPAT machine showed the voting for the BJP when the ballot was cast for the SP.

 The Election Commission directed the police to register FIR against Union minister and BJP's Asansol candidate Babul Supriyo for allegedly trespassing into booth number 199 and threatening a polling agent and an officer.

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed at a West Bengal rally that 40 TMC MLAs were in touch with him, TMC leader Derek O'Brien saidthe party will complain to the Election Commission and charge Modi with horse-trading.

The Election Commission has ordered the police to register FIRs against BJP candidates Dudh Kumar Mondal (Birbhum) and Kalyan Chaubey (Krishnanagar). Both these candidates were caught speaking on the phone while being inside the booth. Allegations of vote rigging have also been levelled against both of them.

Samajwadi Party fielded former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur from Varanasi, withdrawing the name of its earlier candidate Shalini Yadav from the constituency. Bahadur had triggered uproar in 2017 over his videos on the "substandard food" served to soldiers on social media.

Addressing a rally in Srirampur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at TMC over poll violence as he reacted to Mamata Banerjee's remark of sending him sweets filled with rocks. "She wants to feed us rasgullas made of soil and stones. If Modi gets rasgulla made of the soil of West Bengal, that that will be as good as prasad for him.  The more rasgullas you send, the more people will be saved from being hit by them by your goons," he said.

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has claimed that he would quit politics if Congress chief Rahul Gandhi loses the Lok Sabha election from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Rahul Gandhi faces a tough fight from Smriti Irani in the family bastion, from where he had defeated her in 2014 as well.

Cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu also rejected the BJP's charge that no development has taken place in the country in the last 70 years. He said that the country made everything from a needle to an aircraft during this period.

Paramilitary troops allegedly resorted to aerial firing at a poll booth in Birbhum's Dubrajpur to control a violent crowd. The firing took place after TMC workers allegedly tried to enter the booth with their mobile phones. The people were claiming that they were never informed that they cannot carry mobile phones to the booth.  

A BJP delegation from Delhi including Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Vijay Goel and Anil Baluni met the Election Commission on Monday over the issue of poll-related violence during phase four voting in West Bengal. The panel also raised the issue of Congress leaders making 'derogatory statements' against the prime minister. Counterintuitively, the TMC had also asked the poll panel for time to make an appointment, about alleged poll code violations by the BJP.

Amid poll boycott, clashes erupted on Monday between youth and government forces at Qoimoh and Bugam areas of south Kashmir's Kulgam district where polling is being held for Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency. Rising Kashmir reported that the local youth pelted stones at the polling booth, after which swung into action and fired tear gas shells at the protesting mob

Overall voting turnout in Kulgam (which comes under Anantnag LS seat) was an abysmal .36 percent till 11.46 am. Polling began in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir amid stringent security arrangements as the voting in the second leg of the three-phase schedule for the Lok Sabha seat would decide the fate of 18 candidates, including former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. "We are not voting because it means nothing for us," Abrara Ahmad, a resident of Yaripora said. "We even don’t know who has stood up in elections." Yaripora is infested with militancy and the streets were deserted on Monday morning. Kulgam, which is going to polls in the second of the three-phase polls for the Anantnag parliamentary constituency, is among the four most volatile districts in south Kashmir.

The car of union minister Babul Supriyo, the BJP candidate in Asansol, was vandalized outside a polling station after a fight erupted between BJP and Trinamool Congress workers.

SC agrees to hear plea of Cong MP Sushmita Dev alleging violation of Model Code of Conduct by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

The BJP will be raising the issue of violence on poll day today with the Election Commission after clashes broke out at several polling booths in Bengal's Asansol. Complaints of booth capture were also reported from some booths, after which BJP's Babul Supriyo had a heated argument with the poll officials.

EVM machines at Maulana Azad School in Jodhpur and at the Chaupasani Housing Board in the same city were reported to be faulty early on Monday, resulting in protests by voters. Voting was stopped for almost half an hour at booth number 19 in Dungarpur, a part of the Udaipur Lok Sabha constituency. The EVM machine had reportedly stopped working after the mock polls. Voting was started again after the machine was fixed. Voting was delayed by about half an hour at booth number 98 and by one hour at booth number 130 of Raniwada due to EVM malfunctions.

Voting is yet to begin at booth numbers 189 and 196 of Chhibramau area in Kannauj, after glitches in EVM were detected.

BJP's Babul Supriyo had a verbal duel with polling officers after he visited a polling booth in Asansol over complaints of booth capture and ensuing clashes. "I will myself take the central forces to that polling station. It is very good that people in West Bengal are aware&they want central forces so that they can cast their vote. This is why Mamata Banerjee is scared," Supriyo said.

Even after CEO announcing 100 percent cover of central forces across all booths in Asansol, five booths don't have central forces manning them. At Durgapur's Jemua village booth number 222, 223, 224, 225 and 226 don't have central force deployed there. They come under Asansol Lok Sabha constituency. Villagers have boycotted polling, demanding that central forces be deployed at their polling stations or they will not cast their votes.

After the bloody poll violence marred voting in 3 phases of elections, Election Commission has deployed an unprecedented 561 companies of central forces for the fourth phase of elections in Bengal's eight seats. Central forces are deployed across 98.8 percent of the total polling booth premises set up in the state. Meanwhile, BJP has alleged booth capture by "TMC goons" at several booths in Chapra and Krishnanagar.

With the fourth phase, the Parliamentary election has now moved towards the Ganga region from the land of Jats and Yadavs. The fourth phase is crucial for the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance because it will be a test of transfer of votes. According to the ground reports, the gathbandhan is not likely to get Yadav votes in areas where Mayawati has fielded her candidates, presumably due to caste ego issues.

Industrialist Anil Ambani, BJP candidate Poonam Mahajan and actor Rekha were among early voters in Maximum city Mumbai. Meanwhile, voters could also be seen lining up to cast vote in Mumbai South and East constituencies

An energetic campaign boosted by his image of being a trenchant critic of the Modi government has propelled CPI's Kanhaiya Kumar into the centre stage of electoral contest in Begusarai seat but many see his rising graph posing a bigger threat to the opposition RJD than the ruling BJP. The BJP supporters in Begusarai  assert that the appeal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains a big draw for voters, while the opposition's alliance is hoping to counter it with its social arithmetic at several places.

The contest in Phase 4 will be interesting to watch as Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the two states in Hindi heartland which the BJP lost to Congress recently, will begin polling in this phase.

The saffron party had cornered all but two of the total 54 seats in 2014, but it appeared to have ceded space to the Congress in last year's Assembly polls. The party is counting on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal charsima to retain its vote share.

Polling will be held on Monday for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha election in 72 parliamentary constituencies spread across nine states.

The stakes are high for the ruling BJP and its allies as it had swept 56 of these seats in 2014, leaving just two for the Congress and the rest for other Opposition parties such as the Trinamool Congress (six) and the Biju Janata Dal (six).

Voting will take place in 17 seats in Maharashtra, 13 each in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, eight in West Bengal, six each in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, five in Bihar, three in Jharkhand and a part of the Anantnag constituency in Jammu and Kashmir.

Election in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP had cornered all but two of the total 54 seats in 2014, will begin in this phase. The Congress appeared to make a comeback, forming the governments in the states after last year's Assembly polls.

In the first three phases, voting has been held in 302 Lok Sabha constituencies, and 168 more seats will go to polls in the last three phases.

The fate of 961 candidates, including Union ministers Giriraj Singh, Subhash Bhamre, SS Ahluwalia and Babul Supriyo of the BJP and former Union ministers Salman Khurshid and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress, will be decided by about 12.79 core voters in the fourth phase.

Among other key contestants in the fray are Kanhaiya Kumar (CPI), Baijayant Panda (BJP), Urmila Matondkar (Congress), Dimple Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Satabdi Roy (TMC) and Milind Deora (Congress).

The Election Commission has set up 1.40 lakh polling booths/stations and has made elaborate security arrangements.

In Maharashtra, where election will come to end with this phase, the opposition Congress is facing a tough task of reclaiming its lost base in north Maharashtra and Mumbai, while the NCP is trying to get a foothold in Thane district and Western Maharashtra. The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena had won all 17 seats in 2014.

Union minister Subhash Bhamre, and Congress leaders Milind Deora and Urmila Matondkar are among the 323 candidates in the fray in this phase.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot's son, a member of erstwhile Jaipur royal family and two Union ministers, are among 115 candidates whose fate will be decided on Monday.

Jodhpur became one of the most talked about seats in the Congress-ruled state where Gehlot did massive campaigning for his son Vaibhav, pitted against sitting MP and Union minister of state Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

In Rajasthan, where the BJP had won all the seats in 2014, the Congress appeared to make a comeback, forming the government in the state with a narrow majority after last year's Assembly polls.

In Uttar Pradesh, most of these 13 seats are seeing a direct fight between the BJP and SP-BSP alliance with Kannauj being a matter of prestige for the SP.

In 2014, the BJP won 12 of these 13 seats in the state. Only Kannauj, won by the Samajwadi Party, defied the Modi wave that year among them. Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's wife Dimple is seeking re-election from Kannauj.

The Congress has a good presence in at least three of the constituencies — Unnao (Annu Tandon), Farrukhabad (Salman Khurshid) and Kanpur (Sriprakash Jaiswal).

In West Bengal, all the eight seats, which are spread across four districts, will see a four-cornered contest between Trinamool Congress, BJP, Congress and the Left Front.

In Odisha, where the state's ruling BJD won all six seats, the BJP is making concerted efforts to bag a few seats.

Prominent among the hopefuls include BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda (Kendrapara), who quit the BJD to join the party recently. Polling will also be held in 41 Assembly seats in Odisha in this phase.

In Bihar, the BJP and its allies are looking to retain all the five seats in the face of a spirited fight put up by the RJD-Congress alliance.

The cynosure of all eyes in this phase, however, is the Begusarai seat which will witness an electrifying contest between the political Left and the Right with CPI debutant Kanhaiya Kumar taking on firebrand BJP leader Giriraj Singh.

In all the six seats in Madhya Pradesh, a direct fight between the Congress and the BJP is on the cards. The state's new power centre is witnessing a unique father-son electoral show with Chief Minister Kamal Nath and his son Nakul in the fray, hoping to boost not just the Congress but also strike roots as deep as the tree from where this region takes its name.

While the chief minister, a nine-time MP from the area, is contesting an Assembly bypoll, Nakul Nath is hoping to get elected to the Lok Sabha from Chhindwara, named after the wild date palm tree known as Chhind.

Over 45.26 lakh voters will decide the fate of 59 candidates in the first phase of polls for three Lok Sabha constituencies in Jharkhand.

Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Sudarshan Bhagat is seeking re-election from the Lohardaga (ST) seat.

Polling will also be held in Kulgam district, which is part of Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency. Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency is spread over four districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama with 16 Assembly segments. The Lok Sabha polls to this constituency are being held in three phases due to security reasons.

Election to 542 Lok Sabha seats is being conducted in seven phases between 11 April and 19 May. Election in Vellore constituency in Tamil Nadu has been cancelled following excess use of money power. Results will be declared on 23 May.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Apr 29, 2019 20:22:12 IST