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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'

Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 4 Voting LIVE 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.

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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'
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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Apr 29, 2019 - 20:19 (IST)

FirstCut by Manjul

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

Apr 29, 2019 - 20:04 (IST)

Lok Sabha election latest updates

64% voter turnout in phase four, says EC

Apr 29, 2019 - 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.

Apr 29, 2019 - 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

Apr 29, 2019 - 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

Apr 29, 2019 - 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.

Apr 29, 2019 - 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."

Apr 29, 2019 - 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.

Apr 29, 2019 - 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

Apr 29, 2019 - 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.

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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