Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 6 voting LATEST Updates: A mob made an attempt to 'attack' BJP's West Champaran MP and candidate Sanjay Jaiswal outside polling booth in Bihar’s Narkatiaganj. Jaiswal escaped unhurt with the help of local police and his security from a polling booth.
Ex-Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh, who is the Congress candidate from Bhopal, was unable to cast his vote in Raghogarh. Speaking to News18, he said, "By going there (Raghogarh), I would have lost a thousand votes here. I have to start campaigning for other constituencies also. I should've had my voted registered in Bhopal," he said.
CPM general-secretary Sitaram Yechury wrote to the Election Commission demanding action against Narendra Modi over his interview in which he "gave out operational details of a sensitive military mission with a purpose to influence voters during the silent period of the campaign".
The RAF jawans posted at booth number 171 under Jugsalai Assembly constituency in Jamshedpur were caught in a violent clash between JMM and BJP supporters. Three persons have been arrested by police so far.
BJP and Congress workers engaged in a heated argument at Vivekanad polling booth in Bhopal. The Congress workers alleged that BJP workers are forcing voters to press BJP button in EVM. Police reached the spot after being informed about the incident and warned BJP workers to stay away from the booth. The Congress workers also alleged that BJP activists were noting names of voters and asking then to reveal their votes.
The Election Commission ordered presiding officer of Ghatal constituency's Keshpur booth to file an FIR against BJP's Ghatal candidate Bharati Ghosh for flouted poll code by bringing her personal security personnel into 100 metres range of the booth.
Raghav Chadha, AAP South Delhi candidate, alleged that some BJP workers are moving around in a polling booth in Sangam Vihar, and that a person voted four times. He also tweeted about BJP being involved in "massive rigging and bogus voting" being reported at Tughlakabad.
Security forces in West Bengal's Ghatal constituency lathicharged at a huge mob that had gathered outside the polling booth in Keshpur Bazar. Police also used tear gas in the area. The seat where TMC's actor-and-politician Dev and BJP's Bharati Ghosh are going head to head, saw violence all day.
Not for the first time this election, a BJP delegation led by the party's vice-president Jay Prakash Majumdar and election committee member Sishir Bajoria will meet the West Bengal chief electoral officer to discuss the subject of discrepancies in Phase 6 of the polls at 2 pm in Kolkata's BBD Bagh. The polls in Bengal saw widespread violence between TMC and BJP workers.
At Toklo of Chakradharpur, in Singhbhum Lok Sabha constituency, villagers have boycotted polls, demanding a road, leading to now votes being cast in the polling station so far. In Fatehnagra village of Kauvapur block in Balrampur district of Uttar Pradesh, villagers also refrained from voting and said they have been deprived of basic amenities like electricity, roads and water.
Officials are still trying to convince residents of Rajswa village, a part of the Domariyaganj Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradeh, not to boycott polls. Booth number 437 is yet to register any vote.
At noon, the country's 59 constituencies that were going to polls had recorded voter turnout percentage of 25.06 percent. In West Bengal, despite clashes between TMC and BJP, the turnout percentage stood at 38.08%, the highest in the country.
BJP Bengal president Dilip Ghosh's convoy was attacked by unidentified men and his car vandalised at Dantan in West Medinipur. Two people were injured in the violence, one severely. Ghosh has alleged that the men were sent by the TMC. "They are behaving like hooligans and not letting polling take place peacefully," he said. People were allegedly heard shouting 'Dilip Ghosh go back' after surrounding his car.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, accompanied by Congress Delhi chief Sheila Dikshit, cast her vote at Delhi's Nirman Bhavan on Sunday. Her son, Rahul, cast his vote earlier in the day and predicted a BJP loss.
BJP candidate for Ghatal, Bharti Ghosh, was stopped from entering a booth at Keshpur by TMC cadres. Bharti had allegedly wanted to sit at the booth and was stopped from doing that by the TMC polling agent, leading to a scuffle where both sides engaged in pushing. Later in the day, Ghosh's vehicles were vandalised, reported ANI. BJP has blamed TMC for the action.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, after casting his vote at Tughlaq Road with Congress leader Ajay Maken, said that the people were the rulers in this country and that he is willing to accept whatever the mandate of the people is. He said the issues of the polls were unemployment and the money siphoned off to Anil Ambani by Narendra Modi. "He has given us his anger and we have returned it with our love," he said.
An argument broke out between Union minister and BJP's candidate from Sultanpur Maneka Gandhi and the SP-BSP gathbandhan's candidate Sonu Singh after Maneka alleged that Singh's supporters were threatening voters.
Widespread EVM failures have marked Phase 6 of polling as well, leaving people standing in long queues for nearly two hours in the heat. In West Bengal, fresh EVM malfunction reports have come in from from Paschim Medinipur's booth numbers 163, 155 and 175, in the Chandipur Kalikakhali village. In Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh, voters complained of heat at booth number 39 where voting has still not begun. Voting has not begun at booth number 346 in Sultanpur either. In Madhya Pradesh, EVM glitches were found at Laharpur Baghmugakiya extension's polling booth in Bhopal. In Machhlishahr's booth number 369 and Jaunpur's booth number 125, 127, 128 and 131, voting is yet to begin.
Major clashes were reported in the early hours of 12 May at Kanthi Lok Sabha constituency's booth number 23 and 24 in Paschimbar area. A few rounds of firing took place and two people have been injured. BJP has claimed the individuals named Ananta Gucchait and Ranjit Maiti are party workers.
Among Sunday's first voters were India cricket captain Virat Kohli, his former teammate and BJP's East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir and Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur. Virat stood in line at a polling booth in Pinecrest School in Gurugram.
Mere minutes into polling, voting has been halted at booth number 369, part of Machhlishahr Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh due to EVM malfunction. Voting has not yet begun at booth number 75 in Sagar Lok Sabha constituency in Madhya Pradesh due to a technical malfunction in the EVM.
A BJP worker, Raman Singh, was found dead on Saturday night at Gopiballabpur in West Bengal's Jhargram district. Jhargram was an erstwhile Maoist hotbed. Violence has marked every single poll phase in West Bengal so far. BJP has blamed TMC for the alleged murder.
Elections will be held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in Haryana, eights constituencies each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, seven seats in Delhi and four in Jharkhand. Polling will begin at 7 am and go on till 6 pm in most of the constituencies.
The fate of several Union ministers, including Radha Mohan Singh, Harshvardhan and Maneka Gandhi, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia will be decided on Sunday in the sixth and penultimate phase of Lok Sabha polls to be held in 59 constituencies in six states and New Delhi.
Over 10.17 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to choose among the 979 candidates in fray. The Election Commission has set up over 1.13 lakh polling stations for smooth conduct of polls
The elections in this phase are seen as a big test for the BJP, which had won 45 of these seats in 2014, with the Trinamool Congress bagging 8, the Congress two and the Samajwadi Party and the LJP one seat each among others.
In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP had won 13 of the 14 constituencies in 2014, the only exception being Azamgarh, won then by SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav.
However, the BJP had to face defeat in the bypolls in Phulpur and Gorakhpur constituencies last year. While the anti-BJP alliance would like to retain its grip over both the seats, the saffron party is looking to wrest them from the Opposition.
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Their importance can be gauged from the fact that Gorakhpur was represented by Yogi Adityanath in Lok Sabha from 1998 to 2017, before he became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Similarly, Phulpur was won for the first time by the BJP in 2014, when Keshav Prasad Maurya emerged victorious from the seat once represented by Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister. Maurya vacated the seat after he became the deputy chief minister of the state in 2017.
In Azamgarh this time, Akhilesh is trying to retain his father's seat against Bhojpuri film star Dinesh Lal Yadav 'Nirahua' of the BJP.
Sultanpur too is seeing an interesting contest as the BJP has fielded Union minister Maneka Gandhi for the seat won by her son Varun in 2014.
The seats appear tricky for Maneka as BJP strategists are relying on a division of Congress and gathbandhan votes, besides possible counter-polarisation of non-Yadav and non-Jatav Dalit and OBC votes.
Polling will also be held for Bhopal, Morena, Bhind (SC), Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Vidisha and Rajgarh seats in Madhya Pradesh. This will be the third phase of polling in Madhya Pradesh, with the first and second phases having been held on 29 April and 6 May. The last phase will be held on 19 May.
The Bhopal seat will see an interesting fight between senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and BJP nominee Pragya Singh Thakur.
Guna will seal the fate of AICC general secretary and Congress candidate Scindia. Union minister and BJP nominee Narendra Singh Tomar is in the fray from Morena.
In the national capital, voting will be held in all the seven seats. As many as 164 candidates, including 18 women, are in the fray.
It is expected to be a three-cornered fight involving the BJP, AAP and the Congress.
Prominent candidates in the fray include veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, Olympian boxer Vijender Singh, Union minister Harsh Vardhan, Atishi from AAP and her BJP rival cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir.
Union ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar are among the 223 candidates in fray in Haryana.
Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, a sitting MLA of Congress from Rohtak district, is once again trying his luck to enter the Lower House, this time from Sonipat. Earlier, Hooda had remained a four-time MP from Rohak parliamentary constituency.
Hooda's son Deepender is seeking re-election for fourth term from Rohtak as Congress nominee.
Among other candidates, Union minister Birender Singh's son Brijendra Singh (BJP) and former chief minister Bhajan Lal's grandson Bhavya Bishnoi (Congress), both political greenhorns, are contesting from the Hisar Lok Sabha seat, where they face sitting MP and leader of newly floated JJP Dushyant Chautala, grandson of former chief minister, OP Chautala
Former Union minister Kumari Selja and state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar are fighting from Ambala and Sirsa, respectively, for the party.
The ruling Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front constituents — the CPM, the CPI and the AIFB — are the main contenders in West Bengal. In this phase, polling will be held in Jangal Mahal — the forested region of Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Purulia districts, which used to be a Maoist hotbed, during the erstwhile Left Front government.
In Jharkhand, state minister Chandraprakash Choudhary, former cricketer Kirti Azad and ex-chief minister Madhu Koda's wife Gita are among the 67 candidates whose fate will be sealed in the third phase of polls in the state.
Polling will be held in Dhanbad, Giridih, Jamshedpur and Singhbhum (ST) seats, all won by the BJP in 2014.
Altogether, 66,85,401 voters, including 31,79,720 women and 116 of the third gender, are eligible to exercise their franchise.
Four sitting MPs, including Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, are among the 127 candidates contesting in Bihar.
Amid tight security, polling will be held in eight Lok Sabha seats - Sheohar, Valmiki Nagar, Pashchimi Champaran, Purvi Champaran, Siwan, Gopalganj, Maharajganj and Vaishali.
Among the 127 candidates, 16 are women - eight in Vaishali, four in Siwan and one each in Sheohar, Maharajganj, Purvi Champaran and Valmiki Nagar.
Updated Date: May 12, 2019 19:43:23 IST