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Mumbai Lok Sabha Election voting Updates: Average turnout in city constituencies breaches 50 percent mark at 6 pm

Mumbai Lok Sabha Election voting LIVE Updates: Polling appears to have picked up towards latter part of the day in Mumbai.

FP Staff April 29, 2019 18:15:16 IST
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Mumbai Lok Sabha Election voting Updates: Average turnout in city constituencies breaches 50 percent mark at 6 pm
  • Over 96 lakh candidates are eligible to vote on Monday and voting booths will be open between 7 am and 6 pm.

  • The main parties in the fray are the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena, with the latter two having formed a coalition.

  • Among the high-profile candidates are Priya Dutt, Poonam Mahajan, Milind Deora and Urmila Matondkar.

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14:04 (ist)

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First-time voters vote for 'economic development'
 

First-time voter Ankita Bhavke, a college student in Mumbai, was quoted by Reuters as saying that she had voted for economic development. “I want the country to be at par with the best in the world,” she said. “There’s been some progress in the last five years.”

13:29 (ist)

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Piyush Goyal casts vote, says this is 'tsunami election'
 

Union minister and BJP leader Piyush Goyal cast his vote at the Walsingham School, Malabar Hill in Mumbai. After casting his vote, he said, "This election is now a tsunami election. In the North, South, East, and West, the Modi wave has overtaken the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the tallest leader today in the country."

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Apr 29, 2019 - 20:07 (IST)

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Here is the voter turnout as it progressed through the day.

Apr 29, 2019 - 19:10 (IST)
 
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108-year-old woman casts vote in Thane district
 
Braving the April heat, a 108-year-old woman came out to cast her vote in the neighbouring Thane district of Maharashtra.
 
 
Vithabai Damodar Patil, perhaps among the oldest voters in the state, exercised her franchise at a polling booth in Kopri village, which is part of the Thane Lok Sabha constituency.
 
 
Talking to reporters after coming out of the polling station, the centenarian said she voted for a "good" candidate and keeping in mind development of her village.
 
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Apr 29, 2019 - 18:15 (IST)

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Average turnout in Mumbai crosses 50 percent mark

Polling appears to have picked up towards latter part of the day. At 6 pm, the voting percentage in Mumbai, Mumbai North West, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South Central, Mumbai South is 54.72 percent, 50.37 percent, 51.59 percent, 47.11 percent, 51.45 percent and 46.90 percent respectively.

In 2014, Mumbai registered a turnout of 51.6 percent, which was an improvement from a low of 41.4 percent in the 2009 general election.

Apr 29, 2019 - 18:08 (IST)
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Mumbai's first-time voters seek to make "indelible" mark
 
A large number of first-time voters came out to cast their ballots Monday in Mumbai, marking their formal participation in choosing the next government in the world's largest democracy.
 
According to the Election Commission (EC) data, Maharashtra has over 1.19 crore voters who fall in the age group of 18-19 years and are eligible to exercise their franchise in the Lok Sabha polls for the first time.
 
Enthusiasm was palpable among first-time electors, who openly expressed their views about candidates in the fray and whom they voted for.
 
An 18-year-old, who cast his vote in Dindoshi, which falls under the Mumbai North-West parliamentary constituency, said he had voted keeping in mind  issues like good governance and development.
 
 
"The Congress-led opposition is not strong and convincing. The opposition party is contesting the lowest number of seats ever.
 
 
"I felt there is no harm is giving the BJP-led NDA another chance," he said.
 
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Apr 29, 2019 - 17:22 (IST)

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Mumbai North sees highest turnout in city till 5 pm

At 5 pm, the voting percentage in Mumbai, Mumbai North West, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South Central, Mumbai South is 44.66 percent, 40.52 percent, 41.05 percent, 38.17 percent, 42.25 percent and 38.9 percent respectively

Apr 29, 2019 - 17:18 (IST)

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Following is the voter turnout for constituencies in Mumbai as it progressed through the day:

Apr 29, 2019 - 17:04 (IST)

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Shah Rukh Khan casts his vote at Bandra

Actor Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri cast their votes at Mount Mary Convent High school, Bandra West.

Image: Sachin Gokhale/Firstpost

Apr 29, 2019 - 16:54 (IST)
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Poll day brings SoBo elites, pavement dwellers together
 
The KC College polling centre in South Mumbai is where many of the `SoBo' (South Bombay) elites, including serving and retired IAS and IPS officials, cast their votes.
 
 
On Monday, a sizable group of pavement dwellers rubbed shoulders with them.
 
 
These homeless people, who have made pavements around the Mantralaya, the state government's headquarters, their home, turned out armed with voter ID and Aadhaar cards.
 
 
Shantabai Laxman Kale, 70, said she was among some 300 people who have been living on pavements near the Mantralaya for decades.
 
 
"We hail from Solapur, and live in Mumbai to eke out a living. We still yearn to have a house of our own," she said, adding that eviction by civic officials or police is a constant fear in their lives.
 
 
"But we come back even when we are evicted and sent outside the city," she said.
 
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Apr 29, 2019 - 16:49 (IST)
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Kirit Somaiyya's mother casts vote at Mulund; she has been voting since first LS election
 
 
In suburban Mulund in Mumbai, 86-year-old Gunanwantiben Somaiya, mother of outgoing BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, cast vote along with her family members 
 
 
She has been voting since 1952, the first general elections held after Independence.
 
 
In his tweet, Kirit Somaiya said, "I Voted at Gavanpada Mulund, with Family including Son Neil & also Mother who has been voting since 1st Lok Sabha election."
 
 
Former top cop Julio Rebeiro also exercised his franchise along with his wife in Mumbai.
 
 
Around 200 residents of Gamdevi area, which is part of Mumbai South parliamentary constituency, boycotted voting to protest against what they claimed a bid by a builder to evict them without entering any agreement for redevelopment of their residential building. They are residents of J K Building in Gamdevi.
 
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Apr 29, 2019 - 16:37 (IST)
Long queues at Powai, Chandivli due to slow polling process
 
 
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Earlier, long queues were seen in some areas of Mumbai like Powai and Chandivli as voting was being recorded slowly.
 
The situation was different outside Mumbai where turnout has been high.
 
However, local election officers had to issue clarifications on rumours ranging from withdrawal of a candidate to technical glitches, said an ECI official.
 
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Mumbai Lok Sabha Election voting LATEST Updates: Polling appears to have picked up towards latter part of the day. At 6 pm, the voting percentage in Mumbai, Mumbai North West, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South Central, Mumbai South is 54.72 percent, 50.37 percent, 51.59 percent, 47.11 percent, 51.45 percent and 46.90 percent respectively.

The voting percentage in Mumbai, Mumbai North West, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South Central, Mumbai South is 44.66 percent, 40.52 percent, 41.05 percent, 38.17 percent, 42.25 percent and 38.9 percent respectively. These are figures till 5 pm

At 4 pm, the voting percentage in Mumbai, Mumbai North West, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South Central, Mumbai South is 44.66 percent, 40.78 percent, 39.95 percent 38.17 percent, 39.84 percent and 38.22 percent respectively.

Mumbai records an average of 30 percent voter turnout till 3 pm. Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group, caste his vote in Malabar Hill. He said, "We all have been infected by the virus of progress and growth. Even if a coalition government comes, it should work towards progress and growth of the country."

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar cast his vote in the Mumbai South constituency on Monday. NCP has allied with the Congress in Maharashtra.

Union minister and BJP leader Piyush Goyal cast his vote at the Walsingham School, Malabar Hill in Mumbai. After casting his vote, he said, "This election is now a tsunami election. In the North, South, East, and West, the Modi wave has overtaken the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the tallest leader today in the country."

Actor Amitabh Bachchan cast his vote in Mumbai's Juhu. Several first-time voters are exercising their franchise in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha election being conducted in Mumbai. Ranjani Narayan, first time voter from Chembur, talks about wanting better infrastructure in her area.

Actor Anupam Kher, who starred in the much-debated biopic on former prime minister Manmohan Singh's life, cast his vote in Mumbai's Juhu on Monday. The six constituencies of Mumbai voted in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha election.

According to latest Election Commission data, voter turnout has not moved much in the past one hour. Till 11 am, only Lok Sabha constituency to cross the 10 percent mark was Shirur with 10.08 percent.  Among all constituencies in the fray in Maharashtra, Shirur has so far recorded the highest voter turnout.

According to official Election Commission data, the estimated percentage of votes polled in Maharashtra till 10 am was 6.40 percent. According to the EC's official app Voter Turnout, Nandurbar recorded 7.13 percent, Palghar 7.77 percent, Nashik 6.58 percent and Bhiwandi 5.92 percent. Other constituencies like Mumbai North recorded 7.85 percent, Mumbai North West 6.19 percent, Mumbai North East 7.37 percent and Mumbai North Central 4.97 percent, Mumbai South central 6.44 percent and Mumbai South 5.89 percent.

Several reports said that voting at booth number 162 of Malad West in Mumbai is yet to begin after a glitch in EVM was detected. Meanwhile, Congress' Milind Deora and Urmila Matondkar cast their vote in their respective booths.

Trends like #VoteKarMumbai, #MumbaiVotesForNation and 'Dear Mumbaikars' were the top Mumbai and India trends on Twitter. Early voters, which included several celebrities like Rekha and Priyanka Chopra, industrialist Anil Ambani and RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, shared images of their inked fingers on social media.

Actress Rekha, industrialist Anil Ambani, Mumbai North Central candidate of BJP Poonam Mahajan and Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das were a few of the known faces seen in early morning queues outside their polling booths.

Mumbai's most-watched battle is likely to be in Mumbai North, with actor Urmila Matondkar making her political debut by taking on BJP sitting parliamentarian Gopal Shetty. Matondkar, who joined the Congress in March, insists that she is serious about her new career. "I know that when film stars enter politics, they are expected to pull in voters because of their glamour. I would request you to keep such thoughts away when it comes to me," the 45-year-old actor told reporters soon after taking the plunge.

In the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha election, which is being held on 29 April, six constituencies in Mumbai will go to vote.

In these constituencies, namely Mumbai North, Mumbai North-West, Mumbai North-East, Mumbai North-Central, Mumbai South-Central and Mumbai South, the main parties in the fray are the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena, with the latter two having formed a coalition. Among the high-profile candidates are Priya Dutt, Poonam Mahajan, Milind Deora and actress Urmila Matondkar.

Over 96 lakh candidates are eligible to vote on Monday. Voting booths will be open between 7 am and 6 pm.

In Mumbai South, Congress is fielding Milind Deora, who will be facing the same rival he did in the 2014 general elections – Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant. Sawant, who defeated Deora by over 3.7 lakh votes in the last election, has been fielded from the constituency following the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition in the state. While the Congress has raised the impact of demonetisation and GST on the business pockets of south Mumbai, the BJP-Shiv Sena talked about national security, infrastructure and local issues.

The daughters of two deceased politicians will compete against each other in Mumbai North-Central. While Congress has fielded Priya Dutt, daughter of late Sunil Dutt, Poonam Mahajan, daughter of late Pramod Mahajan, got the BJP ticket. Mahajan had defeated Dutt in the last Lok Sabha polls. The constituency alone has around 18 lakh voters. Rehabilitation of slum-dwellers is one of the pressing issues that has been a part of the campaigns of both these leaders.

Urmila Matondkar’s star appeal has been sought after by the Congress in Mumbai North, where the BJP ticket was given to sitting MP Gopal Shetty. In 2014m Shetty had defeated then Congress candidate Sanjay Nirupam by over 4.4 lakh votes. Rising population, housing, healthcare and transportation remain key issues.

Mumbai North-East, which comprises of over 16 lakh voters, will see BJP's Manoj Kotak contesting against NCP's former Union minister Sanjay Dina Patil. Meanwhile, Sanjay Nirupam will contest from Mumbai North-West. Sitting Mumbai south-Central MP Rahul Shewale will be contesting on a Shiv Sena ticket against Congress’ Eknath Gaikwad.

With inputs from PTI

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