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North states Lok Sabha Election voting updates: UP registers 59.77% polling till 5 pm, 54.49% in J&K; two security personnel injured in Gadchiroli

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North states Lok Sabha Election voting updates: UP registers 59.77% polling till 5 pm, 54.49% in J&K; two security personnel injured in Gadchiroli
  • 19:40 (IST)

    Jammu and Kashmir Election Voting Latest Updates

    54.49 percent polling registered in J&K till 5 pm

    Till 5 pm, Jammu and Kashmir registered polling percentage of 54.49 percent in the two parliamentary seats — Jammu and Baramulla — on Thursday.

    Input by Mudassir Kaloo/101Reporters

  • 19:04 (IST)

    Maharashtra Election Voting Latest Updates

    Maharashtra: Two security personnel injured in Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district

    Two security personnel have been injured in an IED blast and firing by naxals in Etapalli of Gadchiroli district when they were returning to the base camp along with the polling party today. The injured jawans are being brought to Nagpur, reported ANI.

  • 19:02 (IST)

    Bihar Election Voting Latest Updates

    Bihar registers 50.26 percent polling till 5 pm

  • 18:44 (IST)

    Bihar Election Voting Latest Updates

    Voting percentage in Jammu and Kashmir: State records 46.17% polling till 3 pm

    In the Jammu parliamentary constituency, Samba Assembly constituency recorded 66.6 percent till 3 pm while Kupwara Assembly seat witnessed 38.7 percent voter turnout till 3 pm.

  • 18:30 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh Election Voting Latest Updates

    BSP leader SC Mishra claims EVM tampering in UP, says video sent to Election Commission

    According to ANI, BSP leader SC mishra said that the party has registered another complaint with Election Commision alleging EVM tampering. "We have sent them (EC) a video clip of EVM, in which it is seen that when the elephant symbol (of BSP) is being pressed but vote is going to BJP's lotus symbol. Our people had complained against it but no action was taken," he told ANI.

  • 18:18 (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.

  • 18:15 (IST)

    Maharashtra Election Voting Latest Updates

    CRPF battallion fired at in Maoist-hit Gadchiroli; no injuries reported yet

    Acording to ANI, troops of 113 Battalion CRPF were fired upon while they were returning from booth number 283 in Tumrikasa Village of Gadchiroli's Dhanora at 4 pm, the troop retaliated. No injuries/loss has been reported. More details awaited.

  • 18:09 (IST)

    Chhattisgarh Election Voting Latest Updates

    STF jawan injured in encoutner with Naxalites in Orcha, Chhattisgarh

    According to ANI, one STF Jawan has been injured in an encounter with Naxalites in Chattisgarh. The security forces had kileld a Naxal in the ecnoutner which took place in Orcha in Chattisgarh. The police have returned to Orchha police station, reports said.

  • 18:04 (IST)

    Uttarakhand Election Voting Latest Updates

    Voting concludes at polling stationin Haldwani

    Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and VVPAT being packed at a polling station in Haldwani after voting concludes. Though the final voter turnout is yet to be disclosed, Uttarakhand had registered 46.59 percent voting till 3 pm. Polling is beihg held in Uttarakhand in single phase in the five Lok Sabha constituencies — Tehri Garhwal, Garhwal, Almora, Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar and Hardwar.

  • Jammu and Kashmir Election Voting Latest Updates

    Ignoring calls to boycott polls, residents of Kashmir's Uri line up to cast their votes

    While the recent elections in Kashmir have been marred by violence or low voter turnout, Uri in the poll-bound north Kashmir's Baramulla constituency saw long queues of voters exercising their franchise. This border town has been at the forefront of hostilities between India and Pakistan. Residents said they are voting for a "sense of security and bunkers" for the residents living along the Line of Control.

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  • 17:50 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh Election Voting Latest Updates

    PHOTO: Voting in progress in Bijnor

  • 17:49 (IST)

    Bihar Election Voting Latest Updates

    Voting concludes in Maoist-affected Jamui; 53.5% polling registered

    Election Commission officials were seen taking EVMs and VVPATs to the strong room as the polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha Elections concluded in Maoist-hit Jamui, according to ANI.

  • Chhattisgarh Election Voting Latest Updates

    Polling held in Gumalwada in Chattisgarh amid tight security

    CRPF personnel guarding the Naxal hyper-sensitive polling booth at village Gumalwada, 75 kilometres from Jagdalpur town. Security personnel in the village are a armed with sniper rifles and UBGL guns, which speaks of the fear  looming on voters due to Maoists.

    Both security personnel and polling team officials had to walk 30 kilometers through forest and hill to reach the booth,

  • 17:26 (IST)

    Uttarakhand Election Voting Latest Updates

    46.59 percent voting recorded in Uttarakhand till 3 pm

  • 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.

  • 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 village inspector (kotwar) said that on Tuesday, Maoists visited the 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

    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.

  • 16:59 (IST)

    Maharashtra Election Voting Latest Updates

    Maharashtra registers 46.13% polling till 3pm; Maoist-hit Gadchirolli-Chimur witnesses highest turnout at 57 percent

    According to ANI, the overall voter turnout in Maharashtra till 3 pm was 46.13 percent. In Maharashtra, voting was held in seven parliamentary constituencies,e ach of which received over 40 percent polling till 3 pm. Gadchiroli-Chimur, an ST-reserved Lok Sabha seat, witnessed the highest turnout at 57 percent. Gachiroli had witnessed Maoist attack on Wednesday on the eve of the first phase of polling, in which one CRPF jawan was injured.

    The other six constituencies in Maharahstra were polling was held were Wardha (43.90 percent), Ramtek-SC (44.5 percent), Nagpur (41.25 percent), Bhandara-Gondiya (49.05 percent), Chandrapur (46.30 percent) and Yavatmal-Washim (43.35 percent).

  • 16:51 (IST)

    Jyothi Amge, world's smallest woman, casts her vote at a polling station in Nagpur. 
     

    Jyoti Kisange Amge, an Indian woman and actress notable for being the world's smallest living woman according to Guinness World Records, cast her vote at the Nagpur constituency today.

    Input by Murtaza Merchant/101Reporters 

  • 16:43 (IST)

    Chhattisgarh election polling latest updates

     

    Family of BJP MLA killed in Maoist attack cast their vote

    Family members of martyred BJP MLA Bhim Mandavi cast their vote 

    Image by D Shyam Kumar/101Reporters

  • 16:41 (IST)

    Bihar election polling latest updates

    Bihar polling percent till 3 pm

    In Bihar, Aurangabad  recorded 38.50 percent voting, Gaya recorded 44 percent polling and Nawada polled  43 percent votes. In Naxal-hit Jamui, where polling concluded at 4 pm, 34 percent votes were cast till 3 pm. 

  • 16:37 (IST)

    Fate of candidates Left-wing extremism hit Gaya depends on dominant Musahar community

    Gaya has been inflicted with Maoist movement for a long time but a Left candidate has never won from this seat. Although older trends shows that voting pattern has not been affected by caste arithmetic. But since last two decades political parties have been fielding candidates of Musahars community, as 30 percent of the voting population of Musahars dwell in Bihar's Gaya. They plays a decisive role in a win or loss.  

    In 2009 and 2014 general election Hari Manjhi won this seat on BJP ticket. Hari Manjhi's name was in headlines last year when his son was arrested on the charge of consuming liquor which is banned in Bihar. This time NDA has fielded JD(U)'s Vijay Manjhi. In 2014 general election JDU was fighting alone and he had given ticket to Jitanram Manjhi. 

    By Tarun Upadhyay, 101Reporters

  • Voters defy Maoists' threats in Red Belt of Chhattisgarh 

    Polling booth number 52 Machkot Jagdalpur AC (96 percent) and  Jeeragaon (97.45 percent) of Bastar Loksabha recorded huge participation of voters. These booths fall in Naxal sensitive area. Despite boycott call of election by the Maoists, voters defying their call came out in huge numbers to cast their votes. This shows people's  faith in democracy and clear cut indication of ballots victory over bullets.

  • Jammu and Kashmir election polling latest updates

    Kashmir Valley under lockdown after Hurriyat's call to boycott polls

    The Kashmir valley witnessed a complete shutdown as the Baramulla Parliamentary constituency in north Kashmir and Jammu Parliamentary Constituency went to polls on Tuesday. In Valley all the shops, educational institutes and business establishments remained closed. The traffic was missing from the from the roads. There were few clashes reported from area in north Kashmir but polling remined peacfull till 3: 00 pm.   
     
    The shutdown is being observed in response to a strike call given by Hurriyat Conference, who had given a call for boycott of the polls. But amid shutdown, 35. 52 percent votes were polled till 1:00 pm in state’s two constituencies – Baramulla and Jammu.

    An official spokesman said that 15. 1 percent votes were polled in Baramulla, 30.8 percent were polled in Kupwara, and Bandipora was at 20.9 percent
     

  • 16:06 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election polling latest updates

     

    BSP claims authorities stopping Dalit voters from casting votes 

    The Bahujan Samaj Party took note of the incident of Dalit voter being turned away in Kairana and said that the party has recieved similar reports from across the state. BSP supremo Mayawati said that the party will go to the Election Commission and alleged that members of the backward community were baton charged. 

  • 15:55 (IST)

    Gautam Budhha Nagar in UP registers 50.42 per cent voting by 3 pm

    Lok Sabha elections voting 1st phase: Gautam Budhha Nagar Lok Sabha seat registered 50.42 percent voting by 3 pm with Jewar Vidhan Sabha at 56 percent, Dadri at 52.20 percent and Noida at 43.08 percent.

  • 15:45 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election polling latest updates

    Uttarakhand recorded 46.59 percent voting till 3 pm

    Uttarakhand has recorded 46.59 percent voting till 3 pm in all of its five constituencies. The cosntituency wise breakup was not available immediately; it will be updated as and when it comes. 

  • 15:38 (IST)

    Massive turnout at Smriti Irani's road show in Amethi

    Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani filed her nomination papers from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders also accompanied her. She also held a road show in the constituency, which saw a huge crowd presence. 

  • 15:33 (IST)

    UP village with no road to Noida will boycott polls

    As polling is underway in eight seats of Uttar Pradesh, residents of the only village of the state located on the other side of the Yamuna in Haryana have boycotted elections after waiting for a road to connect them to Noida and Greater Noida for five years. 

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Bihar election polling latest updates

    Key Contests: ​Chirag Paswan vs Bhudeo Chaudhary

    In Bihar's Jamui this time, Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan, who made a successful debut five years ago is up against Bhudeo Chaudhary, who won the seat in the first general elections in 2009 that followed the creation of the constituency in 2008. An altered caste equation - because of the reorganised alliances in the state - could make Paswan's going tougher this time. 

  • 15:02 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh: Saharanpur election polling latest updates

     
    Over 100 reports of EVM malfunction from Saharanpur

    Voting has been stopped at booth number 314 due to technical snag in the EVM machines. Earlier too, multiple reports of EVM malfunctioning came up and apparently many voters had to turn back because of the long queues at the booths, or because voting was halted for long hours. The constituency recorded just 37 percent voting till 1pm 

    Saharanpur DM later confirmed that over 100 EVMs have been replaced in the district so far. 

    Input by Vinod Kashyap, 101Reporters

  • 14:56 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh: Kairana election polling latest updates

     
    Shamli DM says anti-social elements tried to force way into polling booth

  • 14:44 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election polling latest updates

    Smriti Irani files nomination from Amethi 

    Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani filed her nomination from Amethi parliamentary constituency after holding a massive roadshow. 

  • 14:37 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh: Kairana election polling latest updates

    WATCH | Security personnel fire shots in air after some people try to cast vote without voter ID in Shamli

    BSF personnel fired shots in the air after few people tried to cast vote without voter ID at a polling station in Shamli.

  • 14:04 (IST)

    Maharashtra election polling latest updates

     

    Naxals trigger IED blast near polling booth in Maharashtra

    Naxals triggered an IED blast near a polling booth in Maharashtra's Gadchroli district Thursday while voting was underway, police said. The IED (improvised explosive device) blast took place around 10.30 am in Waghezari area, around 150 metres from the polling booth where people were standing in queues to cast their votes for the Lok Sabha election, an official said.

  • 14:01 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh: Kairana election polling latest updates

     

    Firing reported in Shamli area of Kairana LS seat

    As polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is underway in eight constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, firing has been reported from Kairana after villagers clashed with the security forces.

    Input by Santosh Kumar

  • 13:38 (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.

  • 13:04 (IST)

    Chhattisgarh: Bastar election polling latest updates

     
    Bomb defused in Koilibeda of Kanker district


    Bomb which was installed in a culvert was found and defused by a joint team of BSF personnel and district police in Koilibeda of Kanker district, Chhattisgarh.
     

    Inputs from D. Shyam Kumar/ 101Reporters 

  • 13:01 (IST)

    Chhattisgarh election polling latest updates

     

    Moving booths to Naxal-hit areas prove counterproductive in Chhattisgarh

    In Chhattisgarh, three polling booths from Konge and Pangud villages in Narayanpur district, classified as ‘highly sensitive areas’, were moved to Chhote Bethia village in Pakhanjur panchayat of Kanker district. This added distance through the dense forests, dominated by naxals, may be a couple of hours longer for voters of the region. By road, this distance is 214 km, which takes a good 5 hours 14 minutes through Chhattisgarh’s Red Belt, where road constructions have been prime target of Naxals.

    Moving the booths has resulted in nil or negligible voting until 11am. While no votes have been caste at Booth no 1, two votes were caste in Booth no 2. Booth no 1 has 166 voters listed, including 81 males and 85 females, and booth no 2 has 257 voters listed, including 151 males and 146 females.

    Input from Tameshwar/101reporters

  • 12:51 (IST)

    Bihar election polling latest updates

    Here's how Bihar voters polled in first phase of election till 12 pm

    • Nawada 27%
    • Jamui 23%
    • Aurangabad 25%
    • Gaya 23%

    Input by by Umesh kumar Ray

  • 12:49 (IST)

    Chief Election Commissioner monitors first phase of the elections

    Chief Election Commissioner Subrat Sahu, Additional Election Commissioner Bharti Desan and Special DG naxal operations Girdhari Nayak monitor first phase of the elections 

    Input by D shyam Kumar/101Reporters

  • 12:40 (IST)

    Uttarakhand election voting updates
     

    Elections are underway at five parliamentary constituencies in the state. Tehri Garhwal, Haridwar, Nainital, Almora, Garhwal. In Haridwar, the overall voter sentiment largely seems inclined towards the BJP, but the interior pockets - which have a significant number of Muslim and SC/ST votes are largely looking at the BSP as the an alternative. As for the state's only regional party, the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal will be fighting from all five seats; UKD had failed to secure a single seat in the last two LS polls.

    Input by Pragya Bakshi

  • 12:35 (IST)

    Maharashtra election polling latest updates

     
    Voting percentage in Maharashtra: Nagpur at 9.33%; Wardha at 7.32% till 9 am

    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.  

    Nagpur: 9.33%
    Ramtek: 4.9%
    Bhandara-Gondiya: 8.5%
    Yavatmal-Washim: 5.03%
    Wardha: 7.32%
    Chandrapur: 6.18%
    Gadchiroli-Chimur: 8.45%

  • 12:34 (IST)

    Jammu and Kashmir election polling latest updates

     

    24.66% voting recorded in state

    The Jammu and Baramulla parliamentary constituencies have recorded a total of 24.66 percent polling till 11 am today. 

  • 12:33 (IST)

    Lalu Prasad Yadav prepares to sit out first election in over 40 years, urges people of Bihar to repel 'disruptive forces'

    In his over four-decades-long political career, this Lok Sabha election is the first in which Lalu Prasad will be just an spectator; that too from a distance.

    The incarcerated RJD supremo was not very hopeful about getting relief from the Supreme Court and merrily stepping out of prison, so he had already prepared a statement in the form of a letter addressed to the people of Bihar. 

    The letter is carefully addressed to the Dalits and backward classes and urges them to remain united and "defeat the forces hell bent on snatching their fundamental and constitutional rights including reservation". The urgency to write such a letter possibly came amid apprehension of a split in votes of these classes.

  • 12:30 (IST)

    Noida SSP issues clarification after row over policemen distributing NaMo food packets

    "There is some misinformation being spread that some Policemen have been distributed food from a Political party. This is absolutely wrong. At local level some food packets were procured from Namo Food Shop and not from any political Party. Some people are spreading wrong and politically motivated rumours. And there is no official order to procure food from any particular food outlet.

    Thanks
    Vaibhav Krishna
    SSP Gautam Budh Nagar"

  • 12:28 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election polling latest updates

     

    NaMo food packets make way to poll booths in Noida 

    Reports of NaMo food packets being distributed near poll booths in Noida have come out. Uttar Pradesh Chief Election Officer L Venkateshwarlu has sought a report from Noida District Magistrare on this issue. 

    Input by Pranav Bharadwaj, 101Reporters

  • 12:08 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh election polling latest updates

     

    NaMo food packets make way to poll booths in Noida 

    Reports of NaMo food packets being distributed near poll booths in Noida have come out. Uttar Pradesh Chief Election Officer L Venkateshwarlu has sought a report from Noida District Magistrare on this issue. 

    Input by Pranav Bharadwaj, 101Reporters

  • 11:56 (IST)

     Omar Abdullah alleges Congress button on EVM not working in Poonch

    Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has tweeted out a video of a polling officer clarifying that polling was delayed in Poonch district at several polling stations because the EVM button against the Congress party was not working.

  • 11:45 (IST)

    Bastar election polling latest updates

     
    120-yr-old voter casts his vote in Chhattisgarh's Kirandul
     
     
    In the naxal-hit areas of Bastar lok Sabha constituency, elderly voters have shown great enthusiasm. In this video, a 120-year-old man can be seen walking up to the poll boooth to cast his vote in Kirandul. 
     
     
    Input by Hitesh Sharma/101Reporters
     
     


North states Lok Sabha Election voting LATEST updates: Uttar Pradesh registerd 59.77 percent voter's turnout till 5 pm in the eight seats which underwent polling on Thursday, whereas in, Jammu and Kashmir, polling was 54.49 percent

Meanwhile, the ADM of Shamli has clarified that a Dalit man, who was not allowed to vote in Uttar Pradesh' Shamli district because he lacked identity proof, refuting claims of caste discrimination.

Chhattisgarh Police killed one Naxal in an encounter at Orcha, Narayanpur in Chhattisgarh on Thursday. Inspector General, Chhattisgarh police (Bastar range ) Vivekananda confirmed the incident. One STF jawan was also injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra registered overall voter turnout of 46.13 percent till 3 pm. According to ANI, in Maharaashtra polling was held in seven parliamentary constituencies, each of which received over 40 percent polling till 3 pm. Gadchiroli-Chimur, an ST-reserved Lok Sabha seat, witnessed the highest turnout at 57 percent.

In Gadchirolli, two security personnel were injured in an IED blast and firing onThursday. Maoist-affected Gachiroli had witnessed attack on Wednesday on the eve of the first phase of polling as well, in which one CRPF jawan was injured.

The other six constituencies in Maharahstra were polling was held were Wardha (43.90 percent), Ramtek-SC (44.5 percent), Nagpur (41.25 percent), Bhandara-Gondiya (49.05 percent), Chandrapur (46.30 percent) and Yavatmal-Washim (43.35 percent).

Clashes broke out between BJP and RJD workers in Nawada constituency, media reports said. BJP workers alleged that RJD workers had forced their way into a polling booth where they were forcing women voters to vote for their candidates. When BJP workers tried to oppose this, the situation worsened and led to clashes, India Today reported.

The Bahujan Samaj Party took note of the incident of Dalit voter being turned away in Kairana and said that the party has received similar reports from across the state. BSP supremo Mayawati said that the party will go to the Election Commission and alleged that members of the backward community were baton charged.

Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani filed her nomination papers from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders also accompanied her. She also held a road show in the constituency, which saw a huge crowd presence. 

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.

As polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is underway in eight constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, firing has been reported from Kairana after villagers clashed with the security forces.

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.

Reports of NaMo food packets being distributed near poll booths in Noida have come out. Uttar Pradesh Chief Election Officer L Venkateshwarlu has sought a report from Noida District Magistrare on this issue

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has tweeted out a video of a polling officer clarifying that polling was delayed in Poonch district at several polling stations because the EVM button against the Congress party was not working.

Few Dalit voters in Shamli Naya Bazaar have alleged that they were not allowed to cast their votes despite having their names on the voters list. A voter broke down while narrating his ordeal as he alleged that he could find his name in the electoral roll and also had the voting slip. He claimed that the polling officers did not allow them to cast their vote because they were Dalits. 

Naxals triggered an IED blast on Thursday morning in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency where voting is underway, a senior police official said. No casualty was reported in the incident, he said. Narayanpur comes under the Bastar Lok Sabha seat.

10.2 percent voting has been recorded in Naxal-hit Bastar seat in Chhattisgarh till 9 am. Meanwhile, in Shyamgiri area of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh, voters decided to defy Naxal threats and come out to vote. This is the same place where BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi was killed in a Naxal attack two days ago. The attack was deemed an effort to derail the polling process and induce fear in voters to prevent them from participating in elections.

Former Union minister and sitting BJP MP from Muzaffarnagar Sanjeev Balyan has complained about 'fake voting' at some booths. The BJP leader was apparently miffed at EC officials for allowing burqa-clad women to cast their vote without checking their identity. While raising his point, Balyan said. "EC officials said they don't have a woman official to identify the faces of women in burqa, but I say that what's the problem if male officers see their faces. And if they have a problem, then they should sit at home." The BJP leader, however, within seconds clarified his comment saying, "What I mean is that this is EC officials' responsibility. Under rules, they should at least verify the identities of voters."

News18 reported that an explosive device has reportedly been found outside the Anwaran Salaiya booth number 9 of the Gaya Lok Sabha seat. The local police authorities have sent the bomb disposal squad and the voting has begun at a safe distance from the site where the explosive were discovered.

Among the biggest fights in phase 1, are two Union ministers in northern states. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, the sitting BJP lawmaker in Nagpur, is pitted against Congress candidate Nana Patole in Maharashtra's Nagpur. Patole was a BJP candidate in the last term, but he later switched over to Congress citing autocracy in party's top brass. Union Minister Satya Pal Singh, a retired IPS officer is seeking re-election from Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat Lok Sabha seat as a BJP candidate, and is up against Jayant Chaudhary, the son of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) founder Ajit Singh.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, the sitting BJP lawmaker, is pitted against Congress candidate Nana Patole in Maharashtra's Nagpur.

Polling station set up in Jagti Colony, for kashmiri migrants hailing from Baramulla constituency wears a deserted look. Jagti Colony is a resettlement camp for displaced Kashmiri Pandit migrants, and is currently home to 4000 Hindu families, after the exodus in 1990s. The camp is located in Nagrota Area of Jammu district of Jammu and Kashmir

Voting has begun in all seats in the northern states. Meanwhile in Maharashtra's Nagpur, Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS sarsanghchalak, was among the first few voters queuing up at the polling booth to cast their vote

In the first phase of Lok Sabha election, polling will be held in 91 out of 543 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 20 states and Union Territories on Thursday. In northern India, polling will be held in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, and Jammu and Kashmir.

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

In Bihar, four Lok Sabha constituencies — Gaya, Jamui, Nawada and Aurangabad — will go to polls on Thursday where nearly six million voters would decide the fate of 44 candidates. Prominent among those who are the fray in these constituencies are LJP MP from Jamui Chirag Paswan who is locked in a straight contest with his predecessor RLSP's Bhudeo Chaudhary. Chaudhary, who was earlier with the JD(U), had won the seat in 2009 as an NDA candidate.

In Uttar Pradesh, polling will take place in eight Lok Sabha seats of the western region from 7 am to 6 pm.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making all-out efforts to retain all the eight Lok Sabha seats while the fledgling Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance (also known as gathbandhan) too is going all out to upset the saffron party's prospects.

The communally sensitive seat of Muzaffarnagar will see a clash of titans with RLD chief Ajit Singh locking horns with sitting BJP lawmaker Sanjeev Balyan.

For the saffron party, the Kairana parliamentary constituency holds immense significance as it had tasted defeat in the Lok Sabha bye-election in 2018.

The fate of three Union ministers — VK Singh (Ghaziabad), Satyapal Singh (Baghpat) and Mahesh Sharma (Gautam Buddha Nagar) will also be tested in this phase.

Prominent names among the 96 candidates in fray during the first phase in Uttar Pradesh include Imran Masood (Congress) and Raghav Lakhanpal (BJP) from Saharanpur, and Tabassum Begum (SP) from Kairana.

In Bijnor, Congress candidate and former Uttar Pradesh minister (during Mayawati's tenure) Naseemuddin Siddiqui will challenge Raja Bharatendra Singh, while in Meerut, BJP's Rajendra Agarwal will be hoping for a repeat of 2014, while BSP's Hazi Mohammad Yaqub will be trying to checkmate him.

In Baghpat, Union minister Satyapal Singh is pitted against Jayant Chaudhary (RLD), son of Ajit Singh.

Dolly Sharma of the Congress is contesting against Union minister VK Singh, while in Gautam Buddh Nagar, it's Union minister and BJP candidate Mahesh Sharma versus Arvind Kumar Singh of the Congress.

Politically crucial Uttar Pradesh sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha. Of the 80 seats in UP, SP is contesting on 37 seats, BSP on 38 seats, and the RLD will contest on three seats. UP will have seven-phase polling.

The Naxal-affected Bastar is the only Lok Sabha constituency in Chhattisgarh going to polls on Thursday amid tight security and looming threat from Maoists who have called for a boycott of elections.

In a grim reminder of the challenges being faced by security forces, Naxals carried out a major attack on Tuesday in Dantewada district, which is part of the Bastar parliamentary constituency, the only seat in the state to vote in the first phase. BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi and four police personnel were killed in the attack which came two days before polling.

The Bastar Lok Sabha (ST) constituency, where seven candidates are in the fray, consists of eight Assembly seats. Polling in four of them — Dantewada, Konta, Bijapur and Narayanpur — will be held from 7 am to 3 pm. The remaining four Assembly segments — Bastar, Chitrakot, Kondagaon and Jagdalpur — will see voting between 7 am and 5 pm.

In Uttarakhand, an interesting battle is on the cards in the five Lok Sabha seats going to polls on Thursday with the BJP banking on the success of Balakot air strikes to garner votes and the Congress betting on the alleged Rafale scam to dent the prospects of the saffron party.

As in the past elections, the BJP and the Congress are once again locked in straight contests on all the five seats which have been going en bloc to either of them alternately. In 2009, the Congress had won all the seats while the BJP wrested them in 2014. The saffron party is confident of retaining its 5-0 tally while the Congress is making every effort to stage a comeback in the hill-state after the 2017 Assembly poll rout when the BJP won 57 of the 70 seats to storm to power.

In Jammu and Kashmir, more than 33 lakh voters will decide the fate of 33 candidates in the twin parliamentary constituencies of Jammu and Baramulla which are going to polls on Thursday. The separatists have called for a strike on Thursday to protest against the elections and the "NIA aggression" against Hurriyat Conference leaders and their kin.

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Updated Date: Apr 11, 2019 23:49:13 IST

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