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UP Lok Sabha Election 2019 voting LIVE updates: State witnesses 54.7% turnout at 7 pm; highest polling percentage in Banda

UP Lok Sabha Election 2019 voting Latest updates: The Samajwadi Party on Monday complained to the Election Commission of booth capturing done by the BJP in several locations, including Kunda, Amethi and Kaushambhi. A three-member delegation of the party met the State Election Commissioner and lodged an official complaint in Lucknow. The party alleged that in Kunda assembly segment, which comes under Kaushambhi, more than 50 booths have been captured, News18 reported.

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UP Lok Sabha Election 2019 voting LIVE updates: State witnesses 54.7% turnout at 7 pm; highest polling percentage in Banda
  • The fifth phase of polling in 14 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh Monday will see a clash of titans.

  • The BJP had bagged 12 of these seats in 2014 with the Congress winning Sonia Gandhi's Rae Bareli and Rahul Gandhi's Amethi.

  • Around 2.47 crore people are eligible to vote in Uttar Pradesh in this phase.

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Samajwadi Party claims BJP captured over 50 booths in Kunda, takes matter to EC

The Samajwadi Party on Monday complained to the Election Commission of booth capturing done by the BJP in several locations, including Kunda, Amethi and Kaushambhi. 

A three-member delegation of the party met the State Election Commissioner and lodged an official complaint in Lucknow. The party alleged that in Kunda assembly segment, which comes under Kaushambhi, more than 50 booths have been captured, News18 reported. 

Speaking to News18, Rajendra Chaudhary of the Samajwadi Party alleged, "We have heard very serious complaints. The ruling side is adamant on killing the democracy. Not just EVM malfunctioning, but booth capturing is being reported from Kunda, Amethi and Kaushambhi especially where the people are poor and from weaker sections.”

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May 06, 2019 - 19:08 (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha Election Latest update

An hour-by-hour look at the voter turnout in Uttar Pradesh


Aparty from stray incidents of boycott of polls and EVM glitches, Uttar Pradesh recorded an overall voter turnout of 54.7 percent till 7 pm. Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi are in the fray in the state.

May 06, 2019 - 19:02 (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha election latest update

At 7 pm, polling percentage of 54.7 percent recorded in Uttar Pradesh

  • Dhaurahra 59.35%
  • Sitapur 59.59%
  • Mohanlalganj 57.48%
  • Lucknow 50.48%
  • Rae Bareli 53.60%
  • Amethi 48.56%
  • Banda 60.79%
  • Fatehpur 55.24%
  • Kaushambi 51.00%
  • Barabanki 57.09%
  • Faizabad 54.45%
  • Bahraich 56.46%
  • Kaiserganj 53.36%
  • Gonda 49.33%

May 06, 2019 - 18:36 (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha election update

Union Minister and BJP candidate Jayant Sinha cast his vote at a polling booth in Hazaribagh constituency.

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May 06, 2019 - 18:09 (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha latest update

Polling percentage is 53.2% at 6 pm

  • Dhaurahra 59.35%
  • Sitapur 59.59%
  • Mohanlalganj 57.48%
  • Lucknow 50.48%
  • Rae Bareli 50.29%
  • Amethi 48.56%
  • Banda 56.07%
  • Fatehpur 50.17%
  • Kaushambi 49.00%
  • Barabanki 57.09%
  • Faizabad 54.45%
  • Bahraich 52.49%
  • Kaiserganj 51.87%
  • Gonda 48.43%

May 06, 2019 - 17:59 (IST)

Ayodhya Lok Sabha election latest update

Ram Janma Bhoomi Nyas Samiti's Mahant Nritya Gopal Das cast his vote at a polling station in Ayodhya.

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May 06, 2019 - 17:05 (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha election latest update

EVM malfunctions, wrongful voting reported in polling booths in Amethi, Bahraich

A lady accused the polling officials at a polling booth in Amethi’s Musafirkhana of voting for BJP when she asked them for help in casting her vote. Sanjeev Kumar, Sector Magistrate, said, “Our polling officer said that he was explaining how to vote to an elderly voter. He asked her to vote by pressing the blue button and hurried her because there were other people in the queue."

At booths number 346 and 347 in Nanapara segment of Bahraich constituency, EVM malfunctions were reported.

Inputs by Asghar Naqvi, Santosh Kumar

May 06, 2019 - 16:59 (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha election latest update

Assistant polling officer removed from duty in Amethi, case filed against another in Faizabad

Dinesh Kumar, assistant polling officer at 103 Purab Bisara, Musafirkhana, was removed after he was found guilty of casting votes on behalf of voters. A witness Brijesh Tiwari said that voters asked the officer about how to cast their votes, he voted on their behalf for the BJP. The villagers had restrained him and left him only when the Sector Magistrate arrived. They demanded that Kumar be replaced.

Meanwhile, a case was registered against polling officer Mahesh Shukla, who was deployed at booth number 47 in Madanlal Munnalal school in the Faizabad constituency. He went missing from the booth without informing anyone.

A probe against a booth level officer in Barabanki was also ordered by the sub-divisional magistrate Abhay Pandey after voters complained of missing names from the electoral rolls.

Inputs by Ashgar Naqvi, Santosh Kumar, Rehan Mustfa

May 06, 2019 - 16:31 (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha election latest update

Model booths have been set up across Uttar Pradesh in the fifth phase of voting. While many booths were decorated to appeal to voters, other offered drinking water to voters who turned up despite the blazing sun.

May 06, 2019 - 16:21 (IST)

Amethi Lok Sabha election latest update

Rahul Gandhi betrayed the people again, says Smriti Irani on Congress chief's cancelled visit


"Rahul Gandhi has betrayed the people of Amethi again. I did not know that he will not visit Amethi even on the day of voting. There was no need to insult the people like this," BJP leader Smriti Irani told ANI after it was announced that the Congress chief will not be visiting his constituency.

May 06, 2019 - 16:16 (IST)

Amethi Lok Sabha election latest update

40 houses catch fire in Amethi; voters abandon voting to offer help


In Rahul Gandhi’s constituency Amethi, around 40 houses caught fire in the Basauni area. Voters waiting in the queue left to help others. Three fire brigade vehicles were deployed.

Input by Asghar Naqvi

UP Lok Sabha Election 2019 voting Latest updates: The Samajwadi Party on Monday complained to the Election Commission of booth capturing done by the BJP in several locations, including Kunda, Amethi and Kaushambhi.

A three-member delegation of the party met the State Election Commissioner and lodged an official complaint in Lucknow. The party alleged that in Kunda assembly segment, which comes under Kaushambhi, more than 50 booths have been captured, News18 reported.

Amethi District Magistrate has ordered a probe against the presiding officer against whom an elderly woman leveled the allegation that he forcefully pressed the Congress symbol button on the EVM. The matter was widely reported by media after Smriti Irani tweeted a video byte of the woman complaining about the officer.

When Rahul Gandhi adopted Jagdishpur village under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, residents started comparing their own village with Saifai in Etawah district, the native village of Samajwadi Party’s founding family. But when expectations are sky high, the fall is equally steep. Their primary grouse is that they never saw Rahul Gandhi after 2014, the year he adopted them. Meanwhile, residents of two more villages in the constituency are boycotting polls over basic issues such as improved road, or a manned and gated railway crossing.

The voting process was halted for over an hour at booth number 315 in Utraula, part of Gonda Lok Sabha constituency, due to EVM malfunctioning. The people are braving the harsh sun to stand in queues to exercise their franchise to vote.

There were a few stray reports of poll rigging from Uttar Pradesh, including a video tweeted by Smriti Irani, wherein an Amethi woman claims that someone forced her finger onto the Congress button while she wanted to vote for the BJP. Captioning the video for her Twitter feed, Irani made a serious allegation that Rahul Gandhi was promoting booth capturing. Likewise, a voter from from Lalpur Junaid in Balrampur district alleged that the polling officer got her to press the BJP symbol when she sought their help to cast vote for the gathbandhan candidate.

Atrauli and Parsawal villages are just over 80 kilometres from Lucknow, on a small island between two streams of the mighty Ghagra river. Falling under Barabanki district and Lok Sabha constituency, the villagers here had no idea that the 2019 parliamentary elections to elect the country’s 17th Lok Sabha were more than halfway through.

In a possible case of poll code violation, BJP's candidate from Rae Bareli, Dinesh Singh said, "EVM malfunctions have reported from many places, but I have talked to the officials and they have assured that they would be replacing those EVMs soon. I appeal to the residents of Rae Bareli to press the Lotus symbol and make a Modi-sarkaar again."

Campaigning for votes, or promoting any party or candidate while polling is underway is against the Model Code of Conduct. However, the poll panel will not examine the situation until a rival party reports the issue.

Missing names in the voters list enraged many at booth number 59 in Kachnapur, part of Gonda LS seat. The people attacked the Booth Level Officer, Vinay Shankar Tiwari as a result of this. Police have already arrived at the scene to diffuse the situation.

Smriti Irani has shared a video of a woman claiming she wanted to vote for BJP but someone forcefully put her finger on the hand symbol. Irani tweeted the video alleging Rahul Gandhi is ensuring booth capturing.

"Let Mrs Vadra know that not everyone is like her husband who bribes people," says Smriti Irani on the bribe allegations leveled by Priyanka Gandhi on her. She further said,"The people are coming in large numbers to vote against the sitting MP Rahul Gandhi who has remained absent from his constituency since a very long time."

The state has recorded 0.87 percent turnout till 9 am in phase 5 voting. Kaushambi parliamentary seat has so far seen the highest voter participation at 4.64 percent.

Voting has not begun at booth number 144 and 145 in Bachhrawan assembly segment of Rae Bareli LS constituency due to EVM malfunction.

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati came out early morning to cast her vote at a polling booth in City Montessori Inter College in Lucknow. However, as media persons chased the veteran Dalit leader for a byte, Mayawati chose to walk away her held high. This was unsurprising for those who have followed the leader's edia interactions closely. Mayawati's rallies are long monotones of speeches, her press conferences a one-sided dialogue, where she reads out from a written speech, repeat herself if need be, but never speaks impromptu to the media.

Although the opposition has done a lot of campaigning in Lucknow — Poonam Sinha even roped in daughter Sonakshi — but it very much seems like the Opposition has given a walkover to Rajnath. The Lucknow parliamentary constituency has remained with the Bharatiya Janata Party since 1991 when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee won from this seat.

The fifth phase of polling in 14 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh Monday will see a clash of titans including Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

The BJP had bagged 12 of these seats in 2014 with the Congress winning Sonia Gandhi's Rae Bareli and Rahul Gandhi's Amethi -- the only two constituencies where the Congress succeeded out of the 80 in the entire state.

Around 2.47 crore people are eligible to vote in Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mohanlalganj (SC), Lucknow, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi (SC), Barabanki (SC), Faizabad, Bahraich (SC), Kaiserganj and Gonda constituencies where 182 candidates are in the contest.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is contesting on five seats - Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mohanlalganj, Fatehpur and Kaisarganj.

Its ally Samajwadi Party (SP) is fighting for seven seats -Lucknow, Banda, Kaushambi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Bahraich and Gonda.

In Amethi and Rae Bareli, the SP-BSP alliance has not put up any candidate, leaving the two constituencies for the Congress.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is seeking re-election from Lucknow, while his colleague at the Centre Smriti Irani is again taking on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

In the Faizabad parliamentary constituency, under which the temple town of Ayodhya falls, sitting BJP MP Lallu Singh is taking on Nirmal Khatri of the Congress. Khatri is a former Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief.

Former Union minister and Congress candidate Jitin Prasad is contesting from Dhaurahra against former Chambal brigand Malkhan Singh.

Malkhan Singh, 76, has been fielded by Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia, floated by SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav's brother Shivpal Yadav.

On Friday, the final day of campaigning for the fifth phase, BJP chief Amit Shah along with a host of party leaders held a roadshow in Amethi, seeking support for Smriti Irani.

On Friday, Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha, the daughter of SP candidate from Lucknow Poonam Sinha, took part in a roadshow in the state capital.

Poonam Sinha's husband, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who is the Congress candidate from Patna Sahib, had joined her last month when she filed her nomination papers as the Samajwadi Party candidate.

Polling will be held in the state in the next two phases as well.

With inputs from PTI

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