Lok Sabha Elections | Over 65 per cent voter turnout recorded in third phase of polling


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Polling in the third and largest phase of Lok Sabha election in 116 seats (including Anantnag's first phase of voting), including all constituencies in Gujarat and Kerala, with BJP president Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and several Union ministers among prominent candidates in the fray, will take place today. Polling will take place across 15 states and Union Territories. Besides all seats in Gujarat (26) and Kerala (20), voting will be held in four seats in Assam, five in Bihar, seven in Chhattisgarh, 14 each in Karnataka and Maharashtra, six in Odisha, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, five in West Bengal, two in Goa, and one each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Tripura and Jammu and Kashmir. The polling in Tripura East constituency, which was earlier scheduled for April 18, will be held in this phase. About 18.56 crore voters are eligible for voting in this phase and the Election Commission has set up 2.10 lakh polling booths/stations and has made elaborate security arrangements.

Below are the live updates:

09:40 PM :

A fake case was registered against me in which court has delivered its judgement. The gist of the judgement is it was a politically motivated case and there is no evidence in this case. I don't want to comment much on Rahul Gandhi's legal knowledge: Amit Shah

08:42 PM :

07:04 PM :

PM Modi is holding roadshow in Ranchi. The roadshow is from Ranchi Airport to Birsa Munda Chowk. 

06:47 PM :

As per the official figures on EC's Voter Turnout app, the overall voter turnout is recorded at approximately 63 and is expected to rise. West Bengal is leading with 79.36 per cent voter turnout. 

06:34 PM :

79.22 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in West Bengal till now, according to Election Commission data. 

06:28 PM :

I have been a warrior since my childhood, I have to win. I am a son of a farm labourer, it is in my genes to work hard. I consider PM Modi as my hero: Singer Hans Raj Hans after filing his nomination from North West Delhi constituency as a BJP candidate.

06:20 PM :

Polling concludes in Kerala. Till 6 pm, the voting turnout was 73.6%.

05:56 PM :

Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir files his nomination from East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. 

05:33 PM :

05:32 PM :

Boxer Vijender Singh files nomination from South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. He was fielded from the seat by the Congress on Monday.

05:30 PM :

05:28 PM :

Supreme Court exempts Rahul Gandhi from personal appearance on April 30 in the contempt case. 

05:25 PM :

60.33 per cent overall voter turnout recorded till 5 pm.

05:24 PM :

51.92 % polling recorded till 4.30 pm in Phase3 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 

05:04 PM :

04:44 PM :

When the CM of a state stands in favour of those who are involved in scams, its the people who suffer: PM Modi in Asansol

04:41 PM :

Today TMC's condition has become such that people are not turning up for their rallies, they are forced to call actors from abroad. I feel pity for you didi, look what the brave people of Bengal have done to you: PM Modi in Asansol

04:23 PM :

Before 2014, Congress govt had made a record of corruption. Today TMC government is giving tough competition to the Congress. Corruption and crime are non-stop in TMC rule. And 'Speed-breaker Didi' is also there: PM Modi in Asansol 

04:20 PM :

04:19 PM :

04:17 PM :

West Bengal had decided to teach Trinamool Congress a lesson which is trying to hijack the democracy: PM Modi in Asansol 

04:13 PM :

04:09 PM :

03:53 PM :

Arrest warrant issued against Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and party leader Sanjay Raut, as per media reports. 

03:49 PM :

West Bengal: Babulal Murmu, a polling agent found dead at his house in Buniadpur, Dakshin Dinajpur.

03:43 PM :

03:34 PM :

Odisha: A polling official at booth number 41 in Kantapal village in Dhenkanal passes away, after collapsing while on duty

03:23 PM :

48.93 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm, as per Election Commission. 

03:21 PM :

West Bengal: 66.41 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm

03:17 PM :

West Bengal: Man standing in a queue to vote killed in clashes between Congress and TMC workers in Baligram, Murshidabad.

02:56 PM :

Estimated voter turnout till now for the 3rd phase of Lok Sabha Polls.

02:55 PM :

02:46 PM :

Clashes break out at Sadhvi Pragya's roadshow in Bhopal. BJP workers rough up people. Two youth arrested. 

02:41 PM :

Uttar Pradesh records over 35% voter turnout till 1 pm in third phase of Lok Sabha polls.

02:41 PM :

46% voting registered in Goa till 1 pm.

02:33 PM :

PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti casts her vote at polling booth number-37D in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district.

01:57 PM :

Central forces are working for BJP, asking voters in West Bengal to vote for the saffron party: Mamata Banerjee ata rally in Arambagh.

01:57 PM :

Central forces are working for BJP, asking voters in West Bengal to vote for the saffron party: Mamata Banerjee ata rally in Arambagh.

01:54 PM :

BSP Cheif Mayawati in Hardoi: Congress party lost power due to its worng policies.

01:54 PM :

Bangla will teach you (BJP) an apt lesson: Mamata Banerjee at Arambagh rally.

01:54 PM :

BSP Cheif Mayawati in Hardoi: Congress was given most chances by the people of the country but it failed to eradicate poverty, unemployement.

01:48 PM :

AIADMK announces candidates for by-polls in four assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu. V.V. Senthinathan to contest from Aravakurichi, S. Muniyandi from Thiruparankundram, P. Mohan from Ottapidaram, & V.P. Kandhasamy from Salur. By-polls in Tamil Nadu will be held on May 19.

01:35 PM :

Delhi: Congress candidates, Sheila Dikshit from North East Delhi & Ajay Maken from New Delhi parliamentary constituency, file nomination.

01:28 PM :

Kerala: A snake was found at a polling booth in Kannur's Kandakai. Polling resumed after the snake was caught.

01:27 PM :

Gujarat: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote at a polling booth at Shahpur Hindi School in Ahmedabad.

01:26 PM :

BJP's candidate from Gorakhpur Ravi Kishan files his nomination.

01:11 PM :

8.2% voting registered in Anantnag till 12 pm.

12:48 PM :

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel after casting his vote at polling booth number 55 in Durg in the 3rd phase of polling of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 We have said what we had to say in favour of the party and our candidates, now voters will decide. They are the real judge.

12:42 PM :

Response in first 2 phases of polls giving sleepless nights to Opposition parties: PM Modi in Odisha.

12:39 PM :

'Lahar' (wave) for BJP has become 'Lalkar' (challenge) for opposition after two phases of polls: Modi in Odisha. 

12:39 PM :

We will give govt jobs to 22 lakh people in next one year, Cong president Rahul Gandhi tells gathering in Rajasthan.

12:38 PM :

Those levelling false allegations against BJP are found standing in dock: Modi in Odisha rally.

12:33 PM :

Names of all the candidates from Delhi:

12:21 PM :

Bollywood actor Sunny Deol joined the BJP on Tuesday in the presence of Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharam and Piyush Goyal. He is likely to be fielded from Punjab's Gurdaspur comstituency. 

11:48 AM :

Karnataka: Senior Congress leader and Gulbarga candidate Mallikarjun Kharge casts his vote at polling booth number 119 in Gulabarga.

11:47 AM :

Wayanad: People queue up at a polling booth in Sugandhagiri to cast their vote in the third phase.

11:46 AM :

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said that the poll officers were untrained to handle the machines. "DMs say poll officials untrained to operate EVMs. 350+ being replaced. This is criminal negligence for a polling exercise that costs 50,000 crs (sic)," Akhilesh said in a tweet. 

11:45 AM :

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress President Ghulam Ahmad Mir on Tuesday cast his vote in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections at a booth in Omoh Verinag area in Dooru constituency of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

11:34 AM :

Viramgam: Congress leader Hardik Patel casts his vote at booth number 252/355 in Surendranagar constituency.

11:31 AM :

Kerala: Veteran actors Mammootty and Mohanlal cast their votes in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram respectively.

11:21 AM :

Polling till 11 am:

Overall: 16%Chhattisgarh: 18%Gujarat: 18%West Bengal: 24%Uttar Pradesh: 16%Jammu and Kashmir: 4.2%Assam: 28%Kerala: 21%Bihar: 20%

11:13 AM :

Kerala: BJP MP candidate from Thiruvananthapuram constituency, Kummanam Rajasekharan, queues up to cast his vote at a polling station in Thiruvananthapuram.

11:08 AM :

J&K: Kashmiri Pandits cast their votes at a Special Polling Station in Udhampur, for Anantnag parliamentary constituency.

11:02 AM :

Social activist Anna Hazare after casting his vote in Ralegan Siddhi,Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra.

10:59 AM :

Moradabad: BJP workers beat an Election Official at booth number 231 alleging he was asking voters to press the 'cycle' symbol of Samajwadi party.

10:59 AM :

BJP MP candidate from East Delhi, Gautam Gambhir holds roadshow ahead of filling his nomination, says, "I really want to contribute something to the country & whatever our PM has done in the last 5 years, I want to take that legacy forward."

10:57 AM :

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and his wife Sulakshana Sawant show their inked fingers after casting their votes.

10:56 AM :

Karnataka: Priyank Kharge and his wife Shruthi Kharge casts their votes at polling station number 26, in Gundagurti village, in Kalaburagi Lok Sabha constituency.

10:55 AM :

Thushar Vellappally, NDA candidate from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, demands re-polling after EVM malfunction.

10:52 AM :

Shashi alleged that EVMs are being rigged in Kerala. Tharoor hoped the Election Commission would take note of the “peculiar” and “unique” issue. Glitches in EVMs in some polling booths in Kerala have been reported from Cherthala in Alappuzha district and Kovalam in the state capital. 

10:48 AM :

People wait in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station Adoor, Pathanamthitta in Kerala.

10:46 AM :

Polling percentage till 9 am:Assam-12.36%Bihar-12.60%Goa-2.29%Gujarat-1.35%Jammu & Kashmir-0.00%Karnataka-1.75%Kerala-2.48%Maharashtra-0.99%Odisha-1.32%Tripura-1.56% Uttar Pradesh-6.84%West Bengal-10.97%Chhattisgarh-2.24%Dadra & Nagar Haveli-0.00% Daman & Diu-5.83%

10:42 AM :

7.38% turnout till 9 am in Karnataka.

10:41 AM :

Senior Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram candidate Shashi Tharoor casts his vote.

10:38 AM :

AIUDF's Badruddin Ajmal is up against AGP candidate Zabed Islam and Congress' candidate Abu Taher Bepari from Dhubri, Assam.

10:37 AM :

Gujarat: Heeraben Modi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother casts her vote at a polling station in Raisan, Ahmedabad.

10:33 AM :

13% voter turnout in Goa till 9 am.

10:32 AM :

West Bengal: Three TMC workers injured after a crude bomb was hurled at them. The incident took place in Domkal municipality in Murshidabad.

10:31 AM :

Goa Chief Electoral Officer: Entire set of EVMs has been replaced for AC 34, PS No 31 as per report from DEO South Goa.

10:00 AM :

Polling percentage recorded in Uttar Pradesh till 9 am is 10.24%

10:00 AM :

Overall voting till 9 am is 10.10%

09:59 AM :

Younger brother of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Abhay Singh Yadav after casting his vote at a polling booth in Saifai, Mainpuri.

09:58 AM :

Jammu & Kashmir: Voting underway at polling booth in Government Higher Senior Secondary School in Khanabal in Anantnag.

09:57 AM :

Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik casts his vote at a polling booth in Bhubaneswar.

09:53 AM :

Parkash Singh Badal,SAD Patron: Sukhbir Singh Badal will contest from Ferozepur and Harsimrat Kaur Badal will contest from Bathinda.

09:52 AM :

Parkash Singh Badal,SAD Patron: Sukhbir Singh Badal will contest from Ferozepur and Harsimrat Kaur Badal will contest from Bathinda.

09:52 AM :

Odisha: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan casts his vote at a polling booth in Talcher.

09:50 AM :

West Bengal: Man carries his 87-year mother to polling booth in Kotwali Primary Junior Basic School in Malda.

09:50 AM :

Amit Shah casts his vote in Ahmedabad.

09:25 AM :

Odisha: A specially-abled person casts his vote at polling booth in Government Primary School, IRC village, Bhubaneswar.

09:20 AM :

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and wife Anjali cast their vote at a polling booth in Anil Gyan Mandir school in Rajkot.

09:11 AM :

Odisha: Former IAS officer and BJP MP candidate from Bhubaneswar, Aparajita Sarangi casts her vote at polling booth in Government Primary School, IRC village, Bhubaneswar; She is up against former IPS officer and BJD candidate Arup Patnaik.

08:39 AM :

Voting began Tuesday on a dull note in Anantnag district of Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, where polling will be held in three legs, amidst tight security measures, officials said. Residents in most parts of the district in restive south Kashmir have stayed indoors so far, an official said.  

08:37 AM :

PM Modi: Today third phase of polling is underway, I am fortunate that I also got the opportunity to fulfill my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Like you feel pure after a holy dip in Kumbh, one feels pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy.

08:35 AM :

PM Narendra Modi casts his vote at a polling booth in Ranip, Ahmedabad.

08:30 AM :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to cast his vote at polling booth in Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip, Ahmedabad; BJP President Amit Shah also present.

08:24 AM :

Maharashtra: Nationalist Congress Party's Supriya Sule along with her family casts her vote a polling station in Baramati; She is sitting MP and NCP MP candidate from Baramati. 

08:21 AM :

Maharashtra: A senior citizen couple, 93-year-old Prabhakar Bhide and 88-year-old Sushila Bhide cast their votes at a polling booth in Pune's Mayur colony.

08:09 AM :

PM Narendra Modi meets his mother Heeraben Modi at her residence in Gandhinagar and takes her blessings.

08:02 AM :

Kerala: Chief Minister P Vijayan queues up to casts his vote at polling booth in RC Amala Basic UP School in Pinarayi in Kannur district.

08:00 AM :

Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his mother at her residence in Gandhinagar today. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly.

07:54 AM :

Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets people outside his mother's residence in Gandhinagar. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly.

07:51 AM :

Gujarat: BJP President and party's candidate from Gandhinagar Parliamentary constituency Amit Shah, near the polling booth at Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip, Ahmedabad. PM Narendra Modi will cast his vote at the polling booth, shortly.

07:47 AM :

Assam: Polling underway at polling booth number 155 in Lachit Nagar, Guwahati.

07:45 AM :

Bihar: Visuals from polling booth number 151 in Supaul parliamentary constituency where voting is yet to begin, currently mock poll is underway at the polling booth after a faulty EVM was replaced.

07:32 AM :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at his mother's residence in Gandhinagar. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly.

07:31 AM :

Karnataka: BJP MP candidate from Shimoga BY Raghvendra casts his vote at a polling booth in Shikaripura, in the third phase of general elections.

07:31 AM :

West Bengal: Voters queue outside polling booth in Kotwali Junior Basic School, in Malda; 5 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state are voting in the third phase of general elections today.

07:26 AM :

Maharashtra: A senior citizen being helped by security personnel at a booth in Pune's Mayur colony. 14 Parliamentary constituencies of the state are undergoing polling today.

07:24 AM :

Assam: People queue up outside polling station number 224 in Dhubri to cast their votes. Four parliamentary constituencies of the state are undergoing polling today.

07:20 AM :

Karnataka: Former CM BS Yeddyurappa visits Hucharaya Swamy temple in Shikaripura, in Shimoga district; 14 Lok Sabha constituencies to vote in third phase of elections today.

07:18 AM :

Karnataka: BJP candidate from Gulbarga Lok Sabha constituency, Dr Umesh Jadhav, offers prayers at Sharana Basaveshwara Temple in Kalaburagi. Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge is the sitting MP from the parliamentary constituency.

07:09 AM :

Voting begins for third phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in 116 constituencies across 13 States and 2 Union Territories.

07:08 AM :

Visuals of preparation from polling station number 226, 227, 228 and 229 of Mainpuri Parliamentary constituency.

07:07 AM :

Visuals from a polling booth in Kalpetta, in Wayanad, Kerala

07:06 AM :

Visuals from a polling station in Uttara Kannada, Karnataka.

07:06 AM :

Visuals of preparation from polling booth number 162 in Sayajigunj of Vadodara, Gujarat.

07:05 AM :

Preparations are underway at polling station number 224 in Dhubri, Assam ahead of the third phase of elections.

07:05 AM :

Karnataka: Preparations are underway at polling station number 175 and 181 in Gulbarga Lok Sabha constituency.

07:04 AM :

Maharashtra: Visuals of preparation from polling station number 135 in Baramati Lok Sabha constituency. 

07:03 AM :

Chhattisgarh: Preparations are underway at polling station number 195 and 196 in Raipur.

07:02 AM :

Saifai: Visuals of preparation from polling station number 226, 227, 228 and 229 of Mainpuri Parliamentary constituency.

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