A combination picture of big names contesting fifth phase of the Lok Sabha polls on April 17. (Photos from agencies)
File photo of Maneka Gandhi, BJP candidate from Pilibhit. (AFP Photo)
File photo of Sachin Pilot, Congress candidate from Ajmer. (AFP Photo)
Former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa addressing an election campaign meeting for party candidate from Dharawad Lok Sabha seat at Moorusvira Math in Hubli. (PTI Photo)
NCP candidate Sanjeev Naik along with NCP leaders Supriya Sule and other party workers during a roadshow in Thane, Maharashtra. (PTI Photo)
Congress candidate Subodh Kant Sahay with supporters after filing his nomination papers in Ranchi. (PTI Photo)
Congress candidate from Solapur, Sushilkumar Shinde, being garlanded at a rally.
BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Patna Sahib seat Shatrughan Sinha gestures at an election campaign rally in Patna. (PTI Photo)
Former RJD MP and BJP candidate Ram Kripal Yadav at an election meeting after filing his nomination papers in Patna. (PTI photo)
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia and Lok Sabha candidate Parveen Amanullah during an election campaign in Patna. (PTI Photo)
Around 61% voting was reported across Karnataka where polling was held in all the 28 Lok Sabha constituencies, while it was about 50.6% in the three seats in Bangalore.
"Polling ended peacefully at 6pm in all the 28 parliamentary constituencies across the state. As per the provisional figures available with us, an average of 60.75% voting took place till 6pm," chief electoral officer AK Jha said.
The overall percentage is likely to go up, as many voters were in queues in several polling booths by 6pm.
Record 75% polling was reported in Dakshina Kannada in the coastal area where former Union minister Janardhana Poojary of Congress faces outgoing BJP lawmaker Nalin Kumar Kateel, followed by 70% each in Chikkodi in northern region and Udupi-Chikkamagalur in south coastal area.
In contrast to higher polling in other regions, voting was lower in the state capital, with high-profile Bangalore South and Bangalore Central reporting 52% each and Bangalore North 50%, while Bangalore Rural had 63%.
"Voting in Bangalore seats, however, increased from 47% in the 2009 general elections," Jha noted.
The lowest turnout — 47% — was reported in Gulbarga (reserved) seat in northern Karnataka from where railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress is seeking a second term.
In the Hassan seat, from where former prime minister and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo HD Deve Gowda is seeking sixth term, 69% polling was reported till 6pm.
Voting began on a brisk note in many constituencies across the Mysore region and south and coastal areas, while it started on a dull note in northern and central areas but picked up later.
"Polling was held amid tight security. Barring a few complaints of electronic voting machines (EVMs) malfunctioning or not working and names of some voters missing from the electoral list, voting was orderly in all the seats," Jha said.
The state has 46 million registered voters, constituting 70 percent of the 64 million population.
Bangalore has 6.3 million voters out of 9 million people.
Among prominent candidates in fray are Infosys co-founder and technocrat Nandan Nilekani from Bangalore South constituency, home to about 800 IT firms like Infosys, Wipro and multinationals from the US and Europe.
Nilekani's former colleague and former Infosys director V Balakrishnan is also contesting from Bangalore Central seat as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate.
"It is a very important election, as it will decide the country's future, the idea of India and its philosophy," Nielkani said after emerging out of polling both.
Noting that he was overwhelmed by the voters' response in Bangalore, especially by first-timers and youth, he said people of Bangalore South want change as the outgoing lawmaker (NH Ananth Kumar of BJP) has been a non-performer though he had won from the seat for five times since 1996.
Balakrihnan said people of India were looking for a change as they were fed up with the present leaders.
"Politics is all about managing issues deftly. Am sure my corporate background will help me in dealing with complex issues and resolving them," he said.
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(With inputs from IANS)