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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Highlights: At 59.06%, phase 6 records lowest voter turnout so far

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 Highlights: Voting concluded on 58 constituencies across six states and two Union Territories for Phase 6.
Voters queue up to cast their ballots at a polling station during the sixth phase of voting
Voters queue up to cast their ballots at a polling station during the sixth phase of voting

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 Highlights: Polling for the sixth phase of general elections concluded in 58 constituencies across six states and two Union territories, including all seven seats in Delhi. Voter turnout across six states and two Union Territories during Phase 6 polling has been recorded at approximately 58.84 per cent, according to the Voter Turnout App of the Election Commission....Read More

A total of 889 candidates are competing in this phase. The Commission has made 12 alternative documents, in addition to the Voter ID card (EPIC), available for identity verification at polling stations. Liquor shops in all polling areas, including Delhi, Faridabad, and Gurugram, are closed due to dry day restrictions, which will remain in effect until 6 pm today.

Five voting phases of the Lok Sabha elections have been completed as of May 20.

Key candidates in Phase 6

Manohar Lal Khattar (BJP): Karnal, Haryana

Bansuri Swaraj (BJP): New Delhi

Manoj Tiwari (BJP) and Kanhaiya Kumar (Congress): North East Delhi

Maneka Gandhi (BJP): Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh

Dinesh Lal Yadav (BJP) and Dharmendra Yadav (SP): Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh

Sambit Patra (BJP): Puri, Odisha

Naveen Jindal (BJP): Kurukshetra, Haryana

Raj Babbar (Congress) and Rao Inderjit Singh (BJP): Gurgaon, Haryana

Abhijit Gangopadhyay (BJP): Tamluk seat, West Bengal

Constituencies going for polls today

State/UTConstituenciesVoter turnout (%)
DelhiChandni Chowk, North East Delhi, East Delhi, New Delhi, North West Delhi, West Delhi, South Delhi54.32
Uttar PradeshSultanpur, Pratapgarh, Phulpur, Allahabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Shrawasti, Domriyaganj, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Lalganj, Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Machhlishahr, Bhadohi54.02
HaryanaAmbala, Kurukshetra, Sirsa, Hisar, Karnal, Sonipat, Rohtak, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, Gurgaon, Faridabad58.14
West BengalTamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura, Bishnupur78.19
JharkhandGiridih, Dhanbad, Ranchi, Jamshedpur62.16
BiharValmiki Nagar, Paschim Champaran, Purvi Champaran, Sheohar, Vaishali, Gopalganj (SC), Siwan, Maharajganj52.80
OdishaBhubaneswar, Puri, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar (SC), Cuttack, Sambalpur59.72
Jammu & KashmirAnantnag-Rajouri51.41

Head to the relevant polling booth to cast your vote if you belong to any of the above constituencies.

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May 25, 2024 10:39 PM IST

6th phase: Nearly 60 per cent polling, Bengal's Jangal Mahal region logs 78.27

An estimated voter turnout of 59.92 per cent was recorded in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Saturday in 58 constituencies across six states and two Union territories with the polling percentage in the Jangal Mahal region of West Bengal touching 78.27.

Incidents of violence, including an alleged assault on a BJP candidate, minor clashes and protests were reported from West Bengal while there were instances of EVM malfunctioning at some places, including Delhi.

Jharkhand recorded a turnout of 63.30 per cent, Uttar Pradesh 54.03 per cent, Bihar 55.24 per cent, Jammu and Kashmir 53.38 per cent, Haryana 59.43 per cent, Odisha 61.44 and Delhi 56.12 per cent, according to the figures updated at 10.30 pm by the EC on its voter turnout app.

May 25, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Lok Sabha polls: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi, Dimple Yadav hold roadshow in Varanasi

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Samajwadi Party leader Dimple Yadav on Saturday held a roadshow in support of the INDIA bloc candidate from Varanasi, Ajay Rai.

Ajay Rai is the president of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee and is facing a huge challenge against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is a two time MP from Varanasi.

The roadshow was attended by a massive crowd which gathered on both sides of road.

Priyanka Gandhi also offered prayers at Kaal Bhairav temple in Varanasi. She was accompanied by Dimple Yadav and UP Congress chief Ajay Rai.

May 25, 2024 9:54 PM IST

J-K registered voter turnout of 58 pc in Lok Sabha elections 2024: Chief Electoral Officer

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Electoral Officer PK Pole said that the Union Territory recorded an overall voter turnout of 58 percent in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections as the polling came to an end here today.

He also said that a voter turn out of approximately 53 per cent was recorded in the Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency polling for which was held today. With this, polling for all the five Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir came to an end.

"Today voting was held for the Anantnag-Rajouri Parliamentary Lok Sabha seat. A voter turn out of approximately 53 per cent was recorded. The highest voter turn out was recorded in Surankote assembly segment while the lowest was recorded in Kulgam Assembly segment," Pole told reporters here.

May 25, 2024 9:53 PM IST

Tripura BJP's ruling ally IPFT broaches separate statehood again as govt starts prep for implementing CAA

A week after Tripura Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha said his government would be following latest guidelines from centre for implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) ruling alliance partner Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) on Saturday reiterated the demand for a separate Tipraland state and said keeping the ADC outside CAA cover alone wouldn't guarantee protection of tribal interests.

In a media briefing here this evening, IPFT vice President Pradip Debbarma said, "Protection of tribals interests can't be guaranteed just by keeping the ADC outside cover of the CAA. If the CAA is implemented in non-ADC areas of the state, it will change the demographic composition of the state's population. And it will cause tribals to be further relegated to minority, tribal reserved seats in the Lok Sabha and the assembly would be lesser, less reservation benefits would be available for tribals".

However, the tribal leader thanked the central government for excluding the 6th schedule areas from the ambit of CAA and said the original version of the nation's citizenship act in 1955 didn't have any restriction against granting legal rights to anyone within the 6th schedule areas except in Assam.

"The CAA has officially mandated that no one except concerned tribal communities within the 6th schedule areas can be granted citizenship rights. We consider this our moral victory," Debbarma said.

May 25, 2024 9:53 PM IST

Priyanka Gandhi hits out at PM Modi for 'mujra' remark

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his use of the "mujra" word to target the INDIA bloc, and said no prime minister has ever used such terms for Opposition leaders in the history of the country.

She said the entire country respects the post of prime minister and it his responsibility to maintain the dignity of the post.

The prime minister has become nervous and has forgotten he is a representative of the country and of people, and such words should not have come out of his mouth, Vadra said in a joint rally in Gorakhpur with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav who said the "BJP's 400-paar slogan will fall flat."

Earlier in the day, addressing rallies in neighbouring Bihar, Modi asserted he will foil opposition INDIA bloc's "plans" to rob SCs, STs and OBCs of their quota and divert these to Muslims. "They (the opposition bloc) may remain enslaved and perform 'mujra' to please their vote bank," the PM said.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Yadav held the rally in support of the INDIA bloc's Gorakhpur candidate Kajal Nishad (of the SP) and Bansgaon candidate Sadal Prasad (of the Congress).

May 25, 2024 9:39 PM IST

LS polls: 65.8 pc voting takes place in nine assembly seats in Kurukshetra till 7 pm

A total of 65.8 percent voting took place in the nine assembly constituencies in Kurukshetra Lok Sabha constituency till 7 pm on Saturday.

Earlier, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Dr Vaishali Sharma had said that the Kurukshetra Lok Sabha constituency is expected to cross the voter turnout mark of 75 percent in the sixth phase of polling.

Dr Vaishali Sharma had said, "There are about 18 lakh voters in Kurukshetra Lok Sabha constituency, out of which 10 lakh voters have cast their vote which is around 57.7 percent. The highest turnout has been recorded from the Radaur assembly constituency. The women voter representation is around 40 percent. We are expecting to cross the voter turnout mark of 75 percent."

May 25, 2024 8:54 PM IST

Under Yogi, riots and rioters checked: PM Modi in east UP's Ghazipur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday showered praise on chief minister Yogi Adityanath and said both “riots and rioters” have been effectively curbed in Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing an election rally in eastern UP's Ghazipur, he targeted the Samajwadi Party for protecting the mafia and giving them election tickets while pitching himself as the "chowkidar (watchman)" guarding the rights of the poor and the marginalized. He also hit out at the Congress and other opposition parties for diluting the quota rights of OBCs.

“Vanchiton ka jo adhikaar hai, Modi uska chowkidaar hai (Modi is the custodian or the watchman of rights of poor, marginalised),” the prime minister said. Ghazipur was among the 16 seats that the BJP had lost in 2019 Lok Sabha polls in U.P. The constituency votes in the final phase of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election on June 1.

May 25, 2024 8:28 PM IST

Congress leader Pawan Khera decries Modi's 'mujra' jibe at INDIA bloc

Senior Congress leader Pawan Khera on Saturday deplored Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "mujra" jibe at the INDIA bloc, saying it was unbecoming of his high office besides showing "loss of mental balance".

Khera was addressing a press conference here at Sadaqat Ashram, the party's Bihar headquarters.

"Is this the type of language a Prime Minister is supposed to use? Starting from mutton, fish (machhli), mangalsutras and Muslims, to his latest mujra remark is making the nation a butt of ridicule.

"He has also started saying that he is not a biological human being but some divine messenger. The PM seems unaware that the world takes note of all his utterances," said Khera, who heads the media cell of the Congress.

May 25, 2024 8:22 PM IST

Nearly 40 per cent migrant Kashmiri Pandits turn out to vote in Anantnag-Rajouri

Nearly 40 per cent of migrant Kashmiri Pandits cast their ballots in the Anantnag-Rajouri parliamentary constituency during the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Saturday.

This represents a significant increase in voter turnout compared to the 2019, 2014, and 2009 elections.

The completion of voting in Anantnag-Rajouri marks the end of the electoral process in the Union Territory, with polling already concluded in its four other constituencies.

"Nearly 40 per cent polling was registered by Kashmiri migrants for the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency," Relief Commissioner Arvind Karwani told PTI.

May 25, 2024 8:13 PM IST

Polling on 8 LS seats in Bihar passes off peacefully, one poll personnel dies in accident

Polling in eight Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar—Valmiki Nagar, Pachim Champaran, Purvi Champaran, Sheohar, Vaishali, Gopalganj, Siwan and Maharajganj—passed off peacefully with around 55.45% qualified electors exercising their franchise during the 6th phase of voting on Saturday. The constituencies received around 3% less polling than that recorded in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

A total of 86 candidates, including eight women, were in the fray. Priminent among those, whose fates were sealed in the EVMs are Sanjay Jaiswal (West Champaran), sitting MP and former state BJP chief, former union minister, Radha Mohan Singh (East Champaran), Lovely Anand (Sheohar), Hina Sahab (Siwan), wife of former don-turned-politician Shahabuddin and Akash Prasad Singh (Maharajnganj), son of Bihar Congress chief Akhilesh Prasad Singh.

May 25, 2024 7:49 PM IST

NDA’s numbers are looking better and better, says PM Modi

"I thank all those who have voted in the penultimate phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. NDA’s numbers are looking better and better. People have realised that since INDI Alliance is coming nowhere close to power, voting for it is futile," says PM Modi.

May 25, 2024 7:32 PM IST

INDIA bloc has crossed halfway mark of 272 seats, on course for tally of over 350 seats: Congress

As the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls concluded on Saturday, the Congress claimed the BJP's fate is "all but sealed" with the INDIA bloc having already crossed the halfway mark of 272 seats and is on course for a tally of over 350 seats in total.

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh also claimed the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) is set to sweep the NDA away.

"With six phases of the elections now concluded, voting for 486 seats is over. As the outgoing PM starts figuring out his retirement plans, here’s the round-up of the campaign for the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections: The BJP's fate is all but sealed. It has become clear that they are South mein Saaf, aur North, West, and East mein Half," Ramesh said in a post on X.

May 25, 2024 7:32 PM IST

Anantnag-Rajouri seat keeps up with the trend of Kashmir's good voting percentage

Mimicking the good stride of voting witnessed in Srinagar and Baramulla parliamentary seats, Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency witnessed over 51 percentage voting on Saturday, the highest since the start of militancy in Kashmir in 1989 and even before that.

Although, the constituency was changed with additional and deletion of constituencies, the polling percentage on Saturday was highest in past about four decades, after 70 percent in 1984.

“The Anantnag- Rajouri parliamentary constituency has recorded 51.88 per cent voting in all its polling stations up to 5:00 pm,” said the office of Chief Election Officer of J&K, Pandurang K Pole.

May 25, 2024 7:01 PM IST

This election is people vs Modi, people vs BJP, people vs RSS: Kharge

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asserting that the ongoing Lok Sabha elections are a contest between the people and Modi, the people and BJP, and the people and RSS.

"This election is people vs. Modi, people vs. BJP, and people vs. RSS. People are fighting for us and themselves. There is a high possibility of our victory. This is why I said earlier that on June 4, the INDIA bloc will form a government," Kharge said.

The Congress President made these remarks during a press conference in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla, alongside Congress MP Rajiv Shukla.

May 25, 2024 6:47 PM IST

Sporadic violence mar sixth phase Lok Sabha polls in WB; TMC leader killed hours before polling started

Sporadic violence marred the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal on Saturday even as a panchayat-level leader of the ruling-Trinamool Congress (TMC) was killed in East Midnapore district hours before polling began.

“There were reports of sporadic violence. The ECI has sought reports from the authorities concerned. There were, however, no reports of any major untoward incidents. The average voter turnout till 5 pm was 77.9%,” said a poll panel official in Kolkata.

Eight Lok Sabha seats – Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur - went into polls in the sixth phase. In 2019 the BJP had won five of the eight seats. Even though the TMC won three seats including Tamluk and Kanthi in East Midnapore these are considered as the bastion of BJP legislator Suvendu Adhikari and his family.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was defeated from Nandigram, which is a part of Tamluk Lok Sabha, in the 2021 assembly elections by Adhikari.

May 25, 2024 6:41 PM IST

Nearly 78 per cent voter turnout in 8 LS seats of West Bengal till 5 pm

West Bengal registered a voter turnout of 77.99 per cent till 5 pm in the eight Lok Sabha constituencies that went to polls in the sixth phase on Saturday, an official said.

Polling began at 7 am in Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur constituencies. It would continue till 6 pm.

Bishnupur (SC) recorded the highest polling at 81.47 per cent, followed by Tamluk 79.79 per cent, Jhargram (ST) 79.68 per cent, Ghatal 78.92 per cent, Medinipur 77.57 per cent, Bankura 76.79 per cent, Kanthi 75.66 per cent, and Purulia 74.09 per cent, he said.

Till 4 pm, the election office in West Bengal has received 1,985 complaints, he added.

May 25, 2024 6:41 PM IST

EVMs being sealed after polling concludes

May 25, 2024 6:35 PM IST

Lok Sabha polls: Haryana records 55.93 pc turnout till 5 pm

A voter turnout of 55.93 per cent was recorded in Haryana till 5 pm in its 10 Lok Sabha seats and polling remained peaceful on Saturday, officials said.

Polling ended at 6 pm but the turnout figure will increase as there were several people in queues waiting for their turn.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the overall poll percentage stood at 70 per cent.

Voting was also held for the bypoll to the Karnal assembly seat where Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini is in the fray. The bypoll was necessitated by his predecessor Manohar Lal Khattar's resignation.

May 25, 2024 6:29 PM IST

CJI Chandrachud casts vote in New Delhi constituency

Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud on Saturday cast his vote in the New Delhi constituency in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

The CJI arrived at the polling station along with his wife Kalpana Das.

"Today I fulfilled my duty as a citizen (of the country) by casting my vote. I had said this earlier that this is a major responsibility of every citizen," Justice Chandrachud said.

May 25, 2024 6:18 PM IST

Odisha logs around 60 pc voter turnout till 5 pm in 6 LS seats, 42 assembly segments

Odisha recorded 59.60 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm in the six Lok Sabha constituencies and 42 assembly segments on Saturday, officials said.

Voting was held in Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri parliamentary constituencies along with 42 assembly segments within the jurisdiction of these Lok Sabha seats.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik walked to the Aerodrome Upper Primary School near his residence here to cast his vote. "We will form a stable government in the state," he told reporters.

Odisha's chief electoral officer N B Dhal said voting was peaceful so far in the 10,581 polling stations, barring some reports of EVM glitches.

May 25, 2024 6:16 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: Six injured in clash outside polling station in J-K's Poonch

Six persons including four women suffered minor injuries in a clash between supporters of two candidates outside a polling station in Mendhar sub-division in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Saturday, officials said. However, the voting at the polling station in the Shahpur sector continued without any disruption as police intervened and separated the clashing groups, they said. An FIR was registered by police and further investigation is on, the officials said. Poonch is part of the Anantnag-Rajouri parliamentary constituency where polling is underway in the sixth phase on Saturday. "It is hereby clarified that a minor scuffle took place outside the polling station causing very minor injuries to a few persons.

May 25, 2024 6:03 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: Unemployment, better infra and corruption-free nation key issues for Delhi voters

From employment, inflation, better roads infrastructure, clean drinking water, women safety, education, health care services to corruption free India -- myriad of issues dominated the minds of voters when they stepped out to exercise their franchise.

The seven Lok Sabha constituencies of Delhi went to polling on Saturday.

A two way fight between the BJP and an alliance between the Congress and the AAP as part of the INDIA bloc is being played out in the capital.

Visuals from the polling booths showed people of all ages flocking the centres while braving the sweltering heat in the city to exercise their right.

"I feel proud to have carried out my democratic duty. I was the first voter in my booth and also was given a certificate by the District Election officer as a mark of appreciation," said Sunil Kumar Jha, who was the first one to cast his booth in New Delhi constituency's Gole Market.

May 25, 2024 5:55 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: 61.41 pc voter turnout recorded till 5 pm in Jharkhand

A voter turnout of 61.41 per cent was recorded till the end of polling in the four Lok Sabha constituencies in Jharkhand at 5 pm on Saturday, officials said.

Voting, which commenced in Giridih, Dhanbad, Ranchi and Jamshedpur constituencies at 7am as part of the third phase of elections in the eastern state and sixth round nationwide, was peaceful.

Giridih registered the highest polling at 64.75 per cent, followed by Jamshedpur (64.30 per cent), Dhanbad (58.90 per cent) and Ranchi (58.73 per cent).

"Today, I exercised my right to vote at Shri Krishna Institute of Public Administration, Ranchi. I urge all voters to exercise their right to vote. Ensure your participation in this great festival of democracy," Governor C P Radhakrishnan said in a post on X.

May 25, 2024 5:50 PM IST

After 'machhli', mutton, mangalsutra, it is now turn of 'mujra': RJD reacts to PM's attack on oppn

The RJD on Saturday reacted sharply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark that opposition parties were performing "mujra" for the Muslim vote bank.

Modi had made the remark at an election rally in the Patliputra Lok Sabha constituency of Bihar earlier in the day.

"After machhli (fish), mutton and mangalsutra, it is now the turn of 'mujra'. Does it behove the prime minister of the country to speak such language? He has torn norms of civil discourse to shred," RJD leader Manoj Kumar Jha told PTI video.

Modi made the stinging remark while accusing the INDIA bloc of snatching reservations meant for Dalits and OBCs to divert these to "Muslims" who were carrying out a "vote jihad" in the elections.

Jha dismissed the charge claiming that "backward classes of Muslims have been getting reservations even in Gujarat", where the BJP has been in power for decades, with Modi himself as chief minister for three consecutive terms.

May 25, 2024 5:35 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: 57.7% voting recorded till 5pm, highest in Bengal with 77.9%

57.7% voting recorded till 5pm, highest in Bengal with 77.9%

May 25, 2024 5:29 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: Bevy of political VIPs make their way to polling booths

In the penultimate phase of the general elections, which has seen the seven parliamentary constituencies of Delhi go to polls, a bevy of politicians, government officials made their way to the polling booths to cast their votes.

The president of India, Droupadi Murmu, cast her vote at the polling station in Dr Rajendra Prasad Kendriya Vidyalaya inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan complex. The booth where she voted is a “pink booth”, that is, a booth that is managed entirely by staff made of women.

Vice president Jagdeep Dhankar voted in Delhi along with his wife and said that voting is “not only a duty but a significant power”, as per ANI.

Chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar also cast his vote in Delhi and was accompanied by his family members, including his 95-year-old father. “I am very happy that three generations of my family voted together,” he said.

May 25, 2024 5:24 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: “Congress considers country as its property, Shehzaada only heir”, says PM Modi in Buxar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that Congress considers country as its property and feels that Rahul Gandhi is its heir adding that INDIA bloc is not decisive over their Prime Ministerial face and has decided to run the nation on "five PMs in five years' formula.

"Congress considers the country as its property, it feels that the 'Shehzada' is the only heir. However, the alliance partners are saying that there will be 5 Prime Ministers in 5 years. Can such a big country run like this? Corruption is so deeply ingrained in their culture, that it appears to the country as a bundle of notes," PM Modi said while addressing a public rally in Bihar's Buxar on Saturday.

Further, launching an attack on the INDI alliance over appeasement, the Prime Minister said, "These INDI alliance people can do anything for appeasement, for their vote bank. They want to get your property X-rayed. Congress says that Muslims have the first right to the country's property. They want to end the reservation for SC-ST-OBC."

May 25, 2024 5:16 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: Dignitaries, politicians, wrestlers queue up to cast vote

Several dignitaries, including President Droupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, and politicians cast their vote in the national capital, while in Haryana, many prominent wrestlers like Babita Phogat and Yogeshwar Dutt exercised their franchise in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday.

In the penultimate round, 58 parliamentary constituencies in eight states and Union Territories went to polls. Simultaneously, polling was also held for 42 assembly seats in Odisha.

May 25, 2024 5:15 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: Akhilesh Yadav mocks BJP over its '400 paar' slogan, says it will yearn to win even 140 seats

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday claimed the BJP's "400 paar" slogan for the Lok Sabha polls would fall flat and the party would yearn to win even 140 seats.

He also claimed the companies that donated heavily to the BJP through electoral bonds have been recovering the money by increasing prices of commodities, leading to high inflation across the nation.

Addressing a joint rally here in support of the Congress' Deoria Lok Sabha candidate Akhilesh Pratap Singh and SP candidate Ajay Kumar Singh from Kushinagar, Yadav claimed a "wind of change is blowing in Uttar Pradesh".

"Witnessing the huge support for the INDIA bloc, I am confident that when the votes are counted on June 4, the BJP will definitely be wiped out from Uttar Pradesh," the SP chief said, adding not just the government at the Centre, the media would also undergo change after the Lok Sabha poll results.

May 25, 2024 5:14 PM IST

"No delay in release of voter turnout data, pattern ongoing in creating false narratives": ECI

Welcoming the Supreme Court's decision to not pass any direction on a plea seeking the uploading of Form 17C data, the Election Commission of India on Saturday said that nobody can change data of votes polled, shared on poll day with polling agents of all candidates through Form 17C.

The poll body said that it has taken note of a pattern that is going on in "creating false narratives and mischievous design to vitiate electoral process".

The Election Commission stated that there has been no delay in the release of voter turnout data.

"Parliamentary constituency-wise voter turnout data was always available with candidates and also 24x7 on Voter Turnout APP for citizens at large," the poll body said.

May 25, 2024 5:06 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: CJI DY Chandrachud cast his vote for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha Eections 2024

May 25, 2024 4:46 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: I have cast my vote in Kashmir after 32 years, says a Kashmiri Hindu

On casting his vote, Veer Saraf, a Kashmiri Hindu says, "I have cast my vote in Kashmir after 32 years. I belong to the minority community which usually doesn't come here often, but the way the situation has changed in the last 10 years has enabled us to come and vote in Kashmir... Some of my friends came with me to cast their vote..."

May 25, 2024 4:37 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: Delhi boy Sidharth Malhotra flaunts his inked finger as he casts vote in his hometown

Delhi boy Sidharth Malhotra did not forget to fulfil his duty of a responsible citizen. He jetted off to his hometown to cast his vote in the ongoing sixth phase of the Lok Sabha Election 2024.

After casting his vote on Saturday, Sidharth took to his Instagram handle to share his photo.

He can be seen dressed in a white shirt and sunglasses in his cute selfie.

"Came to my hometown, Delhi, to celebrate the world's largest democracy by voting, Delhi, go out 'Vote' #DelhiVoteNow #VoteForIndia," he captioned his post.

May 25, 2024 4:34 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: Border villages enjoy peaceful voting without fear of cross-border shelling

Just metres from the Line of Control (LoC), the polling stations set up for Lok Sabha elections at Sehar and Makri, the last Indian villages in this sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, came to life with enthusiastic voters making a beeline to exercise their franchise without the fear of cross-border shelling.

Rajouri along with Poonch south of Pir Panjal is part of Anantnag parliamentary constituency where polling is underway in the sixth phase to seal the fate of 20 candidates including PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. This is the last of the five constituencies in J&K as polling was held in four seats earlier.

Mehbooba faces a major challenge from former minister of National Conference and influential Gujjar leader Mian Altaf and Apni party’s Zafar Iqbal Khan Manhas who is backed by BJP. Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) leader Mohamad Saleem Parray and 10 independents are also trying their luck from the constituency.

May 25, 2024 4:20 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: Over 70 pc votes polled in 8 LS seats of West Bengal till 3 pm

West Bengal registered a voter turnout of 70.19 per cent till 3 pm in eight Lok Sabha constituencies that went to polls in the sixth phase on Saturday, an official said.

Polling began at 7 am in Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur constituencies. It would continue till 6 pm.

Bishnupur (SC) recorded the highest polling at 73.55 per cent, followed by Jhargram (ST) (72.26 per cent), Tamluk (71.63 per cent), Kanthi (71.36 per cent), Ghatal (71.34 per cent), Medinipur (67.91 per cent), Bankura (67.41 per cent) and Purulia (66.06 per cent), he said.

Till 1 pm, the election office in West Bengal received 1,646 complaints, he added.

Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from some areas in the eight Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal.

May 25, 2024 4:19 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE:BJP suffered setbacks from fifth phase of LS polls onwards, says Kapil Sibal

Senior advocate and Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal on Saturday claimed that from the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha election onwards, the BJP has faced setbacks and people have started talking not about Ram temple but about issues like inflation and unemployment.

"The information that I am receiving is that in the fifth and sixth phases, there have been a lot of changes. The pace that is in the fifth and sixth phases was not there in the earlier phases. People are not talking about the Ram temple but inflation, unemployment and other issues that have an impact on local levels and BJP will see a lot of damage in these phases," Sibal told ANI.

Sibal said that in the 2019 general election, the BJP got a considerable portion of the votes of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes communities but this time this was not the case.

May 25, 2024 4:17 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: More than 48 % of the 94.4 lakh voters in Odisha cast their votes

Despite soaring humidity sweeping the state, by 3 pm 48.44% of the 94.48 lakh voters in 6 Lok Sabha and 42 assembly constituencies of Odisha came out to vote to decide the electoral fate of union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan, former corporate bigwig Santrupt Mishra, BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra and BJD's no 3 and its organisational secretary Pranab Prakash Das on Saturday.

The six Lok Sabha constituencies are Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. In the 2019 election, 71.82 % of the voters in these six constituencies had voted.

Two persons including a voter and a polling agent of BJP died during polling. Sukadeb Patnaik. He was engaged as the polling agent of the BJP at Booth No.136 at Bahalunda village under Hindol Assembly constituency of Dhenkanal Lok Sabha constituency fell ill when the voting was underway. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared him dead. Similarly, Kumudini Dalei of Patharpunji village under Baghuapalli panchayat in Bhapur block of Nayagarh district succumbed to heatstroke while she was waiting in a queue to vote. Dalei started sweating and then collapsed. She was immediately rushed to Khandapada hospital but doctors declared her dead.

May 25, 2024 4:11 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: Samajwadi Party leader and former MP Reoti Raman Singh has been detained by police

Veteran Samajwadi Party leader and former MP Reoti Raman Singh has been detained by police after he reached a polling centre at Lekhpal Training School in Kareli under Allahabad Parliamentary constituency on Saturday afternoon. Reoti Raman is father of INDI Alliance candidate and a former two-time MLA Ujjawal Raman contesting on Congress ticket from Allahabad parliamentary seat. He had gone to the polling centre after police detained a Samajwadi Lohia Vahini Vahini office bearer Anwar Ansari.

May 25, 2024 4:01 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: BJP will not cross 180 this time, says Pawan Khera

Congress leader Pawan Khera says, "...I voted for a better India where there is no unemployment and youths don't commit suicide because of unemployment. I voted for an India where never again those visuals are repeated where lakhs of bodies were lying unclaimed due to covid and there was an irresponsible man at the top of the govt who asked us to 'bajao thali and taali'. I think this is a vote for change, people are voting for change. BJP will not cross 180 this time..."

May 25, 2024 3:57 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 LIVE: 49.2% voting recorded till 3pm, highest in Bengal with 70.1%

49.2% voting recorded till 3pm, highest in Bengal with 70.1% in Phase 6 of Lok Sabha polls 2024

May 25, 2024 3:51 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 Live: Urban voters get free ride on polling day in Ranchi

In a bid to increase polling percentage in urban booths of Ranchi, the district administration tied up with a bike-taxi aggregator, to provide free pick-and-drop facilities to urban voters, an official said on Saturday.

The service will be provided in Ranchi's 181 polling booths across the city.

As many as 2,377 polling stations have been set up for the election on Ranchi Lok Sabha seat. Of which, 949 were urban booths and 1,428 were rural polling booths.

"I appreciate the initiative of the Ranchi administration for providing free pick-and-drop facility during the election. I just applied the 'vote now' code on the Rapido application and received the service from home free of cost," said Sumit Kumar, a voter.

May 25, 2024 3:46 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 Live: 54.34 pc voter turnout in 4 Jharkhand LS seats till 3 pm

A voter turnout of 54.34 per cent was recorded till 3 pm in Jharkhand's four Lok Sabha constituencies that went to polls in the sixth phase of elections on Saturday, officials said.

Voting began at 7 am in Giridih, Dhanbad, Ranchi and Jamshedpur seats, and will continue till 5 pm.

Giridih registered the highest polling at 57.11 per cent, followed by Jamshedpur (56.14 per cent), Ranchi (54.25 per cent) and Dhanbad (50.69 per cent).

"Today, I exercised my right to vote at Shri Krishna Institute of Public Administration, Ranchi. I urge all voters to exercise their right to vote. Ensure your participation in this great festival of democracy," Governor C P Radhakrishnan said in a post on X.

May 25, 2024 3:42 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 Live: 45.2% voting recorded in Bihar till 3pm

May 25, 2024 3:37 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 Live: 43.9% voting recorded in UP till 3pm

43.9% voting recorded in UP till 3pm, highest in Ambedkar nagar

May 25, 2024 3:28 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 Live: Co-founder and CMO of boAt, Aman Gupta casts his vote in Delhi

May 25, 2024 3:27 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 Live: PM Modi has been unable to set a narrative with his media, says Congress

“PM Modi has been unable to set a narrative with his media, even after 10 years. The media which shows PM Modi the whole day on TV, newspapers and radio, has been unable to set a narrative. Rahul Gandhi has set the narrative this time. He decided that there will be discussion around unemployment, inflation, Adani scam and most importantly on Constitution and democracy,” says Congress leader Supriya Shrinate (@SupriyaShrinate) at a press conference in Chandigarh.

May 25, 2024 3:18 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 Live: Left leaders cast vote in Delhi, say democracy at stake

Communist Party of India general secretary Sitaram Yechury, polit bureau members Brinda Karat and Prakash Karat and Communist Party of India leader Annie Raja were among the Left leaders who cast their votes in Delhi on Saturday and appealed to voters to exercise their franchise.

May 25, 2024 3:13 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 Live: Lok Sabha results will be in favour of BJP, says Maneka Gandhi

Former Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who is seeking a record ninth term in Parliament, visited polling booths in Sultanpur from where she is in the fray in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections being held on Saturday.

Maneka Gandhi, who is a sitting BJP MP from the seat, urged people to vote in large numbers. She said results on June 4 will be in favour of BJP.

The MP said there were minor issues at two-three places in EVMs. "A few polling officers are not well-trained, and some of our agents are unaware. It's a hit-and-miss process," Mameka Gandhi said answering a query.

May 25, 2024 3:09 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 Live: BJP candidate Pranat Tudu 'attacked' in Jhargram

Senior BJP leader and its Jhargram candidate Pranat Tudu on Saturday claimed his convoy was attacked in Garbeta area of West Midnapore district, following which security personnel escorting him were injured and had to be hospitalised.

The incident took place when Tudu was on his way to Garbeta in the wake of complaints that BJP agents were not allowed inside some polling booths.

May 25, 2024 3:06 PM IST

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 6 Live: SP, Cong allege INDIA bloc's Ambedkar Nagar candidate put under house arrest

The Congress and the Samajwadi Party Saturday alleged that SP's Ambedkar Nagar Lok Sabha constituency candidate Lalji Verma has been put under house arrest at the behest of the ruling BJP.

Polling is underway in Ambedkar Nagar in the sixth phase of elections.

The district administration could not be reached for a comment on the allegations of the two parties.

SP leader Arvind Kumar Singh wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer alleging the Ambedkar Nagar administration is influencing the elections by keeping the SP candidate under house arrest.

The EC should take cognisance so that fair voting is ensured, he said.

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