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Lok Sabha Election 2019 phase 4 voting updates: 59% voter turnout till 5 pm

Lok Sabha Election 2019 phase 4 voting updates: Phase 4 will see the end of polling in Maharashtra and Odisha, while the process will start in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 18:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
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Twenty-six seats in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are also scheduled to vote in this phase. (AFP)

Seventy-two seats across nine states are voting in the fourth phase of 2019 general elections today. This phase will see the end of polling in Maharashtra and Odisha, while the process will start in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. Twenty-six seats in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are also scheduled to vote in this phase. These three states have seats going to polls in each of the seven phases in the 2019 elections.

Highlights:

*At 6 pm, 60% voter turnout in Phase 4

Till 6 pm, the voter turnout in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 was 59.62%.

The poll percentage in Bihar was 53.67%, 9.79% in Jammu and Kashmir, 63.77% in Jharkhand, 65.86% in Madhya Pradesh, 52.03% in Maharashtra, 64.05% in Odisha, 63.58% in Rajasthan, 53.34% in Uttar Pradesh, and 76.59% in West Bengal.

*59% voter turnout till 5 pm

Till 5 pm, the voter turnout in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 was 59.01%.

The poll percentage in Bihar was 53.67%, 9.98% in Jammu and Kashmir, 63.40% in Jharkhand, 65.77% in Madhya Prdaesh, 50.70% in Maharashtra, 64.05% in Odisha, 62.73% in Rajasthan, 52.90% in Uttar Pradesh, and 76.47% in West Bengal.

*Violence overshadows phase four of Bengal Lok Sabha polls

A Union Minister was attacked, Central forces fired in the air after Trinamool Congress backed villagers vandalised a booth, while there were reports of clashes, intimidation and booth capturing as violence overshadowed all other developments in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal on Monday.

Union Minister and BJP candidate from Asansol, Babul Supriyo’s car was vandalised allegedly by stone pelting Trinamool Congress supporters, but the Minister escaped unharmed with only the rear glass of the vehicle being damaged.

Trouble erupted at Asansol’s Barabani after Supriyo went inside a polling booth to ensure his party agents were allowed inside.

“They are trying to stop me. But they won’t be able to stop me like this. I will move to ensure that BJP agents are allowed,” Supriyo said before leaving the area.

“These men are attacking my car and saying I am resorting to hooliganism. It is a ploy to confine me at a place but I will move,” he said.

*BJP urges EC to deploy central forces in all polling booths of West Bengal

The BJP approached the Election Commission on Monday complaining that TMC workers have “hijacked democracy” in West Bengal and creating ruckus during voting, and again demanded deployment of central forces in all polling booths in the state, reported news agency PTi.

Following reports of a clash between the ruling Trinamool Congress and BJP workers outside a booth in Asansol’s Barabani, and vandalism of the vehicle of Union Minister and sitting MP Babul Supriyo, a BJP delegation met top officials of the poll panel in New Delhi.

The delegation included Union Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Vijay Goel, and the party’s media in-charge Anil Baluni.

*49% overall voter turnout till 4 pm

Till 4pm, the voter turnout in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 was 49.62%.

The poll percentage in Bihar was 44.23%, 8.42% in Jammu and Kashmir, 56.37% in Jharkhand, 55.33% in Madhya Prdaesh, 41.15% in Maharashtra, 51.54% in Odisha, 54.21% in Rajasthan, 44.16% in Uttar Pradesh, and 66.01% in West bengal.

*Over 40% polling in Bihar till 2 pm

Ignoring heatwave like conditions, 40.08 per cent voting was recorded in Bihar’s five Lok Sabha seats till 2 pm on Monday, an official said.

Voting started at 7 am in Begusarai, Ujiarpur, Darbhanga, Munger and Samastipur constituencies. “Long queues were seen at polling booths in rural as well as urban pockets of these constituencies despite heatwave-like conditions,” the official said.

*7.5 per cent voting in Anantnag Lok Sabha seat till 2 pm

7.5 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Monday until 2 p.m. in the second and penultimate phase of voting in the troubled Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir.

Officials said 6.7 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 1 p.m. in Kulgam district where four segments of Kulgam, Noorabad, Devsar and Homshalibugh went to vote.

*Bihar records 32.48 per cent voting till 1 PM

An estimated 32.48 per cent voters of the 87.74 electorate cast their ballots till 1 PM in Bihar, where polling for five Lok Sabha seats is underway on Monday, an election official said.

*Police fire in the air after villagers pelt stones at them in Bengal

Central forces personnel allegedly fired once in the air in Poduma area Dubrajpur in Birbhum constituency to bring the situation under control after villagers threw stones at the security personnel. The bullet hit a wall of the polling station.

The incident took place in booth number 259 in Kandihi village.

The clash erupted following the reluctance of a few voters to leave their cellphone behind before entering a booth. A few phones deposited with the personnel dropped to the ground triggering a quarrel.

This is the first instance of central forces pulling the trigger in the four phases of polling in Bengal.

Polling was held up for about 90 minutes after the incident.

*23.48% voter turnout recorded in phase 4 of Lok Sabha polls till 12 pm

23.48% voter turnout has been recorded in phase 4 of Lok Sabha polls till 12 pm.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has high stakes in this phase. Of the 72 seats voting today, it won 45 in 2014. Its allies won another 11 seats. The Congress’s tally was just two. In 2009, the BJP-Congress breakup in these seats was 9-29.

*29.40% voting recorded till 11 am in Rajasthan

Over 29 per cent voting was recorded in the first four hours of polling in 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan which began at 7 am on Monday.

The Barmar parliamentary constituency recorded the maximum voter turn out of 33.53 per cent, while the overall voting percentage at 11 am was 29.40 per cent, according to the office of the chief electoral officer.

*10.27% voter turnout recorded in phase 4 of Lok Sabha polls till 9am

10.27% voter turnout has been recorded in phase 4 of Lok Sabha polls till 9am across 9 states.

6.82% polling in Maharashtra (17 seats), 11.11% polling in Madhya Pradesh (6 seats), 9% polling in Odisha (6) and 16.90% in West Bengal (8 seats) have been recorded till 9 am in phase 4 of Lok Sabha elections.

*Markets closed due to elections in Mumbai

All major markets, including BSE, National Stock Exchange, forex and money markets are closed Monday due to elections in Mumbai.

*Polling suspended at polling station in Asansol’s Jemua in Bengal

Villagers at Asansol’s Jemua polling booth number 222&226 are boycotting polls citing absence of central forces at the polling station. Polling has been suspended at the polling station as voters are protesting.

*EVM glitches reported in Rajasthan polling booths

EVM glitches have been reported in polling booths in Rajasthan’s Pali, Deoli, and Bhinai in Ajmer district.

30 complaints of EVM glitch have been reported in 40 minutes.

Rajasthan is going to polls for the first time in the ongoing seven-phase general elections, with 13 of its 25 Lok Sabha seats up for grabs on Monday.

The high-profile seats of Barmer, Nagaur, Jodhpur and Rajsamand will be among the parliamentary constituencies that will vote in the fourth phase of the 17th general election.

*Celebrities queue up to vote in Mumbai in phase 4 of Lok Sabha elections

Celebrities were seen queuing up in Mumbai in phase 4 of Lok Sabha elections. Veteran actor Rekha, actor Priyanka Chopra, industrialist Anil Ambani, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das were among the bigwigs who were spotted outside polling booths in Mumbai.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 07:58 IST