Bawana, Nandyal, Panaji bypolls LIVE Updates: As many as 4 bypolls are happening and all of them have significance beyond their local impact. Former Defence Minister, BJP senior leader and Goa CM Manohar Parrikar must win to ensure he does not lose sheen in the state where the Congress has made a comeback. In Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal is looking for AAP to retain the Bawana seat else his chances in the next assembly elections are going to plummet. On the other hand, BJP and Congress would be looking to gain prestige as well as see how the people are perceiving them now. Voting has begun across all constituencies at 8 am and is scheduled to end at 5 pm. These elections assume political significance especially for BJP.
Here are the LIVE updates of Bawana, Nandyal, Goa bypolls
07:00 PM: 45 per cent votes cast till 6 pm in Bawana bypoll, no untoward incident reported, as per ANI.
06:45 PM: 70 per cent votes cast in Panaji, 79.8 per cent in Valpoi.
06:30 PM: 44 per cent votes cast in Bawana bypoll till 5 pm, as per ANI.
06:15 PM: Case registered against Jaganmohan Reddy under 188,504,506 and public representation act for violating model code of conduct during Nandyal bypoll, as per ANI.
06:00 PM: Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Chandra Bhushan Kumar said that none of their EVMs was malfunctioned as per PTI. Only some of the VVPAT equipment attached to them had to be changed, he said.
05:45 PM: The complaint was reportedly filed by the returning officer of the Bawana bypoll. An FIR was registered in connection with the matter on Tuesday at Bawana police station.
05:30 PM: Delhi minister Imran Hussain is booked for allegedly “issuing” pamphlets seeking votes in the name of religion for AAP in Bawana assembly bypoll, said police, as per PTI.
05:15 PM: 62.25 per cent votes cast in Panaji, 69.05 per cent in Valpoi till 4 PM, as per PTI.
04:55 PM: Eight candidates are in the fray for Bawana bypoll, necessitated due to AAP MLA Ved Parkash quitting the assembly to rejoin the BJP in March ahead of the municipal elections.
04:40 PM: There were some EVM issues reported in a couple of booths in the morning during Bawana bypoll but they were all fixed, as per PTI.
04:30 PM: The polling percentage in Bawana constituency was 61.14 in 2013 and 61.83 per cent in 2015, respectively, as per PTI.
04:20 PM: EVMs with paper trail machines, the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), are being used in all the 379 polling stations.
04:10 PM: Voting began at 8 AM and progressed smoothly except for a few complaints of glitches in VVPAT machines at some booths, poll officials told PTI.
04: oo PM: Seven VVPATs attached to EVMs went into error mode following which they were replaced, said a senior poll official to PTI.
03:50 PM: 35.44 per cent voting till 3 pm in Bawana bypoll, as per ANI.
03:30 PM: Bawana bypoll received much attention after all three major parties – BJP, AAP and Congress – are eyeing a victory in the by election, being seen as a barometer of their political
3:20 PM: Counting of Bawana bypoll will take place on August 28.
3:02 PM: In Bawana, the number of male, female and third gender electors are 1,64,114, 1,30,143, and 25, respectively. The average number of voters per polling station stands at 776.
2:58 PM: WATCH- High voter turn out was witnessed throughout the day in Nandyal Assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh
2:53 PM: The bypoll was necessitated in Nandyal assembly following the death of sitting MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy, who won the seat in 2014 as YSR Congress candidate but later switched over to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 2016.
2:48 PM: The TDP has fielded Reddy’s nephew Brahmananda Reddy while the YSRC put up former minister Silpa Chandra Mohan Reddy, who lost the seat as TDP nominee in 2014.
2:45 PM: Over 2,500 police personnel were deployed to take care of the law and situation in Nandyal.
2:44 PM: 53.1 % voting in Nandyala bypoll by 1 pm, ANI reported.
2:43 PM: The Election Commission was monitoring the poll process through webcams in each of the 255 polling stations.
2:40 PM: WATCH- Here is why voter turnout was high in Nandyal Assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh
2:35 PM: In Valpoi constituency, located around 80 kms from Panaji, the BJP has fielded Congress rebel and health minister Vishwajeet Rane, whose main opponent is Roy Naik, the son of former state Home minister Ravi Naik, of the Congress.
2:33 PM: “People have decided to get me elected. The verdict is already out in my favour. The Congress will lose its deposit,” Rane claimed.
2:30 PM: Manohar Parrikar expressed confidence that he will win. “I don’t see any opposition for me in the constituency,” he said.
2:25 PM: Goa Suraksha Manch’s Anand Shirodkar is also contesting the byelection to Panaji seat.
2:23 PM: Chodankar also exuded confidence of winning from the seat.”This verdict will go against Parrikar. There is a strong undercurrent which will work in our favour,” he said.
2:18 PM: WATCH- BJP leaders clash with Congress women workers in Panaji even as polling is underway
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2:15 PM: “After watching his cunningness, I feel that Mr. Naidu is like the accused in the court who killed his parents and there is nothing wrong in gunning down such a person on the road,” Jagan was quoted as saying by ANI.
2:10 PM: On Friday, during his campaign at Nandyal, Jagan spewed an absolute shocker when he said people like CM Naidu should be shot in public.
2:07 PM: WATCH- Brisk polling was witnessed in Nandyal Assembly constituency
2:02 PM: As per Indian Penal Code Section 107 – helping in crime, provoking or supporting crime, involving in conspiracy or supporting conspiracy is also considered as crime.
2:00 PM: As per the Representation of People’s Act, Section-125, if anyone is trying to provoke enmity between two different groups during elections based on caste, religion, community, group, language, he or she is prone to punishment of up to three years imprisonment or fine or both.
1:58 PM: Adding to the plethora of charges against him, an official complaint was filed against Jagan by the Local Returning Officer of Kurnool District by the local TDP leaders.
1:55 PM: WATCH- Why Bawana bypoll is crucial
1:50 PM: Apart from this, he is already facing a host of corruption and quid pro quo charges in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court.
1:48 PM: Meanwhile, drawing upon Section 125 of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951, Reddy, who has been in the news for such inflammatory statements in the past as well, is facing flak from the state government and TDP cadets, sources state, along with the State Election Commission.
1:45 PM: On the Yellow line, the last train will depart from Badli at 1 AM while on the Red line, the train will leave Rithala at 1 AM, the official said.
1:42 PM: 24.39% polling recorded till 1 pm in Bawana assembly by-poll, ANI reported.
1:40 PM: Reddy has been accused by the Andhra Pradesh Government and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) of provoking enmity, through his latest remark on ‘shooting Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in the middle of the road’.
1:38 PM: Meanwhile, the Chief Electoral Officer said that the commission is of the opinion that an F.I.R may be filed against Jaganmohan Reddy under the relevant provisions of IPC, while also adding that the Returning Officer be informed accordingly and a copy of the order be issued and the FIR should be forwarded to the Commission for “record”.
1:35 PM: WATCH- Voting to end at 5 PM.
1:32 PM: The letter further said that the commission has noted the inflammatory tone and tenor of the statements, particularly the statement.
1:29 PM: The EC stated that Jaganmohan’s comments are a ‘violation of moral code of conduct’, which forbids ‘making any statement during election campaign which is connected to a private life of a leader.’
1:26 PM: In a letter to the state Chief Electoral Officer, Principal Secretary S.K. Rudola said that the commission had gone through the contents of the notice issued to Jaganmohan Reddy by the Returning officer of the Nandyal Assembly constituency for having made the statements which are “provocative”, and “intemperate”.
1:23 PM: The Election Commission of India (EC) has asked the Andhra Pradesh state commission to take an immediate action against YSR Congress Party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy over his ‘shooting’ and ‘hanging’ remarks on Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
1:20 pm: WATCH- Nandyala Bypoll – CCTV Cameras have been installed
1:17 PM: Goa Suraksha Manch leader Subhash Velingkar, who was also among the early voters, said party’s nominee Anand Shirodkar will be victorious.
1:15 PM: “The people have decided to vote for Shirodkar. Though with a less margin, Shirodkar will defeat Parrikar,” Velingkar claimed.
12:35 PM: WATCH- Voting is underway in Bawana, Nandyal and Panaji assembly constituencies
12:30 PM: Using such abusive and provocative language which has the effect of inciting violence during election speech, amounts to violation of MCC. Fit case for reprimanding and issuing severe warning to Jagan Reddy.Commission is of the opinion that an FIR may also be filed against him, says ECI
12:27 PM: Meanwhile, Election Commission has noted inflammatory tone and tenor of statements (of Jagan Mohan Reddy): ECI to Chief Electoral officer.
12:25 PM: In Nandyal assembly constituency, the TDP has fielded Reddy’s nephew Brahmananda Reddy while the YSRC put up former minister Silpa Chandra Mohan Reddy, who lost the seat as TDP nominee in 2014.
12:23 PM: Though there are 15 candidates in the fray, the main fight is between the TDP and the YSRC in Nandyal assembly constituency.
12:20 PM: WATCH- Women are coming out in big numbers to vote in Nandyal assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh
12:15 PM: The bypoll was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy, who won the seat in 2014 as YSR Congress candidate but later switched over to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 2016.
12:13 PM: The Election Commission was monitoring the poll process through webcams in each of the 255 polling stations in Nandyal Assembly in Andhra Pradesh.
12:09 PM: MFor the first time, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is being used in the Nandyal Assembly byelection.
12:07 PM: Meanwhile, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is contesting from the Panaji constituency against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s confidante Girish Chodankar.
12:03 PM: 17.25% polling percentage recorded in Bawana till 11 AM, according to ANI report.
12:00 PM: WATCH- Nandyala Bypoll – YS Jagan in trouble; here is why
11:57 AM: Over 2,500 police personnel were deployed to take care of the law and situation in Nandyal.
11:55 AM: The polling so far remained without any incident, a senior police official said.
11:53 AM: People turned up in good numbers at the polling stations to exercise their franchise, in the election that could well set the trend for the general election due in 2019.
11:50 AM: Nearly 30 per cent polling was reported in the first three hours of the byelection to Nandyal Assembly seat in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh today.
11:47 AM: WATCH- Here is what Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said about bypolls
11:43 AM: Ahead of the bypolls in Goa’s Panaji, the BJP had filed a complaint with the Election Commission against a piece of “bogus news” on social media that said Parrikar may return to the Centre if he loses the Panaji bypoll, according to Indian Express report.
11:40 AM: Over 2.94 lakh electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in the bypoll in which EVMs equipped with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) are being used at all polling stations.
11:37 AM: The Assembly seat that falls in the north-west Delhi area is reserved for the SC category.
11:35 AM: “EVM issues were faced at a couple of booths in Bawana in the morning, but they were all fixed. Voting is going smoothly and about 5 per cent votes have been cast till 9 AM,” a senior polling official said.
11:30 AM: Polling for the high-stakes Bawana bypoll in Delhi began at a slow pace, with a little over 5 per cent votes being cast in the first hour.
11:25 AM: WATCH- People vote in large numbers in Nandyal assembly constituency
11:20 AM: The overall polling percentage for Delhi in Assembly elections in 2013 and 2015, was 65.63 per cent and 67.12 per cent respectively.
11:16 AM: The corresponding polling percentage in Bawana constituency had stood at 61.14 and 61.83 per cent respectively.
11:13 AM: In Bawana, the number of male, female and third gender electors are 1,64,114; 1,30,143; and 25, respectively. The average number of voters per polling station stands at 776.
11:10 AM: Out of 379 polling stations in the Bawana constituency, 311 have less than 1,000 registered electors, while 68 have more than 1,000 registered electors, it said.
11:07 AM: In Andhra Pradesh, the polling percentage till 9 am was recorded at 17 per cent, according to ANI report.
11:05 AM: WATCH- Voting underway in Bawana Assembly constituency
11:02 AM: All three major parties are eyeing a victory in the bypoll, being seen as the barometer of their political influence.
11:00 AM: Though the AAP enjoys an overwhelming majority in the Assembly with 65 MLAs, a victory in the bypoll would be a shot in the arm for the party after successive setbacks in the civic polls, the Rajouri Garden Assembly by-election and the Punjab and Goa polls. The AAP has fielded Ram Chander from the constituency
10:57 AM: Bawana Assembly seat that falls in the north-west Delhi area is reserved for the SC category.
10:54 AM: Eight candidates are in the fray in the election that is being carried out through 379 polling stations. The counting will take place on August 28.
10:50 AM: YSR Congress party candidate Shilpa Mohan Reddy has cast his vote in Nandyal constituency by-polls.
10:45 AM: Glitches in EVM machines at two polling booths in Bawana. Polling was affected for a while. Voting has now resumed
10:42 AM: No projections but it will be substantial, said Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar (contesting from Panaji seat) after casting his vote.
10:40 AM: Voting began this morning for the Bawana Assembly constituency by-election in Delhi, in which the BJP, the AAP and the Congress are locked in a triangular contest.
10:35 AM: Over 2.94 lakh electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in the bypoll in which EVMs equipped with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) are being used at all polling stations.