Lok Sabha Elections Phase 7 Polling Highlights: Voting for national elections conclude; over 61% voting recorded in last phase

By: |
Updated:May 19, 2019 10:18:37 pm

Phase 7 Election 2019 Voting Highlights: Voting for the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections 2019 came to a close on Sunday as over 61 per cent turnout was recorded in the last phase of polls.

Seventh phase, Lok Sabha electionsA total of 59 constituencies are going to polls in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha election.

Phase-7 Polling in UP, Bihar, Punjab, MP Highlights: Voting for the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections 2019 came to a close on Sunday as over 61 per cent turnout was recorded in the last phase of polls in 59 seats across seven states and one Union Territory. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi also went to polls in this phase. The 2014 General elections had recorded the highest ever voter turnout of 66.40 per cent.

The polling process begun at 7 am amid tight security. The states that went to polls in the last phase were Bihar (8 seats), Himachal Pradesh (4), Jharkhand (3), Madhya Pradesh (8), Punjab (13), Uttar Pradesh (13), West Bengal (9) and Chandigarh (1).

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Full Coverage

In addition to PM Modi, key candidates in the fray were in this phase were Sunny Deol, Ravi Kishan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shatrughan Sinha, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Kirron Kher, Upendra Kushwaha, and Anurag Singh Thakur.

The key battles were between: Narendra Modi vs Ajay Rai in Varanasi, Ravi Shankar Prasad vs Shatrughan Sinha in Patna Sahib, Pawan Kumar Bansal vs Kirron Kher in Chandigarh and Sunny Deol vs Sunil Kumar Jakhar in Gurdaspur.

In the sixth phase, the total voter turnout was recorded at 63.48 per cent.

Read More

Live Blog

Phase 7 Election 2019 Polling Highlights

Highlights

    18:14 (IST)19 May 2019
    60.21% voter turnout recorded till 6 pm

    60.21 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 6 pm in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections on Sunday. West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout at 73.05 per cent in the seventh phase. Jharkhand stood second in terms of voter turnout at 70.5 per cent. Other states: Bihar-49.92%, Himachal Pradesh- 66.18%, Madhya Pradesh-69.38%, Punjab-58.81%, Uttar Pradesh-54.37% and Chandigarh-63.57%.

    17:59 (IST)19 May 2019
    Polling concludes in 542 Lok Sabha seats: EC

    Polling concludes in 542 parliamentary constituencies across states and union territories: Election Commission. Around 7.27 crore voters took part in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections across 59 parliamentary constituencies.

    17:31 (IST)19 May 2019
    53.03% voter turnout till 5 pm

    Over 53 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 5 pm in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections. According to news agency ANI: 46.75 per cent polling recorded in Bihar, 57.43 per cent in Himachal Pradesh, 59.75 per cent in Madhya Pradesh, 50.49 per cent in Punjab, 47.21 per cent in Uttar Pradesh, 64.87 per cent in West Bengal, 66.64 per cent in Jharkhand and 51.18 per cent in Chandigarh.

    17:26 (IST)19 May 2019
    Polling officer misguiding voters, says BJP candidate Anupam Hazra

    BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Jadavpur parliamentary seat, Anupam Hazra alleged that a special mark was put on TMC's symbol in the EVM to misguide illiterate and semi-literate voters and indicate them to press that particular button while casting their vote. "The presiding officer is trying to fool me saying he doesn't know anything. I spoke to a few voters who said the presiding officer was whispering to them that they need to press the button which is inked. It's clearly a pre-planned game," he told ANI.

    16:44 (IST)19 May 2019
    West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee casts her vote in Kolkata

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee casts her vote at a polling booth in Kolkata during the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections. TMC candidate Sudip Bandyopadhyay is pitted against BJP's Rahul Sinha in Kolkata Lok Sabha constituency. Earlier in the day, TMC wrote a letter to Election Commission, alleging a violation of the poll code by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    16:28 (IST)19 May 2019
    Kolkata: Sourav Ganguly casts his vote

    Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly cast his vote at a polling booth in Barisha Janakalyan Vidyapith earlier today during the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections on Sunday. TMC candidate Sudip Bandyopadhyay is pitted against BJP's Rahul Sinha in Kolkata Lok Sabha constituency.

    16:09 (IST)19 May 2019
    Bihar: Police official on polling duty allegedly attacked for stopping bogus voting

    Police personnel has been allegedly attacked for stopping bogus voting at polling booth number 49 in Arrah in Bihar. "We received info of stone pelting but there has been no disturbance in voting, some people might have tried to create trouble, they've been chased out," poll official said. Polling on 8 Lok Sabha seats in underway in Bihar in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections.

    15:52 (IST)19 May 2019
    51.95% voter turnout recorded till 3 pm

    51.95 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 3 pm in the seventh phase of the 2014 General elections. Bihar, where polling on 8 Lok Sabha seats is underway, has recorded a voter turnout of 46.66 per cent till 3 pm. In UP, 46.07 per cent voters have exercised their franchise till 3 pm. Voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in other states: Himachal Pradesh - 49.43%, Madhya Pradesh - 57.27%, Punjab - 48.18%, West Bengal - 63.58%, Jharkhand - 64.81%, Chandigarh - 50.24%.

    15:35 (IST)19 May 2019
    TDP writes to Election Commission over PM Modi's pilgrimage

    After Trinamool Congress, TDP has written a letter to the Election Commission alleging the violation of model code of conduct by PM Narendra Modi. "PM has gone to Badrinath & Kedarnath on an official visit, all the private activities done by him during his pilgrimage are being displayed & continuously telecast, which is a clear violation of the MCC," the letter reads.

    15:28 (IST)19 May 2019
    Punjab: Violence breaks out at polling booth in Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda

    One person injured after clashes broke out in two groups outside a polling booth in Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda. According to police, poll violence took place as a person opened fire. "We've recorded statements and registered a case. Polling has resumed", it added. SAD candidate and union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal is in contest from Bathinda Lok Sabha seat against Congress candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and AAP's Baljinder Kaur.

    14:40 (IST)19 May 2019
    Madhya Pradesh: Sumitra Mahajan, Kantilal Bhuria cast vote

    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan cast her vote in Indore city on Sunday during the fourth and final phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh. The veteran BJP leader, who represented the Indore Lok Sabha seat eight times, arrived at a polling booth in the Old Palasia area there and exercised her franchise. She was accompanied by Shankar Lalwani, who has thistime been fielded by the BJP from Indore seat.

    14:22 (IST)19 May 2019
    World's highest polling station records 53 pc voting in 2 hours

    The world's highest polling station at 15,256 feet, Tashiganag village in Himachal Pradesh, Sunday saw a steep rise in voting percentage, recording 53 per cent voting in the first two hours, a state electoral officer said. The polling began at 7 am when the temperature was below freezing point. Voters came to the polling station wearing their traditional attire to beat the chilly weather.

    14:12 (IST)19 May 2019
    Congress MP writes to EC against media coverage of PM Modi's Kedarnath trip

    Congress MP Pradip Bhattachraya Sunday wrote to the Election Commission, saying the media coverage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Kedarnath was in violation of the Model Code of Conduct. He said he has requested the poll panel to stop the media coverage of Modi's trip and take stern action.

    14:03 (IST)19 May 2019
    32.06 pct polling till in West Bengal till 11 am

    An estimated 32.06 per cent of over 1.49 crore electorate exercised their franchise till 11 am in nine Lok Sabha seats of West Bengal on Sunday, amid reports of EVM glitches and stray incidents of violence. Polling is currently underway, amid tight security, in Kolkata North, Kolkata South, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Joynagar (SC) and Mathurapur (SC), in the final phase of the staggered general election, he said. Voting is also on for by-elections to four Assembly constituencies in Bengal, necessitated due to resignations by sitting MLAs who are contesting the parliamentary polls.

    13:24 (IST)19 May 2019
    Nearly 39% turnout till 1pm

    According to Voter Turnout app, 39.75% turnout has been recorded till 1 pm. Bihar - 36.20%, Himachal - 34.23%, MP - 43.89%, Punjab - 36.53%, UP - 36.37%, WB - 47.13%, Jharkhand - 52.89%, Chandigarh - 35.60%

    13:22 (IST)19 May 2019
    Murali Manohar Joshi votes in Varanasi

    Senior BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi casts his vote at a polling booth in Varanasi. Joshi not contesting elections this time. In 2014, he had vacated Varanasi and contested from Kanpur.

    13:16 (IST)19 May 2019
    Tej Pratap alleges conspiracy to kill him

    RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav has alleged that conspiracy was being hatched to kill him.Speaking to reporters after his guards allegedly beat up a camera person, he said, "My bouncers have not done anything. I was leaving after casting my vote when a photographer hit the windscreen of my car. I have filed an FIR in the incident. A conspiracy is being hatched to kill me."

    13:14 (IST)19 May 2019
    Amarinder Singh votes in Patiala

    Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh casts his vote at polling booth no. 89 in Patiala.

    13:13 (IST)19 May 2019
    Farhan Akhtar urges Bhopal to vote against Pragya Thakur, gets trolled

    Actor Farhan Akhtar on Sunday urged people of Bhopal to vote against BJP candidate Pragya Thakur. He, however, was trolled because polling in Bhopal has already taken place. Bhopal went to polls in the sixth phase on May 12.

    13:11 (IST)19 May 2019
    UP: Presiding officer dies during duty

    The presiding officer of a polling booth here died while he was on duty early morning Sunday. Rajaram, 56, was the presiding officer of booth number 381 at Prathmik Vidhyalay Madhopur in Pipraich. He was rushed to Pipraich community health centre, where he was declared dead.

    13:11 (IST)19 May 2019
    MP: Voters boycott polling at six booths

    Voters boycotted polling at six booths in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday over some local issues. Voters listed at a booth in Agar Malwa district falling under the Dewas seat and five booths in Mandsaur seat boycotted the polling over some of their demands.

    13:09 (IST)19 May 2019
    WATCH: India's first voter Shyam Saran Negi casts his vote

    Shyam Saran Negi, 102, who hails from Himachal Pradesh's Kalpa, casts his vote. He had cast the first vote in the 1951 general elections.

    13:08 (IST)19 May 2019
    Bridegroom, family vote in Manali

    In Himachal Pradesh's Manali, a bridegroom along with his family casts his vote at polling booth number 8.

    13:07 (IST)19 May 2019
    Manoj Sinha votes in Ghazipur

    BJP leader and Union minister Manoj Sinha casts his vote at a polling booth in Ghazipur.

    13:06 (IST)19 May 2019
    Congress' Kushinagar candidate RPN Singh casts his vote

    Congress Kushinagar candidate RPN Singh casts his vote at a polling booth.

    13:05 (IST)19 May 2019
    WB: BJP's Diamond Harbour candidate Nilanjan Roy's car vandalised

    In Dongaria area of Diamond Harbour, goons vandalised BJP candidate Nilanjan Roy's car.

    13:03 (IST)19 May 2019
    WATCH: Tej Pratap Yadav's personal security guards beat a camera person

    RJD leader and Lalu's son Tej Pratap Yadav's personal security guards in Patna beat a camera person after he allegedly broke the windscreen of Yadav's car.

    13:02 (IST)19 May 2019
    Shatrughan Sinha votes in Patna

    Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha casts his vote at polling booth no.339 in St. Severin's School, Kadam Kuan, Patna. Sinha is up against BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad from Patna Sahib seat. Sinha is contesting on a Congress ticket.

    12:23 (IST)19 May 2019
    TMC complains to EC against media coverage of PM Modi's Kedarnath visit

    The Trinamool Congress Sunday wrote to the Election Commission complaining that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the media at Kedarnath shrine was "unethical" and that the coverage of his visit was in "gross violation" of the Model Code of Conduct. "Even though the Election campaign for the last phase of polling for 2019 Lok Sabha is over on May 17 at 6 pm, surprisingly Narendra Modi's Kedarnath Yatra is being covered and widely televised for the last two days in all national as well as local media. This is a gross violation of the Model Code of Conduct," TMC spokesperson Derek O'Brien said in the letter.

    12:07 (IST)19 May 2019
    Rajgir voters boycott elections

    In Rajgir block of Nalanda district in Bihar, locals boycott elections at booth number-299 in Chandora village. They said, "No roads, No votes." EVM and Block Development Officer's car also vandalised.

    12:05 (IST)19 May 2019
    Navjot Singh Sidhu and wife Navjot Kaur at polling booth in Amritsar.

    Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu cast their votes at booth number-134 in Amritsar.

    12:00 (IST)19 May 2019
    Violence in WB's Jadavpur

    BJP's Jadavpur candidate Anupam Hazra said that TMC goons have beaten up a BJP mandal president, a driver and attacked a car. "We also rescued our 3 polling agents. TMC goons were going to carry out rigging at 52 booths. People are eager to vote for BJP but they are not allowing ppl to vote," Hazra said.

    11:43 (IST)19 May 2019
    WB: BJP's Anupam Hazra says women TMC workers casting proxy votes

    BJP candidate Anupam Hazra at polling booth number 150/137 in Jadavpur said that women TMC workers with covered faces are casting proxy votes. "It is difficult to establish their identity. When we raised objection to it, they created a ruckus at the polling station," Hazra said.

    11:42 (IST)19 May 2019
    Additional forces arrive in Basirhat, WB

    Additional forces arrive at polling station number 189 in Basirhat. BJP MP candidate from Basirhat, Sayantan Basu has alleged that TMC workers are not allowing people to cast their vote.

    11:41 (IST)19 May 2019
    Congress trying to disrupt poll process: Harsimrat Kaur

    SAD leader and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that Congress has brought its goons in Punjab from outside. "Yesterday, their goons in Mansa conducted checking of cars. We complained to poll officials but no action was taken. In Bhatinda Rural, our worker Titu Randhawa was also attacked."

    11:40 (IST)19 May 2019
    TMC not allowing people to vote in Basirhat: BJP

    Voters hold protest outside polling station number 189 in Basirhat of West Bengal. They say that TMC workers are not allowing them to cast their vote. BJP MP candidate from Basirhat, Sayantan Basu says, "100 people were stopped from voting. We will take them to cast their vote."

    11:39 (IST)19 May 2019
    Mohammed Salim votes in Kolkata

    Mohammed Salim, CPI (Marxist) candidate from Raiganj Parliamentary constituency, casts his vote at a polling booth in St. Thomas' Girls School, Kolkata.

    11:38 (IST)19 May 2019
    No difference between terrorist organisation & TMC: BJP's CK Bose

    BJP's CK Bose said thaty on Saturday night, he received calls from party workers from different booths that they have been threatened by TMC's 'jihadi' brigade that "if you sit as booth agents for BJP, you will be murdered. There's no difference between a terrorist organisation & TMC."

    11:37 (IST)19 May 2019
    Himachal CM Jairam Thakur votes in Mandi

    BJP leader and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur casts his vote at polling station number 36 in Mandi district.

    11:37 (IST)19 May 2019
    Himachal CM Jairam Thakur votes in Mandi

    BJP leader and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur casts his vote at polling station number 36 in Mandi district.

    Lok Sabha Phase 7 Polling Live, Phase 7 Election 2019 Voting 2019Over 10 crore voters are expected to decide the fate of 918 candidates. Sor far, an average of 66.88 per cent voter turn out was recorded in the last six phases. The election began on April 11 and went on for over a month. The Election Commission has set up more than 1.12 lakh polling stations across eight states. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.