Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 2 Polling highlights: Moderate voter turnout in 95 constituencies

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Updated:Apr 18, 2019 7:49:53 pm

Phase 2 Election 2019 Voting LIVE Updates: In the second phase of Lok Sabha elections, polling is being held on 95 seats in 11 states and Union Territory of Puducherry. Counting of votes will be done on May 23.

Elderly voters show their fingers marked with indelible ink at Adabadi polling booth during the second phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Kandhamaal, Odisha. (PTI Photo)

Lok Sabha Election 2019, Phase 2 Voting highlights: Moderate voting was recorded in the 95 parliamentary constituencies where polling was held in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019. There were reports of sporadic violence from West Bengal. A BJP worker was found hanging from a tree in Purulia. In Raiganj, CPM candidate Mohammad Salim’s convoy was attacked by unidentified men.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his tweet urging voters to utilise their voting right and mentioned his ambitious minimum income guarantee scheme ‘Nyay’. The tweet raised a few eyebrows. “When you vote today, remember that you vote for Nyay. Nyay for our unemployed youth; for our struggling farmers; for the small traders whose businesses were destroyed by Demonetisation; for those who were persecuted because of their caste or religion,” the Congress president said in his tweet.

While the voting for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections was on, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Amroha candidate Kanwar Singh Tanwar also triggered a controversy alleging fake voting in his constituency. Tanwar told a television channel that men wearing burqa were casting vote in some of the booths.

Prominent faces in the fray in second phase of Lok Sabha elections are Union ministers Jitendra Singh, Jual Oram, Sadananda Gowda and Pon Radhakrishnan; former prime minister H D Deve Gowda; DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja and Kanimozhi; Congress leaders Verappa Moily and Raj Babbar; National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and BJP’s Hema Malini.

This is the first time that Tamil Nadu went to polls since the demise of former chief ministers J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi.

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18:19 (IST)18 Apr 2019
57.22% voter turnout in Maharashtra for 2nd phase

An average 57.22 per cent polling was recorded till 5 pm in 10 constituencies of Maharashtra where polling was held in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, an official said.

Polling was held in Buldhana, Akola, Amravati, Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur and Solapur Lok Saba constituencies, an official said.

17:54 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Maneka Gandhi files nomination for Sultanpur LS constituency

BJP leader Maneka Gandhi on Thursday filed her nomination for the Sultanpur Lok Sabha seat, news agency PTI reported. In the morning, the Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development performed a 'puja' at her Shastri Nagar residence and then drove in a procession to file her papers along with senior party leaders.

Gandhi won from Pilibhit constituency while her son Varun Gandhi was elected from Sultanpur Lok Sabha seat in the 2014 Lok sabha elections. This time, the mother-son duo have swapped the constituencies.

17:19 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Malegaon blast victim's father files application against Sadhvi Pragya's candidature from Bhopal

Father of a victim in Malegaon blast has filed application against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur after she was declared BJP candidate from Bhopal. Application has questioned her candidature before NIA court citing her health which was one of the reasons in her bail application,

Sadhvi Pragya joined BJP on April 17 and has been given the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat which has been the saffron party's stronghold for the last thirty years.

Sadhvi Pragya, a religious and political leader, grabbed headlines when she was arrested in September 2008 Malegaon blast case but was acquitted in December 2017 of charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) by the Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court.

17:12 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Technical problem in EVM, VVPATs due to lapses by polling officers: Chief Electoral Officer in Odisha

Citing technical reasons in EVM machines and VVPATs, Surendra Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha has recommended re-polling in booth 213 in Sundergarh, booth 129 in Bonai, and booths and 222 in Daspalla assembly constituency.

Surendra Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer told ANI that the technical problems arose due to lapses on part of the polling officers, and action will be taken against those officers for dereliction of duty.

17:04 (IST)18 Apr 2019
As technical expert, not satisfied with EVM, Sam Pitroda

"As an engineer, as technical expert, I'm not satisfied with EVM (Electronic Voting Machine), but I've not been able to pinpoint because we don't have EVM. If someone gives us EVM to study for 1 year, we'll be able to tell you something, " Sam Pitroda, Indian Overseas Congress Chief. 

16:56 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Voter turnout till 3 PM for 2nd phase of LokSabhaElections 2019

Voter turnout till 3 PM for 2nd phase of LokSabhaElections 2019

Maharashtra - 46.63% Tamil Nadu - 52.02%, Odisha - 53%Manipur - 67.5% Uttar Pradesh - 50.39% Chhattisgarh - 59.72% Karnataka - 49.26%

16:52 (IST)18 Apr 2019
West Bengal poll percentage till 3 pm

Voting percentage on three Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal was recorded at 65.43% till 3 pm. Voting is underway in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Raiganj. 
 

16:51 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Polling percentage in Jammu and Kashmir till 3 pm

Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency average polling till 3pm: 59.1%Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency average polling till 3pm: 12.4%

16:34 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Aam Aadmi Party's West Delhi candidate files nomination

Aam Aadmi Party candidate from West Delhi , Balbir Singh Jakhar, files nomination.  AAP leader Gopal Rai is also present.

Delhi will go to polls for seven seats in the sixth phase on May 12. In 2014 general elections, the BJP had sweeped all the seven seats – New Delhi, East Delhi, Chandni Chowk, North East Delhi, North West Delhi (SC), South Delhi and West Delhi. 

15:54 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Another Bangladeshi actor in hot soup over campaigning for TMC

After Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed was asked to leave India for allegedly campaigning for TMC candidate, another actor from the country is in a hot soup.

Bangladeshi actor Ghazi Abdul Noor, who attended a political rally in Dumdum, West Bengal has been asked to leave India, MHA sources have been quoted as saying by news agency, ANI. In any case, his visa had expired, it is being reported. Moreover, appropriate action is also being taken regarding his overstay in contravention of visa validity.

15:48 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Overflow of emotions in Karnataka: PM Narendra Modi in Bagalkot

"The drama unfolding here in the state for the past one year is refusing to end. This drama has everything including emotions and revenge. The situation is such that we get to see an overflow of emotions regularly in rallies and press conferences, " Prime Minister Modi said during his rally at Karnataka's  Bagalkot. 

15:42 (IST)18 Apr 2019
EC warns Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi over his 'Modi ki Sena' comment

Election Commission of India asked Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to refrain from using references to security forces for political propaganda and to be careful in the future, reported ANI.  Earlier in April, the EC had served notice to UP CM Yogi Adityanath after he called the Indian Army as "Modi ki sena (Modi's army) at a rally in Ghaziabad.

On 19 March, the Election Commission had issued an advisory to all political parties to "desist" from indulging in any propaganda involving actions taken by defence forces during the Lok Sabha poll campaigns.

15:21 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Tragic! Man,95, dies at polling booth

A 95-year-old man collapsed and later died while waiting for his turn to vote at a polling booth in Ganjam, Odisha. He was rushed to a local hospital where doctors declared him dead, reports ANI.

15:14 (IST)18 Apr 2019
32% turnout in Bihar till 1 pm

Bihar has recorded 32% voting till 1 pm as polling on five seats in phase 2 of Lok Sabha elections continues. The seats where polling is being held today are Bhagalpur, Banka, Purnea, Katihar, and Kishanganj.

15:14 (IST)18 Apr 2019
32% turnout in Bihar till 1 pm

Bihar has recorded 32% voting till 1 pm as polling on five seats in phase 2 of Lok Sabha elections continues. The seats where polling is being held today are Bhagalpur, Banka, Purnea, Katihar, and Kishanganj.

15:00 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Slow voting in Maharashtra

Maharashtra has recorded 35.4% voter turnout phase 2 polling for Lok Sabha election 2019. Voting is underway in Buldhana, Akola, Amravati, Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur, Solapur seats.

14:56 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Akhilesh Yadav files nomination from Azamgarh

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has filed nomination from Azamgarh parliamentary constituency. The BJP has fielded famous Bhojpuri film star Dinesh Lal Yadav 'Nirahua' from the seat.

14:39 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Clashes between BJP, TMC workers in Bengal

Reports of clashes between workers of Bharatiya Janata Party and Trinamool Congress coming in from West Bengal. According to news agency ANI, an EVM was vandalised during clashes in Chopra. Voting is underway on three Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal in second phase of Lok Sabha elections.

13:34 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Shoe hurled at BJP's GVL Narasimha Rao during press conference

A man claiming to be a journalist hurled a shoe at senior BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao during a press conference at party headquarters in New Delhi. The man, who was seated in the front row, was immediately taken out of the conference hall. Click here  to know what actually happened.

13:02 (IST)18 Apr 2019
ITBP jawan injured in IED blast in Rajnandgaon

A jawan of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has been injured in an IED blast triggered by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon area. Voting is underway on three Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh - Kanker, Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund.

12:24 (IST)18 Apr 2019
BJP Yuva Morcha leader's body found hanging from tree in Bengal

Body of BJP Yuva Morcha member Sisupal Sahis, 22, found hanging from a tree in Purulia, West Bengal. Police have launched a probe. More details are awaited. Voting on three parliamentary seats - Jalpaiguri (SC), Darjeeling and Raiganj - is underway in phase 2 of Lok Sabha election 2019. 

12:09 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Voting picks up in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has recorded 30.62% turnout till 11 am in phase 2 of Lok Sabha election. Voting on 38 parliamentary constituencies in Tamil Nadu is underway. The Election Commission had cancelled polling on Vellore seat after recovery of a huge amount of cash days ahead of voting.

11:51 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Voting percentage in Lok Sabha election Phase 2 so far

Voter turnout till 11 am in Phase 2 of Lok Sabha Election 2019

Uttar Pradesh - 24.31%

Bihar - 18.97%

Assam - 26.39%

Chhattisgarh - 26.2%.

11:28 (IST)18 Apr 2019
There's huge Modi wave, says Hema Malini

BJP candidate from Mathura Hema Malini is confident of her victory. Talking to news ANI, the actor-turned-politician said while SP-BSP have been fighting against each other, she has carried out several developmental works in the constituency. WATCH VIDEO: 

11:14 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Raiganj CPM candidate Mohammad Salim's car attacked

CPM leader Mohammed Salim's car attacked in Raiganj, West Bengal. More details are awaited. Mohammed Salim had won from Raiganj constituency in 2014. 

11:02 (IST)18 Apr 2019
11 per cent voter turnout in Chhattisgarh so far

Around 11 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in the first two hours of polling in three Lok Sabha constituencies of Chhattisgarh. Voting in the second phase of polling in the state is underway in Kanker, Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund Lok Sabha seats. Read full story here

10:44 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Ashwini Choubey casts his vote in Bhagalpur

Union Minister and BJP candidate from Buxar, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, casts his vote at a polling station in Bhagalpur.  Polling on five seats is underway in Bihar. 

10:30 (IST)18 Apr 2019
When you vote today, remember that you vote for Nyay: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi mentions 'Nyay' in his tweet urging people to vote during the ongoing second phase of Lok Sabha elections. "When you vote today, remember that you vote for Nyay. Nyay for our unemployed youth; for our struggling farmers; for the small traders whose businesses were destroyed by Demonetisation; for those who were persecuted because of their caste or religion," the Congress president says in his tweet.  

10:16 (IST)18 Apr 2019
BJP's Kanwar Singh Tanwar alleges fake voting

Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate from Amroha, Uttar Pradesh, Kanwar Singh Tanwar has alleged fake voting. Talking to a television channel, Tanwar claimed that women in burqa were indulging in fake voting in some of the polling booths of the constituency. 

09:50 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Voting first, everything else later!

A newly married couple is at a polling station in Udhampur to cast their votes for Lok Sabha Election 2019. Polling is underway on two seats - Srinagar and Udhampur - in Jammu and Kashmir in phase 2 of Lok Sabha elections.  

09:41 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Voting percentage recorded till 9 am

Polling percentage recorded in Assam (5 seats) - 9.51% , Jammu and Kashmir (2 seats) - 0.99%, Karnataka (14 seats) 1.14%, Maharashtra (10 seats) - 0.85%, Manipur (1) - 1.78% , Odisha (5 seats)- 2.15%, Tamil Nadu (38 seats ) - 0.81%, Uttar Pradesh (8 seats) - 3.99%, West Bengal (3 seats) - 0.55%, Chhattisgarh (3 seats) -7.75% and Puducherry - 1.62% till 9 am. 

09:19 (IST)18 Apr 2019
BJP has taken over AIADMK: Kanimozhi

Talking to reporters after casting her vote in Chennai, DMK Lok Sabha candidate from Thoothukudi, Kanimozhi accuses BJP of harassing opposition leaders. "People in the opposition have been harassed, raids targeted at opposition candidates. BJP have completely taken over AIADMK," she said. 

09:16 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Bihar: 12.27 per cent voting reported till 9 am

In Bihar, where voting is being held on five seats in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections, 12.27 per cent polling has been reported till 9 am. 

09:03 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Voting yet to begin at a booth in Mathura

Polling is yet to begin on booth number 46 in Gantholi village of Govardhan block in Mathura parliamentary constituency due to a glitch in EVM. BJP's Hema Malini is up against Rashtriya Lok Dal's Kunwar Narendra Singh from the seat.

08:56 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Voting on 38 seats in Tamil Nadu: What is at stake

In Tamil Nadu, 38 out of 39 seats are up for voting. This southern state is crucial for the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) which is contesting this election in alliance with ruling AIADMK — the party which swept the region in the last elections by bagging 37 out of 39 seats with over 44 per cent vote share. | Read full story here

08:34 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Bihar: 5 per cent voting till 8 am

Five per cent voting has been reported in Bihar till 8 am. Polling is being held on five seats - Bhagalpur, Banka,  Purnea, Katihar, Kishanganj - in Bihar in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections.

08:32 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Colours of polling day

A pregnant woman and her husband cast their votes at polling booth number 164 in Nehru Nagar of Solapur in Maharashtra.  

08:29 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Mayawati raises questions over Yogi Adityanath's temple visits

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has accused Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath of violating the campaigning ban imposed on him by the Election Commission. In a series of tweets, Mayawati questioned why the Election Commission has turned a blind eye towards Adityanath's temple visits and him having food at a Dalit's home.  

08:22 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Kiran Bedi casts her vote

Puducherry Governor Kiran Bedi casts her vote. Voting is underway in 95 parliamentary constituencies across 11 states and one Union Territory in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections.  

08:10 (IST)18 Apr 2019
Kamal Haasan, daughter Shruti cast vote

Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan and his daughter Shruti Haasan cast their vote in Chennai. Voting is being held on 38 seats in Tamil Nadu today.  

Elections for 543 Lok Sabha is scheduled to be held in seven phases -April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. Counting of votes will be done on May 23.
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