New Delhi, April 10: The third phase of the Lok Sabha election 2014 will be held in 11 states and three Union Territories (UTs) on Thursday.
Delhi (7 seats), Odisha (10 seats), Jharkhand (4 seats), Andamans, Chandigarh, Lakshadweep, Jammu and Kashmir and Chhattisgarh (1 seat each), Madhya Pradesh (9 seats), Maharashtra (10 seats), Uttar Pradesh (10 seats), Kerala (20 seats), Haryana (10 seats) and Bihar (6 seats) will go the elections today. Election in the Hazaribagh seat in Jharkhand was postponed owing to the Ram Navami celebrations.
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In UP (voter turnout):Aligarh 60.04%,Baghpat 65.6%, Bijnor 65.38%, Bulandshahr 29.36%, Gautam Buddh Nagar 58.83%, Ghaziabad 60.2%, Hapur 63%, Meerut 62.68%, Muzaffarnagar 62.68%, Kairana 70.85%, Saharanpur 70.64%
In Delhi (voter turnout):Chandni Chowk 65.1%, North East Delhi 66.6%, East Delhi 64%, New Delhi 65.9%, North West Delhi 61.2%, West Delhi 64.4%, South Delhi 63%
Maharashtra saw 56% polling. In 2009, it saw 55.7% polling. Kerala saw 75% polling. Last time, it was 73.52% in the southern state. Jharkhand saw 58% polling. Last time, it was 50.9%. MP saw 66% polling. Last time, it was 53.66%. Jammu and Kashmir saw 65% polling. In 2009, the figure was 49%.
64% polling in Delhi. In 2009, it was 51.85%
55% polling in Bihar. In 2009, it was 41.64%
69% polling recorded in Haryana. In 2009, it was 67.5%.
67.78% turnout recorded in Muzaffarnagar in western UP. In 2009, it was 54.37%. UP saw 65% polling. Last time it was 51.3%.
69% turnout recorded in Chandigarh. In 2009, it was 65.5%.
Nearly 76% polling was recorded in six booths of three Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam where repolling was ordered due to voting machine malfunctioning. Jorhat registered 74 percent turnout, Dibrugarh 74.8 percent and Tezpur 74.6 percent.
Polling was suspended for for a short while in a polling station in Azad Nagar area of Hisar parliamentary constituency after supporters of INLD and HJC clashed. At least eight persons including HJC candidate Kuldeep Bishnoi were injured.
Naxals snatch 4 EVMs from a returning polling party in Malkangiri, Odisha.
Voting ends in 91 seats except a few seats in Kerala where timings were extended due to rains. Haryana recorded 67 per cent of voter turnout till 5.50 pm.
Riot hit Muzaffarnagar recorded 55 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm.
Delhi registered 60 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm. If the trend continues by closing time Delhi may even cross its 2013 Assembly voter turnout which was 65.6 per cent. Meanwhile Kerala registered 70 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm.
Voter turnout in Delhi Lok Sabha seats till 5pm is as follows-
Chandni Chowk 60%
New Delhi 59.2%
North East 63%
North West 59.3%
Till 5 pm, Gurgaon registered 60 per cent voter turnout. 60.1 per cent voter turnout was registered in Haryana till 5 pm. 57 per cent voting was recorded in Ghaziabad.
Polling was disrupted at booth no. 158 in Karnal parliamentary constituency in UP for over an hour after voters protested against a faulty EVM.Riots victims came out and voted for a change. Muzaffarnagar recorded votes upto 56 per cent till 3 pm.
According to latest reports, Kerela has registered 63.9 per cent votes till 4pm, Madhya Pradesh registers 52 per cent. 57.6 per cent of votes was recorded in Haryana till 4 pm.
Reports are suggesting that clashes have erupted between INLD and HJC workers.
Latest news inputs suggest that as of 3.30 pm Chandigarh registered 53 per cent votes, Kerala registered 57.3 percent votes, Haryana registered 56.3 per cent votes and Odisha registered 58 per cent votes.
According to reports, Delhi recorded 52 per cent of voting till 3 pm. Delhi voters surpassed the voting percentage of 2009 elections. Voting in 7 seats in Delhi as of 3 pm is as follows-
Chandni Chowk- 49%
New Delhi- 52%
North East- 55%
North west- 51%
According to reports following is the voting percentage for the 6 states till 3 pm-
Bihar - 37.44%
Haryana - 42.77%
J&K - 49.46 %
Kerala -54.24 %
MP - 42.30 % till 3.36 pm
Maharashtra - 30.88 %
According to reports, Gurgaon records 47.8 per cent of votes till 3 pm, while 54.24 per cent voter turnout in Kerala till 3 pm.
Reports also suggested that AAP party workers protested said that AAP votes could not be registered in Erankulam constituency. AAP workers alleged that the voting machine in booth number 118 at Kalamassery polytechnic college was not recording the votes being casted for AAP.
Former BJP leader Jaswant Singh today said that he had closed the doors on BJP. "I won't return to BJP," he told Times Now.
BJP leader Vijay Goel tweeted and urged people to go out and cast their votes with just a few hours left-
Encourage one and all to go out and vote. I am confident that Delhi will achieve a record breaking turnout and be an example for others.— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) April 10, 2014
According to latest reports, Naxals loot EVM from polling booth in Koraput in Odisha. Meanwhile in Bihar the voting percentage was nearly 32 per cent.
According to latest reports, Odisha recorded 45 per cent of voting till 1.45 pm. In Kerala the voter turn out was 51.1 per cent and in Madhya Pradesh the voter turnout was 35 per cent till 2 pm.
Low polling turn-around in Gurgaon in Haryana. Only 12.5% polling registered till noon. Meanwhile 30% of electorate cast votes till noon even as Naxals opened fire on security forces near 10 polling booths in Chhattisgarh's Bastar seat.
According to latest reports, Delhi recorded 40 per cent voter turnout till 1 pm while Kerala recorded 50 per cent till 1 pm. 30 per cent voting was recorded in Andaman and Nicobar Island, 28 per cent in Bihar and 42 per cent in Muzaffarnagar till 1 pm. Madhya Pradesh registered 27.58 per cent voting till 1 pm. 35 percent was recorded in Ghaziabad and Haryana respectively till 1 pm.
According to Times Now, 40 per cent of voters showed up in Kerala and 30 per cent turned out in Haryana till 12.30 pm. Odisha recorded 40 per cent voter turnout. 35.8 per cent people vote in Jharkhand till 1 pm.
According to reports, voters in Delhi are unhappy since they are not allowed to take their phones inside the polling booths. Meanwhile Delhi Congress chief Arvind Singh Lovely cast his vote along with his wife.
SP leader Azam KHan today again raked up a controversy after he made a statement. Azam said: "Vote for revenge against murderers of Muzaffarnagar.
According to reports following was the percentage of the states/ city till 12 pm-
Muzaffarnagar- 30.99 %
30.99 per cent voting recorded in Muzaffarnagar till 12 pm.
Varun Gandhi casts his vote from New Delhi.
Maoists open fire in Bastar. No casualties have been reported. Voting if of 20 per cent in Bastar.
Confident of surprising people in Haryana, AAP's candidate from Gurgaon, Yogendra Yadav said that the party is taking its first step in Haryana and will surprise everybody.
Meanwhile voting percentage in UP till 11 am is as follows- Muzaffarnagar 27.28%, Saharanpur 33.55%, Kairana 27.70%, Bijnor 26.41%, Ghaziabad 22.10%, Aligarh 21%, Meerut 25%.
In Madhya Pradesh the voting was recorded over 15 per cent till 11 am.
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh was allegedly attacked by some unknown people at a polling booth. Singh is contesting from Baghpat.
Delhi recorded 25 per cent of votes till 11 am. Meanwhile in Lucknow 25.24 per cent of polling was recorded till 11 am.
Priyanka Gandhi arrived in New Delhi to cast her vote along with her husband Robert Vadra.
Kerala registered 30 per cent voting till 11 am, while in Jharkhand the voter turnout was 12 per cent till 11 am. In Ghaziabad the voter turnout was 22 per cent till 11 am. Muzaffarnagar records 27.28 per cent voting till 11 am.
Congress candidate from Ghaziabad Raj Babbar was confident of his party's win. He denied Modi wave and said that there was no such thing.
Bihar records 17 per cent voter turnout till 10 am
BJP candidate from New Delhi constituency Meenakshi Lekhi casts her vote. She even urged the voters to come out and cast votes-
I have done my duty to my country by voting. Come out and vote for a resurgent India! #LekhiForNewDelhi— Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) April 10, 2014
BJP candidate from Chandigarh Kirron Kher today said that she was confident of the support that people had shown her party. "Everybody must vote for the right candidate. If you do not vote then you shouldn't grumble that the government didn't do anything for us," she said.
Meanwhile, 13 per cent voting was recorded from Haryana, till 10 am.
According to TV reports, 16 per cent of voting has been recorded in Kerala till 10 am.
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal arrived at Tilak Marg to cast his vote, while Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi arrived at Nirman Bhavan to cast his vote. Kejriwal urged the people to go out and cast their votes.Meanwhile Rahul told reporters that he was confident of Congress's victory.
BJP candidate from Ghaziabad VK Singh hits out at AAP's Shazia Ilmi, calls her 'immature' and 'anti-national.'
Congress's candidate from Chandigarh Pawan Kumar Bansal casts his vote. Dismissing the Railgate charges against him, he said that it was just the media obsession.
Union Minister Shashi Tharoor casts his vote in Trivandrum, says the voter turnout is quite impressive.
12 per cent voting has been recorded from Jammu and Kashmir till 9 am, while 7.5 per cent voting has been recorded in Gurgaon till 9 am. 11 per cent voting has been recorded from Chandigarh till 9.30 am. 16 per cent voting has been recorded in Kerala till 9 am.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi arrived at Nirman Bhavan to cast her vote. She was accompanied by Ajay Maken.
Dismissing the Modi wave, LS speaker and Congress candidate from Sasaram Meira Kumar said that she doesn't see any Modi wave in the country.
AAP leader Manish Sisodia today said that he hoped that people voted against corruption, against price rise. "I hope people come out and vote for the AAP," he said.
BJP candidate from Nagpur, Nitin Gadkari casts his vote, says BJP will win the elections this time.
Congress candidate from New Delhi constituency Ajay Maken cast his vote today and said that he was confident that the Congress party would win all the seven seats from Delhi. Maken however dismissed any Modi wave or BJP wave saying that people will vote for the Congress.
Kerala CM Oommen Chandy casts his vote from Kottyam.
According to some TV reports, polling has stopped at a booth in Gaya, Bihar after officials recover cane bomb in the premises.
Around 1.7 million voters will elect their Lok Sabha member from 2,271 polling stations in the four districts of Jammu, Samba, Poonch and Rajouri. Long queues are seen outside polling booths in Jammu.
Read more: Lok Sabha Election 2014: Jammu goes to polls
Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi was one of the early birds at the polling station in Delhi. She cast her vote and tweeted with a picture-
Cast my vote! Voted for Good Governance!--India's Future! Fulfilled my right and responsibility for India First! pic.twitter.com/QPl5xuBRWb— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) April 10, 2014
The first of the two-phased simultaneous elections to the 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats in the Maoist belt in Odisha began today.
People queued up at polling booths across Kerala to cast their vote for the state's 20 Lok Sabha constituencies.
The zeal to hit the voting button was evident across the state since Thursday morning as people turned up at the polling centres even before the start of polling time at 7 a.m.
In the 2009 general elections, state had recorded 73.37 percent voter turnout.
We must vote despite the Maoist violence, says a young voter in Jamui in Bihar. Jamui saw a landmine explosion ahead of the polling, killing two CRPF personnel. "Darke jeena bhi koi jeena hain?", asked another woman voter.
Delhi BJP chief Harshvardhan casts his vote from Krishna Nagar, says he is always dedicated to Delhi and wants to serve Delhi. "There is no question of quitting politics," he said. Harshvardhan tweeted a little later-
I humbly request all the voters to come out & press the kamal button to change the destiny of this country by making Modiji our PM !— Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) April 10, 2014
Every election is a challenge, Congress candidate from Chandni Chowk Kapil Sibal said, said the opposition is more concerned about advertising campaign on TV and not real issues.
Kurukshetra MP Naveen Jindal casts his vote.
"The AAP is set to take a giant leap in Haryana," AAP candidate from Gurgaon Yogendra Yadav said.
Polling underway in Chhattisgarh's Bastar Lok Sabha constituency, one of India's worst insurgency-hit regions.
Over 1.29 million voters will decide the fate of eight candidates in the constituency where roughly 80 percent of the total 1,797 polling booths have been declared "ultra sensitive".
Bastar, which is made up of six assembly segments, has more female voters at 665,290 than 633,681 male voters.
BJP's Chandrabhan Singh challenges 8-time MP from Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath.
Balloting underway in 10 seats in UP.
The fate of 146 candidates will be decided by over 17 million voters.
The constituencies are Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Kairana, Bijnor, Meerut, Bagpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Bulandshahr and Aligarh.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party are contesting for all 10 seats, while the Congress has fielded nominees in six and left four to its ally, Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi expected to cast her ballot in some time.
We must elect a stable government, said activist Kiran Bedi.
"Delhi had no alternative till now. It was either the Congress or the BJP," AAP candidate from New Delgi said.
"Let me and my family cast our votes first," BJP candidate from Chandni Chowk Harsh Vardhan tells reporters at the polling booth.
"I am confident of a good show. The AAP craze is down and people are returning to the Congress," Congress candidate from East Delhi Sandeep Dikshit said earlier.
Polling begins in six Lok Sabha constituencies in Maoist-affected districts of Bihar. Eighty candidates in fray, including 10 women: IANS
Prominent candidates include Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Bihar Assembly Speaker Uday Narain Choudhary, former Kerala governor and Delhi Police chief Nikhil Kumar, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan's son Chirag Paswan, and former union minister Kanti Singh: IANS
Key RSS figure Bhaiyaji Joshi casts his vote in Nagpur.
Polling underway in Maharashtra. Ten seats are going to the polling today and 1.22 crore people will cast their votes. Two-hundred and one candidates in fray in the state. Nagpur has 33 candidates in fray while Akola has seven.
RSS chief Mohan Bhgwat casts his vote in Nagpur.
Polling begins in Lakshadweep. The lone LS seat in Lakshadweep has 44 polling booths. Six contestants are in the fray, including sitting Congress MP, Hamdullah Sayeed, son of former Union minister, late P M Sayeed and P P Mohammed Faisal of NCP.
The other candidates are: Dr Abdul Muneer ((CPI-M), Koya Komalam (Samajwadi Party), M P Sayeed Mohammed Koya (BJP), C T Najumudeen (CPI).
An electorate of 49,821, including 25,342 men will cast their votes during the polling which began at 7 am. There are 101 service voters, 10 of them being women. The polling station in Bitra island has only 233 voters.
Over 12 million people will cast their vote in Delhi which will witness a triangular fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress: PTI
150 candidates in fray in Delhi, including 58 Independents.
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