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Polling in seventh phase ends, exit polls to follow

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | Edited by : INDRASHISH MITRA
Published May 19, 2019, 7:12 am IST
Updated May 19, 2019, 7:22 pm IST
Voting concludes in the seventh poll bringing the election exercise to an end; results of exit polls to be out soon.
Visuals from booth no. 152 and 153 of Dumka parliamentary constituency in Jharkhand.
 Visuals from booth no. 152 and 153 of Dumka parliamentary constituency in Jharkhand.

New Delhi: The seven-phase poll process for 2019 Lok Sabha Elections will come to an end with voting in 59 parliamentary constituencies across 7 states and 1 Union Territory on Sunday. More than two months of official campaigning for the 2019 general elections ended on Friday.

Over 10 crore voters 918 candidates in fray, 112993 polling stations. By this evening, except Vellore in Tamil Nadu, elections would be over in all constituencies. Vellore polls cancelled following excess use of money power.

 

Fresh date to be announced.

In the last six phases, an average of 66.88 per cent voters exercised their franchise. The whole elections were spread over 38 days.

READ: Stage set for last phase of Lok Sabha polls on Sunday

Here are the updates:

6:05 pm: Voting recorded till 6 pm: Bihar-49.92%, Himachal Pradesh- 66.18%, Madhya Pradesh-69.38%, Punjab-58.81%, Uttar Pradesh-54.37%, West Bengal- 73.05%, Jharkhand-70.5%, Chandigarh-63.57%.

5:40 pm: Election Commission concludes polling in 542 constituencies across the country

5:23 pm: Kolkata: Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu left from Sonia Gandhi's residence after meeting her.

5:12 pm: BJP writes to the Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal alleging violent incidents in nine constituencies.

4:58 pm: Kolkata: BJP alleges a special mark was put on TMC's symbol in the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) to misguide illiterate & semi-literate voters.

4:47 pm: Solan: A specially abled woman was carried to a polling station in Nalagarh by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Solan.

4:44 pm: Nahan: A differently abled voter in Himachal Pradesh reached polling booth in a palanquin arranged by the ELection Commission.

4:40 pm: Voting recorded till 4:30 pm: Bihar 46.66%, Himachal Pradesh 56.55%, Madhya Pradesh 59.38%, Punjab 48.74%, Uttar Pradesh 46.58%, West Bengal 63.66%, Jharkhand 64.81%, Chandigarh 51.18%.

4:27 pm: Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee accuses the BJP and CRPF for torturing the state of West Bengal after casting her vote.

4:27 pm: Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee casts her vote in Kolkata.

4:10 pm: Kinnaur: 1st voter of Independent India cast his vote in Kalpa, Kinnaur. He had cast his first vote in 1951 general elections.

3:55 pm: Arrah: Polling official attacked in Bihar's Arrah as tried to stop bogus voting.

3:50pm: Kolkata: Former Indian cricket team Captain Sourav Ganguly cast his vote at a polling booth in Barisha Janakalyan Vidyapith earlier today.

3:45pm: People of Bhil tribe in Dhal village turn out in large numbers to vote for the last phase of the elections in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh.

3:35pm: 51.95pc voter turnout recorded till 3 pm: Bihar-46.66pc, Himachal Pradesh- 49.43pc, Madhya Pradesh-57.27pc, Punjab-48.18pc, Uttar Pradesh-46.07pc, West Bengal- 63.58%pc, Jharkhand-64.81pc, Chandigarh-50.24pc.

3:30pm: TDP writes to EC alleging violation of MCC by PM Modi. Letter states, "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."

3:20pm: Bathinda: One injured following clashes in two groups outside polling booth number 122 in Talwandi Sabo; police say, "poll violence took place here, one person opened fire. We've recorded statements and registered a case. Polling has resumed".

3:03pm: Visuals from the world's highest polling station at Tashigang in Lahaul-Spiti, a part of Mandi Parliamentary constituency. The polling station is located at an altitude of 15, 256 feet above sea level.

2:51pm: Polling was stopped at booth number 101 & 102 in Sarkuna village of Paliganj after a clash broke out between two groups.

2:50pm: Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP from Barasat & candidate from the same constituency, argues with a security personnel at a polling booth in Barasat, West Bengal.

2:35pm: West Bengal: TMC's Candidate from Basirhat, Nusrat Jahan greets people after casting her vote in the constituency in West Bengal.

2:31pm: Saba & Farah, the conjoined sisters residing in Patna cast their vote as separate individuals with independent voting rights for the first time.

2:30pm: 37 visually-impaired women cast their votes at a polling booth in Green Field school.

2:20pm: TMC leader Madan Mitra, party's candidate for the bypoll to Bhatpara Assembly seat, argues with a security personnel at a polling booth in the assembly constituency.

1:35pm: Varanasi: Congress's Ajay Rai who is contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the parliamentary constituency of Varanasi, said after casting his vote at a polling booth here earlier today, "work is being carried out in Varanasi on a temporary basis, nothing is permanent."

1:24pm: 39.85pm voter turnout recorded till 1 pm: Bihar-36.20pc, Himachal Pradesh- 34.47pc, Madhya Pradesh-43.89pc, Punjab-36.66pc, Uttar Pradesh-36.37pc, West Bengal- 47.55pc, Jharkhand-52.89pc, Chandigarh-35.60pc.

1:18pm: Senior BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi casts his vote at a polling booth in Varanasi.

1:12pm: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh casts his vote at polling booth no. 89 in Patiala.

1:00pm: Tej Pratap Yadav in Patna, Bihar: 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.

12:58pm: Congress's candidate from Patna Sahib Lok Sabha Constituency, Shatrughan Sinha casts his vote at polling booth no.339 in St. Severin's School, Kadam Kuan, Patna.

12:54pm: Tej Pratap Yadav's personal security guards in Patna beat a camera person after he allegedly broke the windscreen of Yadav's car. Tej Pratap Yadav was leaving after casting his vote. Yadav has filed an FIR in the incident.

12:33pm: A bridegroom along with his family casts his vote at polling booth number 8 in Manali parliamentary constituency.

12:27pm: BJP candidate for Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha constituency, Nilanjan Roy's car vandalised in Dongaria area of the constituency.

12:03pm: Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, cast their votes at booth number-134 in Amritsar.

11:55am: Locals boycott elections at booth number-299 in Chandora village, Rajgir Block of Nalanda District say, 'No roads, No votes.' EVM and Block Development Officer's car vandalised.

11:45am: Rabri Devi on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's statement on BJP Candidate from Bhopal, Pragya Thakur, "Sarkar se alag ho jana chahiye tha, Itni taqleef hai Pragya Thakur se to istifa de ke alag hojana chahiye unko."

11:43am: BJP MP candidate Anupam Hazra in Jadavpur, "TMC goons have beaten up a BJP mandal president, a driver&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 people to vote."

11:20am: BJP MP candidate Anupam Hazra at polling booth number 150/137 in Jadavpur: 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.

11:11am: 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.

11:05am: Lok Sabha Speaker and BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan casts her vote at a polling booth in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

11:02am: BJP MP Anurag Thakur and BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal after casting their vote in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

10:58am: Rahul Sinha, the BJP candidate from Kolkata North, was attacked near BR Ambedkar School under Entally Assembly. A media person was also injured and a BJP worker was also injured in the attack, according to Sinha.

10:46am: Voters hold protest outside polling station number 189 in Basirhat, allege 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."

10:24am: Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur casts his vote at polling station number 36 in Mandi district.

10:20am: Trinamool Congress writes to EC, states, 'Election campaign for last phase of polling for Lok Sabha polls is over, surprisingly Narendra Modi's Kedarnath Yatra is being widely covered by the media for the last 2 days. This is a gross violation of model code of conduct.' ANI

TMC letter to ECTMC letter to EC

READ: Wide-scale coverage of Modi's Kedarnath visit violates MCC: TMC to EC

10:14am: Mohammed Salim, CPI (Marxist) candidate from Raiganj Parliamentary constituency, casts his vote at a polling booth in St. Thomas' Girls School, Kolkata.

10:00am: A 103-year-old woman has cast her vote in Sulur for by-election to the Sulur assembly constituency, in Tamil Nadu.

9:44am: Congress MP Candidate from Chandigarh, Pawan Kumar Bansal casts his vote at booth no 228, Government Model High School, Sector 28 C.

9:42am: Former Union Minister and Congress's candidate from Anandpur Sahib parliamentary constituency, Manish Tewari cast his vote at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, Punjab.

9:32am: A specially-abled woman, Sonu Mali casts her vote at polling booth no. 316 in Nanda Nagar, Indore.

9:25am: Voter turnout recorded till 9 am: Bihar-10.65pc, Himachal Pradesh- 0.87pc, Madhya Pradesh-7.16pc, Punjab-4.64pc, Uttar Pradesh-5.97pc, West Bengal- 10.54pc, Jharkhand-13.19pc, Chandigarh-10.40pc.

9:13am: BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya casts his vote at polling booth number 316 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

9:08am: Union Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad casts his vote at booth no. 77 in Patna Women's College.

8:55am: Union Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad arrives to cast his vote at booth no. 77 in Patna Women's College.

READ: Confident of my victory, people want to make Modiji PM: Ravi Shankar Prasad

8:20am: CM Mamata Banerjee's nephew & TMC leader, Abhishek Banerjee casts his vote at polling booth no. 208 in South Kolkata Parliamentary Constituency.

8:10am: BJP Lok Sabha candidate from South Kolkata parliamentary constituency, CK Bose casts his vote at a polling booth in City College, in Kolkata.

8:05am: Kolkata North BJP candidate Rahul Sinha casts his vote at polling booth in Bijoygarh Shikshaniketan For Girls, in Jadavpur.

8:00am: Voting underway for by-election to the Sulur assembly constituency, in Tamil Nadu.

7:54am: Bihar: EVM malfunction reported at booth no.6 in Pant Nagar of Patna Sahib (Lok Sabha constituency).

7:52am: Voting began Sunday morning for the bypoll to the Panaji assembly constituency, which was necessitated due to the death of former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar in March.

7:44am: Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi casts his vote at booth number 49 in Patna.

7:40am: Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar: Elections should not be held over such a long duration, there was a long gap between each phase of voting. I will write to leaders of all parties to build a consensus on this.

7:26am: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar casts his vote at polling booth number 326 at a school in Raj Bhawan, Patna.

7:24am: Polling began Sunday morning in all 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab and the lone Chandigarh constituency in the seventh and final phase of general elections, with prominent faces including SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Puri in the fray.

7:18am: Residents of Tara Jivanpur village in Chandauli allege ink was forcefully applied to their fingers & they were given Rs 500 on Saturday by 3 men of their village. Say, "They were from BJP & asked us if we'll vote for the party. They told us now you can't vote. Don't tell anyone."

7:07am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath exercises his franchise at polling booth no. 246 in Gorakhpur.

7:00am: Voting begins.

Keep yourself updated on Lok Sabha Elections 2019 with our round-the-clock coverage -- breaking news, updates, analyses et all. Happy reading.

With inputs from PTI and ANI.

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