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Lok Sabha Elections: 63% voter turnout till 6pm in Uttar Pradesh, 60% in Telangana, 59.46% in Assam

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Lok Sabha elections updates: Over 14.21 crore voters will decide the fate of 1,279 candidates in 91 constituencies across India as voting in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections begins on Thursday. People in the Northeastern states will kick-off the world’s largest election process. More than 1.70 lakh polling booths set up across 20 states and Union Territories. Here are the latest updates and development on the 2019 general elections:

Lok Sabha Elections: 63% voter turnout till 6pm in Uttar Pradesh, 60% in Telangana, 59.46% in Assam
  • Polling could not take place at four polling stations of Gadchiroli as the polling teams could not reach there. These are naxal-affected areas. EC will go for re-poll in these four polling stations, says Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra.

  • Voters surprised, officials comfortable in 'Pink booths' ## Voters surprised, officials comfortable in 'Pink booths'

    People who voted in the Government Municipality Girls High School here on Thursday were in for a pleasant surprise to find only women polling personnel in the booth. This is one of the five all-woman booths were set up in Odisha's Ganjam district which went to polls on Thursday, a senior officer said here. In the all-woman booths, termed 'Pink booths', all the polling officials were women, though the security personnel were men. "I was surprised to find that all the polling personnel were women... including the presiding officer. I had never experienced that," a woman voter, who refused to be identified, said after exercising her franchise.

  • PM Modi, Amit Shah pitch for vexed CAB, NRC on campaign trail in Assam and Bengal ## PM Modi, Amit Shah pitch for vexed CAB, NRC on campaign trail in Assam and Bengal

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday raked up the hotly disputed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the NRC, as they went about stumping in Assam and West Bengal amid the intensifying cut and thrust of a bitter electoral debate. Reservations voiced by even the BJP's allies in the North-East notwithstanding, Modi told election rallies in Assam's Silchar and Kendukona that his party was committed to passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a legislation set to expire with the term of the current Lok Sabha early June. However, in an effort to assuage the concerns of the people of the region and Assam, where there were massive protests against the bill, Modi said a fresh legislation will be brought only after consulting all sections of society. "We are committed to bringing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), but we will do it in consultation with all sections of the people in the state (Assam) and after taking their views into account," he said at an election rally in Silchar.

  • Smriti Irani has assets over Rs 4.71 crore ## Smriti Irani has assets over Rs 4.71 crore

    Union minister and BJP's candidate for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat Smriti Irani Thursday declared assets worth over Rs 4.71 crore.In her affidavit, Irani has declared movable property worth over Rs 1.75 crore. Her immovable assets are worth about Rs 2.96 crore, which include an agricultural land valued at over Rs 1.45 crore and a residential building of Rs 1.50 crore. In the movable category, Irani has cash in hand till March 31 totalling about Rs 6.24 lakh besides over Rs 89 lakh in bank accounts.She also has over Rs 18 lakh in NSS and postal savings insurance and another Rs 1.05 lakh in other investments.Irani, who is contesting against Congress president Rahul Gandhi, has vehicles valued at Rs 13.14 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 21 lakh.There is no FIR pending against her and she has not taken any loan.
     

  • "Duniya kahan jaa rahi hai, China samundar ke niche rail line bichaa raha hai, America mangal grah pe jaa kar jivan khoj raha hai, Russia robotic army bana raha hai, aur aap chowkidaar bana rahe ho wo bhi chor," said Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in Raipur.

  • BJP ally Mete to support NCP candidate in Beed against Munde ## BJP ally Mete to support NCP candidate in Beed against Munde

    Maratha leader and NDA ally Vinayak Mete would support the NCP's Bajrang Sonawane against BJP MP Pritam Munde in Beed Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra, a source close to him said. Mete was elected to the Legislative Council with BJP's support. The BJP-led government also appointed him as chairman of a committee formed to oversee construction of a memorial of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj off Mumbai coast. Mete, who hails from Beed district, has often criticised Pritam Munde and her elder sister Pankaja, a cabinet minister in the state government. "The BJP MP meted out humiliating treatment to us in the last four-five years. My workers asked me if we should tolerate it. I said they should not, and take appropriate decision," Mete told PTI.

  • Modi government does not value farmers' hard work, says Sharad Pawar ## Modi government does not value farmers' hard work, says Sharad Pawar

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar alleged on Thursday that the BJP-led Union government does not value the hard work put in by farmers of the country. Pawar addressed a rally for NCP candidate from Nashik Lok Sabha seat, Sameer Bhujbal, here. "This government does not value the hard work put in by farmers. It does not think about the future of farmers' children. "The BJP government did not give opportunity to farmers to lead a respectable life. Enough of this government now," Pawar said. The former Union agriculture minister said the Manmohan Singh government gave priority to farmers' welfare, unlike the Modi dispensation. Pawar also hit out at Modi for `claiming credit' for the air strike on terror camps at Balakot in Pakistan."This government has been unable to ensure the release of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Where has the 56-inch chest gone?" asked Pawar. Jadhav, a former Navy officer who hails from Maharashtra, has been on death row in Pakistan for alleged espionage.

  • Rahul Gandhi has no time for Amethi, says Yogi Adityanath ## Rahul Gandhi has no time for Amethi, says Yogi Adityanath

    Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday alleged that the Congress president had "no time" for his parliamentary constituency Amethi.Addressing an election meeting here, Adityanath said, Union minister Smriti Irani, who filed nomination papers from Amethi on Thursday, will ensure "all-round" progress of the constituency."Rahul Gandhi does not have time for Amethi. I had sought proposals for development from him a number of times, but he did not give (any proposal). Whenever Smriti Irani used to meet me, she talked about the development of Amethi and facilities being given to its people," he said."I am confident that if 'behen' (sister) Smriti Irani is elected as the Lok Sabha MP from here, there will be all-round development of Amethi," he added.Irani has pitted herself against Congress chief who has won thrice from the Lok Sabha constituency regarded as Gandhi family pocket borough.She filed the nomination after a road show, which followed a similar route taken by the one organised by the Congress when Rahul Gandhi submitted his own  papers here on Wednesday.Adityanath accompanied her in a show of strength in the constituency, which has been nursed by the Union textiles minister even after she was defeated by Gandhi last time.

  • Sacrifice of Mandavi, others won't be in vain, says Rajnath Singh ## Sacrifice of Mandavi, others won't be in vain, says Rajnath Singh

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that the sacrifice of BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi and the four policemen who were killed in a Naxal attack will not go in vain, and the perpetrators will be punished. Addressing an election rally at Basna in Mahasamund Lok Sabha constituency of Chhattisgarh, Singh also slammed the Congress for promising to repeal the sedition law. Mandavi and four others were killed in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district Tuesday when the Naxals blew up their vehicle. "I am pained by the martyrdom of MLA Bheema Mandavi and jawans. Their sacrifice will not go in vain. The perpetrators will not be forgiven," Singh said. "Change can be brought in Naxal-affected areas through democratic ways, not through guns. The Naxals have now weakened in the country. The Centre stands with the state in its fight against the Naxals," he said.

  • Sacrifice of Mandavi, others won't be in vain, says Rajnath Singh ## Sacrifice of Mandavi, others won't be in vain, says Rajnath Singh

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that the sacrifice of BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi and the four policemen who were killed in a Naxal attack will not go in vain, and the perpetrators will be punished. Addressing an election rally at Basna in Mahasamund Lok Sabha constituency of Chhattisgarh, Singh also slammed the Congress for promising to repeal the sedition law. Mandavi and four others were killed in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district Tuesday when the Naxals blew up their vehicle. "I am pained by the martyrdom of MLA Bheema Mandavi and jawans. Their sacrifice will not go in vain. The perpetrators will not be forgiven," Singh said. "Change can be brought in Naxal-affected areas through democratic ways, not through guns. The Naxals have now weakened in the country. The Centre stands with the state in its fight against the Naxals," he said.

  • India's Independence, Constitution under threat, says Mamata Banerjee ## India's Independence, Constitution under threat, says Mamata Banerjee

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday held the NDA governmentresponsible for the Pulwama blast, claiming that the BJP-led dispensation did not take any step to thwart the attack despite having specific intelligence inputs. Addressing a public meeting at Chauk Bazaar area here, Banerjee also claimed that India's Independence and its Constitution were under threat in BJP's rule. "You (Modi) had information about the Pulwama blast. But you (Modi) failed to contain the attack. You (Modi) are responsible for the entire episode. Terrorism has increased 260 per cent in the last five years under the BJP government. "India's Independence and its Constitution have also come under threat. People have forgotten the principles of Gandhiji, Netaji and Vivekananda," she stated. Forty CRPF jawans were killed in a terrorist attack in Pulwama area of Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo asserted that the saffron party was trying to "take advantage of the political turmoil in Darjeeling".

  • BJP committed to passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill ## BJP committed to passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the BJP is committed to passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill once the NDA returns to power after the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. The bill will be amended after proper consultation with all sections of the society and ensuring safety of the Assamese community, Modi told a poll rally here, his second of the day in Assam. Protection to Assamese language, culture and identity will be ensured while considering the Bill again, he assured. The Bill had been passed by the Lok Sabha by the Modi government on January 8 but was not introduced in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill is now set to lapse on June 3. Slamming the Congress, he said it did not think about the minorities in Pakistan while dividing the country during Independence.

  • We will scrap Article 370 if voted to power again, says BJP chief Amit Shah##We will scrap Article 370 if voted to power again, says BJP chief Amit Shah

    "We will remove Article 370 from Kashmir after forming the next BJP government at the Centre," Shah told an election rally here in Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency where the party has fielded industrialist Raju Singh Bisht. READ MORE

  • West Bengal records 70% voting till 3pm, Triupra registers 69%##West Bengal records 70% voting till 3pm, Triupra registers 69%

    Lok Sabha Elections: 63% voter turnout till 6pm in Uttar Pradesh, 60% in Telangana, 59.46% in Assam
  • Modi charges Congress with 'Tughlaq Road Chunav Ghotala'##Modi charges Congress with 'Tughlaq Road Chunav Ghotala'


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday slammed the Congress for indulging in corruption and said a new scam "Tughlaq Road Chunav Ghotala" by it has come to the fore. In the new scam crores of rupees meant for nutrition of poor children and expectant mothers have been seized even even as old cases of corruption against it are still on, he told an rally here. The "naamdari parivar" (famed family) is engaged in corruption and has made it a way a life for which its members are now on bail, but they call the "chowkidar a chor", he said. "There is a Tughlaq Road in Delhi and there is a bungalow there where a big leader lives. During the last few days, a game involving several crores of rupees is being played. Sack loads of currency notes are being recovered from those people who are connected with this bungalow," he said. "This is the Tughlaq Road Chunav Ghotala and Congress indulges in corruption to win elections ... If they do not loot, how will they fight elections?

  • General Elections 2019 Trivia: The party hoppers of 2019##General Elections 2019 Trivia: The party hoppers of 2019


    Congress leaders Tom Vadakkan from Kerala, Biju Janata Dal leaders Baijayant Panda and Damodar Rout, Actress-turned-politician Jaya Prada have now become part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). At the same time Shatrughan Sinha, Kirti Azad from Bihar have abandoned the BJP party and have become part of the Congress.

    Click here to take a look at the party hoppers of 2019.

  • BJP unlikely to repeat 2014 show in Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi expects Congress revival##BJP unlikely to repeat 2014 show in Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi expects Congress revival


    The large margins that the BJP candidates secured in the 2014 general elections – over 3 lakh votes in 24 of the 26 seats the party won – in 2014, however, turned out to be a flash in the pan. The elections to the State Assembly in 2017 saw the Congress party reviving and the BJP having to scramble. READ MORE

  • 46.13% voting recorded in Maharashtra's 7 parliamentary constituencies##46.13% voting recorded in Maharashtra's 7 parliamentary constituencies

  • SPG reviews video clipping showing green light on Rahul Gandhi, says no security implication##SPG reviews video clipping showing green light on Rahul Gandhi, says no security implication

    Director (SPG) has informed MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) that they have gone through the Video Clipping of the incident very closely. The “green light” shown in the clipping was found to be that of a mobile phone used by the AICC photographer, who was videographing the impromptu press interaction of Rahul Gandhi near the collectorate at Amethi.  Director (SPG) has also informed MHA that this position was conveyed to the personal staff of Rahul Gandhi. Director (SPG) has confirmed that there was no security implication whatsoever. "

  • Devenddra Fadnavis casts vote in Nagpur##Devendra Fadnavis casts vote in Nagpur

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his wife Amruta Fadnavis cast their vote at a polling station in Nagpur earlier today. 

  • Lok Sabha Elections: 63% voter turnout till 6pm in Uttar Pradesh, 60% in Telangana, 59.46% in Assam
  • Voter turnout till 3 pm in Uttar Pradesh is 50.86%##Voter turnout till 3 pm in Uttar Pradesh is 50.86%

  • India’s Independence, Constitution under threat, says Mamata Banerjee##India’s Independence, Constitution under threat, says Mamata Banerjee

    West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Thursday claimed that India's Independence and its Constitution were under threat in BJP regime. Addressing a public meeting at Chauk Bazaar area here, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said the saffron party was trying to "take advantage of the political turmoil in the Darjeeling". 

    "They (BJP) ignite fire in Darjeeling during polls. People in Delhi (BJP) instigate problems here the more the problems, the better are the party's chances of taking advantage of the situation. BJP does not want any progress in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik," Banerjee said.

  • Approved logo, but not NaMo TV content as it contained PM Modi's old speeches: Delhi poll body to Election Commission##Approved logo, but not NaMo TV content as it contained PM Modi's old speeches: Delhi poll body to Election Commission


    Delhi Chief Electoral office had approved the logo of NaMo TV, which the BJP said is a part of NaMo app owned by it, but did not "certify" the content since it contained old speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials said. The Election Commission on Tuesday had asked the CEO's office to inform whether the political contents were at anytime cleared by the certification committee. The BJP has said that NaMo TV is part of NaMo app, which is a digital property owned and run by it, according to the party's IT Cell head Amit Malviya. In its reply to the EC, the CEO office said they had received a request from the BJP to pre-certify the content. "The Delhi poll body approved the logo of NaMo TV but the content that was submitted for certification had old speeches of the prime minister and it was felt that since they have already been aired, they did not require pre-certification," an official, privy to the development, said. The reply of the Delhi CEO office is centred around these points, he said, adding the decision on NaMo TV by the EC is expected on Thursday. (PTI)

  • Lok Sabha election phase 1 map##Lok Sabha election phase 1 map

    Lok Sabha Elections: 63% voter turnout till 6pm in Uttar Pradesh, 60% in Telangana, 59.46% in Assam
  • Arunachal Pradesh: Voting turnout over 40% at 1 PM##Arunachal Pradesh: Voting turnout over 40% at 1 PM

    The voter turnout in the state was 40.34 per cent till 1pm, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Kangki Darang said. Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) B D Mishra and his wife Neelam Mishra exercised their franchise at a polling station at Government Secondary School here. Appreciating the people for having turned up to take part in the democratic process, he said enthusiastic participation of the voters reflects their awareness and enthusiasm.

    Khandu cast his vote at a polling station at Government Higher Secondary School at Momba in Tawang district, bordering China.

    There were reports of EVMs developing technical snags from several districts but the election authorities replaced the machines immediately and voting was not disturbed, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Liken Koyu said.

    Voting is underway in 57 assembly seats and two Lok Sabha constituencies.

  • Arunachal Pradesh: Three injured in clashes between two rival parties##Arunachal Pradesh: Three injured in clashes between two rival parties

    At least three persons were seriously injured in a clash between supporters of two rival political parties under Tali assembly constituency in Kurung Kumey district of Arunachal Pradesh during polling on Thursday, police said.

    Polling personnel were not among the injured and voting was underway, an election official said. The injured were evacuated by a chopper requisitioned by the district administration, Director General of Police (DGP) S B K Singh said.

  • World's smallest woman votes in Nagpur##World's smallest woman votes in Nagpur

    Heads turned when the world's tiniest woman, actress and Guinness World Record holder Jyoti Amge, who stands just 63 cm tall, turned up to vote at a polling station in Nagpur on Thursday. The 25-year-old woman at 2 feet, 1 inch, patiently stood in the queue and exercised her franchise.

    "I request all people to vote. Please vote first and then go to complete all your other works," Amge told the media as she displayed her marked finger.

    Amge, a celeb cook and entrepreneur, has appeared in Bigg Boss 6, acted in American and Italian television series and has her own statue in the Celebrity Wax Museum, Lonavala (Pune). (IANS)

    Lok Sabha Elections: 63% voter turnout till 6pm in Uttar Pradesh, 60% in Telangana, 59.46% in Assam