Voting is over in 72 Lok Sabha seats across nine states in the fourth phase of the general elections. Among the highlights in the fourth phase were six constituencies in the financial capital, where top Bollywood actors, prominent faces from the corporate world among others cast their votes.
Uttar Pradesh: Over 57.58% voting recorded till 6 PM
Voter turnout for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh which went to the polls on Monday was recorded at 57.58 percent, slightly lower than in 2014.
According to the state's Chief Electoral Officer Venkateshwar Lu, 57.88 percent votes were cast when polling closed at 6 pm.
The final percentage in the fourth phase of polling is expected to go up as there were still people in queues at polling booths after closing time, and they will be allowed to cast their vote.
In 2014, the turnout was 58.39 percent over the same 13 constituencies.
Maharashtra: 55.97% polling in 4th phase; 55.11% in Mumbai
Billionaires and Bollywood stars lined up outside polling stations along with the common folks Monday in Mumbai, which recorded 55.11 percent voting, an improvement over the 2014 elections figure of 51.59 percent.
Polling was held in 17 seats in Maharashtra, including all the six constituencies in Mumbai, in the fourth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state.
The overall percentage in the 17 seats when polling ended at 6 pm was 55.97 percent, compared to 55.72 percent in these seats during the 2014 elections, poll officials said.
For all the 48 seats in Maharashtra, the percentage this time was 60.68, almost similar to that in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, which saw 60.32 percent polling, they said.
The 17 seats were spread across Mumbai metropolitan region and parts of northern and western Maharashtra, having 3.11 crore voters and 323 candidates.
India's financial capital witnessed serpentine queues at some places, in an indication of the enthusiasm among voters to elect lawmakers.
The state Congress made 30 complaints to the Election Commission about alleged glitches in EVMs across the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies. A majority of the complaints came in from Dhule and Nandurbar, the party said, prompting ally NCP's state chief Jayant Patil to claim that something was "fishy" in the two seats.
NCP president Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Union minister Smriti Irani were prominent among political leaders who voted in Mumbai. MNS president Raj Thackeray and his wife Sharmila waited for over an hour at a polling centre in Shivaji Park area to cast their votes.
Uddhav Thackeray, his wife Rashmi and son Aaditya cast their votes at a municipal school in Bandra East.
Many captains of industry traded their impeccable suits for informal attire as they lined up outside polling booths, many of them located inside civic body-run schools.
RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das was seen standing in a queue outside one such polling station, voting for the first time in Mumbai after shifting from New Delhi following his appointment as the central bank chief in December.
Prominent industrialists who voted were Mukesh and Anil Ambani, Anand Mahindra and Adi Godrej.
Several Bollywood stars, including Rekha, Madhuri Dixit, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor Khan, cast their vote in Mumbai. Aamir, Priyanka and Rekha were among the early voters.
Veteran singer Asha Bhosle, actors Hrithik Roshan, Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt and wife Manyata, writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, Gulzar, filmmaker Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra and Prem Chopra also voted.
Union minister Subhash Bhamre (Dhule) and Congress nominees Milind Deora (Mumbai-South) and Urmila Matondkar (Mumbai-North) were among the key candidates in the fray.
Deora was pitted against sitting Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant while Matondkar took on BJP MM Gopal Shetty.
The other prominent candidates included Congress' Priya Dutt from Mumbai-North Central and Sharad Pawar's grandnephew Parth Pawar from Maval seat.
India's richest man, Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and richest banker Uday Kotak recently endorsed Deora as their choice from Mumbai South.
A large number of first-time voters came out to cast their ballots in Mumbai, marking their formal participation in choosing the next government in the world's largest democracy.
Maharashtra has over 1.19 crore voters who fall in the age group of 18-19 years and were eligible to exercise their franchise in the Lok Sabha polls for the first time.
Balloons and colourful rangolis welcomed voters at some of the polling booths across the 17 constituencies.
As part of an initiative by the Election Commission of India to make polling a pleasant experience, certain booths were selected in every Lok Sabha constituency for decoration.
Police personnel posted at polling booths across Mumbai earned kudos for lending a helping hand to senior citizens and differently-abled people to cast their votes in the six Lok Sabha constituencies in the city and suburbs that went to polls.
Rajasthan: 67.13% voting till 6 PM despite scorching heat
A voter turnout of 67.13 percent was recorded till 6 pm in Rajasthan's 13 Lok Sabha seats which went to polls Monday, an election official said.
"Voter turnout in 13 Lok Sabha constituencies is 67.13 percent till 6 pm," according to the office of the chief electoral officer.
Tribal dominated seat of Banswara recorded the highest voting percentage at 72.34, followed by Barmer which recorded 72.21 percent voting.Chittorgarh and Jhalwar-Baran also recorded 71.29 and 70.95 percent voting.
Voters are still lined up in front of several polling booths and the final figure will be known later.
Total voter turnout in the 2014 general election was 63.11 percent.
Bihar: 58.92 percent voter turnout in 5 Lok sabha seats
A total of 58.92 percent of the 87.74 lakh electorate cast their votes in five Lok Sabha constituencies in the fourth phase of polling in Bihar on Monday, an EC official said.
The voters exercised their franchise on 8,834 polling stations to decide the fate of 66 candidates. The polling percentage of the five constituencies could increase once the final figures reach the state election office here, the official said.
"A total of 58.92 percent voting was recorded in five Lok Sabha constituencies of Darbhanga, Ujiarpur, Samastipur, Begusarai and Munger. It was around 2.74 per cent higher in these five seats compared to 2014 general elections," Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) H R Srinivasa told reporters here.
Begusarai witnessed the highest turnout of 61.27 percent, while Samastipur recorded 60.80 percent, Ujiarpur 60.56 percent, Darbhanga 56.68 percent and Munger 55.38 percent, Srinivasa said.
"Polling passed off peacefully with no incidents of any violence barring three incidents of poll disturbances at four polling booths at different places in Munger Lok Sabha constituency," the CEO said.
Police had to fire in the air to disperse a crowd when some unsocial elements tried to capture polling station number 5 at Oli village in Lakhisarai district, which falls under Munger Lok sabha seat, he said adding that the police foiled the bid and voting took place thereafter.
In another incident, one person identified as Gopi Kumar was detained for trying to create disturbances at polling station number 45 in Nirpur village in Patna district, but the local people pelted stones at police and took Gopi Kumar with them.
There was a clash between police and villagers at polling station number 221 and 223 at Rampur upgraded school in Suryagraha in Lakhisarai district when the villagers tried to disturb the booths, CEO said adding that police had to resort to lathi-charge when villagers hurled stones on them.
With regard to an attack on journalist Shyam Sundar Susobhit, the CEO said he had received a complaint from the journalist that some people at polling station number 333 and 334 at Ghonghsa village in Lakahisarai district attacked him while he was discharging his duty.
Both Lakhisarai District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police had reached to the journalist on the spot but the journalist has not lodged an FIR so far in this regard, he said adding that police will lodge FIR if the journalist does not lodge the same.
Poll boycott was reported from polling station number 221 in Mohiuddinagar under Ujiarpur Lok Sabha seat due to lack of developmental work in the area, an official said.
A total of 60 people were arrested as a preventive measure during Monday's polling in the state, Srinivasa said.
The Election Commission has received 133 poll-related complaints from five Lok Sabha constituencies, he said and added that the complaints were basically of bogus voting, EVM malfunctioning, polling withheld, etc - which were timely redressed except six complaints.
One helicopter and air ambulance were pressed into service in order to strengthen the monitoring of polling in the constituencies and also to instill a confidence among voters, the CEO said adding that an air ambulance was also pressed into service to deal with any exigency.
Madhya Pradesh: 66 % polling till 6 PM
An average 66.09 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 6 pm across six Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh that went to polls Monday, an official said.
A total of 1.05 crore people were eligible to vote for the six seats. The polling began at 7 am.
"An average 66.09 per cent turnout was recorded till 6 pm. Those in queue (at 6pm) will be allowed to vote and the final figure will be released later," an election official said.
Voting figures till 6 pm were as follows: Sidhi- 56.82 per cent, Shahdol- 66.89 per cent, Jabalpur- 64.05 per cent, Mandla 67.09 per cent, Balaghat 70.13 per cent and Chhindwara- 72.95 per cent.
The corresponding figures till 5pm were as follows: Sidhi- 47.76 per cent, Shahdol- 64.89 per cent, Jabalpur- 64.05 per cent, Mandla 64.54 per cent, Balaghat 66.88 per cent and Chhindwara- 71.71 per cent.
An estimated 63.77 per cent of the 45.26 lakh electorate cast their votes on Monday in three Lok Sabha constituencies in Jharkhand, which passed off
Jharkhand: 63.77% polling recorded in J'khand
peacefully, an official said.
Lohardaga (ST), Palamu (SC) and Chatra constituencies are among the states 14 Lok Sabha constituencies, which went to the polls on Monday.
Prominent among those in the fray are Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and BJP's Lohardaga candidate Sudarshan Bhagat, who is pitted against Congress MLA and Mahagathbandhan' candidate Sukhdeo Bhagat.
"An estimated 63.77 per cent polling was recorded by 5 pm and it will increase," Chief Electoral Officer L Khiangte said at a press conference here after the end of the polling.
The polling began at 7 am and ended at 4 pm. As per the instruction of the Election Commission voters, who entered polling stations before the scheduled time would be allowed to vote.
Violence in West Bengal, Odisha
West Bengal recorded a high turnout at 76.66 in the eight seats though clashes broke out between supporters of TMC and BJP in Nanoor, Rampurhat, Nalhati and Suri areas of Birbhum seat, leaving several people injured.
In Barabani, BJP candidate from Asansol and Union minister Babul Supriyo's vehicle was vandalised allegedly by TMC workers outside a polling station while in Dubrajpur area central security forces personnel reportedly opened fire in the air to disperse irate people who attacked them when they were barred from entering the booths with mobile phones.
An FIR was registered against Supriyo for allegedly getting into an argument with polling officials, an election official said. The ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP accused each other of intimidating voters in the state, which has seen violence in all previous three phases despite stepped up central forces deployment.
According to a senior police officer, violence was reported from several places in six parliamentary seats in Odisha, where the turnout was 64.05 percent.
A Congress worker was stabbed to death in Balikuda-Erasama area of Jagatsinghpur seat while he was returning from a polling booth. The victim, Lachman Behera, had recently quit the BJD to join the Congress, the official said.
Clashes between supporters of the ruling BJD and the BJP were reported from Jajpur Kendrapara and Balasore Lok Sabha seats amid allegations poll rigging.Technical glitches in EVMs delayed polling in 60 booths, but it resumed after the snags were rectified.