Votes were to be held in 97 seats, but Vellore and Triputa East were kept out due to corruption, security concerns.
Mumbai: Thirteen states and Union Territories go to polls in the ongoing Lok Sabha election’s second phase on Thursday, April 11.
Candidates in 95 constituencies will fight it out today. The result will be out on May 23. Originally, polls were to be held in 97 constituencies. But polls were differed in two -- Vellore will not see polls due to corruption charges, neither will Tripura East because of security concerns.
Polling takes place in Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Thirty eight out of 39 Lok Sabha seats and 18 Assembly seats are going to polls in Tamil Nadu.
Here are updates:
04:50 pm: Voter turnout till 3 pm in Tamil Nadu is 52.02 per cent
04:35 pm: Karnataka: 107-year-old Padma awardee, Saalumarada Thimmakka casts her vote for the Bangalore Rural parliamentary constituency.
03:30 pm: Voters queue up to cast their votes at a polling booth in Assam's Nagaon.
— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019
03:14 pm: Odisha: A 95-year-old man collapsed and later died while waiting for his turn to vote, at a polling booth in Ganjam. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.
03:05 pm: Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and his family cast their vote for the Rajnandgaon parliamentary constituency.
02:40 pm: 'Jayasheela Poojaari Ulthuru of Kundapura came to the polling booth in an ambulance to cast his vote. He had met with an accident 20 days ago was confined to bed for next 3 months. He came in an ambulance, got on to the stretcher and voted,' tweeted National Joint General Secretary (Org), BJP, B L Santhosh.
He is Jayasheela Poojaari Ulthuru of Kundapura .... Had met with an accident 20 days ago .... Confined to bed for next 3 months .... He came in an Ambulance , got onto stretcher & voted ... @BJP4Karnataka @BJP4India @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/3w3wkFRq3p— B L Santhosh (@blsanthosh) April 18, 2019
02:10 pm: West Bengal: An EVM was vandalized during a clash between TMC and BJP workers in Chopra; More details awaited.
01:45 pm: Polling official of booth number 41 said, "Nobody has turned up to vote till now."
Fatehpur Sikri: Villagers of Mangoli Kala boycott #LokSabhaElections2019 over lack of adequate irrigation facilities in the village. Polling official (pic 3) of booth number 41 says, "Nobody has turned up to vote till now." pic.twitter.com/F6cT5r4e4S— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 18, 2019
01:15 pm: Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar casts his vote at a polling booth in Dodda Halahalli, Kanakapura Taluka.
01:00 pm: IED blast took place between Koracha and Manpur road, Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh on ITBP Road Opening Party (ROP) at 11am today.
ITBP Constable Man Singh received minor injuries. He is out of danger and performing his duty after the first aid in the same area. Polling in the area is underway.
12:40 pm: West Bengal: CPM candidate from Raiganj Mohammad Salim's vehicle attacked in Islampur; CPM has alleged that TMC is behind the attack.
12:25 pm: Karnataka: Former CM Siddaramaiah and his son Yathindra Siddaramaiah cast their votes at a polling booth in Mysuru.
12:20 pm: Kanwar Singh Tanwar, BJP MP candidate from Amroha said, “Fake voting has happened. Women in burkhas are not being checked for their identity. I heard a man wearing burkha was also caught.”
11:57 am: State BJP Vice President Tejaswini Ananth Kumar casts her vote.
Karnataka: State BJP Vice President Tejaswini Ananth Kumar casts her vote for #LokSabhaElections2019 at the polling station in Sri Vasavi Vidya Niketan in Bengaluru's Basavanagudi. pic.twitter.com/27YD9coFQi— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019
11:55 am: Voter turnout till 11 am in Tamil Nadu is 30.62 per cent.
11:47 am: Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah cast their votes at a polling station in Munshi Bagh Area in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.
Omar Abdullah said, "Now that Lok Sabha polls are due to conclude, we can only hope that Centre together with EC gives people of J&K an elected govt which is their right."
11:26 am: West Bengal security personnel lob tear gas shells and lathi charge locals as they block NH-34 in protest after unknown miscreants allegedly prevented them from casting their votes at Digirpar polling booth in Chopra, in Islampur subdivision of North Dinajpur.
WB: Security personnel lob tear gas shells and lathi charge locals as they block NH-34 in protest after unknown miscreants allegedly prevented them from casting their votes at Digirpar polling booth in Chopra, in Islampur subdivision of North Dinajpur. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/XukT8B8Aol— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019
11:13 am: West Bengal BJP General Secretary and candidate from Raiganj constituency Debasree Chaudhuri alleges TMC workers were trying to capture booth at Raiganj Coronation High School.
She said, “TMC workers were trying to capture booth. They were campaigning among Muslims there. This isn't election campaign."
11:08 am: BJP MP Candidate from Mathura, Hema Malini said, "Development in Mathura is all due to my efforts. SP-BSP are only engaged in fighting with each other. There is a huge Modi wave here."
#WATCH BJP MP Candidate from Mathura, Hema Malini says, "Development in Mathura is all due to my efforts. SP-BSP are only engaged in fighting with each other. There is a huge Modi wave here." #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/6Xm5dWWz2u— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 18, 2019
10:50 am: Assam: Sitting MP from Silchar and party's candidate from the parliamentary constituency, Sushmita Dev, cast her vote along with her mother and sister at a polling booth in Silchar.
Assam: Sitting MP from Silchar & party's candidate from the parliamentary constituency, Sushmita Dev, casts her vote along with her mother and sister at a polling booth in Silchar. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/VWSYlCwkP9— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019
10:48 am: Election Commission Flying Squad has seized Rs 11.85 lakh unaccounted cash in Mumbai’s Sion area.
10:46 am: Former Prime Minister and JD(S) leader HD Deve Gowda and his wife cast their votes.
10:39 am: Bihar: Union Minister and BJP candidate from Buxar, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, cast his vote at a polling station in Bhagalpur.
10:24 am: Polling is underway in Srinagar and Udhampur parliamentary constituencies in the second phase of the general elections.
Jammu & Kashmir: Visuals from polling station number 27-Reshanhar in Srinagar parliamentary constituency; Polling is underway in Srinagar and Udhampur parliamentary constituencies in the second phase of #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/6eIzKnhydL— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019
10:17 am: A polling official deputed in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker dies of heart attack during election duty.
10:16 am: Maharashtra: Polling booth number 193 in Buldhana is being managed by specially-abled staff.
Maharashtra: Polling booth number 193 in Buldhana is being managed by specially-abled staff. Presiding officer, says, "This booth is being managed by specially-abled staff only. I appeal to all specially-abled persons to cast their votes to strengthen democracy." pic.twitter.com/i9P91BwzOE— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019
10:15 am: UP Congress chief Raj Babbar and party's candidate from Fatehpur Sikri casts his vote.
10:05 am: After casting his vote, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said: “Dynasty politics isn't an important issue now. Country's problems are the main issue. Only because of dynasty politics and regional politics, this country developed in several states. We're not bothered about criticism from BJP.”
09:50 am: Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) chief TTV Dinakaran casts his vote.
09:28 am: Chennai: DMK President MK Stalin casts his vote at polling booth at SIET College in Teynampet.
09:24 am: Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, his wife Anitha Kumaraswamy and their son & JD(S) candidate from Mandya, Nikhil, cast their votes.
09:18 am: Tamil Nadu: DMK General Secretary K Anbazhagan casts his vote at a polling station in Mylapore, in Chennai South Parliamentary constituency.
— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019
09:17 am: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh casts his vote at a polling booth in Imphal.
09:13 am: Tamil Nadu: BJP candidate for Sivaganga constituency H Raja casts his vote.
09:12 am: RSS leader Dattatreya Hosabale casts his vote in Bengaluru.
09:10 am: Karnataka: Deputy CM G Parameshwara and his wife Kannika Parameshwari cast their vote at a polling booth in Koratagere, Tumkur.
09:05 am: Tamil Nadu: DMK Lok Sabha candidate from Thoothukudi, Kanimozhi casts her vote in Chennai's Alwarpet.
Kanimozhi said, "People in the opposition have been harassed, raids targeted at opposition candidates. BJP has completely taken over AIADMK."
08:50 am: The voting is yet to begin in Mathura due to EVM malfunction.
Mathura: People queue up outside booth number number 46 in Gantholi village of Govardhan block. The voting is yet to begin here due to EVM malfunction. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/FxM95M7VLi— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 18, 2019
08:40 am: Bengaluru: Independent candidate from Bengaluru Central, Prakash Raj queues up at a polling booth, to cast his vote.
08:30 am: Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy casts his vote at a polling station.
08:23 am: Manipur: Governor Najma Heptulla casts her vote at a polling station in Imphal.
08:20 am: Karnataka: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman casts her vote in Jayanagar of Bangalore South Parliamentary constituency.
— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019
08:15 am: Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi stands in queue to cast her vote.
08:10 am: Tamil Nadu: CM Edappadi K Palanisamy casts his vote at a polling station in Edappadi, Selam.
08:05 am: Tamil Nadu: Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan and his daughter Shruti Haasan queue up outside polling station 27 at Alwarpet Corporation School in Chennai to cast their votes.
07:45 am: West Bengal: Polling is yet to begin at booth number 29/134 at Islampur Hindi FP School of Uttar Dinajpur, in Raiganj Parliamentary constituency, as the EVM at the booth is not functioning.
07:40 am: Nalini Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram and his wife Srinidi Rangarajan cast their vote at a polling station in Karaikudi, Sivaganga.
07:27 am: In Assam, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine not working properly at a polling station in Silchar. Polling officers trying to fix it.
07:25 am: Maharashtra : Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde casts his vote at a polling station in Solapur.
07:20 am: Tamil Nadu: Actor turned politician Rajinikanth casts his vote at the polling station in Stella Maris College, in Chennai Central parliamentary constituency.
Tamil Nadu: Actor turned politician Rajinikanth casts his vote at the polling station in Stella Maris College, in Chennai Central parliamentary constituency. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/NfD3llN4J1— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019
07:15 am: Tamil Nadu: Congress leader P Chidambaram casts his vote at a polling station in Karaikudi, Sivaganga.
07:00 am: Voting begins for second phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in 96 constituencies, across 12 states and 1 union territory.
Karimganj, Silchar, autonomous district, Mangaldoi and Nawgong see polls in Assam.
In Bihar, it is Kishanganj, Kathar, Purnea, Bhagalpur and Banka.
In Chhattisgarh, the seats are Rajnandangaon, Mahasamund and Kanker.
Jammu and Kashmir has two seats – Srinagar and Udhampur.
A large chunk of Karnataka – 14 seats is going to polls on Thursday. They are Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamrajanagar, Bangalore Rural, Bangalore North, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Chikkaballapur and Kolar.
Ten MPs will be elected in Mahararashtra from Buldhana, Akola, Amravati, Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur and Solapur.
Manipur has one seat -- Inner Manipur.
Odisha 5 seats -- Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska.
Tamil Nadu’s 39 seats are: Tirvallur, Chennai North, Chennai South, Chennai Central, Sriperumbudur, Kancheepuram, Arakkonam, Vellore, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tiruvannamalai, Arani, Viluppuram, Kallakurichi, Salem, Namakkal, Erode, Tiruppur, Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Pollachi, Dindigul, Karur, Tiruchirapalli, Perambalur, Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Sivaganga, Madurai, Theni, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukoodi, Tenkasi, Tirunelveli and Kanniyakumari.
Polls were to be held on all 39 Lok Sabha seats in Phase 2 but voting in Vellore constituency was cancelled two days ago because a huge amount of cash was discovered, allegedly from the associate of a DMK leader.
Puducherry one – Puducherry.
Big stakes Uttar Pradesh has eight -- Nagina, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Mathura, Agra and Fatehpur Sikri.
West Bengal will have three -- Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Raiganj.
Tripura East was also to vote but the Election Commission deferred it to April 23 due to security concerns.
Thirty five Assembly segments under five Lok Sabha constituencies of Odisha — Bolnagir, Aska, Bargarh, Sundargarh, Kandhamal —also votes in the state polls. The Odisha Assembly elections is being held in four phases simultaneously. Phase 1 saw polling in 28 Assembly constituencies.
Nearly 16 crore voters exercise franchise today to decide the fate of 1,629 candidates. The Election Commission has set up 1,81,000 polling booths to ensure hassle-free voting.
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