Apr 18, 11:23 AM (IST)
JUST IN: Sitting MP and CPM candidate Mohammed Salim reportedly injured in attack on his vehicle. Stones were pelted at his car.
Apr 18, 11:19 AM (IST)
JUST IN: Villagers in Raiganj allege booth capturing by Trinamool Congress. Protesters block highway, lathicharged by security forces. Villagers are alleging violence and intimidation, CNN-News18 reports.
Apr 18, 11:14 AM (IST)
BJP MP and candidate from Mathura Hema Malini: Development in Mathura is all due to my efforts. The SP-BSP are only engaged in fighting with each other. There is a huge Modi wave here.
Apr 18, 11:14 AM (IST)
BJP General Secy candidate from Raiganj constituency Debasree Chaudhuri:TMC workers are trying to capture booths at Raiganj Coronation High School. They were campaigning among Muslims there. This isn’t election campaign.
Apr 18, 11:11 AM (IST)
JUST IN: CPM candidate and sitting MP Md Salim’s vehicle attacked in Raiganj, West Bengal, India Today reports.
Apr 18, 10:58 AM (IST)
SP-BSP-RLD alliance will be wiped out after polls, says Rajnath Singh
Launching a scathing attack on the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that it would be wiped out after the elections.
“Once bitter enemies, two parties with opposite ideologies have come together to counter PM Narendra Modi. They were aware that they will not be able to fight Modi on their own and that is why they have come together,” said Rajnath Singh, who was addressing a rally in Shahjahanpur, seeking votes for BJP’s candidate Arun Sagar.
“No party has the courage to counter Modi and that is why parties across India are coming together,” he added.
“The turnout and the trends of the first phase have given a clear indication of a ‘Modi wave’ and that is why they (other parties) have again started the EVM cry. I cannot understand when they win, the EVMs are perfect and when we win, they start saying that the EVMs are tampered with,” he said.
Apr 18, 10:56 AM (IST)
JUST IN: Train services temporarily suspended for security reasons in Kashmir, reports suggest.
Apr 18, 10:52 AM (IST)
Update: Polling has temporarily halted at booth number 217 in Solapur’s Shastri Nagar due to fault in electronic voting machine (EVM).
Apr 18, 10:47 AM (IST)
JUST IN: Election Commission flying squad has seized Rs 11.85 lakh cash in Sion area of Mumbai City district. More details awaited, ANI reports.
Apr 18, 10:39 AM (IST)
JUST IN: BJP worker found dead in Bengal, BJP blames TMC workers.
Apr 18, 10:24 AM (IST)
Update: Voter turnout till 10 am in Bihar is 19.5%.
Apr 18, 10:19 AM (IST)
JUST IN: A polling official deputed at polling booth number 186 in Kanker of Chhattisgarh dies of heart attack during election duty.
Apr 18, 10:17 AM (IST)
Protests erupt in Darjeeling
Protests erupted in Chopra under Darjeeling constituency after villagers took a person to the police. Villagers alleged that the person, said to be a Trinamool Congress supporter, was obstructing them from casting their votes.
The villagers were being led by policemen to a booth after they blocked NH31, alleging they were not allowed to cast their votes. While they were being led to the polling station, the villagers stopped on the way, said they don’t have any faith on the state police and began demanding that central forces escort them.
Apr 18, 10:06 AM (IST)
Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy after casting his vote in Ramanagara:Dynasty politics isn’t an important issue now, the country’s problems are the main issue. Only because of dynasty politics & regional politics, this country developed in several states.We’re not bothered about criticism from the BJP.
Apr 18, 10:01 AM (IST)
Update: Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) chief TTV Dinakaran casts his vote at a polling station in Besant Nagar in Chennai South parliamentary constituency.
Apr 18, 10:00 AM (IST)
Interesting trivia about Phase 2
Voting for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections is underway. Here are some interesting nuggets about this phase:
* 95 Lok Sabha constituencies across 11 states and one UT to go to polls.
* Nearly 15.80 crore voters to decide fate of 1,629 candidates.
* More than 1.81 lakh polling booths set up for the purpose.
* Tamil Nadu, where all seats but one are going to polls, 67,664 polling booths have been set up. The state has the most number of booths in poll going states Thursday.
* With 970, Puducherry has the least number of polling booths in this phase.
* Election in Vellore constituency of Tamil Nadu was cancelled by EC as it felt excessive use of money power has vitiated the poll process.
* No fresh date has been announced as yet.
* Fearing law and order issues, election to Tripura (East) has been postponed to April 23.
* Out of the total electors, 8,02,60,815 are men, 7,76,62,567 women and 11,136 are transgenders. EC identifies them as ‘others’.
(Source: Election Commission).
Apr 18, 09:52 AM (IST)
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy: I urge citizens to vote for the future and development of the country depends on them. It’s my personal request, not only for me but this elections is important for everyone, several problems need to be solved.
Apr 18, 09:49 AM (IST)
DMK chief MK Stalin: The Election Commission isn’t behaving in a neutral fashion, The EC needs to be impartial. We can only complain but the corrective mechanism can be done by EC. Tainted EVMs must be changed.
Apr 18, 09:41 AM (IST)
Polling percentage recorded till 9 am
Assam (5 seats): 9.51%
J&K (2 seats): 0.99%
Karnataka (14 seats): 1.14%
Maharashtra (10): 0.85%
Manipur (1): 1.78%
Odisha (5): 2.15%
Tamil Nadu (38): 0.81%
Tripura (1): 0.00%
Uttar Pradesh (8): 3.99%
West Bengal (3): 0.55%
Chhattisgarh (3): 7.75%
Apr 18, 09:24 AM (IST)
15,000 MCC violation cases filed in Maharashtra
Over 15,000 cases of alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct have been registered in Maharashtra since March 10, PTI reports. Valuables worth Rs 118.12 crore have been seized.
“The enforcing departments [Income Tax and police] also lodged total 15,095 FIRs against the offenders for violating the model code of conduct, with most of the cases pertaining to storage and distribution of illicit liquor, followed by possession of firearms,” said Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dilip Shinde.
Apr 18, 09:23 AM (IST)
BSP chief Mayawati: Today is the second phase of polling and the BJP and PM Modi seem to be just as nervous as the Congress was during the last general elections for fear of defeat. The real reason is the narrow thinking and actions against the poor, the labourers, the farmers, as well as Dalit, backward and Muslims in the society.
Apr 18, 09:22 AM (IST)
Update: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and his wife, Kannika, cast their votes at a polling booth in Koratagere, Tumkur, reports ANI. Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo HD Devegowda is contesting from Tumkur.
Apr 18, 09:22 AM (IST)
Did you know?
Election officials seized over Rs 129 crore cash, gold and precious metals worth over Rs 284 crore from across Tamil Nadu in the run-up to the elections.
Apr 18, 09:17 AM (IST)
Tight security in central Kashmir as Srinagar goes to polls today
Three central Kashmir districts have been put on high alert and there is tight security bandobast for the polls for Srinagar parliamentary seat.
The government forces, both police and paramilitary, have been put on high alert particularly in Srinagar district, where 857 polling stations in 408 locations have been declared “hypersensitive”.
On Wednesday, government forces in huge numbers were deployed in Srinagar city, where many areas were sealed with barricades and barbed wires.
Apr 18, 9:12 AM (IST)
Apr 18, 9:06 AM (IST)
BJP have completely taken over AIADMK: Kanimozhi
DMK Lok Sabha candidate from Thoothukudi, Kanimozhi cast her vote at a polling station in Chennai’s Alwarpet. She later said, “People in the opposition have been harassed, raids targeted at opposition candidates. BJP has completely taken over AIADMK.”
Apr 18, 9:03 AM (IST)
Raj Thackeray continues to slam PM Modi & Amit Shah, asks voters to remove them
MNS chief Raj Thackeray continued his diatribe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, and appealed to people to ensure that they did not remain in power after the Lok Sabha election.
Apr 18, 9:01 AM (IST)
Update: Voting procedure was halted at booths 261 and 263 in Bolangir Lok Sabha constituency of Odisha due to EVM malfunction. The voting has now resumed.
Apr 18, 8:57 AM (IST)
Tejasvi Surya, BJP candidate from Bangalore South: Good men should be elected. People are really very excited to vote for Narendra Modi again. We will win with a good margin.
Apr 18, 8:56 AM (IST)
Apr 18, 8:55 AM (IST)
Update: Karnataka PWD minister HD Revanna offered prayers at a temple in Paduvalahippe village in Hassan before casting his vote for Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
Apr 18, 8:53 AM (IST)
PM Modi failed on every front: Omar Abdullah
“Every vital sector of the country is narrating the grim tale of failure. The self-anointed chowkidar has failed on economic front (as) his much touted note ban wasn’t able to yield the anticipated results.
Apr 18, 8:49 AM (IST)
Update: Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan and his daughter Shruti Haasan cast their votes at polling station 27 at Alwarpet Corporation School in Chennai.
Apr 18, 8:38 AM (IST)
Apr 18, 8:36 AM (IST)
Apr 18, 8:35 AM (IST)
Beed DM Astik Kr Pandey: Five places have reported EVM and VVPAT malfunction since morning in Beed constituency. Those are Georai, Mazalgaon, Kej, Ashti, Parali. However, all those machines have been replaced immediately and polling is going smoothly at all locations.
Apr 18, 8:31 AM (IST)
Apr 18, 8:30 AM (IST)
JUST IN: Voter turnout in Bihar (5 constituencies) is 5.73% till 8 am, ANi reports.
Apr 18, 8:28 AM (IST)
Initial glitches reported at polling booths in Agra, Mathura
Initial glitches reported at polling booths in Agra and Mathura, delaying start of polling at 7am.EVMs changed at some places.
Apr 18, 8:27 AM (IST)
Here are the key candidates contesting in Phase 2:
Hema Malini – Mathura
Raj Babbar – Fatehpur Sikri
Dayanidhi Maran – Chennai central
A Raja – Nilgiris
Kanimozhi – Thoothukudi
Karti Chidambaram – Sivaganga
HD Devegowda – Tumkur
Farooq Abdullah – Srinagar
Apr 18, 8:24 AM (IST)
Among 1,590 candidates contesting in the second phase of the election, 251 have declared criminal cases against themselves, with 27 candidates having five or more pending criminal cases.
Apr 18, 8:22 AM (IST)
Update: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman casts her vote at polling booth 54 in Jayanagar of Bangalore South Parliamentary constituency.
Apr 18, 8:15 AM (IST)
Apr 18, 8:14 AM (IST)
2 Naxals killed in Chhattisgarh encounter
At least two Naxals have been killed in an encounter with District Reserve Guard (DRG) in the forest area of Dhanikarka under Kuakonda police station limits.
Apr 18, 8:12 AM (IST)
New India of ours is setting higher benchmarks in every field, whether it be on earth, water, sky or even space.
I appeal to all the voters in phase two, especially the young, that you must vote to keep this momentum going. In your one vote lies country’s pride and progress.
Apr 18, 8:10 AM (IST)
Update: VVPAT at polling station number 200 in Silchar, which was not working earlier today, has been restored. Sahadat Ali, Sector Officer, said, “The VVPAT is fine now, people can cast their votes.”
Apr 18, 8:06 AM (IST)
Karti Chidambaram: The main factor is that the people of Tamil Nadu want the fascist BJP government out. They want a secular government led by the Congress.
Apr 18, 8:00 AM (IST)
3 seats in West Bengal votes amid tight security
The Election Commission has deployed 194 companies of central forces in West Bengal in the three constituencies that are going to polls today, PTI reports.
Apr 18, 7:59 AM (IST)
Update: Reports of EVMs malfunctioning in West Bengal. GJM leader Binay Tamang unable to vote in Darjeeling. Congress’ Deepa Dasmunsi unable to vote in Raiganj.
Apr 18, 7:57 AM (IST)
Polling in 2 seats scheduled for Phase 2 cancelled
The Lok Sabha election in Vellore, scheduled for today, was cancelled amid allegations of suspected use of money to influence voters.
Polling in Tripura East Lok Sabha seat too was postponed to April 23 over law and order concerns.
Apr 18, 7:54 AM (IST)
Lok Sabha Polls Phase 2 | From caste to potatoes, these factors are likely to impact voting in eight seats of UP
While falling sugarcane prices posed a threat to the ruling BJP in the sugarcane belt of Uttar Pradesh which went to polls in the first phase, low prices of potatoes is a major concern for the saffron party in the second phase
Which constituencies will vote on Phase 2 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019?
- Tamil Nadu (39 seats): Tirvallur, Chennai North, Chennai South, Chennai Central, Sriperumbudur, Kancheepuram, Arakkonam, 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, Kanniyakumari
- Karnataka (14 seats): Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamrajanagar, Bangalore Rural, Bangalore North, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Chikkaballapur, Kolar
- Maharashtra (10 seats): Buldhana, Akola, Amravati, Hingoli, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur, Solapur
- Uttar Pradesh (8 seats): Nagina, Amroha, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Mathura, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri
- Odisha (5 seats): Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal, Aska
- Bihar (5 seats): Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia, Bhagalpur, Banka
- Assam (5 seats): Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous district, Mangaldoi, Nawgong
- West Bengal (3 seats): Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Raiganj
- Chhattisgarh (3 seats): Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund, Kanker
- Jammu and Kashmir (2 seats): Srinagar, Udhampur
- Manipur (1 seat): Inner Manipur
- Puducherry (1 seat): Puducherry
What are the major parties in the states voting in Phase 2?
While national parties Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have their presence in most states in the country, regional parties are also a force to reckon with. To begin with, Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh that has formed an alliance will prove to be a forceful third front in the state. Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha is facing stiff competition from the BJP this time. In West Bengal, the BJP is trying to take on Mamata Banerjee’s formidable All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), while Atul Bora’s Asom Gana Parishad in Assam has joined forces with the BJP against the Congress in Assam. In Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena is in coalition with the BJP, while Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress will fight the ruling party. In Tamil Nadu, DMK and AIDMK are the two most prominent political parties.
How to check the name on voters’ list for Phase 1 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019?
Log on to the National Voter Services Portal’s Electoral Search page (NVSP) and check your name on the voter’s list by entering your details. You can alternatively put in your Electoral Photo ID Card (EPIC) number.
What to do if you don’t have a Voter ID card?
Log on to the NSVP Electoral Search page and click on search by details. Put in your details, such as name, gender, age, assembly constituency etc. Based on your details, a result will pop up, which means that your name is in the voter’s list. In case, there is no pop-up, it means your name is probably missing from the voter’s list.
Law and order, security arrangements
The Election Commission claims to have taken various measures to ensure free and fair elections. Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and State Armed Police (SAP) have been deployed across the states going to polls in the vulnerable pockets. The forces will also be deployed in the expenditure sensitive constituencies and critical polling stations. On the poll-eve, the CAPFs/SAP will control the respective polling stations and provide security to the electors and polling personnel. Further, the entire force deployment in the assembly segments will be under the oversight of the central observers deputed by the commission.
How is EC monitoring election expenses?
The EC has issued comprehensive instructions for the effective monitoring of the election expenditure of the candidates. State Excise Department, Commercial Tax Department, Narcotics Control Bureau and police authorities have been asked to monitor production, distribution, sale and storage of liquor and other intoxicants (including narcotics) and inducements in the form of free goods during the election process. The functioning and operations of the flying squads/mobile teams will be closely monitored using GPS Tracking and the use of cVigil App. For greater transparency and for the ease of monitoring of election expenses, candidates are required to open a separate bank account and incur their election expenses from that very account. The Investigation Directorate of the Income Tax Department has been asked to activate air intelligence units in the airports of the state and also to gather intelligence and take necessary action against movement of a large sum of money.
What can you do if you report any violation of Model Code of Conduct?
Through the ECI’s mobile app, cVIGIL, people report about any violation of Model Code of Conduct, any incident of intimidation or inducement within minutes of having witnessed. cVIGIL is an Android-based mobile app, which is user-friendly. “All that one has to do is to simply click a picture or to take a video and briefly describe the activity before uploading it on the cVIGIL mobile application. If the complainant desires to remain anonymous he has the option to do so,” says the EC. The district control room allocates cVIGIL cases to the flying squads, which further investigate the matter. The status of the complaint is also with the cVIGIL complainant in 100 minutes.
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