Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 2 Voting LATEST Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at the Congress in Karnataka and asked for the vote in Karnataka's Bagalkot or Pakistan's Balakot.
Stone-pelting was reported in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam.
Dismal turnout in Srinagar, violence in West Bengal between BJP and Trinamool Congress workers and faulty EVM and VVPAT machines slowing down voting, marked the second phase of polling on Thursday , Budgam and Ganderbal have recorded 6.4 percent and 6.5 percent polling.
Satyabrata Sahoo, Tamil Nadu's Chief Electoral Officer, says, "At least, EVMS had technical errors and they have been replaced. At least, 525 VVPAT machines have been faced with some issues and have therefore been changed. "
Special Police Observer appointed for West Bengal Vivek Dube has peacefully in the state. He admitted that there were issues in a few places in Chopra in Raigunj, but peaceful voting has resumed, he claimed. However, latest reports from Chopra, West Bengal's Darjeeling claimed that polling had stopped at booth no 1
Srinagar has recorded a dismal turnout of just 2.3 percent while Budgam and Ganderbal have recorded 6.4 percent and 6.5 percent polling. West Bengal is in the process of being isolated Nationally-31 in protest after they were allegedly opposed to voting at Digirpar polling booth in Chopra in Islampur.
In a separate violent incident in Islampur, CPM MP Mohammad Salim's car was attacked with bricks during polling. Salim, who was injured in the attack, blamed the attack on "Trinamool goons."
The Election Commission has taken cognizance of BJP MP Bhola Singh's "forced" entry into a polling booth at Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh after placing a call
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer's official Twitter account responded to a video. District Magistrate of Bulandhshahr has said that Singh wants to be under arrest for one day.
According to the latest Election Commission data, the overall voter turnout is 21.15 percent. While Assam recorded a turnout of 26.60 percent, Bihar recorded a turnout of 18.93 percent.
Jammu and Kashmir: 17.78 percent
Karnataka: 19.90 percent
Odisha: 18.12 percent
Tamil Nadu: 20.12 percent
Uttar Pradesh: 24.37 percent
West Bengal : 33.52 percent
After over four hours of voting, 11 states and a Union Territory, overall voter turnout till 11 has been recorded at 16.82 percent, according to official Election Commission data. Here is a statewide breakdown: Assam 18.23 percent; Bihar 12.55 percent; Chhattisgarh 14.18 percent; Jammu And Kashmir 5.86 percent; Karnataka 7.74 percent; Maharashtra 7.37 percent; Manipur 17.40 percent; Odisha 9.01 percent; Tamil Nadu 9.17 percent; Uttar Pradesh 12.84 percent; West Bengal 16.77 percent; Puducherry 12.83 percent.
Voters at a polling booth in North Karimganj in Assam EVM malfunction delayed voting on Thursday. Not a single vote was cast until 10:30 am, News18 reports. However, data from the new EC app revealed that voter turnout in Karimganj (till 11 am) was 12.47 percent, and turnout in Karimganj North was 15 percent.
Opposing BJP's claims, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said that dynastic politics is " not an important issue "as of now. "Modi lost in Karnataka, Karnataka politics." (1962) polling, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi voters to vote for NYAY. "When you vote today, remember that you vote for Nyay." "Nyay for our unemployed youth; for our control for the small traders whose work was destroyed by demonetisation, for those who were persecuted because of their caste or religion," tweeted Rahul .
NYAY, implying the Congress, senior party leader Randeep Surjewala tweeted saying, "Now, Nyay (justice) wants to happen."
By 9:30 am, the state of Chhattisgarh had seen 13.09 percent of the electorate coming out to vote: Rajnandgaon – 15.73 percent; Mahasamund – 11.65 percent; Kanker – 11.69 percent
At the same time, West Bengal witnessed a voter turnout of 12.43 percent: Jalpaiguri – 4.36 percent; Darjeeling – 16.14 percent; Raiganj – 17.45 percent
Overall voter turnout across India reached 7.20 percent till 9.30 am According to official EC data, Assam has registered 11.35 percent, while Bihar is at 10.15 percent in terms of voter turnout. The five Lok Sabha seats in Assam have a combined turnout of 8.74 percent at the time of writing.
Congressman P Chidambaram and Political Leaders Nirmala Sitharaman, Pondicherry governor Kiran Bedi, Puducherry chief minister Narayanasamy DMK leader Kanimozhi, cast their votes early on Thursday as the second phase of polling began on April 18.
Over 2,000 people from villages of Venkatapuram and Nachiampayalam of Tirupur Lok Sabha constituency have boycotted voting and no one has turned up to polling stations. In Krishnagiri Lok Sabha constituency
Polling has stopped in seven booths in Madurai constituency after a sticker is pasted on EVM, with a suspicious signature mentioning the letters 'AIADMK', sparked confusion among voters. In Sabah constituency, where polling was delayed due to faulty EVMs. Delay in voting at Karisalpatty polling booth in Tirunelveli Lok Sabha constituency. Voters in several polling booths across the country, including Chennai, Assam and Agra have complained that voting has not started yet for them.
In Agra, voters at booth number 142 complains that it has not been started yet due to a technical problem
The voting for Phase 2 elections for 95 seats has begun across 11 states and one Union Territory. Tamil Nadu wants to vote for a forward party and against superstitions. "We want to vote for a new political change in our country and in Tamil Nadu," he said. Chidambaram's son Karti is up against BJP's H Raja in Sivaganga.
The polling will be held till 6 pm and in some constituencies till 7 pm. At least 1,600 candidates are contesting 95 seats for the second phase of Lok Sabha election 2019.
Thirty eight of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu will go to polls today, besides 18 Assembly constituencies. Polling in Vellore Lok Sabha seat, which is currently represented by the AIADMK, which has been canceled by the DMK leader recently.
Union ministers Jitendra Singh, Jual Oram Sadananda Gowda and Pon Radhakrishnan, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and DMK's Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja and Kanimozhi are among the 1,600-odd contenders in fray in the second phase of Lok Sabha's polls on 95 seats on 11 states and the Union Territory of Pondicherry.
Thirty eight of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu wants to go to 18 Assembly constituencies. Polling in Vellore Lok Sabha seat, which is currently represented by the AIADMK, which was canceled by the DMK leader recently.
The Election Commission also postponed polling in Tripura East locomotive Sabha seated on the third phase on April 23, saying the prevailing law-and-order situation is not conducive to holding free and fair polls.
Besides Tamil Nadu, polling also wants to be held in 14 seats in Karnataka , 10 in Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one seat each in Manipur and Puducherry. Elections wants to be held in 35 assembly constituencies in Odisha.
Of the 95 constituencies, the AIADMK holds the maximum of 36 seats, followed by the BJP with 27 seats. The Congress has won 12 of these seats in 2014, the Shiv Sena and the BJD 4 each, the JD (S) and the RJD two each and the AIUDF, the NCP, the JD (U), the PDP, the AINRC, the PMK, the CPM and the TMC one seat each.
Nearly 15.8 crore voters are eligible to vote in the second phase. Other prominent candidates in the fray include Congress leaders Verappa Moily and Raj Babbar, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and BJP's Hema Malini.
In Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK, contesting as part of the NDA. BJP, PMK, DMDK, and Tamil Maanila Congress of former union ministers GK Vasan.
The DMK has formed a "Secular Progressive Alliance"
The Electoral Battle in the state is under the Dravidian majors and the AMMK led by TTV Dhinakaran, at AIADMK rival, though parties such as the fledgling Makkal Needhi are also testing their fortunes.
Jabaladhaa and M Karunanidhi of the DMK.
In Odisha, BJD's Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is contesting his home turf Hinjili in Ganjam district and Bijepur in Bargarh.
Among others, Union tribal affairs minister Oram of the BJP, BJD's Rajya Sabha MPs Prasanna Acharya and Achyut Samant, BJP nominee and three-time MP Kharabela Swain are in the fray.  Even though security was heightened, Maoists gunned down a polling officer in Kandhamal district of Odisha. Wednesday, September 30, 2009.
It's a high-stakes battle for the ruling Congress-JD (S) alliance in Karnataka
The BJP is determined to improve its performance over time
A total of 179 students are in the fray in Maharashtra in the 10 constituencies spread in parts of Vidarbha and Marathwada regions.
Former chief ministers Ashok Chavan and Sushilkumar Shand of Congress are contesting from Nanded and Solapur seat respectively.
Bollywood actors Hema Malini and Raj Babbar are among the 85 candidates from Uttar Pradesh, whose electoral fate will be decided on Thursday. The eight Lok Sabha seats, where they were won by the BJP in 2014.
In Jammu and Kashmir, have been deployed over 80 companies for election duty in the twin constituencies of Srinagar and Udhampur. Thursday's polling in Srinagar wants to be inside and outside Kashmir as the constituency is recorded at all-time low of 7.2 per cent voter turn out in the 2017 bye-election, marred by violence on polling day that left nine dead people and scores of others injured.
Fate of 68 candidates wants to be in Bihar by 86.01 lakh voters across Bhagalpur, Banka, Kishanganj, Katihar and Purnea Lok Sabha constituencies.
Five seats in Assam wants to polling Thursday and one seat in Manipur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP Chief Amit Shah, President Rahul Gandhi and a host of Union Ministers.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati and SP Leader Azam Khan made controversial remarks, prompting the commission to bar them from campaigning for
In West Bengal, 194 companies of central forces in the three constituencies have gone to polls 80 per cent of the 5,390 booths for free and fair polling.
The Loki Sabha seat in Puducherry is expected to intervene in the Ruling Congress, which has put up its name. Speaker V Vaithilingam and the opposition AINRC's K Narayanasamy.
The Lok Sabha polls are being held in seven -phases for 543 seats on 11, 18, 23, and 29 April, and 6, 12 and 19 May. The counting will be on 23 May.
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