Polling has begun for the third and largest phase of Lok Sabha election in 116 seats, including all constituencies in Gujarat and Kerala, with BJP president Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and several Union ministers among prominent candidates in the fray.
The stakes are high for the ruling BJP and its allies as they bagged 66 seats out of these 116 spread across 14 states and Union Territories in 2014 general election, while the Congress and its alliance partners won 27, and the rest went to other opposition parties and Independents. Besides all seats in Gujarat (26) and Kerala (20), voting will be held in four seats in Assam, five in Bihar, seven in Chhattisgarh, 14 each in Karnataka and Maharashtra, six in Odisha, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, five in West Bengal, two in Goa, and one each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura. The polling in Tripura East constituency, which was earlier scheduled for April 18, will be held in this phase, as also in a part of the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir, where election is being held in three phases.
Here are Live Updates of Lok Sabha elections 2019 – Phase Third:
7.31 pm: Total voter turnout for 3rd phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is 63.24%.
Odisha – 58.18% Tripura – 78.52% Utar Pradesh – 57.74% West Bengal – 79.36 Chhattisgarh – 65.91% Dadra & Nagar Haveli – 71.43% Daman & Diu – 65.34%
6.31 pm: Estimated voter turnout till now for the 3rd phase of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is 61.31%. Voting for 116 parliamentary constituencies across 13 states and 2 union territories is being held today.
4.41 pm: Maharashtra: Shraddha, a bride, casts her vote at a polling station in Pune ahead of her wedding. Shraddha says, “It is our national duty. I felt a little nervous but I liked it”
4.30 pm: Estimated voter turnout till now for the 3rd phase of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019is 51.15%. Voting for 116 parliamentary constituencies across 13 states and 2 union territories is being held today.
3.28 pm: Assam: Former Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh leaves after casting his vote at a polling booth in Dispur
2.04 pm: Gujarat: Finance Minister & BJP leader Arun Jaitley casts his vote at a polling booth in Ahmedabad
11.34 am: Delhi: Actor Sunny Deol to join Bharatiya Janata Party shortly
11.23 am: Kerala: Veteran actors such as Mammootty and Mohanlal step out to vote in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram for phase 3 of Lok Sabha Elections
10.57 am: Maharashtra: Anna Hazare shows his voting ink after casting a vote in Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra
10.50 am: Delhi: BJP MP candidate from East Delhi, Gautam Gambhir holds roadshow ahead of filling his nomination
10.42 am: Karnataka: Priyank Kharge and his wife Shruthi Kharge casts their votes
10.38 am: J&K: Kashmiri Pandits cast their votes at a Special Polling Station in Udhampur, for Anantnag parliamentary constituency.
10.19 am: Gujarat: Heeraben Modi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother casts her vote at a polling station in Raisan, Ahmedabad.