An elderly voter, who was discharged from hospital after cataract surgery, arrives to cast her vote at a polling booth inside a primary school in Shirgaon village of Pune district,  some 130 kms south-east of Mumbai on Thursday
An elderly voter, who was discharged from hospital after cataract surgery, arrives to cast her vote at a polling booth inside a primary school in Shirgaon village of Pune district, some 130 kms south-east of Mumbai on Thursday

19 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State go to polls in the second phase 

Mumbai : An average turnout of 61.80 percent was recorded in voting for 19 Lok Sabha constituencies of Maharashtra that went to poll in the second phase of elections of the State and in the sixth phase nationally, an official said.

The voting percentage picked up from an average of 40 percent at 3 p.m. to close at an average of 61.80 percent at 6 p.m.

The final voting figures (in percentage) recorded are: Hingoli – 63, Nanded – 63, Parbhani – 62, Maval – 63.10, Pune – 58.75, Baramati – 58.20, Shirur – 59.50, Ahmednagar – 60, Shirdi – 61, Beed – 64, Osmanabad – 65, Latur – 62, Solapur – 57, Madha – 62, Sangli – 62, Satara – 57, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg – 60, Kolhapur – 68 and Hathkanangale – 69.

This makes the average turnout slightly less than 62.37 recorded in 10 constituencies of Vidarbha where polling was held April 10.

In Thursday’s polling, Hathkanangale recorded the highest voting (69 percent), while Satara and Solapur were lowest at 57 percent, officials said.

Fate of top candidates like Sushilkumar Shinde, Gopinath Munde, Ashok Chavan, Supriya Sule, and Udayanraje Bhosale has now been sealed in the electronic voting machines.

There were a total of 358 candidates in the fray, including 24 women and 201 independents.

The scene will now shift to the remaining 19 constituencies where elections will be held April 24. These includes important constituencies of Mumbai, Konkan and north Maharashtra.

`10.85 cr cash seized

The Income Tax Department on Thursday took possession of unaccounted cash of Rs 10 lakh belonging to I Y Construction, taking the total amount seized by the tax authorities in the metropolis since the Model Code of Conduct for elections came into force to Rs 10.85 crore. “The Mumbai police had seized Rs 10 lakh on Wednesday and on Thursday we took over the cash,” said an Income Tax official. Of the Rs 10.85 crore, about Rs 10 crore were seized from two Mumbai-based companies and it had nothing to do with the ongoing elections, IT sources said. Meanwhile, the Government Railway Police here seized Rs 4 lakh at the Mumbai Central railway station following a tip-off by the IT Department, sources said. The Income Tax Department had also unearthed another Rs 25 lakh unaccounted-for cash elsewhere, sources said, without giving further details.

IT officials had earlier said that whenever the department receives information about movement of a large amount of cash or bullion, they would investigate it as per the Income Tax Act, and would seize it if no satisfactory explanation is furnished.

People should carry necessary documentary evidence while carrying large amounts of cash or bullion, they had said.

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