Lok Sabha Elections in India 2019 – Polling Phase I
Final Voter Turnout Disclosed: The final voter turnout has been disclosed for phase 1 of the polls. Chhattisgarh records 56%, Telangana 60%, Andaman and Nicobar 70.67, Sikkim 69%, Assam 68%, Tripura 81.8%, Nagaland 78%, Andhra Pradesh 66%, Manipur 78.2%, Uttarakhand 57.85%, Jammu and Kashmir 54.49%, Mizoram 66%.
Polling Ended Unexpectedly in Some Constituencies in J&K: Polling in seats of Baramulla and Jammu ended unexpectedly due to the acts of violence, incidents of misconduct by a security man, and EVM malfunctions. The final voter turnout would be revealed by the CEO (Chief Electoral Officer) later.
WB Has Highest Voter Turnout: West Bengal records the highest voter (80.9%) turnout by 5 PM. Assam shows 68%, Andhra Pradesh & Odisha 66%, Telangana 60.6%, Uttar Pradesh 59.8%, Maharashtra 56%, Jammu & Kashmir 54.5%, Chhattisgarh 52.6%, Bihar 50.3%, Tripura 80.4%, Nagaland 78.7%, Manipur 78.2%, Lakshadweep 65.9%, Sikkim 65.9%, Meghalaya 62%, Andaman & Nicobar Island 61%, Mizoram 60.8%, Arunachal Pradesh 58.3%, and Uttarakhand 5
Polling Completed in 7 Seats of Maharashtra: Polling has been ended in Maharashtra’s 7 Lok Sabha seat by 5 PM. The voting is also completed in the Bastar constituency which was Naxal-affected. The records state that the voter turnout has been recorded to be 46.13% for the 7 seats by 3 PM. The key candidates in these constituencies include senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari (Nagpur) and Hansraj Ahir (Chandrapur).
Voter Turnout in States Till 5 PM: The poll percentage data has been declared till 5 PM for various states. Meghalaya records 62%, Manipur 78.20%, Uttar Pradesh 59.77%, Meghalaya 62%, Assam 68%, Lakshadweep 65.9%, and Telangana 60.57%.
Polling Completed in 16 Constituencies of Telangana: Polling for all the seats in Telangana has been ended at 5 PM peacefully. Roughly 60.57% of voter turnout recorded by 5 PM for 17 constituencies. However, the final voting percentage will be calculated later.
No Voting Happened in 6 Booths in Odisha: As per the reports of Odisha’s Chief Electoral Officer, the voting couldn’t be done in 6 booths in Malkangiri district’s Chitrakonda. The reason behind this was the threats of Naxals.
UP Records over 50% Voter Turnout by 5 PM: UP has recorded an average poll percentage of 59.77% by 5 PM. Saharanpur recorded 63.76%, Kairana 60%, Muzaffarnagar 60.8%, Bijnor 60.6%, Meerut 59.4%, Baghpat 60.4%, Ghaziabad 55.2%, and Gautam Buddha Nagar 58%.
Akhilesh Yadav Tweets about Dalit Person Dismissed from Voting: Akhilesh Yadav has come forward in support of a Dalit couple which was allegedly stopped from voting. Yadav took to Twitter and voiced his concern. He called the whole act a crime, in addition to tagging the video of the humiliated person.
Maharashtra: Around 46.13% of total votes were recorded till 3:00 pm. The voting here took place for the seven parliamentary constituencies, each one of them received around 40 percent of votes. Also, Gadchiroli-Chimur received the highest turnout with 57 percent. Whereas, on Wednesday Gachiroli witnessed the Maoist attack on the occasion of the phase one of polling. Due to which one CRPF jawan was reported to be injured. Some other constituencies include Wardha(43.90%), Nagpur (41.25%), Ramtek-SC with 44.5%, Chandrapur (46.30%), Bhandara-Gondiya (49.05%) and Yavatmal-Washim (43.35%).
Voting Ink Getting Washed off Easily- Many people are complaining that the indelible ink used during the voting procedure is coming off easily, with just a hand wash. The ink used by the EC is generally semi-permanent which prevent voters from voting more than one time.
Chhattisgarh: A huge number of voters polled today at polling booth of Jeeragaon (97.45%) and Machkot Jagdalpur AC (96%) for Bastar Loksabha elections, but both of these booths fall under Naxal sensitive area. Despite the fact Maoists tried to boycott elections, voters defied them and turned up in huge numbers to cast their votes. This signifies our people’s trust in democracy.
Below 50% Turnout for Bihar Constituencies- Voter turnout for Bihar’s constituencies has also been declared. Gaya reported 44%, Jamui 41.34%, Nawada 43%, and Aurangabad 43.5%. On average, the state received a total of 41.73%.
Uttar Pradesh- An Average Voter Turnout for UP Constituencies- The voter turnout for the constituencies of UP has also been declared. For Saharanpur, it was 54.18%, Kairana got 52.40%, Muzaffarnagar 50.6%, Bijnor 50.8%, Meerut 51%, Baghpat 51.2%, Ghaziabad 47%.
Gautam Budh Nagar- In Gautam Budh Nagar of UP, around 50.42 percent of votes were registered till 3:00 pm. Along with this percentage of votes counted in Jewar Vidhan Sabha was approximately 56%, Dadri with 52.20 percent and Noida at 43.08 percent.
Maharashtra- Maharashtra Faces EVM Problems Big Time, faulty EVM reports have emerged from as many as 7 constituencies in the state of Maharashtra. At some places, there were EVM glitches and at others, VVPAT machines were not working properly. Bhanadara-Gondiya and Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency, among others, faced a few problems regarding voting.
Uttarakhand: As per the records, it has been stated that around 46.59 percent of people turned up for voting till 3:00 pm in its all five constituencies.
Jamui, Bihar: In Jamui this year, Chirag Paswan a leader of Lok Janshakti Party who successfully made a debut five years ago is standing against Bhudeo Chaudhary, winner of first general elections that took place in 2009. Due to an altered caste equation and reorganized alliances in Bihar, challenges for Paswan may rise this time.
PM Modi Positive in Bihar Situation, PM Narendra Modi has expressed confidence. He tweeted from his handle “In Bihar, it’s NDA all the way! Grateful to my sisters and brothers of Bhagalpur for joining in large numbers.”
Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh: The technical sang has been found in the EVM machines due to which voting has been stopped at booth number 314 of Saharanpur. Also, multiple reports state that EVM malfunctioning apparently influenced many voters to turn back without voting due to the long queues. DM of Saharanpur later confirmed that approximately 100 EVMs have been replaced in Saharanpur so far.
Northeastern States- Northeastern States Put on an Impressive Show, Out of all the Northeastern States, Tripura stands out with the maximum voter turnout. The turnout was recorded to be 63% by 1 PM. Other states in the region are also doing good. Arunachal Pradesh shows 40.3% turnout, Mizoram 43.4%, Assam 44.3%, Manipur 53%, and Nagaland 57.2%.
Maharashtra- Maharashtra Record 13.7% in Morning, by 11 AM, Maharashtra has witnessed 13.7% of turnout in total. Wardha reported 15.76% of turnout, Ramtek 9.82%, Nagpur 17.56%, Bhandara-Gondiya 12.2%, Gadchiroli-Chimur 18.01%, Chandrapur 10.86%, and Yawatmal-Washim 12.06%.
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh- Lakshmi Kantham (41), a woman head constable was found dead due to the road accident that took place at Punjab Hotel Junction on National Highway 16. While she was on her way for polling duty at Airport area. As per the reports, the reason behind her immediate death was the speeding SUV which hit her from behind and lead to serious head injuries.
Uttar Pradesh- BSF Personnel Tackle Fake Voters, In one of the constituencies of UP, Kairana (located in Shamli District), people have been found with fake voter IDs. BSF personnel fired some shorts in the air to disperse the group. Roughly 25-30 people with fake IDs were going to cast their vote there.
Andhra Pradesh- ECI Requested to Increase Polling Time in Andhra Pradesh
N Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, has requested the ECI (Election Commission of India) to extend the time period for polling in the state. In the morning, there were some technical problems in the EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) due to which some time was lost in some districts.
Andhra Pradesh: EVM violence and glitches hit the AP assembly polls today. Two persons died due to the clashes that took place between TDP and YSRCP workers at Veerapuram village in Tadipatri assembly of Anantapur district.
West Bengal- WB Constituencies off to a Good Start in Terms of Turnout, The Cooch Behar and Alipurduar constituencies of West Bengal have recorded 37.8% and 43.2% of voting in the very first hours. There’s a fierce contest going on between BJP and Trinamool Congress in Cooch Behar.
Blast Happened in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra: A blast has happened in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli. No casualties have been reported so far. Naxals have been behind the attack, as per the reports. The attack occurred at the polling booth of Waghezari. It was under the police station of Kasansur.
Andhra Pradesh: In Guntur District, The Cheif election officer of Andhra Pradesh Gopala Krishna Dwivedi was not able to cast his vote at Tadepalli Assembly Constituency as EVM machines were reported to be faulty. Also, Chandrababu Naidu has requested to have paper ballots along with voting machines.
First Phase Polling in UP Crucial for BJP- The western UP has more than 1.5 crore voters in the first phase of polling. The state has eight seats that are going for the poll in the first phase – Gautam Buddha Nagar, Ghaziabad, Baghpat, Meerut, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Kairana, and Saharanpur. The first phase of polls in UP is considered crucial for BJP, as evident from the 2014 general elections.
Arunachal Pradesh: Poll Violence A blast took place near a polling booth in Arunachal Pradesh and 3 people are said to be seriously injured.
Andhra Pradesh, A Jana Sena Party Candidate Got Arrested- A Jana Sena Party candidate, Madhusudan Gupta, broke an EVM in Guntakal constituency, Andhra Pradesh. He has been arrested by the police. He damaged the EVM after throwing it on the ground in a fit of rage. He was furious with the name of parliament constituencies not being on display properly.
Andhra Pradesh: Jagan Mohan Reddy seems to be absolutely confident. He quoted in a statement that he will surely win elections this time. As the people are looking for a positive change and credibility.
Assam CM Cast His Vote– Sarbananda Sonowal, the Assam Chief Minister, has cast his vote in Dibrugarh. In the first phase, 5 seats of the total 14 in the state are going to the poll. He expressed confidence that BJP would come to power in the region. He said that “People want Narendra Modi by heart.”
Western Uttar Pradesh- In Western Uttar Pradesh huge public participation was seen. Here, 8 seats are up for the elections. A total of around 1.5 crore voters turned up from Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Kairana, Meerut, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddha Nagar.
Brisk Voting in Northeastern States
There has been witnessed large voting in the northeastern states. The voter turnout has been declared till 9 AM for a few constituencies in the states of Sikkim, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, and Assam.
Assam reported 10.2%, Outer Manipur 16%, Kaliabor 10%, Dibrugarh 10%, Nagaland 21%, Sikkim 32%, Assam (overall) 10.2%, Lakhimpur 9%, Jorhat 12%, Tezpur 10%, and Jorhat 12%.
Andhra Pradesh– CM Naidu of Andhra Pradesh demanded repolling in some of the booths due to EVM glitches.
Nagpur, Maharashtra- Nitin Gadkari Cast His Vote in Nagpur – Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has cast his vote. He would fight the contest against Congress candidate Nana Patole in Nagpur. In 2014, Gadkari had tremendous success. He got about 6 lakhs votes out of the total 10 lakh votes cast. As per the reports, the constituency has about a total of 22 lakh voters.
Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh- 23 Lakh voters are voting here. As per the voter’s point of view, they are voting to reduce the crime rates in Noida sector 12. Chain snatching is very common so women & senior citizens are hoping that this time crime rates will be reduced.
Bastar, Chattisgarh: After the killing of BJP MLA the environment is tensed. Punjab police has been deputed for the help of local police. Here 1 seat is up for elections.
Baramulla, Jammu Kashmir: Here it is the battle of article 370 and 35 A. People are turning up in huge number for this particular battle. Here 2 seats are up for elections.
Jamui, Bihar: Chirag Paswan is contesting elections from the Naxal affected area of Jamui. The number of women are outnumbering men in this constituency. Bihar goes to poll for 4 seats.
We are rolling. There is peace all over. Almost all booths have crossed 5% polling mark, of course barring the ones in J&K. In the Orissa and Manipur (East and North-East) polling is almost at 10% level now.
The world’s largest democracy is on its toes, literally. We as a nation are choosing a new Government, every five years we do that. There is one thing which sure changes every year, the cost of elections. Many of us speculate we add a zero on the right every five years to overall election spend.
Polling for Phase I of Elections in India – 2019 started at 7:00 AM in 18 States and 2 Union territories. The two UTs Lakshadweep Islands and Andaman & Nicobar islands have one seat each. Andhra Pradesh has 25 seats and all 25 are up for grabs, its estranged sisterly state of Telangana has 17 seats and they will be also done for the day. Of course their votes would hit a sandbox and stay in there for more than 40 days.
The states which will vote in a single phase today are Telangana, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and Lakshadweep.
There is also voting held in some parts of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Manipur, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, and Assam.