Phase 7 – Report of Seizure
The EC has revealed the seizure report for the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections.
Liquor worth – Rs 294.41 crore
Cash worth – Rs 839.03 crore
Precious metals worth – Rs 986.76 crore
Drugs/Narcotics worth – Rs 1,270.37 crore
Other items worth – Rs 58.56 crore
Voter Turnout till 6 PM
BJP wrote to WB CEO over poll violence
As a reaction to Bengal violence during the polling, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) wrote to West Bengal (WB) Chief Electoral Officer alleging that there were violence incident took place in at least 9 constituencies.
EC: Polling Completed for 542 seats
As per the announcement made by the EC in a press conference, the polling has been completed in 542 Lok Sabha seats across all the union territories and states.
Voter Turnout till 5 PM
Mamata lashes out at BJP
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has cast her vote at a polling booth in West Bengal. She also lashed out at the BJP and Central security force for ‘torturing’ West Bengal.
Anupam Hazra misguides voters
It is reported that BJP Lok Sabha candidate Anupam Hazra used a special mark on the symbol of Trinamool Congress party in the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). He did that to misguide voters who are illiterate and semi-illiterate. He also indicated them to press the button.
Over 46% Voter Turnout in Modi’s Constituency
More than 46% voter turnout has been recorded by 4 PM in Varanasi, the constituency of PM Modi. As per the poll officials, the polling has been, for the most, peaceful and no major violence incident has been recorded.
Voter Turnout till 4 PM
Conjoined sisters cast Votes
Sabah and Farah, the conjoined twins, have cast their votes separately at their local polling booth in Digha area under Pataliputra. In the last election of 2014 Lok Sabha, they could cast only one vote. However, this election their names were registered separately for them to exercise their franchise.
Voter Turnout till 3.30 PM
Villagers boycott polls in Kushinagar
Villagers of Naika Chhapra are annoyed with Hata Sugar Mill for not picking up produce from farmers. They have boycotted the polls and, in turn, showed up at the polling booth bringing sugarcane in tractors as a protest. Another incident of boycotting elections took place in Bihar’s Nalanda.
3 Arrested after Assaulting Cops in Bihar
As many as three people are arrested for assaulting police officers at a polling booth in Bhabhua area of Kaimur, Bihar. Voting was stopped for an hour. One person was injured. The SP of the area has confirmed the news.
Clash between Congress workers in Sangrur
Polling at Eelwal village of Sangrur had to be stopped for half an hour due to a clash between two workers outside the polling station. Three person got injured due to the fight and have been taken to the hospital for medical supervision.
Voter Turnout till 3 PM
Voting Boycotted in UP
Voters in Garda Jungel village have boycotted polling. Their main issue is drinking water. The village falls under Sonbhadra district, Robertsganj Lok Sabha constituency.
Blood Donation in Khandwa
In Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, a special blood donation camp has been organized by the JPB Club Blood Donation Group. This setup urges the voters to donate blood while they exercise their voting franchise.
800 Voters Boycott polls due to far off polling booth
Nearly 800 people in Shakateshpur in Mirzapur have boycotted voting. They have refused to cast their vote as the polling booth is 10 kilometers away from the village. However, the administration has tried convincing them to reach the polling booth but no one from the village has yet reached to exercise their franchise.
Voter Turnout till 1.30 PM
Navjot Singh Sidhu casts vote
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh, Congress leaders Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu cast their vote this Lok Sabha Election. Captain Amrinder Singh voted at Patiala and Sidhu voted in Amritsar.
Poll officers go missing after clash in Bihar
After clashes broke out in Bihar’s Dulhin Bazar village in Patna, two poll officers are reported missing. Apparently, here villagers have attacked the forces at polling booths number 101 and 102.
Repolling in Arunachal Pradesh
Due to electoral malpractices, repolling will be held in Arunachal Pradesh (AP) on 21 May. Polling will be held in one booth in Koloriang constituency of Kurung Kumey district and one booth in Tali seat of Kra Daadi district, said Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Liken Koyu.
Lack of Basic Facilities for Disabled in Jharkhand
A disabled person Sumitra Devi, who is also registered as a disabled person, was forced to crawl to reach the polling booth at Jamatra in Jharkhand. As there was a lack of proper facilities for disabled and old people, she had to got to all that trouble to cast her vote.
Voters in Bihar pelt stones at Police officers
Voters who stood for long in the queue in the heat have pelted stones at policemen in booth number 49 and 50 in Ekona of Badhara in Bihar’s Arrah. One police officer has got injured. Other senior officials have reached the location on time to bring the situation under control.
Voter Turnout till 12 PM
SP alleges name deletion of Muslim voters
Samajhwadi Party (SP) has alleged that nearly 300 Muslim voters’ names have been deleted from the voter list at booth number 334 and 336 in Cahndauli, Uttar Pradesh (UP). The party has complained to the Election Commission and demanded action against it.
BJP candidate alleges booth capturing in Pataliputra
BJP candidate, Ram Kripal, from Pataliputra constituency has filed a complaint of booth capturing to the Election Commission. He has stated that some people have threatened voters and attempted to capture the booths. He has further complained that his party workers are being beaten up and their vehicles were vandalised.
LPG Cylinder catches fire in booth
LPG cylinder has caught fire at Sakaldiha in Uttar Pradesh, booth number 237/238. The incident took place while food was being prepared. However, the fire was deluged in 15 minutes with the efforts of the locals.
Police officers assaulted in Bihar
It has been reported that three people have assaulted police officers in Bihar’s Bhabua Sasaram at booth number 67. One officer was injured. Voting was halted for an hour to control the volatile situation. The Kaimur SP has confirmed arrest of criminals.
Voter Turnout till 11:30 AM
Poll Code Violated in Bihar
MCC violations have been reported in Bihar. A few voters after casting their votes have clicked photos of VVPAT and EVM and have uploaded them on the social media. The incident took place at Jehanabad Lok Sabha constituency.
RJD leader Tejasvi Yadav’s photo replaced on an EVM in Pataliputra
Another goof-up has been reported. RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal) leader Tejasvi Yadav’s photo has been replaced with an unknown man in the Pataliputra Lok Sabha constituency. An investigation is underway on the goof-up. However, voters will not face any problem casting vote as assured by the polling officials.
Bombing Reported in Bengal Constituency
A bombing incident was reported outside Deganga’s booth number 66/67. Allegedly, an unidentified man was seen on a bike outside the polling booth. He was seen throwing a few bombs and as forces rushed in, he left the bike and fled.
Kailash Vijayvargiya casts vote
BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya has cast his vote in a government school, Nanda Nagar lane, Indore Lok Sabha constituency. He turned up with his family. His son and MLA Akash Vijayvargiya was also with him.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad arrives to Vote
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has arrived to cast his vote at a polling station in Patna college. He is contesting against actor-turned-politician and Congress representative Shatrughan Sinha. Shatrughan Sinha has recently switched from BJP to Congress after he was snubbed by the BJP from getting a ticket.
Repolling takes off in Kasargod, Kannur
Due to bogus voting in polling on 23rd April, a repolling is taking place in Kannaur and Kasargod in all the seven booths. Strict security has been ensured with more than 100 police officials. Voters started queuing up early to cast their vote.
Voter Turnout till 9:45 AM
Voter Turnout till 9:20 AM
Technical glitch leads to long queues across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar
EVM malfunction has been found in booth number 322 and 257 in Mirzapur and 263 and 183 in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh. People have reached their polling booths and waiting in the queue to exercise their franchise. In Bihar as well, voting is halted at booth number 8 in Patna Sahib constituency due to technical glitches in EVM machine.
EVM Malfunction Found in Sirpur
An EVM malfunction was reported in Sirpur, booth number 257. The glitch took place right after polling staff put ink marks on 11 people. These 11 can no longer cast vote now. Congress leaders Golu Agnihotri and Vivek Pawar have raised the issue with a poll officer and also lodged a complaint to the District Election Officer.
EVM Glitches in Bihar
EVM glitches are reported in Fatuha’s Sitjainchak school booth number 185. Polling process has been halted as the machine is getting replaced.
Chandra Bose, Rahul Sinha Cast Their Votes
Rahul Sinha, the Kolkata North BJP candidate, has cast his vote at a Jadavpur’s polling booth. CK Bose, the South Kolkata parliamentary constituency’s BJP candidate, too has cast his vote.
EVM Glitch Reported in Madhya Pradesh
Early reports of EVM faults have surfaced in Indore. Booth number 206 in Indore Lok Sabha constituency and booth number 107 of Mahesh Yadav Nagar have reported EVM glitches. The polling has been halted here. This has resulted in a long queue.
The voting has begun for phase 7 of the elections. Polling is taking place across 59 parliamentary constituencies. Yogi Adityanath and Nitish Kumar are among the early voters.
After the successful completion of the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, time has come for the seventh and final phase of the polls. A total of 59 constituencies are going to polls in this phase across 7 states and 1 union territory. Phase 7 is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, 2019.
All the parliamentary constituencies in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Chandigarh are set to go to polls in this phase. Some seats in the states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Bihar will also witness voting on Sunday. Majority of the 918 candidates in Phase 7 are men (89%), while women make up a small minority (11%). 46% of the candidates are in the 41-60 years age group, while 32% are in the 24-40 years age group.
Among major candidates, Bollywood veteran Shatrughan Sinha, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Bollywood star Sunny Deol, and youngest MP in the16th Lok Sabha, Abhishek Banerjee (AITC) are in the fray in this phase. The most prominent candidate is the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is contesting from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, seeking re-election.
Here is the state-wise list of constituencies up for contest in phase 7 of the elections.
|Bihar (8 seats)||Nalanda, Pataliputra, Patna Sahib, Arrah, Sasaram, Buxar, Jehanabad, Karakat|
|Chandigarh (1 seat)||Chandigarh|
|Himachal Pradesh (4 seats)||Kangra, Hamirpur, Mandi, Shimla|
|Jharkhand (3 seats)||Rajmahal, Godda, Dumka|
|Madhya Pradesh (8 seats)||Dewas, Mandsaur, Ujjain, Khandwa, Ratlam, Indore, Dhar, Khargone|
|Punjab (13 seats)||Gurdaspur, Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Khadoor Sahib, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala, Bathinda, Anandpur Sahib, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Faridkot, Firozpur|
|Uttar Pradesh (13 seats)||Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Bansgaon, Deoria, Ghosi, Robertsganj, Ballia, Salempur, Ghazipur, Varanasi, Chandauli, Mirzapur|
|West Bengal (9 seats)||Jadavpur, Dum Dum, Kolkata Uttar, Basirhat, Kolkata Dakshin, Barasat, Jaynagar, Diamond Harbour, Mathurapur|
Vote counting takes place on May 23.
Bihar: Kaushlendra Kumar (JDU), Shashi Kumar (BSP), Chiranjib Kumar (Shiv Sena), Chhedi Paswan (BJP), Manoj Kumar (BSP), Meira Kumar (INC), Ashwini Kumar Choubey (BJP), Sushil Kumar Singh (BSP), Shatrughan Sinha (INC)
Chandigarh: Kirron Kher (BJP), Pawan Kumar Bansal (INC), Parveen Kumar (BSP), Subhash Tamoli (BSP), Harmohan Dhawan (AAP)
Himachal Pradesh: Kishan Kapoor (BJP), Dr. Kehar Singh (BSP), Pawan Kajal (INC), Anurag Singh Thakur (BJP), Desh Raj (BSP), Ram Lal Thakur (INC), Dhani Ram Shandil (INC), Suresh Kumar Kashyap (BJP), Daleep Singh Kaith (CPI-M)
Jharkhand: Gopin Soren (CPI(M)), Baidhnath Pahadiya (BSP), Zaffar Obaid (BSP), Nishikant Dubey (BJP), Arjun Pujhar (AITC), Sunil Soren (BJP), Stephan Besra (BSP), Shibu Soren (Jharkhand Mukti Morcha)
Madhya Pradesh: Prahlad Singh Tipanya (INC), Mahendra Singh Solanky (BJP), Anil Firojiya (BJP), Babulal Malviya (INC), Satish Parmar (BSP), Mahesh Marmat (Shiv Sena), Kantilal Bhuria (INC), Guman Singh Damor (BJP), Dr. Govind Subhan Mujalda (INC)
Punjab: Sunny Deol (BJP), Sunil Jakhar (INC), Peter Masih (AAP), Kewal Singh Dhillon (INC), Bhagwant Mann (AAP), Hardeep Singh Puri (BJP), Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal (AAP), Santokh Singh Chaudhary (INC), Justice (Retd.) Jora Singh (AAP), Neena Mittal (AAP), Amrinder Singh Raja Warring (INC), Sukhbir Singh Badal (SAD), Harsimrat Kaur Badal (SAD)
Uttar Pradesh: Madhusudan Tripathi (INC), Ravi Kishan (BJP), Narendra Modi (BJP), Ajay Rai (INC), Ram Charitra (SP), Laliteshpati Tripathi (INC), Rajesh Kumar Mishra (INC), Ashok Kumar Kannaujiya (CPI), Sanjay Singh Chauhan (SP)
West Bengal: Anupam Hazra (BJP), Naresh Chandra Barui (BSP), Samik Bhattacharya (BJP), Saurav Saha (INC), Bandyopadhyay Sudip (AITC), Rahul (Biswajit) Sinha (BJP), Chandra Kumar Bose (BJP), Nilanjan Roy (BJP), Abhishek Banerjee (AITC)