Election 2019 Phase 4 Voting: Key states Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, UP, Bengal voted today
Phase four of the Lok Sabha Election 2019 began at 7 am today. 72 parliamentary constituencies voted across 9 states. Coinciding with today's Lok Sabha elections of phase four were assembly elections in Odisha. This is the last phase of assembly polls in Odisha. Some of the key states that voted today are: Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Bihar. Maharashtra's capital and India's financial hub Mumbai also voted today in the crucial fourth phase of the general elections. Counting of votes for all 543 parliamentary constituencies across the country will be held on May 23, and the result will be declared the same day.
A clash broke out between Trinamool workers and security personnel at a polling booth in Asansol, West Bengal. BJP leader Babul Supriyo's car was also vandalised outside the polling booth.
Here are the highlights from the key states voting in the crucial 4th phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections today:
Election Commission issues notice to Union Minister and Begusarai BJP candidate Giriraj Singh:
The Election Commission has issued a show-cause notice to Union minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his communal remarks. Taking suo motu cognizance, the Begusarai district administration in Bihar had on April 25 charged Mr Singh for violating the model code of conduct and the Representation of the People Act by making controversial remarks against Muslims at a rally on April 24, where BJP president Amit Shah was also present. Addressing the rally in Begusarai, Mr Singh had said in Hindi, "Those who cannot say Vande Mataram or cannot respect the motherland, the nation will never forgive them. My ancestors died at the Simaria Ghat and did not need a grave but you need three handspans of space."
Estimated voter percentage till now for the 4th phase of Lok Sabha Election 2019:
- Bihar - 53.67
- Madhya Pradesh - 65.86
- Maharashtra - 51.06
- Rajasthan - 62.86
- Uttar Pradesh - 53.12
- West Bengal - 76.47
Mukesh Ambani and his family cast their votes in Mumbai: