Election 2019 Phase 6 Highlights: Nearly 80% Voter Turnout Recorded In Bengal Amid Violence

Lok Sabha Election 2019 Updates: Over 10.17 crore voters across seven states will decide the fate of 979 candidates by casting their votes today.

Election 2019 Phase 6 Highlights: Nearly 80% Voter Turnout Recorded In Bengal Amid Violence

6th Phase Lok Sabha Election: Polling was held in 59 seats spread across Delhi and six states today.

New Delhi:

Voting for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha election in 59 constituencies ended at 7 pm today. Over 10.17 crore voters across seven states will decide the fate of 979 candidates by casting their votes today. Voting took place for 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 in Haryana, eight seats each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

The fate of several prominent politicians, including Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, will be decided as 59 constituencies across six states and the national capital voted in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls today.

The key contestants from Madhya Pradesh are Narendra Singh Tomar, Ram Niwas Rawat, Jyotiraditya Scindia, KP Yadav, Digvijay Singh, Sadhvi Pragya. Uttar Pradesh will see Maneka Gandhi, Sanjay Singh, Rita Bahugana Joshi, Rajendra Pratap Singh, Yogesh Shukla,  Akilesh Yadav, Dinesh Lal Yadav in the contest. In Haryana, Dushyant Chautala, Bhavya Bishnoi, Brijendra Singh are in the fray. In West Bengal more than 15 thousand polling booths have been set up to conduct smooth elections. 

Here are the Highlights from Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 6 Voting:

May 12, 2019 20:13 (IST)
Final Voter Turnout In Key States

Jharkhand: 64.50 per cent

Madhya Pradesh: 62.06 per cent

Uttar Pradesh: 54.24 per cent 

West Bengal: 80.16 per cent
May 12, 2019 19:55 (IST)
Overall Voter Turnout 

63.3 per cent turnout in phase 6 of Lok Sabha elections recorded, says election commission.
May 12, 2019 19:01 (IST)
Jharkhand voter turnout

Jharkhand on Sunday recorded 65.17 per cent polling for four of the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state, an official says. Polling was peaceful with no untoward incident being reported from any constituency.
May 12, 2019 19:00 (IST)
Polling In West Bengal

Nearly 80 per cent of the 1,33,69,749 electorate exercised their franchise till 5pm in eight Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal, an
election official has said.

"Except some incidents of disturbances in Keshpur, polling is mostly peaceful. We have sought reports from the district officials about the incidents," he says.
May 12, 2019 16:01 (IST)
Voter turnout till 3pm in Key States

Jharkhand: 58.08 per cent
Madhya Pradesh: 52.62 per cent
Uttar Pradesh: 43.26 per cent
West Bengal: 70.51 per cent

May 12, 2019 15:17 (IST)
Voter turnout in Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal till 1pm
May 12, 2019 14:26 (IST)
Priority to our senior citizens, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities at the polling station makes elections accessible to all.
May 12, 2019 14:22 (IST)
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Maneka Gandhi Warns Gathbandhan Rival

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi was caught on camera arguing with a rival candidate at Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, from where she is contesting as a BJP candidate, as voting took place in the sixth round of the national election. Maneka Gandhi told Sonu Singh, the candidate of the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance, that his supporters were threatening voters. The two leaders fought standing on either side of a Toyota Fortuner, pointing fingers at each other and arguing. Maneka Gandhi was heard warning her rival that his ''dabbangai (bullying)" won't work but Sonu Singh denied her charge. Supporters of the SP-BSP gathbandhan raised slogans in their candidate's support before the two leaders went their way.
May 12, 2019 13:35 (IST)
2019 Indian General Elections: 22.87 Per Cent Polling For 10 Lok Sabha Seats In Haryana

A voter turnout of 22.87 per cent was recorded till 11 AM in ten constituencies of Haryana Sunday in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections. Union ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar are among 223 candidates in the fray. Polling began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm in 10 parliamentary constituencies which are going to polls in the single phase, officials said.
May 12, 2019 13:25 (IST)
Lok Sabha Election 2019- TMC Goons Threatened My People: BJP's Dilip Ghosh

West Bengal BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh today said that his people (party workers and supporters) were being threatened since yesterday by TMC workers and also stopped from entering a polling booth in Rampur in West Midnapore.

May 12, 2019 12:25 (IST)
Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Voter turnout in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh till 11am.
May 12, 2019 12:23 (IST)
Election 2019: 16% Polling In 8 Bengal Lok Sabha Seats 

Over 16 per cent people voted across eight Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal today where polling for the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha election was underway amid reports of violence that left a BJP activist dead. An electorate of around 1,33,56,964 is eligible to decide the fate of 83 candidates. The polling started at 7 am and would continue till 6 p.m. Violence was reported from parts of Bengal, even before the polling started, as a middle-aged BJP activist was killed in Jhargram, Bengal's tribal heartland.

May 12, 2019 11:54 (IST)
General Elections 2019: 20.93 Per cent Turnout Till 11 am In Madhya Pradesh

An average 20.93 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 11 am in eight Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh where polling was underway on Sunday. Voting was underway since 7 am in a peaceful manner in Bhopal, Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Vidisha and Rajgarh constituencies in the third phase of elections in the state, state Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao said. The voting figures till 11 am were: Morena 13.88 per cent, Bhind 17.64 per cent, Gwalior 16.86 per cent, Guna 25.08 per cent, Sagar 22.33 per cent, Vidisha 23.69 per cent, Bhopal 23.58 per cent and Rajgarh 25.16 per cent, he said.
May 12, 2019 11:44 (IST)
Election 2019: Scuffle between BJP workers and TMC workers at polling booth number 254 in Bankura after BJP alleged rigging by TMC workers.
May 12, 2019 11:38 (IST)
Lok Sabha Polls Phase 6: Voter Turnout Highest In West Bengal Till 9 am

As polling began in 59 parliamentary constituencies across the nation for the penultimate and sixth phase of general elections, West Bengal saw the highest voter turnout in the initial hours of voting despite instances of violence, while Delhi and Haryana saw tepid voter turnout. As of 9 am today, West Bengal witnessed 16.66 per cent voting, while Jharkhand recorded second highest voter turnout of 14.97 per cent.

May 12, 2019 10:52 (IST)
Lok Sabha Elections: Madhya Pradesh Votes For 8 Lok Sabha Seats

Voting was underway in Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Vidisha, Bhopal and Rajgarh Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh today, with the Congress and the BJP being the main contestants. The state poses a major challenge to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as it had lost power after 15 years in Assembly elections last year. There are 138 candidates and 1.44 crore voters in Sunday's exercise.  The issues of farm and rural distress are dominant. The constituency of Bhopal is the most keenly watched as former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh of the Congress is in the fray against Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur of BJP who is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.
May 12, 2019 10:06 (IST)
Lok Sabha Election: Slow Start To Polling In Uttar Pradesh

Voting was yet to pick up in the first two hours of polling in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of eastern UP where SP President Akhilesh Yadav and Union minister Maneka Gandhi are among key contestants. The average poll percentage was 9.28 per cent, a state election office spokesperson said. While Basti parliamentary constituency recorded the highest turnout of 11.40 per cent, enthusiasm among voters was the least in Domariyaganj, where 7.60 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots till 9 am. Altogether, 177 candidates are contesting in these 14 constituencies, where 2.53 crore people are eligible to vote at 16,998 polling centres.
May 12, 2019 10:04 (IST)
Election 2019: BJP's Bharati Ghosh In Tears After Being Heckled At Poll Booth In Bengal.
May 12, 2019 09:59 (IST)
Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Polling Underway For 10 Lok Sabha Seats In Haryana

Polling in ten constituencies of Haryana in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections, which will seal the fate of 223 candidates, including Union ministers Rao Inderjit Singh and Krishan Pal Gurjar. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was among the early voters in Karnal. 

Haryana's Joint Chief Electoral Officer Inder Jeet said over 1.80 crore people are eligible to vote in the state. Of them, 97,16,516 are male, 83,40,173 female and 207 transgenders.Over one lakh of the total voters are physically challenged and special facilities have been provided for them, he said. Altogether, 223 candidates, just 11 of them women, are in the fray. Prominent among them are Union ministers of state Rao Inderjit Singh from Gurgaon and Krishan Pal Gurjar from Faridabad. Both of them are seeking re-election.  Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, a sitting Congress MLA from Rohtak district, is again trying his luck to enter the Lower House of Parliament, but this time from Sonipat. 
May 12, 2019 09:42 (IST)
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar casts his vote at polling booth in Karnal. 

May 12, 2019 09:39 (IST)
Delhi and 6 states vote today in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
May 12, 2019 09:38 (IST)
Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Bharati Ghosh In Tears After Being Heckled At Poll Booth In Bengal

Bharati Ghosh, a former IPS officer and once a trusted lieutenant of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was attacked by a group of people at a polling station this morning, as the state votes in the sixth round of the national election. West Bengal has seen violence and clashes on polling days in the previous rounds of voting with workers of the Trinamool Congress and the BJP clashing in many parts of the state. Two BJP workers were injured in East Midnapore last night after they were shot at. A Trinamool Congress worker was found dead in the same district. In Jhargram district, a BJP worker was found dead. The party alleges that he was killed by Trinamool workers. Security was heightened at polling stations in Bengal for the sixth phase after multiple cases of violence in the previous rounds. 
May 12, 2019 09:30 (IST)
6th Phase Lok Sabha Election: 2019 Indian General Election: BJP's Maneka Gandhi Gets Into Argument With Rival Candidate In Sultanpur

Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Sultanpur, Maneka Gandhi, got into an argument with SP-BSP-RLD candidate Sonu Singh after she alleged him of threatening voters.
May 12, 2019 09:20 (IST)
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar casts his vote at a polling booth in Karnal.
May 12, 2019 08:50 (IST)
Sidharth Nath Singh, minister in UP government, votes in Prayagraj. Rita Bahuguna Joshi is the BJP's candidate in Prayagraj, pitted against mahagathbandhan's Rajendra Pratap Singh and AAP's Bhawani Nath Valmiki.

May 12, 2019 08:44 (IST)
Over 10.17 crore voters will decide the fate of several prominent politicians, including Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, BJP leader Pragya Thakur, Union Minister Harshvardhan and Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia, as 59 constituencies across six states and the national capital vote in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections today. The BJP had won 45 of these seats in the 2014 elections, and it now faces the challenge of repeating the feat in the absence of an overarching Modi wave. 
May 12, 2019 08:24 (IST)
Visuals from polling booth number 152 in Prem Nagar in Karnal constituency in Haryana.
May 12, 2019 08:19 (IST)
Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi at a polling booth in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

May 12, 2019 08:17 (IST)
May 12, 2019 08:01 (IST)
Haryana: Virat Kohli Casts His Vote In Gurugram

Indian skipper Virat Kohli poses at a polling booth in Pinecrest School in Gurugram after casting his vote.
May 12, 2019 07:37 (IST)

Lok Sabha Elections: Madhya Pradesh: BJP Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur after casting her vote.
May 12, 2019 07:15 (IST)
General Elections 2019: In West Bengal Two BJP workers Shot At Last Night

Two BJP workers Ananta Guchait and Ranjit Maity were shot at last night in Bhagabanpur, East Medinipur. Both the injured have been admitted to hospital. More details awaited.
May 12, 2019 07:01 (IST)
2019 Indian General Elections: Pashupati Nath Singh vs Kirti Azad In Jharkhand

In Dhanbad, one of the four Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand voting in the sixth phase, cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad is the Congress candidate who is fighting against BJP lawmaker Pasupati Nath Singh. A three-time lawmaker, Kirti Azad joined the Congress in February. He was suspended from the BJP in 2015 over "anti-party" remarks. Mr Azad, who was an all-rounder, won the Darbhanga seat in Bihar in 2014 on a BJP ticket. He has been nominated by the Congress under a seat-sharing deal of the grand alliance in the state.
May 12, 2019 07:00 (IST)
General Elections 2019: Akhilesh Yadav vs Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirahua In Uttar Pradesh

In the sixth phase of elections, 14 Lok Sabha seats in UP are polling and the BJP had won 13 of these seats in 2014. Azamgarh was the only seat that the BJP lost where Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav won. This time, his son and Samjawadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav will fight to retain the seat against Bhojpuri film star Dinesh Lal Yadav, also known as "Nirahua", who is the BJP candidate. The Bhojpuri actor was earlier honoured by the Akhilesh Yadav-led government with the state's Yash Bharti award.
May 12, 2019 06:57 (IST)
Lok Sabha Elections: Pragya Thakur vs Digvijaya Singh Fight In Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, will see one of the most interesting fights of national elections as BJP candidate Pragya Thakur contests against former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh. As Digvijaya Singh faces BJP's Pragya Thakur, a saffron-robed "Sadhvi", the Congress veteran, eyeing the Bhopal seat, recently turned to a large group of Sadhus. Among the campaigners for him was Namdev Tyagi, popularly known as Computer Baba, who switched from the BJP to Congress. He performed a maha yagya for ex-chief minister's win.

May 12, 2019 06:54 (IST)
Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Voting Begins For The Sixth Phase

Voting begins for 59 parliamentary constituencies in the 6th phase of polling across Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal.