Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 4 live updates

12:23 PM IST: Stone pelting near polling booths in J-K’s Kulgam (Indian Express)

Several incidents of stone pelting took place Monday in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir where polling is underway for election to the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, police said. “Isolated incidents of stone pelting near polling stations have been reported from various parts of Kulgam district but the situation is under control due to timely action of security forces,” a police official said. He said there were no reports of anyone getting hurt in the stone pelting incidents so far. PTI

12:19 PM IST: Anand Mahindra casts vote in Mumbai’s Malabar Hill (Hindustan Times)

“We all have been infected by the virus of progress and growth. Even if a coalition govt comes, it should work towards progress and growth of the country,” said Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra after casting his vote in Mumbai’s Malabar Hill.

12:08 PM IST: Sporadic violence reported in West Bengal (Indian Express)

Sporadic incidents of violence marked the first two hours of polling in West Bengal. There were reports of a clash between TMC and BJP workers outside a booth in Barabani in Asansol, following a tiff between sitting MP and BJP candidate in Asansol, Babul Supriyo and polling officials inside the station, an Election Commission source said. Supriyo’s vehicle was also reportedly vandalised in the clash, he said. However, an EC official said by and large, polling has so far been peaceful.

11:59 AM IST: Lawyer moves Delhi HC to disqualify PM Modi from contesting (India Today)

A Kolkata-based lawyer has filed a petition in Delhi HC to disqualify PM Narendra Modi and Nitin Gadkari’s affidavits to contest Lok Sabha elections. According to the petitioner, the prime minister didn’t disclose the pending criminal cases against himself.

He claimed there is an ongoing CBI inquiry on alleged corruption in allowing E-rickshaw manufacturing licenses to companies. Inquiry after an NGO approached the Guwahati HC.

The petitioner said PM Modi has not declared that he is named in the complaint for which inquiry is ongoing.

11:57 AM IST: 17% polling in Odisha as EVM glitches mar polling process

Voting for the fourth and final phase of polling for 6 Lok Sabha and 41 Assembly constituencies in Odisha began this morning amid reports of technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) machines leading to severe disruption.

Officials in Chief Electoral Officer said 17% of the voters had cast their votes by 11 am.

11:40 AM IST: 29.40% voting recorded till 11 am in Rajasthan 

Over 29 per cent voting was recorded in the first four hours of polling in 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan which began at 7 am on Monday.

The Barmar parliamentary constituency recorded the maximum voter turn out of 33.53 per cent, while the overall voting percentage at 11 am was 29.40 per cent, according to the office of the chief electoral officer.

11:24 AM IST: First time voter casts vote in Rajasthan’s Kota despite undergoing ligament tear surgery

A first time voter cast his vote in Rajasthan’s Kota despite undergoing ligament tear surgery.

The Congress and BJP are going to face each other again Rajasthan in the Lok Sabha election after the grand old party came back to power following a tight contest in last year’s assembly polls in one of the key states in the Hindi heartland.

In the last general election, the Bharatiya Janata Party won all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan and in the 2018 November-December assembly poll the Congress bagged 100 out of the 200 state seats and BJP 73.

11:22 AM IST: Polling percentage in Bihar till 11 am (India Today)

Darbhanga- 16.8

Ujiarpur- 12.69

Samastipur- 13.25

Begusarai- 17.60

Munger- 15

Total – 15.16

11:18 AM IST: 11% voting recorded in Madhya Pradesh till 10 am (Hindustan Times)

Madhya Pradesh recorded around 11.39 per cent voting in the first three hours of polling for the six Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh on Monday till 10 a.m., officials said.

In Sidhi, 11.24 per cent voting was recorded, Shahdol saw 11.90 per cent, Jabalpur 10.96 per cent, Madla 10.87 per cent, Balaghat 12.14 and Chhindwara 11.51 per cent.

In 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party had won five seats barring Chhindwara, which was won by Congress’ Kamal Nath.

11:10 AM IST: SC issues notice to EC over decriminalising complaints on EVMs (India Today)

The Supreme Court has issued a notice to EC and Centre on a PIL seeking to decriminalise complaints on malfunctioning of VVPAT/EVM, which at present entails jail term and fine if complaint found false.

Recently, a retired senior police official said he found certain discrepancy in VVPAT but did not have courage to complain as falsity of such complaint would have led to imprisonment and heavy fine.

11:02 AM IST: TMC trying to influence voters: Babul Supriyo (Indian Express)

BJP MP Babul Supriyo alleged that the Trinamool Congress is trying to influence voters and have stationed their people at booth numbers 171, 199, 223 and 224 in Jamuria constituency.

10:59 AM  IST: West Bengal – Elections don’t mean anything, says widow of rural poll violence victim (Indian Express)

Rufta Bibi (42) from Karidhya village at Suri in Birbhum, about 330 km from Kolkata, will cast her vote without her husband for the first time ever since her marriage 17 years ago. Rufta’s husband, Dildar Sheikh, was one of the many people who were killed during last year’s panchayat poll violence in the state. Dildar is now survived by his three minor daughters and wife. “Will any party be able to bring my husband back? Can anyone do something to lessen the burden I have on my shoulders?” said Rufta. However, despite the anguish, she will cast vote on Monday.

10:57 AM IST: BJP, TMC clash in Birbhum (India Today)

Clashes have been reported between TMC and BJP in Nanoor under Birbhum. The villagers have alleged that TMC workers are threatening them. Women in the area are out on streets with bamboo sticks. Police reinforcements are being sent to the spot.

10:53 AM IST: Anupam Kher casts his vote (India Today)

Clashes have been reported between TMC and BJP in Nanoor under Birbhum. The villagers have alleged that TMC workers are threatening them. Women in the area are out on streets with bamboo sticks. Police reinforcements are being sent to the spot.

10:44 AM IST: BJP to meet EC over poll violence during polling in Bengal (Hindustan Times)

BJP delegation including Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Vijay Goel & Anil Baluni will meet Election Commission today over the issue of poll-related violence during polling in West Bengal

10:33 AM IST: Attempts at rigging reported in Odisha, says BJP MP Jay Panda (Indian Express)

BJP MP candidate from Kendrapara, Jay Panda, who visited polling booth number 38 in Kendrapara Lok Sabha Constituency, said, “Today, we registered 14-15 complaints with poll authorities over disturbance and attempts of booth rigging at different polling booths. We want free and fair polls.”

10:30 AM IST: EVM glitch in Maharashtra’s Patlipada

An EVM glitch has been reported from Maharashtra’s Patlipada. The machine was replaced after one hour. However, most of the voters went home after waiting for an hour.

Another EVM snag was reported in Mumbai’s Panvel where an EVM stopped working at Gujarati Shala pool booth. It was replaced in an hour.

10:28 AM IST: Congress to approach SC against PM Modi, Amit Shah (India Today)

Congress will move against the alleged breach of poll code by PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

The party is knocking the apex court’s door after no action by EC.

Congress MP Sushmita Dev has filed a plea asking the SC to instruct EC to announce a decision on the matter.

Congress has accused PM Modi and Amit Shah of using armed forces as well as hate speech in campaigning.

10:21 AM IST: Woman poll staffer dies of heart attack in MP (Indian Express)

A 50-year-old woman poll staffer died after suffering a heart attack ahead of voting in Chhindwara Lok Sabha seat of Madhya Pradesh, an official said on Monday. Sunanda Kotekar, who was deployed at Lodhikheda polling booth in Saunsar area of Chhindwara, felt uneasy on Sunday night, Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao said. She died of the heart attack even before she could be provided any medical assistance, he added. The woman and other personnel of the polling team had reached the booth early on Sunday. PTI

10:19 AM IST: In a first, Naxal-affected region votes in Jharkhand

Polling is being conducted for the first time at booth number 249 in Jagodih area of Palamu constituency. It is a Naxal-affected area.

10:11 AM IST: Amir Khan casts vote at polling booth in Mumbai’s Bandra (Hindustan Times)

Amir Khan with wife Kiran Rao casting their votes at polling booth in Mumbai’s Bandra.

10:02 AM IST: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das votes (Indian Express)

9:56 AM IST: Polling percentage till 9 am in phase 4 of Lok Sabha polls (Hindustan Times)

6.82% polling in Maharashtra (17 seats), 11.11% polling in Madhya Pradesh (6 seats), 9% polling in Odisha (6) and 16.90% in West Bengal (8 seats) have been recorded till 9 am in phase 4 of Lok Sabha elections.

9:49 AM IST: EVM snatched away in Bengal (India Today)

An EVM has reportedly been snatched away from a polling station in West Bengal’s Dubrajpur.

9:48 AM IST: 9.59% votes polled in Uttar Pradesh till 9 am

9.59% votes polled in Uttar Pradesh till 9 am amid complaints of EVM malfunctioning in Kannauj and other places.

9:36 AM IST: Eco-friendly polling booths in Bihar are a visual treat (India Today)

9:26 AM IST: Babul Supriyo’s car vandalised (Indian Express)

There has been a report of violence in West Bengal as BJP MP candidate from Asansol Bul Supriyo’s car was vandalised outside the polling booth.

9:19 AM IST: PM Modi to address rallies in Jharkhand, Bengal, Rahul in Rajasthan (Indian Express)

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address three rallies today, at Jharkhand and West Bengal. PM Modi will first hold a rally in Jharkhand’s Koderma, followed by West Bengal’s Srirampur and Barrackpore. BJP president Amit Shah will hold four public rallies in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot, Pratapgarh, Jaunpur, and Prayagraj, respectively. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address public meetings in Rajasthan today. He will be in Karauli-Dholpur, Churu, and Jaipur Rural.

9:08 AM IST: Milind Deora casts his vote (Indian Express)

South Mumbai candidate Milind Deora cast his vote at Activity HS Peddar Rd.

8:51 AM IST: EVM malfunction in Mumbai’s Malad West seat (India Today)

Complaints of EVM malfucntion in Mumbai as well

8:42 AM IST: All you need to know about Phase 4 elections (India Today)

72 Lok Sabha constituencies are voting in the 4th phase of Lok Sabha elections.

8:36 AM IST: Complaints of EVM malfunctioning in Bolpur (India Today)

West Bengal: Agitated over EVM malfunctioning, angry voters protest against polling officers in Booth No. 205 and 207 under Bolpur constituency.

8:23 AM IST: Samajwadi Party complains of EVM malfunctioning in Kannauj (India Today)

Samajwadi Party lodges complaint of faulty EVM in Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj constituency.

8:23 AM IST: Elections Phase 4: Begusarai CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar casts his vote (Indian Express)

CPI debutant and former JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who is faced with firebrand BJP leader Giriraj Singh in Begusarai, cast his vote Friday.

8:19 AM IST: Priyanka Chopra comes out to vote along with mother Madhu Chopra (India Today)

Priyanka Chopra and mother Madhu Chopra cast their votes in Mumbai.

8:17 AM IST: Paresh Rawal, wife cast votes (Indian Express)

7:58 AM IST: Elections Phase 4 – Rekha casts her vote (Indian Express)

Actor Rekha was among the early ones to exercise their voting rights as Mumbai goes to poll today. She cast her vote at a polling booth in Bandra in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha Elections.

7:46 AM IST: BJP candidate accuses TMC of booth capture in Krishnanagar (India Today)

BJP’s candidate from Bengal’s Krishnanagar constituency claims Trinamool goons have captured polling booths.

7:35 AM IST: Giriraj Singh, Kanhaiya Kumar, Babul Supriyo in fray today (India Today)

The fate of 943 candidates, including Union ministers Giriraj Singh, Subhash Bhamre, SS Ahluwalia and Babul Supriyo of the BJP and former Union ministers Salman Khurshid and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress, will be decided by about 12.79 core voters in the fourth phase. Among other key contestants in the fray are Kanhaiya Kumar (CPI), Priya Dutt (Congress), Baijayant Panda (BJP), Urmila Matondkar (Congress), Dimple Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Satabdi Roy (TMC), Upendra Kushwaha (RLSP), and Milind Deora (Congress).

7:23 AM IST: Elections Phase 4: Anil Ambani casts his vote (Indian Express)

Businessman Anil Ambani cast his vote at the polling booth at Cuffe parade in Mumbai.

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