Voting for the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 will take place on Tuesday, April 23. 13 states and two Union Territories will vote today for 117 Lok Sabha constituencies. Polling for Phase 3 Lok Sabha Elections will be held in - Assam (4 parliamentary constituencies), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (7), Gujarat (26), Goa (2), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Karnataka (14), Kerala (20), Maharashtra (14), Odisha (6), UP (10), West Bengal (5), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (1) and Daman and Diu (1). Polling for Tripura East seat was scheduled to be held in the second phase but was postponed due to law and order situation in the state and will be held on Tuesday.
Polling for Phase 3 elections will begin from 7 am and continue till 6 pm, except in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir and Odisha, where voting will end early. Over 1,600 candidates are in the fray in 117 constituencies for the third phase of Lok Sabha election 2019. Phase 3 will be the biggest phase in terms of seats in the seven-phase Lok Sabha Elections 2019 to choose the 17th Lok Sabha. The polling dates for general election 2019 are April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. Elections 2019 result will be declared on May 23.
Polling percentage recorded till 3 pm
- Uttar Pradesh-46.82%
- West Bengal-66.80%
- Dadra and Nagar Haveli-56.81%
- Daman and Diu-54.84%
WATCH | Unidentified men hurl bomb near West Bengal polling booth
A few unidentified men hurled a bomb near a polling booth in Murshidabad district's Raninagar area of West Bengal.
Poll official collapses, passes away in Odisha
A polling official at a booth collapsed while on duty and then passed away in Kantapal village of Dhenkanal district.
JUST IN: TMC-Congress clashes in Murshidabad, voter killed
A man standing in a queue to vote was killed during clashes between the Congress and TMC workers in Baligram, Murshidabad.
Temperatures soar in Kerala, 2 voters die while waiting to vote
While waiting for their turn to vote, two senior citizens have lost their lives at a polling booth in Kerala. 80-year-old Pappachan collapsed and died at a polling booth in Vadasserikkara in Pathanamthitta district. In another similar incident, 72-year-old Venugopala Marar, who complained of uneasiness after reaching home from the polling station, was declared brought dead at the cooperative hospital in Taliparamba.
Phase 3 Lok Sabha Elections: Voter turnout till 1 pm - 37.89%
Estimated voter turnout for phase 3 of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is 37.89 per cent till 1 pm today.
AIADMK announces candidates for by-polls in 4 assembly constituencies
AIADMK announces candidates for byelections in four assembly constituencies. VV Senthinathan to contest from Aravakurichi, S Muniyandi from Thiruparankundram, P Mohan from Ottapidaram and VP Kandhasamy from Salur.
Tamil Nadu by-polls will be held on May 19. Results will be declared on May 23.
Voter turnout till 1 pm
- Uttar Pradesh-29.76%
- West Bengal-52.40%
- Dadra and Nagar Haveli-37.20%
- Daman and Diu-42.99%
Arun Jaitley casts his vote in Ahmedabad
Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley casts his vote at a polling booth in Ahmedabad.
Sadhvi Pragya holds a roadshow in Bhopal
Veteran BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote in Ahmedabad
Veteran BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote at a polling booth at Shahpur Hindi School in Ahmedabad.
Snake holds up polling in Kerala's Kannur seat
A snake was found inside a VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail) machine in a booth in Kannur constituency. Polling for Phase 3 of Lok Sabha polls resumed after the snake was caught.
Sitting BJP MP Udit Raj becomes doctor again, quits chowkidari
BJP MP Udit Raj, in a pinned tweet on Tuesday morning, threatened to say "goodbye to the party" if he was not picked as a candidate for the Lok Sabha elections 2019. Udit Raj was the BJP parliamentarian from North West Delhi constituency.
The party had filed singer Hans Raj Hans to contest from North West Delhi Lok Sabha seat.
Taking to Twitter, Raj said, "I am waiting for a ticket if not given to me I will do goodbye to party," he tweeted this morning as people across the country voted in the third phase of the national election. "... I hope I will not be forced to leave BJP by BJP itself."
In the 2014 general election, Raj defeated the Aam Aadmi Party's Rakhi Birla by over 1 lakh votes in North West Delhi constituency.
Singer Hans Raj Hans to contest from North West Delhi on BJP ticket
Goa CM Pramod Sawant, wife Sulakshana Sawant cast their votes
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and wife Sulakshana Sawant cast their votes at a polling booth in Sankhali Lok Sabha constituency.
Actor Sunny Deol joins BJP
Actor Sunny Deol joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in presence of Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman.
Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge casts his vote
Senior Congress leader and Gulbarga candidate Mallikarjun Kharge cast his vote at a polling booth in Gulbarga in Karnataka.
Breaking: Sunny Deol likely to join BJP
In the midst of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, actor Sunny Deol will join the Bharatiya Janata Party shortly. The actor will reportedly contest the general elections from Punjab's Gurdaspur.
Patidar champion Hardik Patel casts vote in Gujarat
Newly inducted Congress leader and Patidar champion Hardik Patel cast his vote at a polling booth in Surendranagar constituency, Gujarat.
Phase 3 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019
Kerala Governor P Sathasivam casts his vote in Thiruvananthapuram. See visuals
Governor of Kerala P Sathasivam along with his wife cast their votes in Thiruvananthapuram on April 23 for Phase 3 of general elections.
Anna Hazare casts his vote in Maharashtra
Social activist Anna Hazare after casting his vote in Ralegan Siddhi of Ahmednagar District in Maharashtra.
WATCH: BJP workers beat election official for asking voters to press 'cycle' symbol in UP
The BJP workers have beaten up an election official at a polling booth in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad for allegedly asking voters to press the 'cycle' symbol of Samajwadi party.
Kashmiri Pandits cast their votes in J&K
Kashmiri Pandits cast their votes at a Special Polling Station in Udhampur, for Anantnag parliamentary constituency in Jammu and Kashmir.
Crude bomb hurled at 3 TMC workers in West Bengal
Phase 3 Lok Sabha elections: Three Trinamool Congress workers were injured after a crude bomb was hurled at them. The incident took place in Domkal municipality in Murshidabad.
Congress votes going in BJP's account?
EVM, VVPAT glitches have been reported across the state of Kerala due to which voting has been delayed. Voting was stopped at a polling station in Chowara booth of Thiruvananthapuram constituency after the voters complained of a malfunction in the EVM.
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Faulty EVMs delay voting in Kerala, Karnataka
- Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said after casting his vote: There are reports of many booths that are facing EVM malfunction. I hope the EC is taking note of this. "I myself had to wait for a while and I was told that the EVMs are not working. I am also told that this is the case in other places also," Vijayan told the media in Kannur after casting his vote.
- In Kerala, faulty EVMs have interrupted polling at seven booths in Alathur, 11 booths in Palakkad, seven booths in Kasaragod and 10 booths in Pathanamthitta.
- Electronic voting machines (EVMs) malfunctioning have been reported from a few polling booths in Karnataka. Fourteen of the Karnataka's 28 Lok Sabha seats are voting in the third phase.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik casts his vote in Bhubaneswar
Polling percentage recorded till 9 am
- Uttar Pradesh-10.24%
- West Bengal-10.97%
- Dadra and Nagar Haveli-0.00%
- Daman and Diu-5.83%
West Bengal: Man carries 87-year-old mother to polling booth
A man carries his 87-year-old mother to a polling booth in Kotwali Primary Junior Basic School, in Malda, West Bengal.
Amit Shah casts his vote at polling booth in Ahmedabad
BJP President Amit Shah and his wife Sonal Shah cast their votes at polling booth in Naranpura Sub-Zonal office in Ahmedabad.
Polling underway in Maharashtra's 14 Lok Sabha seats
- Maharashtra: Voting in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies begin
- Nationalist Congress Party leader Supriya Sule casts her vote along with her family at a polling station in Baramati. She is sitting MP and NCP MP candidate from Baramati.
- 93-year-old Prabhakar Bhide and 88-year-old Sushila Bhide cast their votes at a polling booth in Pune's Mayur colony.
Strength of democracy is voter ID: PM Modi after casting his vote
- The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is voter ID. I can say with surety that the voter ID is much much more powerful than an IED, so we should understand the strength of our voter IDs.
- Today third phase of polling is underway, I am fortunate that I also got the opportunity to fulfil my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Like you feel pure after a holy dip in Kumbh, one feels pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy. I am very fortunate that I cast my vote, Felt happy like after taking Holy bath.
PM Modi after casting his vote in Ahmedabad
PM Modi casts his vote at Ahmedabad polling booth
Prime Minister Narendra Modi casts his vote at a polling booth in Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip, Ahmedabad. BJP President Amit Shah, who accompanied PM Modi, will also cast his vote at the same polling booth.
PM Modi arrives in Ahmedabad to cast his vote
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at his mother's residence in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly.
Vote in record numbers, tweets PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to cast their vote in Phase 3 of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Urging all those voting in today’s Third Phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to do so in record numbers. Your vote is precious and will shape the direction our nation takes in the years to come.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 23, 2019
I’ll be voting in Ahmedabad in a short while from now.
Uttar Pradesh: Preparations underway for polling
Visuals from polling booths 226, 227, 228 and 229 of Mainpuri Parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh. Voting for the third phase of elections started at 7 am today.
No road, no vote: Himachal villagers threaten to boycott Phase 3 polls
Himachal villagers have decided to boycott elections unless roads are built in their villages. "Everyone asks for votes but no one does anything for construction of roads. We'll boycott elections until roads are built," said a local.
Himachal: Residents of Laharu Teeka village of Naura panchayat say they've decided to boycott elections unless roads in their village are built; say, "Everyone asks for votes but no one does anything for construction of roads. We'll boycott elections until roads are built" (22.4) pic.twitter.com/a8KA9EaCff— ANI (@ANI) April 22, 2019
Tripura: Fever outbreak keeps people away from voting
Polling for Tripura East seat will be held today but hundreds of villagers in remote Rajdhanpara are suffering from severe fever for over a week. There are no medical facilities available in the village. A resident of the village said, "No doctor or officer is coming here. We aren't getting any medicine. What should we do? Government is not paying attention. Our area is scheduled to undergo elections on April 23. How will we cast our votes when most of us are suffering from fever?"
Phase 3 Lok Sabha polls | All you need to know
The states and union territories voting in the third phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections are - Assam (4 parliamentary constituencies), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (7), Gujarat (26), Goa (2), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Karnataka (14), Kerala (20), Maharashtra (14), Odisha (6), UP (10), West Bengal (5), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (1) and Daman and Diu (1). Polling for Tripura East seat was scheduled to be held in the second phase but was postponed due to law and order situation in the state and will be held today.
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