Phase 7 Lok Sabha elections 2019: Voting for the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 began on Sunday, May 19, across 59 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over seven states. Chandigarh will also vote in the seventh phase. An estimated 10 crore voters will decide the fate of 912 candidates, including political bigwigs Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, BJP lawmaker Kirron Kher, Union Minister and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal and BJP nominee Sunny Deol.
Voting will take place in 13 seats in Punjab, 9 seats in West Bengal, 13 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 8 seats each in Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, 4 seats in Himachal Pradesh and 3 seats in Jharkhand.
The general election is taking place in seven phases. The polling dates for national election 2019 are April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. Results for the Lok Sabha election 2019 will be declared on May 23.
Asaduddin Owaisi takes jibe after PM Modi meditates in Kedarnath
Three firsts: 1. Arriving as KING to give darshan. 2. Sitting for meditation with photographer 3. Meditating: ie, looking inwards, with spectacles on. Once X asked Y, "Brother, why do you sleep with your spectacles on?" Y: "Bhai, ainak naal sapne bilkul clear dikhde hain" pic.twitter.com/hvWOstq6yh— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) May 19, 2019
TDP writes to EC alleging violation of poll code by PM Modi
TDP writes to EC alleging violation of Model Code of Conduct by PM Narendra Modi. Letter states, "PM has gone to Badrinath & Kedarnath on an official visit, all the private activities done by him during his pilgrimage are being displayed & continuously telecast, which is a clear violation of the MCC."
Polling percentage recorded at 50.90% till 3 pm
- Bihar: 46.66 %
- Himachal Pradesh: 47.76%
- Madhya Pradesh: 56.14%
- Punjab: 47.35%
- Uttar Pradesh: 45.72%
- West Bengal: 60.59%
- Jharkhand: 62.90%
- Chandigarh: 49.77%
Just In: Bengal BJP workers to meet EC to discuss poll violence by TMC
BJP delegation, including Vice-President Jay Prakash Majumdar and Member of Election Committee, Sishir Bajoria, will meet the CEO of West Bengal at around 3:30 pm to register allegations against the Trinamool Congress in the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections.
Chandrababu Naidu meets Sitaram Yechury
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu meets CPI (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.
BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi casts his vote in Varanasi
Ex-BJP rebel Shatrughan Sinha casts his vote
Ex-BJP rebel and Congress candidate from Patna Sahib Lok Sabha Constituency, Shatrughan Sinha, casts his vote at polling booth no.339 in St. Severin's School, Kadam Kuan, Patna.
Son carries 80-year-old mother to a polling booth in Bengal. See photo
A son took his 80-year-old mother to a polling booth in Dum Dum Lok Sabha constituency.
WATCH: Tej Pratap Yadav's security guards beat a camera person in Patna
Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav son Tej Pratap Yadav's personal security guards in Patna beat a camera person after he allegedly broke the windscreen of Yadav's car. Tej Pratap Yadav was leaving after casting his vote. Yadav has reportedly filed an FIR after on the incident.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu cast their votes
1st time voter of Independent India Shyam Saran Negi cast his vote today
103-year-old Negii from Himachal Pradesh is arguably India's first voter, who has voted in all the national elections since 1951.
1st Voter of Independent India Sh Shyam Saran Negi cast his vote today— PIB India (@PIB_India) May 19, 2019
103yr old Sh Negii from #HimanchalPradesh is arguably India's first voter, who has voted in all the national elections since 1951
Picture Courtesy: @SpokespersonECI #VotingRound7 #Phase7 pic.twitter.com/xqOZ9dELia
No roads, no votes: Bihar locals boycott polls in Nalanda district
Phase 7 Lok Sabha 2019 elections: Locals are boycotting polls at booth number 299 in Chandora village, Rajgir Block of Nalanda District. They are saying, "No roads, No votes." An EVM and Block Development Officer's car has been vandalised.
Polling percentage recorded at 20.54% till 11 am
- Bihar: 18.90%
- Himachal Pradesh: 16.92%
- Madhya Pradesh:20.95%
- Punjab: 19.69%
- Uttar Pradesh: 18.05%
- West Bengal: 26.07%
- Jharkhand: 27.71%
- Chandigarh: 18.70%
TMC workers casting proxy votes in Jadavpur: BJP's Anupam Hazra
BJP MP candidate Anupam Hazra alleges that women TMC workers with covered faces are casting proxy votes at polling booth number 150/137 in Jadavpur and it is difficult to establish their identity. "When we raised an objection to it, they created a ruckus at the polling station," Hazra said.
BJP MP candidate Anupam Hazra at polling booth number 150/137 in Jadavpur: Women TMC workers with covered faces are casting proxy votes, it is difficult to establish their identity. When we raised objection to it, they created a ruckus at the polling station. pic.twitter.com/Grf3rwoVc6— ANI (@ANI) May 19, 2019
BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan casts her vote in Indore
Congress have brought their goons in Badal village from outside: Harsimrat Kaur Badal
Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal said,"Congress have brought their goons here [Badal village] from outside. Yesterday, their goons in Mansa conducted checking of cars. We complained to poll officials but no action was taken. In Bhatinda Rural, BJP worker Titu Randhawa was also attacked.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal in Badal village: Congress have brought their goons here from outside. Y'day, their goons in Mansa conducted checking of cars. We complained to poll officials but no action was taken. In Bhatinda Rural, our worker Titu Randhawa was also attacked. #Punjab pic.twitter.com/QGt95LBL2d— ANI (@ANI) May 19, 2019
Overall voter turnout at 10:30 am - 11.75%
BJP leader Anurag Thakur waits in queue to cast his vote
Senior BJP leader Anurag Thakur and BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal wait in a queue outside a polling booth in Hamirpur to cast their votes.
100 people stopped from voting, alleges BJP MP Sayantan Basu
Voters are reportedly holding a protest outside polling booth number 189 in Basirhat, West Bengal, as it has been alleged that the TMC workers are not allowing them to cast their vote. BJP MP candidate from Basirhat Sayantan Basu says, "100 people were stopped from voting. We will take them to cast their vote."
Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur casts his vote in Mandi
Prime Minister Modi arrives in Badrinath temple
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Uttarakhand. He reached Badrinath temple on Sunday morning. Check out the visuals here:
Modi reaches Badrinath; TMC complains to EC against PM for violating poll code
Senior Trinamool Congress leader Derek O' Brien has filed a complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for violating the model code of conduct (MCC) on the last and final phase of polling.
"I would like to bring to your notice that even though the Election Campaign for the last phase of polling for 2019 Lok Sabha is over as long as back on l-7th May 2019 at 6 pm, surprisingly Shri Narendra Modi's Kedarnath Yatra is being covered and widely televised for the last two days in all national as well as local media. This is a gross violation of the Model Code of Conduct," stated TMC MP Derek O' Brien in the complaint.
He went on to add: "He even announced that the Master Plan for the Kedarnath Temple is ready and also addressed the public and the media at Kedarnath. lt is absolutely unethical and morally incorrect."
103-year-old woman casts her vote in Tamil Nadu
No difference between TMC and a terrorist organisation, claims Chandra Bose
Subhas Chandra Bose's grand-nephew and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Chandra Kumar Bose said, "Last night, I was getting calls from my workers from different booths that they have been threatened by TMC's 'jihadi' brigade that if you sit as booth agents for BJP, you'll be murdered. There's no difference between a terrorist organisation & TMC." He is contesting the national elections from one of the most high-profile constituencies of West Bengal, Kolkata Dakshin.
Ravi Shankar Prasad casts his vote in Patna
WATCH: PM Modi claims to have had a special relationship with Kedarnath
On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "I have had a special relationship with Kedarnath. After 2013 natural tragedy, we have made a master-plan for the re-development for Kedarnath."
What happens inside a polling booth?
At your service! #KnowYourPollingStation— Election Commission #DeshKaMahatyohar (@ECISVEEP) May 19, 2019
There will be 3 polling officials inside the Polling Station who will support you in your voting exercise. #IndiaElections2019 #Phase7 #GotInked@ceoup @CEOBihar @TheCEOPunjab @ceochandigarh @CEOMPElections @hpelection @CEOWestBengal pic.twitter.com/w3xA3rP2Mb
Phase 7 Lok Sabha elections in numbers
Polling percentage till 9 am
Bihar: 10.65 percent
Himachal Pradesh: 0.87 percent
Madhya Pradesh:7.16 percent
Uttar Pradesh:5.97 percent
West Bengal: 10.54 percent
Specially-abled woman Sonu Mali casts her vote in Indore
Specially-abled woman Sonu Mali casts her vote at polling booth number 316 in Nanda Nagar, Indore.
After meditating in Kedarnath, PM Modi urges nation to vote in record numbers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted before the last and final phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections and asked voters to turn out in record numbers. "Today is the final phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. I urge all those voting in this phase to vote in record numbers. Your one vote will shape India's development trajectory in the years to come. I also hope first time voters vote enthusiastically," Modi tweeted.
Today is the final phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. I urge all those voting in this phase to vote in record numbers. Your one vote will shape India’s development trajectory in the years to come. I also hope first time voters vote enthusiastically.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2019
Harbhajan Singh casts vote in Punjab's Jalandhar
Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee casts his vote in Bengal
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew and Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee casts his vote at polling booth number 208 in South Kolkata Parliamentary Constituency.
Reports of Bombing in West Bengal's Mathurapur constituency
Phase 7 Lok Sabha elections: West Bengal has been a hotbed of violence ever since the beginning of the general elections. Another incident of bombing has been reported in the Mathurapur constituency's Raidighi area in the seventh phase of elections. Villagers in the area have blamed the Trinamool Congress for the violence.
Nitish Kumar casts his vote in Patna
Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar has reached the polling booth to cast his vote in Patna.
Polling begins in Bengal phase 7 Lok Sabha polls
Voting began at 7 am on Sunday, May 19, in nine parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal in the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha 2019 elections.
An electorate of around 1,49,10,643 is authorised to decide the fate of 111 candidates in 17,058 polling booths covering Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata South and Kolkata North constituencies.
There are 94 male candidates and 17 are females.
Polling is scheduled to continue till 6 pm.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath casts vote
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath exercises his franchise at polling booth No. 246 in Gorakhpur.