J&K, Jharkhand Assembly elections - 4th phase: As it happened

J&K, Jharkhand Assembly elections - 4th phase: As it happened
  • 61.65% polling percentage recorded for 4th phase of Jharkhand Assembly election, expected to go up by 1-2%, as per EC.
  • 49% polling percentage recorded for 4th phase of J&K Assembly election, as per Election Commission.
  • Over 37 per cent of 14.73 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 2 pm in the penultimate phase of Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • No untoward incident has been reported from Jharkhand where polls are being held peacefully. 48.6 per cent turnout has been registered till 1 pm.
  • PDP and Congress workers have reportedly clashed in Dooru area even as the voting was underway. They exchanged blows and attacked each other with sticks before police controlled the situation.
  • BJP candidate Hina Bhat has allegedly hit a polling officer in Srinagar. Bhat, who is contesting from Amira Kadal constituency, then had to be ushered out by security as the situation became tense, as per reports. 
  • About a third of voters had cast their votes till 11.00 am in the fourth phase of the Jharkhand state assembly elections, an Election Commission official said Sunday. "Till 11.00 am, 30.06 percent voting has taken place. Till 11.00 am the highest turnout was in Sindri with 40 percent, followed by Tundi with 39 percent," the official added, the IANS reported.
  • Defying the boycott call by separatists and the chilly weather, people turned up in numbers to exercise their franchise in the fourth phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir where over 24 per cent voters cast their vote till noon, the PTI reported.
  • J&K CM Omar Abdullah reacts to the alleged thrashing and tweeted, “The BJP candidate in Srinagar who earlier threatened to pick up a gun over Art 370 now slaps a polling officer.” 
  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Javed Qadri Javed Ahmad Qadri on Sunday allegedly thrashed a voter inside a polling station, claiming that the latter had entered the booth without a voter slip.

BJP candidate thrashes voter inside polling station

  • Around 30.06 percent voting was recorded in Jharkhand till 11 am. The highest turnout was reportedly in Sindri with 40 percent, followed by Tundi with 39 percent.
  • PDP's Mufti Mohammed Sayeed casts his vote in Bijbehara. After voting, he told ANI, “We will be on our own, won't need anyone's support”.
  • Around 10 percent voters have cast their ballot in Jammu and Kashmir till 10 am despite the cold weather. The turnout in Samba was recorded at 13.56 per cent while it was 12.71 per cent in Vijaypur.
  • Omar took to Twitter and shared his experience about voting. He tweeted, “7 months ago when dad came out after voting for himself he quipped that he'd done a selfie, I guess now I've done a selfie as well.” 
  • Over 13 per cent voters turned up in Jharkhand in the first two hours of polling to cast their vote.
  • Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah casts his vote in Sonwar, Srinagar. After casting his vote, Omar told ANI, “Voters are smart, it matters how they feel about the work that I have done.”

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  • The key candidates whose fate will be decided in the fourth phase include former chief minister Babulal Marandi contesting from Giridih seat. Ministers Mannan Mallik of the Congress, Haji Hussain Ansari of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Suresh Paswan of the Rashtriya Janata Dal are among the other prominent candidates in this phase, the IANs reported.
  • Voting for 15 Assembly seats in Jharkhand began at 7 am and will end at 5 pm in Dhanbad and Bokaro constituencies. The exercise will, however, end at 3 PM in the rest of the constituencies of Madhupur, Deogarh (SC), Bagodar, Jamua (SC), Gandey, Giridih, Dumri, Chandankyari (SC), Sindri, Nirsa, Jharia, Tundi and Baghmara, many being Maoist-hit, the PTI reported.
  • A queue of voters started building up in the Khimer and Chatterhama villages of Sonwar constituency, where state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is contesting from.
  • A considerable number of early voters had turned up at Pahalgam, Doru, Shangus and Kokernag constituencies of Anantnag district, while voter turnout was low in the two constituencies of Shopian and Wachi of Shopian district, according to IANS.
  • Voter turnout in the morning was very low in Idgah, Habba Kadal, Khanyar and Hazratbal constituencies as well, but poll officials said the turnout would start to pick up as the day progresses.
  • Just two voters waited outside one polling station in Amira Kadal constituency in Srinagar as the doors of the polling station were opened to voters at 8 a.m. In Batmaloo constituency of Srinagar, only four voters came to cast their votes at a polling station, the IANS reported.
  • Few voters turned up to cast their ballot amidst tight security and freezing temperatures in the districts of Srinagar, Anantnag, Shopian and Samba in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Polling for Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir began at 8 am.
  • Ahead of the polling Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to urge voters of both states to cast their ballot.

Polling for the fourth phase of Assembly seats in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir will begin on Sunday.

The voting will take place on 18 seats in Jammu and Kashmir and 15 seats in Jharkhand.

In Jammu and Kashmir, over 14.73 lakh people will cast their vote at 1,890 polling stations in four districts of the state Srinagar, Anantnag, Shopian (Kashmir Valley) and Samba (Jammu region).

Meanwhile, a total of 43,48,709 voters are eligible to vote and will decide the fate of 217 candidates.

Among those contesting elections in Jharkhand include former Jharkhand CM Babulal Marandi who is contesting from Giridih constituency.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is contesting from Sonwar Assembly segment of Srinagar.