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LS poll 2019 highlights: EC says 66% interim voter turnout in 2nd phase

Voting across 12 states and union territories took place on Thursday (April 18) as part of the 2nd phase in the Lok Sabha election 2019.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 22:41

More than 155 million people were eligible to vote in the second phase of Lok Sabha Election, which ended at 1800hrs in 95 parliament constituencies across 11 states and 1 UT. The poll process remained largely peaceful, with stray incidents of violence being reported from West Bengal and Chhattisgarh.

In Chhattisgarh, Naxals carried out a blast in Rajnandgaon, injuring one jawan. Polling is being held 95 parliamentary constituencies across 11 states and 1 UT. Tension also prevailed in Bengal's North Dinajpur, where locals protested after being barred to vote by unidentified bike-borne men and in Raijganj, where CPM candidate Md Salim's car was vandalised. 

States witnessing polls in this phase were Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Puducherry.

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Here are the highlights from the second phase of Lok Sabha election 2019:

18 April 2019, 20:43 PM

Final state-wise voter turnout from second phase:

Assam-76.22%

Bihar-62.38%

Jammu and Kashmir-45.5%

Karnataka-67.67%

Maharashtra-61.22%

Manipur-76.36%

Odisha-57.97%

Tamil Nadu-66.36%

Uttar Pradesh-66.06%

West Bengal-76.42%

Chhattisgarh-71.40%

Puducherry-76.19%

18 April 2019, 20:22 PM

Senior citizens show the way in 2nd phase of voting.

Check out the pics from across the country here

18 April 2019, 19:54 PM

25 FB posts, 38 tweets, 2 Youtube videos, 2 WhatsApp messages removed between April 11 and April 18 for violating MCC: Election Commission

18 April 2019, 19:53 PM

EC gives details about all seizures made till 1800hrs today:

Total: Rs 2632 crore

Cash: Rs 697 crore

Alcohol worth Rs 219 crore

Narcotics worst Rs 1151 crore

Precious metal (gold, silver etc) worth Rs 512 crore

Miscellaneous items worth Rs 51 crore

18 April 2019, 19:07 PM

Umesh Sinha, Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner, addresses a press briefing after voting in 2nd phase of voting in Lok Sabha election 2019:

* I thank poll officials and security personnel for helping in conducting a successful second phase of election.

* Polling has finished completely in 14 states by the end of the first two phases.

* 15.8 crore was the size of the electorate today. Of these, 7.8 crore were women.

* No incidents of violence in any of the three seats in Chhattisgarh which voted today.

* Tentative state-wise polling percentage:

Chhattisgarh: 71%

Karnataka: 61.84%

Puducherry: 78%

Tamil Nadu: 72%

Jammu and Kashmir: 43.4%  (Srinagar - 13.43%, Uddhampur - 66.67%)

West Bengal: 76.07% (Jalpaiguri 82.76%, Darjeeling 72.14%, Raiganj 73.3%)

Assam: 73.32%

Manipur: 76.15%

Bihar: 62.58%

Maharashtra: 62%

Odisha: 64%

Uttar Pradesh: 62.3%

(Note: The above are not the final poll percentage)

18 April 2019, 18:31 PM

Provisional poll percentage till 6PM in all the states:

Assam: 73.45%

Bihar: 57.60%

Chhattisgarh: 68.95%

J&K: 43.39%

Karnataka: 61.94%

Maharashtra: 55.96%

Manipur: 75.69%

Odisha: 57.81%

Tamil Nadu: 63.11%

UP: 59.53%

West Bengal: 76.30%

Puducherry: 74.30%

18 April 2019, 18:24 PM

Voting ends across 95 constituencies. 

Provisional overall polling percentage is 62%.

18 April 2019, 16:27 PM

Overall voter turnout till 4PM is 50.90%

Assam: 60.89%

Bihar: 47.49%

Chhattisgarh: 59.83%

J&K: 38.61%

Karnataka: 49.57%

Maharashtra: 44.87%

Manipur: 68.94%

Odisha: 45.00%

Tamil Nadu: 51.90%

UP: 50.12%

West Bengal: 65.59%

Puducherry: 58.77%

18 April 2019, 16:04 PM

Polling percentage in UP till 3PM:

Amroha - 54.62%

Nagina - 51.53%

Aligarh - 48.80%

Bulandshahr - 51.60%

Agra - 48.5%

Fatehpur Sikri - 49.93% 

Hathras - 49%

18 April 2019, 16:01 PM

Voter turnout till 3 PM in Jammu and Kashmir is 38.5%, including 5.7% in Srinagar

18 April 2019, 16:00 PM

Polling percentage in West Bengal till 3PM:

Jalpaiguri (SC) - 71.32%,

Darjeeling - 63.14%,

Raiganj - 61.84 %.

State total - 65.43 %.

18 April 2019, 15:47 PM

Representatives from France, UK and Japan arrive at a polling booth in Agra to witness the election process.

They were seen talking to poll officials to get an insight into how an election in the world's largest democracy is conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner.

18 April 2019, 15:24 PM

Estimated overall voter turnout till 3PM - 46.81 per cent

State-wise estimated turnout - 

Bihar: 48.91%

J&K: 36.72%

Karnataka: 45.56%

Maharashtra: 42.61%

Manipur: 66.04%

Odisha: 42.55%

Tamil Nadu: 44.68%

UP: 49.30%

West Bengal: 63.03%

Chhattisgarh: 56.67%

Puducherry: 57.72%

18 April 2019, 15:21 PM

Former Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh casts his vote, along with family members:
 

 

18 April 2019, 14:58 PM

Overall voter turnout till 2 pm: 38.31% 

18 April 2019, 14:48 PM

Uttar Pradesh: A woman reached the poliing station in an ambulance to cast her vote on Thursday.
The woman, injured in an accident, reached booth number 68 in Agra. 

18 April 2019, 14:41 PM

Overall turnout at 1 pm:  

18 April 2019, 14:33 PM

Voter turnout at 2 pm :

18 April 2019, 14:21 PM

Over 32.5 per cent turnout was recorded in five of the 40 Lok Sabha seats voting in the second phase in Bihar till 1 pm on Thursday. Voting was on amid tight security in Banka, Bhagalpur, Purnea, Kishanganj and Katihar, officials said.

 

18 April 2019, 14:10 PM

Decent voter turnout was recorded in Jammu and Kashmir`s Udhampur Lok Sabha seat on Thursday with over 32 per cent polling reported in the first five hours till 12 noon, but it was muted in the Srinagar constituency. There were sporadic incidents of stone pelting at polling stations in Batmaloo area of Srinagar city and at three other places in Badgam district which too falls under the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.

A police constable was injured in the stone pelting by youths trying to disrupt the election process in Chrar-e-Sharief in Badgam district.

18 April 2019, 13:59 PM

Uttar Pradesh: Villagers of Mangoli Kalan in Agra's Fatehpur Sikri boycott Lok Sabha Elections 2019 over lack of adequate irrigation facilities in the village.

"Nobody has turned up to vote till now," said polling officials of booth number 41.

 

18 April 2019, 13:59 PM

Uttar Pradesh: Villagers of Mangoli Kalan in Agra's Fatehpur Sikri boycott Lok Sabha Elections 2019 over lack of adequate irrigation facilities in the village.

"Nobody has turned up to vote till now," said polling officials of booth number 41.

 

18 April 2019, 13:59 PM

Uttar Pradesh: Villagers of Mangoli Kalan in Agra's Fatehpur Sikri boycott Lok Sabha Elections 2019 over lack of adequate irrigation facilities in the village.

"Nobody has turned up to vote till now," said polling officials of booth number 41.

 

18 April 2019, 13:55 PM

Voter turnout at 1 pm:

18 April 2019, 13:54 PM

Voter turnout at 1 pm:

18 April 2019, 13:53 PM

Voter turnout at 1 pm: 

18 April 2019, 13:52 PM

Voter turnout at 1 pm:

 

18 April 2019, 13:30 PM

Naxals triggered IED blast between Koracha and Manpur road, in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon on ITBP Road Opening Party (ROP) at 1100 am on Thursday. ITBP Constable Man Singh received minor injuries. He is out of danger and performing his duty after the first aid in the same area. Polling in the area underway: ANI 

18 April 2019, 13:29 PM

Election Commission-appointed special police observer Vivek Dubey arrives in Kolkata. "Like the first phase of elections, polling is going on peacefully in this phase too. One or two stray instances of violence were reported, but nothing major has happened."

On the Chopra's incident, Dubey said, "People are being assisted to the polling booth by the security force."

 

18 April 2019, 13:25 PM

Md Salim has registered a complaint with the CEO’s office following the attack on his car. Sources in the CEO office says that they are looking into it.

18 April 2019, 13:19 PM

CPI(M) candidate from Raiganj constituency Md Salim was visiting Patagora in Islampur when his car was attacked and pelted with stones.

“I came here after hearing reports that Trinamool Congress’ men were preventing people from casting their votes. When I confronted them, they attacked my vehicle.  My driver and assistant were still inside the vehicle when it was attacked with stones and bricks. They had to flee along with the vehicle to save their life,” Salim told Zee News.

“Massive rigging was on when I arrived here. Trinamool Congress men also tried to attack me with rods,” he added.

 

18 April 2019, 13:08 PM

18 April 2019, 13:03 PM

Constituency wise polling percentage:

18 April 2019, 12:56 PM

18 April 2019, 12:51 PM

18 April 2019, 12:49 PM

Overall voter turnout till 12 pm: 21.32%

State-wise voter turnout till 12 pm:

Bihar : 18.93%
J&K: 17.78%
Karnataka: 19.90%
Maharashtra: 18.79%
Manipur: 31.52 %
Odisha: 18.12%
Tamil Nadu: 20.30%
Uttar Pradesh: 24.37%
West bengal: 33.52%
Chhattisgarh: 30.53%
Puducherry: 25.09%

18 April 2019, 12:29 PM

Naxal blast in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon, one jawan injured.

 

18 April 2019, 12:22 PM

Bulandshahr BJP MP Bhola Singh put under house arrest over poll code violation by the Election Commission. 

18 April 2019, 12:04 PM

West Bengal: Clashes erupt between Trinamool and BJP workers in booth 112 of Raiganj constituency. The polling station has been completely vandalised, EVM damaged. Voting has been stalled for now.

18 April 2019, 11:47 AM

A 95-year-old man died here on Thursday while waiting in a queue to vote in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha. The man was waiting for his turn at Kansamari booth in the Aska Lok Sabha seat when he suddenly collapsed, officials said.

18 April 2019, 11:38 AM

West Bengal: Security personnel lob tear gas shells and lathi charge locals after they blocked National Highway 34 in protest of bike-borne men allegedly preventing them to cast their votes at Digirpar polling booth in Chopra, in Islampur subdivision of North Dinajpur.

 

 

18 April 2019, 11:36 AM

West Bengal: "TMC workers were trying to capture booth. They were campaigning among Muslims there. This isn't election campaign," said BJP General Secy and party candidate from Raiganj Debasree Chaudhuri. She further alleged that TMC workers were trying to capture booth at Raiganj Coronation High School. 

18 April 2019, 11:21 AM

West Bengal: CPI (M) candidate from Raiganj Md Salim’s car attacked in Islampur, Raiganj.

Salim alleged Trinamool hand in the attack.

 

18 April 2019, 11:20 AM

Overall voter turnout till 11 am: 12.69%

18 April 2019, 11:15 AM

Uttar Pradesh: Sitting MP and BJP's candidate from Amroha Kanwar Singh Tanwar alleged that BSP candidates, donning burkhas, are casting fake votes. 
Responding to the accusations, BSP leader Danish Ali said, “The BJP has been wiped out which is why they are bringing up issues like burkha and Mandir-masjid.”

18 April 2019, 11:01 AM

Assam: Sitting Silchar MP and Congress candidate Sushmita Dev casts her vote along with her mother and sister at a polling booth in Silchar:

 

18 April 2019, 10:57 AM

Maharashtra: Polling temporarily halted at booth number 217 in Solapur's Shastri Nagar due to fault in EVM.

18 April 2019, 10:40 AM

Karnataka: Several political leaders come out to exercise their franchise:

Former Prime Minister and JDS leader HD Deve Gowda and his wife cast their votes at a polling station in Hassan's Paduvalahippe.

 

 

18 April 2019, 10:38 AM

Kanimozhi, DMK Lok Sabha candidate from Thoothukudi,  casts her vote at a polling station in Chennai's Alwarpet. "People in the opposition have been harassed, raids targeted at opposition candidates. BJP have completely taken over AIADMK," she said.