Over 150 million voters will cast their ballot in this election. A total of 1,769 candidates are in the fray out of which 27 are women. Karnataka has the most number of female candidates among the states going to the election today (21).
Voting in seven Maoist-hit assembly segments in Munger, Lakhisarai, Jehanabad and rural Patna would end at 4 pm.
In 2009, the BJP had 44 of the 121 constituencies that are going to the polls on Thursday while the Congress won 37. The rest went to local parties in various states
7:50 pm: EVMs at 9 polling booths in Bihar dysfunctional
7:48 pm: FIR lodged against Lalu Prasad's daughter and Pataliputra candidate Misa Bharti for entering a polling station where she wasn't registered as a voter
7:30 pm: Chhattisgarh records 63.44% voter turnout. It was 57.6% in 2009; Rajasthan records 63.25 % voter turnnut, It was 48.09% in 2009.
7:25 pm: Re-poll ordered in Rampur after a voter casts 40 bogus votes
7:23 pm: West Bengal records 78.89% voter turnout. In 2009, it was 80%; Final voter turnout figure of Bihar: 56%, Maharashtra: 58 per cent
7:00 pm: Voter turnout in Udhampur, Jammu recorded at over 69 per cent
6:50 pm: Final voter turnout at Madhya Pradesh: 54%
6:40 pm: Odisha voter turnout reaches 70% by 6 pm
6:30 pm: Voter turnout in Bihar till 5 pm: 52%. Patna Sahib recorded the lowest turnout at 41% while Jahanabad recorded the highest at 50%.
Uttar Pradesh: 56%
5.31 pm: Voter turnout in MP till 5 pm was recorded at 52 per cent, while Moradabad recorded 63 per cent polling till 5 pm.
5.28 pm: Polling percentage in Bengal till 5 pm was recorded at 72 per cent. Remaining regions are as follows-
5.19 pm: Rajasthan voter turnout till 5 pm is 53.24 per cent. 61.31 per cent polling recorded in Barmer till 5 pm.
4.51 pm: Manipur records 65 per cent turnout till 4.30 pm.
4.45 pm: Jharkhand records 55% turnout till 3 pm, Chhattisgarh records 60%.
4.35 pm: Uttar Pradesh records 49.9% polling in 11 seats till 3 pm, Karnataka 45% and Rajasthan 42% till 4 pm.
4.06 pm: Maharashtra sees 31% polling
4.00 pm: Voter turnout in Bihar 44.09% by 3 pm.
3.50 pm: RJD Patliputra candidate Misa Bharti, Lalu Prasad's daughter, accused of breaking EVM, pushing poll official.
3.47 pm: Polling percentage in Rajasthan 40.34.09% till 3.40 pm. Highest in Ganganagar - 51.67% followed by Bikaner at 47.96%.
3.45 pm: 40.17% voting in Bihar till 2 pm. Patna Sahib 40%, Patliputra 40%, Munger 40%, Nalanda 40%, Arrah 36%, Buxar 44%, Jahanabad 42%.
3.40 pm: Chhattisgarh records 40% polling till 2 pm.
3.34 pm: Voter turnout in West Bengal recorded at 70 per cent by 3 pm. Coochbehar 69%, Jalpaiguri 72%, Alipurduar 72.5%, Darjeeling 68.85%
3.27 pm: 55 per cent voting in Moradabad till 3 pm.
3.19 pm: 40 per cent turnout in Karnataka till 2 pm. Bangalore records only 28%.
3.17 pm: 47 per cent voting in Rampur till 3 pm.
Odisha records 51% till 3 pm. Highest 54.12% in Angul, lowest 34% in Khurda.
3.15 pm: Polling booth in Sarjapur, Bangalore South constituency, damaged in clash between alleged BJP and Congress supporters.
3.00 pm: Former Madhya Pradesh CM Digvijay Singh casts vote from Guna in Madhya Pradesh.
2.47 pm: Bihar records 33.41 per cent turnout till 1 pm.
2.45 pm: 40 per cent voter turnout in Madhya Pradesh till 2 pm. 37.46 per cent polling till 2 pm in Rajasthan. Jharkhand registers 41% till 1 pm.
2.43 pm: 45 per cent polling in Odisha till 2 pm.
2.40 pm: 60 per cent voter turnout in West Bengal till 1 pm.
2.35 pm: Voter turnout in Jammu till 1pm: Udhampur - 49.08%, Kathua - 52.62%, Reasi - 50.33%, Doda - 37.22%, Kishtwar - 46.52% and Ramban - 44.16 %.
2.25 pm: 62 per cent polling in Manipur's second LS seat till 2 pm.
1.25 pm: 21 per cent voter turnout in Maharashtra till 12.30 pm.
1.17 pm: 42 per cent voting till 1 pm in Moradabad.
AAP candidate in Karnataka stages dharna in protest of attack on their workers.
1.10 pm: 32% voting in Udhampur, 27.35% in Reasi district in Jammu till 11 am.
1.08 pm: BJP's Shatrughan Sinha casts his vote in Patna.
12.59 pm: 30 per cent voter turnout in Rampur till 12 noon.
12.56 pm: Election Commission issues show cause notice against AAP's Vijayawada nominee.
12.54 pm: Polling percentage in Rajasthan 29.58% so far. Highest Ganganagar 37.72%, Banswara 37.27%
12.51 pm: 24 per cent voting in Pilibhit till 12 noon.
12.40 pm: 22 per cent voting in Karnataka till 12 noon.
12.29 pm: Voter turnout reaches poll percentage to 28.68% in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
12.27 pm: Congress agent arrested for damaging EVM in Kendrapara in Odisha. [Read more...]
12.23 pm: Voter turnout in West Bengal till 11:00am: Jalpaiguri - 42%, Alipurduar - 44.36%, Cooch Behar - 42.46% and Darjeeling - 39.35%.
12.17 pm: 22 per cent polling in 10 seats of Madhya Pradesh till 12 pm. 22 per cent voter turnout recorded in Bihar till 11 am.
Suresh Kalmadi casts his vote from Pune.
12.10 pm: 24.7 per cent voter turnout in Uttar Pradesh till 11 am.
12.07 pm: 30 Per cent polling in initial hours in Chhattisgarh. Raman Singh and son cast their vote. [Read more...]
12.03 pm: Darjeeling records 31% till 11 am. Rajasthan records 20%, Barmer records 30.74%.
12.00 pm: About 30% of electorate casts votes in first 4 hours of polling in 3 constituencies of Chhattisgarh. 27.44% voters in Uttar Pradesh cast votes.
11.57 am: Jodhpur in Rajastha records 25% voter turnout till 11.30 am.
11.55 am: BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad casts his vote in Patna.
11.43 am: Rajasthan Ex Chief Minister Ashok Ghelot casts his vote in Jodhpur.<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LSpolls&src=hash">#LSpolls</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/htTweets">@htTweets</a> Rajasthan Ex-cm casting his vote in Jodhpur. <a href="http://t.co/PczpA8E3z0">pic.twitter.com/PczpA8E3z0</a></p>— suresh vyas (@vyassuresh) <a href="https://twitter.com/vyassuresh/statuses/456675733620801537">April 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
11.40 am: AAP volunteers allegedly assaulted in Bangalore's Mayaganhalli by revenue minister DK Shivkumar's men of Bangalore Rural.
11.33 am: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh casts his vote in Rajnandgaon.
11.30 am: Jodhpur in Rajasthan records 14% voter turnout till 11 am. West Bengal records 42% turnout.
11.25 am: Jaswant Singh casts his vote in Barmer.
11.22 am: 24 per cent voting in Rampur till 11 am.
Union Minister and Congress Candidate Chandresh Kumari was unable to cast her vote in Jodhpur.
11.15 am: 18 per cent Voter turnout in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka till 10 am.
11.06 am: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arrives to cast his vote
10.57 am: Union Minister Mallikarjun Kharge casts his vote.
10.50 am: Black bands on some voters in Rampur to protest Election Commission action against Azam Khan.
10.40 am: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje cast their votes.
10.35 am: There is no Modi wave. Mamata is the real force. People want change, says Baichung Bhutia.
10.33 am: We are all collectively supporting Shatrughan, after all I am a party worker: BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.
10 per cent voter turnout in Manipur till 9 am.
10.30 am: Sharad Pawar's Baramati registers 23% votes till 9 am, highest in Maharashtra so far.
10.25 am: Jalpaiguri in West Bengal records 21.02% voter turnout, Alipurduar is 22.52%, Cooch Behar at 21.67% and Darjeeling is at 20.97%.
10.15 am: Turnout lowest in Parbhani, Maharashtra at 0.54%
10.10 am: The five Pilibhit villages in UP boycotting polls due to lack of development. Faizullaganj, Badra, Keshavpur, Pauta Khas and Khas Sarai boycott polls.
Bimal Guru of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha casts his vote in Darjeeling.
10.07 am: Two Forward block polling agents beaten up in Cooch Behar.
RSP polling agent beaten in Alipurduar.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha is threatening voters: Baichung Bhutia.
10.05 am: NCP's Ajit Pawar casts his vote in Baramati
A Congress and RSP leader allegedly stopped from entering the polling booth in West Bengal.
10.02 am: 10 per cent polling recorded till 9 am in Barmer, Rajasthan.
9.57 am: Baramati records 23% voting, Solapur records 10% and Nanded 8.5% polling till 9 am.
9.53 am: 12% voter turnout in Maharashtra, 13% in Uttar Pradesh, 14% Rajasthan till 9 am.
9.50 am: This time our aim was first vote then eat, 'pehle matdaan, phir khaan paan': Sushma Swaraj after casting her vote.
9.48 am: Voters boycott polls over power and water issues on booths 149, 170 and 232 of Islampur in Nalanda.
9.43 am: Congress' Bangalore South candidate Nandan Nilekani casts his vote.
9.41 am: Just 3% votes cast in Pataliputra & Jehanabad, 4% in Patna sahib, Buxar & Arrah and 5% in Munger by 9:30 am.
9.38 am: BJP's Ananth Kumar casts his vote in Bangalore.
9.35 am: Union Minister Veerappa Moily lashes out at Narendra Modi, says the BJP's PM candidate has violated the mandate of the election.
9.27 am: Anna Hazare casts his vote in Ralegan-Siddhi.
9.23 am: Olympian Rajyavardhan Rathore, BJP's candidate from Jaipur Rural casts his vote.
9.21 am: Voting stopped at Shamrao Kalmadi School in Pune. Voters complain that voting machine gives every vote to Congress. Officials plan to replace EVM. [Read more...]
9.18 am: Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi & Misa Bharti cast votes in Patna's Pataliputra constitiency. Lalu avoids media.
9.15 am: Shatrughan Sinha rubbishes ‘inaccessible' charge, says "It's a canard that I am inaccessible". Ravi Shankar Prasad had four years of Rajya Sabha term left, BJP didn't want to waste it, he added.
9.11 am: People're definitely going to vote for change,they're fed up of politics in name of Gorkhaland, says Baichung Bhutia, TMC candidate from Darjeeling.
9.00 am: Actor-director Amol Palekar and wife Sandhya Gokhale's names missing from electoral rolls. Both return home disappointed.
8.57 am: Congress candidate from Nanded, Ashok Chavan casts his vote.
8.50 am: Lalu Prasad reaches Patliputra to cast his vote.
8.47 am: 3.72 per cent voting in Bihar till 8 am.
8.45 am: Health and education of women and youth will be my main agenda, says Misa Bharti.
"I am hopeful that we'll win the elections. People will see our work," says Congress leader Sachin Pilot.
8.42 am: "I run positive campaign, do not believe in negative campaign. There is no Modi wave," says Jyotiraditya Scindia.
8.36 am: Sushilkumar Shinde casts his vote.
8.30 am: Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti casts her vote.
8.27 am: There is no Modi wave, the Rajasthan CM is very strange to be talking about this wave what kind of mental slavery is this?, asks Jaswant Singh.
"There is no obstacle for me. I am sure people will vote for their truest soldier, their truest servant," says Ramkripal Yadav.
"Very confident, we have spoken to people about our past record," says Rathore, BJP candidate from Jaipur Rural.
8.21 am: 2,051 polling stations, 93 per cent in Udhampur, have been declared hyper-sensitive and sensitive.
8.19 am: Irom Sharmila, NSA detainees denied voting rights in Manipur.
8.15 am: Congress candidate from Moradabad, Begum Noor Bano casts vote.
8.10 am: BJP candidate from Patliputra, Ram Kripal Yadav casts his vote.
7.57 am: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh's son Abhishek Singh cast vote in Rajnandgaon constituency in the state.
7.35 am: Adarsh is a non-issue, says Ashok Chavan, former chief minister of Maharashtra. Chavan is contesting from Nanded in Maharashtra.
7.34 am: NCP's sitting MP from Baramati in Maharashtra Supriya Sule casts her vote.
7.30 am: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde casts his vote in Solapur in Maharashtra.
7.00 am: Polling begins.
6.40 am: A number of heavyweights in fray in the fifth phase. Some of the names include BS Yeddyurappa, Ashok Chavan, Supriya Sule, Maneka Gandhi, Nandan Nilekani, Gopinath Munde, Sushilkumar Shinde and others.