Lok Sabha Polls: Impressive turnout in Phase 8

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Live: 8th phase of LS poll today
Bangalore, May 7: The eighth and penultimate phase of the Lok Sabha 2014 is underway. A total of 64 constituencies went to the polls in this phase. The constituencies include 25 in Seemandhra, 15 in Uttar Pradesh, seven in Bihar, six in West Bengal, five in Uttarakhand, four in Himachal Pradesh and two in Jammu and Kashmir.

A total of 95.5 million electors were eligible to cast their ballot in this phase. A total of 897 candidates were in the fray, including 79 women.

[2009 results in the constituencies of Phase 8]

[Follow live updates of polling from Seemandhra]

[ Follow live updates of polling from West Bengal ]

7.15 pm: Narendra Modi gets permission for Varanasi rally.

7:00 pm: Uttarakhand registers 62% voter turnout, Bihar records 58% voter turnout. West Bengal records 82.14% turnout. Himachal Pradesh records 65% turnout. Jammu and Kashmir records 49.98%. Uttar Pradesh records 55.52% turnout.

6.06 pm: Ladakhi students protest against EC for not providing a polling station in Jammu

6.04 pm: Polling closes in Seemandhara. Voter turnout was 74 per cent till 5 pm.

5.48 pm: One person killed in police firing outside booth in Bihar.

5.27 pm: Himachal Pradesh records 62.25 per cent voting, while Amethi records 49.96 voting till 5 pm.

5.18 pm: 80.51 per cent polling recorded in West Bengal till 5 pm.

5.05 pm: BJP's Smriti Irani said: "Rahul Gandhi's defeat will ensure Amethi's victory."

5.00 pm: Bihar records 50.39 per cent voting till 4 pm.

4.55 pm: Narendra Modi gets permission to hold two rallies in Varanasi. First one at Rohania and second at Beniabagh.

4.54 pm: Two Youth Congress workers caught handling money to voters.

4.45 pm: On asking Rahul Gandhi about Narendra Modi's presence in Amethi, Rahul said that 'Modi was a non-challenge in Amethi.'

[Top contests: Rahul Gandhi vs Smriti Irani vs Kumar Vishwas]

[Varun Gandhi vs Amita Singh]

[Basudeb Acharia vs Moon Moon Sen]

[Rabri Devi vs Rajiv Pratap Rudy]

[Also read: Rahul to Rabri - Top politicians who are contesting poll today]

3.56 pm: Seemandhara records 63 per cent voting turnout while Himachal Pradesh registers 54 per cent voting till 3 pm.

3.48 pm: Uttar Pradesh registers 44.22 per cent voting till 3 pm.

3.27 pm: 73.02 per cent voting recorded in West Bengal till 3 pm.

3.25 pm: EC rejects AAP complaints of booth capturing in Amethi.

3.22 pm: Voter turnout till 2 PM: West Bengal-67.13%,

AP-52%,

Baramulla-16.69%,

Kupwara-45.76%,

Bandipora-23.03%,

Leh-41%,

Kargil-54%

3.20 pm: Strike disrupts normal life on polling day in Baramulla. Shops, businesses remained shut due to the separatists-sponsored general strike.

3.16 pm: While Rahul Gandhi was seen in Amethi today, his presence seemed to have offended the Opposition , with BJP leader Vijay Goel tweeting-

3.15 pm: AAP alleges cash distribution at Ismailpur (Booth No. 284) in Amethi.

3.10 pm: Man shoots at wife for not voting for his favourite candidate in Bihar.

2.55 pm: BJP general secretary Varun Gandhi gets into an argument with a security officer at a polling booth

2.47 pm: 47 per cent voting in Uttarakhand, 36.15 per cent voting in UP till 1 pm.

2.44 pm: 44.22 per cent voting recorded in Bihar till 2 pm

2.00 pm: Rahul Gandhi was seen visiting polling booths in Amethi.

1.28 pm: BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy casts his vote in Saran, Bihar.

1.26 pm: Himachal Pradesh records 45 per cent voting turnout till 1 pm.

1.21 pm: 61.62 per cent voting recorded in West Bengal, while Amethi registers 37 per cent voting till 1 pm.

1.15 pm: District Magistrate orders Priyanka Gandhi's PA to leave Amethi, after BJP candidate Smriti Irani raised a question on her presence.

1.10 pm: BJP's Anurag Thakur casts his vote.

12.56 pm: 29.03 per cent voting recorded in Bihar till noon.

12.31 pm: "Priyanka's PA is roaming around polling booths in Amethi," says Smriti Irani

12.14 pm: 17 per cent polling recorded in Uttarakhand while UP registers 25.18 per cent polling till 11 am. Kargil records 26 per cent voting till 11 am.

12. 00pm: Bihar records 22.36 per cent voting till 11 am.

11.50 am: 31.71 per cent voting recorded in Himachal Pradesh till 11 am

11.42 am: AAP leader Ashutosh today alleged that booth capturing was rampant in Amethi and the EC officials were ignoring the complaints-

11.29 am: 25 per cent voting recorded in Himachal Pradesh till 10 am.

11.22 am: AAP files complaint with EC against Rahul Gandhi for travelling around Amethi with a convoy in tow.

11.09 am: 45.8 per cent voting recorded in WB till 11 am. while Amethi records 21 per cent polling till 11 am.

11.07 am: AAP candidate Kumar Vishwas alleges booth capturing in Amethi-

11.04 am: Bihar witnesses 15.28 per cent polling till 10  am.

11.03 am: Rahul Gandhi objects to lotus symbol inside polling booth in Phula village in Amethi.

10.55 am: 'Neech rajneeti' comment sparks furore, Smriti Irani tweets-

10.47 am: 3.63 per cent voting recorded in Baramullah, while Kargil records 5 per cent voting till 9 am.

10.43 am: Kiran Kumar Reddy casts his vote in Chittoor

10.33 am: Arun Jaitley hits out at Congress, says Chaiwala, Khooni, Hitler, are amongst the various adjectives used by Congress party leaders against Narendra Modi.

10.23 am:  AAP leader Somnath Bharti today took to Twitter and alleged that there was booth capturing going on in AMethi but said that his and others complaints fell on deaf years.

10.06 am: 9.4 per cent voting in Bihar till 9 am, 11 per cent voting in UP and 14.6 per cent voting recorded in Seemandhra  till 9 am.

9.55 am: TMC, Left workers clash in West Midnpore, WB.

9.44 am: 10.4 per cent voting in Amethi till 9 am.

9.36 am: Virbhadra Singh casts his vote from Rampur Bhushahr, Himachal Pradesh-

9.35 am:  Rahul Gandhi visits a poll booth in Amethi as voting is underway in 15 of 80 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh.

9.34 am: First voter of independent India, Shyam Negi, votes in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh-

9.26 am: 20 per cent voting recored in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

9.22 am: Congress leader Sanjay Singh confident of party's victory from Amethi-

9.21 am: 24 per cent voting recorded in West Bengal till 9 am.

9.14 am: Grenade attack on a polling booth in Pahlan Pattan in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir. One CRPF personnel injured.

9.10 am:  LJP Chirag Paswan casts his vote, confident of party's win in Bihar. Paswan said : "There is a Modi wave and Paswan wave in Bihar."

9.02 am: Baba Ramdev urges people to go out and vote, says 'while voting people must think how the black money will come back to the country, how to eradicate corruption from the country.'

8.57 am: 4.5 per cent voter turnout in Bihar till 8 am.

8.55 am: Congress candidate from Phulpur Mohammed Kaif casts his vote in Allahabad.

8.39 am: BJP candidate from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur says "We are aiming for Congress free Bharat.' He also said that AAP is a party with no clear ideology.

8.36 am: BJP candidate from Asansol, WB Babul Supriyo says that 'all political parties are convinced that WB is not having free and fair polls.'

8.26 am: Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi today urged people to go out and vote in order to bring a change. She tweeted-

8.23 am: Baramullah witnesses brisk polling in the early hours

7.51 am: AAP Amethi candidate Kumar Vishwas sounded confident and said that 'Amethi had made its choice. They have chosen the jhaadu. Amethi mein jhaadu chal gayi hai, he said. Vishwas even took a dig at Rahul Gandhi saying that 'you cannot bring a change by just waving at the crowd.'

7.45 am: Meanwhile Rahul Gandhi, who was in Amethi to see the voter turnout, hit out at Modi saying, 'a person is judged by his deeds, not caste.' [ Read more ]

7.41 am: YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy casts his vote from  Kadapa.

7.24 am: Former Uttarakhand CM says BJP will make a clean sweep in Uttarakhand.

7.20 am: Baramulla parliamentary constituency of north Kashmir turns into a fortress for polls.

7.15 am: Voting begins for 64 seats; all eyes on Amethi, Seemandhra.

Polling began at 7 am.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will be challenged by BJP's Smriti Irani and Aam Aadmi Party's Kumar Vishwas in Amethi in this phase. Other heavyweight and celebrity candidates contesting in this phase are Varun Gandhi, Rabri Devi, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Mohammad Kaif, Moon Moon Sen, Babul Supriyo and others.

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