New Delhi, Dec 2: Fate of 175 candidates, including deputy speaker, four ministers and 11 other sitting MLAs have been sealed in Jammu and Kashmir where polling was held for the second time on Tuesday, Dec 2.
Meanwhile, Jharkhand too has gone to the poll for the second time. Elections were held at 20 of the 81 constituencies on Tuesday. A total of 223 candidates were in the fray.
Security has been beefed up at the two districts -- Kulgam and Kupwara where elections were held at total 18 seats. According to senior officials, security grid was fully geared up to foil any attempts of militants to disrupt the democratic process.
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6:00 pm: Overall poll percentage in Jharkhand today is 64.99%, says Election Commission.
5:50 pm: Polling has been high in Riyasi (80%) and Udhampur (76%), overall poll percentage till around 5:30 is 71%, says Election Commission on polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
5:00 pm: Encounter between militants and security forces in Naugam sector (J&K), search ops underway while the state has gone to polls.
4.13 pm: 54 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in phase 2 of Jammu and Kashmir polls
3.34 pm: Voter turnout in Jharkhand at 50 per cent till 3 pm.
3.30 pm: Voting percentage upto 2 pm in Jammu and Kashmir
Home Shalibugh 27.01%
Gool Arnas 66.02%
Chenani (SC) 56.36%
Poonch Haveli 58%
3.23 pm: 54.09% voter turnout in Jammu and Kashmir till 2 pm.
2.38 pm: Voters boycott elections in Bugam, no single vote has been cast at this polling station.
2.37 pm: Polling percentage in Jammu and Kashmir till 12 pm:
Home Shalibug 11.3
Gool Arnas 44
Poonch Haveli 30.4
2.30 pm: 32.03 per cent voting recorded in Jammu and Kashmir till 12 pm.
2.18 pm: Handwara (J&K): Sajjad Lone casts his vote
2.07 pm: Jharkhand registers nearly 50% voting till 1 pm in 2nd phase of assembly polls.
1.00 pm: Group of 5 to 8 militants infiltrates in Nowgam sector in Kupwara on polling day, 3 killed; army says gunfight on.
12.32 pm: Jharkhand records around 32% voting till noon in 20 Maoist-affected constituencies in 2nd phase of assembly polls.
12.03 pm: Major infiltration bid foiled in Kupwara amidst polling, 3 terrorists gunned down
11.17 am: About 16.32% turnout recorded in first 2 hrs in 20 Jharkhand Assembly constituencies across 7 Maoist-hit districts where polling is underway
11.15 am: 3 suspected militants killed in encounter with security forces in Nowgam, J&K.
10.57 am: Out of the 18 assembly seats going to polls in J&K today, 9 segments are in highly militancy-infested districts
10.50 am: Voter turnout in Reasi district till 10 am:
Gool Arnas 18.04
Home Shalibugh 1.2
Chenani (SC) 11.4
Poonch Haveli 8.8
10.45 am: Stone pelting and clash between youth and paramilitary troops at Home-Shalibug constituency.
10.17 am: In the north Kashmir Kupwara district where polling has begun for five constituencies, the voter turnout was low in the morning.
9.35 am: Voters protests at AAKHAL belt of Noorabad as election staff directs voters to vote for a particular party.
9.30 am: The JMM and Congress are contesting against each other in all the 20 constituencies.
8.28 am: Polling underway for 2nd phase of J&K Assembly Polls, long queue of voters outside a polling station in Handwara
8.25 am: We are confident polling process will be free, fair and peaceful: Gareeb Das on 2nd phase of J&K
7:25 am: Of the 18 constituencies, Handwara in north Kashmir Kupwara district will be the focus of attention as separatist-turned-mainstream politician Sajad Gani Lone is making debut in Assembly elections after unsuccessfully contesting the Lok Sabha polls in 2009.
7:14 am: Two former Chief Ministers -- Arjun Munda and Madhu Koda's fate will be decided today in Jharkhand. Both of them are contesting from Seraikela and Majhgao seats respectively. Munda has been the legislator from Seraikela since 1995.
7:05 am: Preparations for the second phase of polling are underway in Kunti, Jharkhand.
7:02 am: Situation is tense at Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. The district shares boundary with the two state where elections will be held today. Militants killed Mohammad Sultan Bhat who a National Conference sarpanch.