Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 2: 66% voter turnout, polling peaceful barring stray incidents
New Delhi, Apr 18: The second phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 ended on Thursday, with over 66 per cent voters exercising their franchise. While West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout with 75.27 per cent, Jammu and Kashmir recorded the lowest with 43.37 per cent.
The polling was by and large peaceful barring some stray incidents and a clash between the TMC and BJP workers in West Bengal. There were some EVM related issues in Odisha and the state electoral officer recommended re-polling in four booths.
In West Bengal's Islampur, CPM MP Mohammad Salim's car was attacked. Salim, who was also injured in the attack, blamed the attack on "Trinamool goons".
In Karnataka's Mandya, clashes broken out between supporters of HD Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil Gowda and Sumalatha Ambareesh, the widow of actor-politician Ambareesh. Gowda is the JD(S) candidate from Mandya, while Sumalatha is contesting as an Independent.
All of Tamil Nadu except Vellore went to polls in the second phase today and 14 out of 28 seats of Karnataka voted on April 18. The voter turnout stood at 61.84 percent in Karnataka till 5 pm.
Meanwhile, Voting for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 has begun across 95 parliamentary constituencies spread across 12 states and one Union Territories (UTs).
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The polling is currently underway in 38 seats in Tamil Nadu, 14 seats in Karnataka, 10 in Maharashtra, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one seat in Manipur and Puducherry.
Important leaders whose fate would be decided are Union ministers Jual Oram, Sadananda Gowda and Pon Radhakrishnan, BJP's Hema Malini, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, Congress leaders Verappa Moily, Raj Babbar and Tariq Anwar, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, and DMK's Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja and Kanimozhi.
The Lok Sabha polls are being held in seven-phases for 543 seats on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19, and counting will be on May 23.