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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 2: 66% voter turnout, polling peaceful barring stray incidents

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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.

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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).

Follow all the updates from second phase polling here:

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7:53 PM, 18 Apr
“The turnout was 73.32% at 5 pm in Assam. In West Bengal, the polling percentage was 76.07. In Manipur, the poll percentage was 74.3. In 2014, the polling percentage was 75.16,” the Election Commission said.
7:53 PM, 18 Apr
“Peaceful polling took place in J&K. In Udhampur, voter turnout was 66.67% . In 2014 it was 71.48. In Srinagar, the turnout was 13.43% at 5 pm and it was 25.07% in 2014,” said the election commission.
7:38 PM, 18 Apr
The Election Commission has launched an App called the voter turnout app. All Android users can see the assembly and state wise polling percentage. This app is available on Google Playstore.
7:37 PM, 18 Apr
“In Tamil Nadu, the voter turnout was 73.58% in 2014. However, in these elections, the polling percentage was 72%,” the election commissioner told the media.
7:37 PM, 18 Apr
“In Puducherry, polling was peaceful. There were 9. 7 lakh voters. In 2014, the voter turnout was 82.1% while this year it was 78%,” said the election commissioner.
7:37 PM, 18 Apr
‘Tentatively, 7.8 crore women and 8.45 lakh persons with disabilities voted in the second phase of elections. Some people are still waiting in the line to vote so these figures are tentative,” said CEC Sunil Arora.
7:20 PM, 18 Apr
Election Commission: 2nd phase of General Elections concluded today...By today, polling has concluded completely in 14 states and Union Territories.
6:22 PM, 18 Apr
West Bengal
75.27 percent voter turnout recorded till 5 pm.
6:22 PM, 18 Apr
Bihar
58.14 percent voter turnout recorded till 5 pm.
6:21 PM, 18 Apr
Assam
73.32 percent voter turnout recorded till 5 pm.
6:13 PM, 18 Apr
Puducherry
73 percent polling in Puducherry till 5 pm.
6:12 PM, 18 Apr
Odisha
64 percent voter turnout recorded till 5 pm.
6:11 PM, 18 Apr
Manipur
74.3 percent voter turnout recorded till 5 pm.
6:11 PM, 18 Apr
Jammu and Kashmir
43.3 percent voter turnout recorded till 5 pm.
6:10 PM, 18 Apr
Uttar Pradesh
58.6 percent voter turnout recorded till 5 pm.
6:01 PM, 18 Apr
Polling percentage at 60.18 per cent as of 5:00 PM across 95 seats in 12 states, say reports.
5:53 PM, 18 Apr
Assam
An estimated 60.38 percent of the 69,10,592 electorate exercised their franchise till 3 p m in five parliamentary constituencies of Assam in the second phase of polling.
5:52 PM, 18 Apr
Karnataka
61.84 percent voter turnout recorded in Karnataka till 5 pm. 14 Lok Sabha seats of Karnataka went to polls today.
5:43 PM, 18 Apr
Tamil Nadu
Polling percentage in Tamil Nadu as at 3:00 PM reported at 52.02 percent.
5:21 PM, 18 Apr
"Technical problems arose due to lapses on part of the polling officers, action will be taken against those officers for dereliction of duty," says Surendra Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha.
5:20 PM, 18 Apr
Odisha
Surendra Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha has recommended re-polling in booth 213 in Sundergarh, booth 129 in Bonai, and booths 210 & 222 in Daspalla assembly constituency due to technical problems in EVM machines and VVPATs.
4:51 PM, 18 Apr
Maharashtra
The net polling percentage in Maharashtra till 3:00 PM is 46.63 percent.
4:50 PM, 18 Apr
Maharashtra
Voter turnouts in 10 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra till 3 pm: Buldhana - 45.94 percent, Akola - 45.63 percent, Amaravati - 45.63 percent, Hingoli - 49.13 percent, Nanded - 50.04 percent, Parbhani - 48.45 percent, Beed - 46.29 percent, Osmanabad - 46.13 percent, Latur - 48.10 percent and Solapur - 41.47 percent.
4:33 PM, 18 Apr
Tamil Nadu
50.86 per cent voter turnout was observed till 3 pm.
4:26 PM, 18 Apr
Following episodes of violence across West Bengal today on polling day, the Bengal BJP has written to the EC demanding deployment of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to cover 100 per cent polling booths. The state unit has cited no-confidence by both the BJP and the common people in the West Bengal State Police as they fail to curb violence.
4:08 PM, 18 Apr
Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh records 59.72% polling till 3 pm and Darjeeling sees 59%.
4:01 PM, 18 Apr
Jammu and Kashmir
Voter turnout till 3 PM in Jammu and Kashmir is 38.5 per cent, including 5.7 per cent in Srinagar
4:00 PM, 18 Apr
West Bengal
The poll percentage in West Bengal stands at 65.43 per cent at 3 pm. Jalpaiguri Lok Sabha constituency stands at 71.32 per cent, Darjeeling at 63.14 per cent, Raiganj at 61.84 per cent voter turnout.
4:00 PM, 18 Apr
Assam
Voter turn out in 5 constituencies of Assam that went to polls today stand as follows at 3 pm. The Autonomous District constituency has seen a 62.70 per cent voter turn out despite a grenade blast yesterday.
3:28 PM, 18 Apr
Across India, overall voter turnout has been recorded at 37.81 percent. Among all the 11 states in fray today, 46.76 percent have voted in Assam; 38.87 percent in Bihar; 29.88 percent in Jammu and Kashmir and Karnataka recorded a 21.47 percent. Other states, like Uttar Pradesh recorded 38.48 percent, West Bengal at 51.68 percent and Tamil Nadu at 37.93 percent.
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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.

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