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LS polls 2019 voting Updates: Polling across 542 constituencies end; Net turnout around 67.37%

By Anuj Cariappa
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New Delhi, May 19: With the voting ending in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections, the mammoth 40-day general elections concluded on Sunday.

In the last phase, fifty nine parliamentary constituencies across seven states and one Union Territory went to polls. During the final phase, stay incidents of violence was reported from Bihar and Punjab while West Bengal witnessed massive violence yet again.

An EVM

Elections in West Bengal were held across all the seven phases and violence was witnessed in most of the phases. Every phase has had its own share of violence that was unleashed on and around the polling day. Murders, clashes, stonepelting, lathicharge, firing, arson, West Bengal witnessed all during Lok Sabha elections 2019.

[All about the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections]

The seventh and the last phase of polls was crucial for both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Opposition. Some of the high-profile constituencies that went to polls in the seventh phase includes Patna Sahib (Bihar), Chandigarh, Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Amritsar (Punjab), Gorakhpur and Ghazipur (both UP). The Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking to be re-elected, is one of the key seats that will vote in Phase 7.

The results of Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be announced four days later, on May 23.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Catch all the Live updates from final phase of voting here:

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6:16 PM, 19 May
Rahul Gandhi tweets:
6:10 PM, 19 May
Net voter turnout of 60.21 percent recorded till 6 pm in seventh phase.
6:10 PM, 19 May
Chandigarh
Estimated voter turnout till 6 pm in Chandigarh was 63.57 percent.
6:09 PM, 19 May
Jharkhand
Voter turnout till 6 pm in Jharkhand was 70.5 percent. Three seats of Jharkhand are voting today.
6:09 PM, 19 May
West Bengal
Voter turnout till 6 pm in West Bengal was 73.05 percent. Nine Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal are polling today.
6:09 PM, 19 May
Uttar Pradesh
Voter turnout till 6 pm in Uttar Pradesh was 54.37 percent. 13 Lok Sabha seats in UP are voting today including Varanasi and Gorakhpur. There are 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.
6:09 PM, 19 May
Punjab
Voter turnout till 6 pm in Punjab was 58.81 percent. All 13 Lok Sabha seats of Punjab are voting today.
6:08 PM, 19 May
Madhya Pradesh
Voter turnout till 6 pm in Madhya Pradesh was 69.38 percent.
6:08 PM, 19 May
Himachal Pradesh
Voter turnout till 6 pm in Himachal Pradesh was 66.18 percent.
6:08 PM, 19 May
Bihar
Voter turnout till 6 pm in Bihar was 49.92 percent.
6:00 PM, 19 May
West Bengal
73 percent turnout in West Bengal till 5 pm in last phase.
5:58 PM, 19 May
According to the Election Commission app, in Uttar Pradesh, 48.90% voting was recorded till 5pm in 13 Lok Sabha seats, officials said. The turnout in Varanasi was 46.53%, while in Gorakhpur, it was 48.17%. The highest turnout was 53.30% in Deoria, while Ballia reported the lowest turnout of 42.51%, the Election Commission said.
5:57 PM, 19 May
In 7th phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 7.27 crore voters took part of which 3.47 crore were women and 3,377 were persons of third gender, says EC.
5:39 PM, 19 May
Polling has concluded in 542 parliamentary constituencies across state and union territories, says Election Commission.
5:38 PM, 19 May
Madhya Pradesh
3-feet tall Vinita Mehta casts her vote
5:35 PM, 19 May
Jharkhand
Jharkhand
5:10 PM, 19 May
Chandigarh
Estimated voter turnout till 3 pm in Chandigarh was 51.18 percent.
5:10 PM, 19 May
Jharkhand
Voter turnout till 5 pm in Jharkhand was 66.64 percent. Three seats of Jharkhand are voting today.
5:10 PM, 19 May
West Bengal
Voter turnout till 5 pm in West Bengal was 64.87 percent. Nine Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal are polling today.
5:10 PM, 19 May
Uttar Pradesh
Voter turnout till 5 pm in Uttar Pradesh was 47.21 percent. 13 Lok Sabha seats in UP are voting today including Varanasi and Gorakhpur. There are 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.
5:10 PM, 19 May
Punjab
Voter turnout till 5 pm in Punjab was 50.49 percent. All 13 Lok Sabha seats of Punjab are voting today.
5:09 PM, 19 May
Madhya Pradesh
Voter turnout till 5 pm in Madhya Pradesh was 59.75 percent.
5:09 PM, 19 May
Himachal Pradesh
Voter turnout till 5 pm in Himachal Pradesh was 57.43 percent.
5:09 PM, 19 May
Bihar
Voter turnout till 5 pm in Bihar was 46.75 percent.
5:06 PM, 19 May
West Bengal
Since morning the torture that BJP workers and CRPF have done during polling in our state, I have never seen it before, says Mamata Banerjee.
4:53 PM, 19 May
West Bengal
Trinamool Congress's party office has been set on fire at Bhatpara, says reports.
4:52 PM, 19 May
West Bengal
TMC leader Derek O’ Brian has issued a second official statement against the violence that erupted in Bengal during polling. "We are against violence and want the polling process to be peaceful. But the BJP is resorting to a high level of violence in the Bhatpara Assembly by poll. This is dangerous for democracy. Goons of Arjun Singh have hurled bombs and even attacked the Trinamool candidate Shri Madan Mitra," he said.
4:51 PM, 19 May
West Bengal
Mamata Banerjee casts vote:
4:24 PM, 19 May
West Bengal
Massive rigging including in Diamond Harbour, Dum Dum, North Kolkata. There are no central forces, no efforts to stop the highjacking of Democracy. EC cannot merely watch it needs to intervene decisively. It is the people resisting this violence and wresting back their rights, tweets Sitaram Yechury.
4:23 PM, 19 May
Bihar
Bihar
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As the judgement day May 23 draws near, the anxiety and impatience have gripped the nation, and almost everyone is asking just one question, "Who will win the elections?". The BJP stormed to power in 2014 riding on 'Modi wave' and ended a decade long rule of the Congress-led UPA government.

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What contributed most towards BJP single handedly getting a full majority was an exceedingly good performance in the Hindi-belt, especially in the Uttar Pradesh. Of the 59 seats which are going to polls on May 19, 13 are in Uttar Pradesh, one of the most important states politically. In 2014, the BJP had won 12 of these 13 seats and its ally Apna Dal had won one seat - Mirzapur. Uttar Pradesh is seen as the most important state politically because the state sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha. Winning 71 out of the 80 seats in 2014 was one of the important factors which propelled the BJP to power in 2014.

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