7th phase: 73% voter turnout in Punjab, 60% in Bihar
Besides all 26 Lok Sabha constituencies in Gujarat, 17 seats in Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh, 14 in Uttar Pradesh, nine in West Bengal, seven in Bihar and one each in Jammu and Kashmir, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu went to the polls in this phase, the fourth-largest in this year's nine-phase general election.
A number of heavyweights and celebrity candidates are in fray in this phase. Over 138.3 million voters will cast their ballots while 1,295 candidates are in the fray. A total of 106 women candidates are contesting in this phase. [Read: star candidates in fray]
Lok Sabha Elections Phase 7: Voting begins, In Pic: Lines outside a polling station in Howrah (WB) pic.twitter.com/7M7B5hhTDy— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2014
7.55 pm: Gujarat records 62 per cent voter tunrout for all 26 LS seats. In 2009, it was 47.90%.
7.31 pm: 57.1% turnout in Uttar Pradesh. In 2009, it was 47.5%
7.30 pm: 82.5% turnout in West Bengal. In 2009, it was 81.5%.
7.29 pm: 70% turnout in Andhra Pradesh (Telangana). In 2009, it was 67.98%.
7.28 pm: 60% turnout in Bihar, In 2009, it was 52.22%.
7.27 pm: 25.62% turnout in Jammu and Kashmir. In 2009, it was 27.10%.
7.20 pm: 73% voter turnout recorded in Punjab. In 2009, it was 69.75%.
6:30 pm: 54% polling recorded in Uttar Pradesh and 64% turnout in Punjab till 5 PM in the 7th phase
6:20 pm: Akali Dal workers break EVM at Patiala
6.06 pm: Gujarat police registers FIR against Narendra Modi.
5.49 pm: BJP senior leader Arun Jaitley questions EC over filing an FIR against Narendra Modi.
5.38 pm: Telangana records 65 per cent voting till 5 pm.
5.29 pm: 79.6 per cent voting recorded in West Bengal till 5 pm.
5.17 pm: 55 per cent voting recorded in Gujarat till 5 pm.
5.13 pm: Chandrababu Naidu's vote will be treated as invalid, since he disclosed whom he voted, says CEO of AP.
5.05 pm: Two polling staff, including a sector magistrate, died due to cardiac arrest during polling for fourth phase in Unnao and Sitapur districts of Uttar Pradesh.
4.55 pm: AAP leader Prashant Bhushan says that the EC must ban all Narendra Modi rallies.
4.49 pm: Daman and Diu records 64.04 per cent voting till 3pm, while Bihar records 50.36 per cent voter turnout till 4 pm.
4.45 pm: Narendra Modi intended to influence voters, says furious Election Commission.
4.14 pm: Srinagar breaks 2009 record, records 26 per cent voting till 3 pm. Punjab records 54.7 per cent voting till 3 pm.
4.06 pm: 53 per cent voting recorded in Gujarat till 4 pm.
3.50 pm: Voting percentage in Sonia Gandhi's constituency Rae Bareli touches 39 per cent.
3.21 pm: 44.31 per cent voting recorded in Kanpur, 72.65 per cent voting in West Bengal, 59 per cent voting in Telangana till 3pm.
3.09 pm: Amartya Sen, who cast his vote from Bolpur, said that ' Narendra Modi did not deserve to be the PM.'
3.05 pm: 43 per cent voting recorded in Gujarat till 3 pm.
3.04 pm: Reports suggest BJP leader beaten up by TMC workers.
2.58 pm: Daman and Diu register 52.65 per cent voting till 1 pm.
2.57 pm: EC directs FIR against TV channels that carried images of Modi press conference.
2.49 pm: Cricketer Parthiv Patel votes in Gujarat-
#vote#selfie#election2014 pic.twitter.com/g5ExDPqVGZ— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) April 30, 2014
2.48 pm: Four voters were seriously injured after alleged Trinamool goons attack a booth in Sadaipur in Birbhum.
2.35 pm: Voting in Patiala crosses 50 per cent till 1.30 pm.
2.16 pm: Voting percentage for Gujarat till 2 pm was 37 per cent.
2.11 pm: EC takes action against Modi for displaying BJP symbol after casting his vote.
1.20 pm: 62.25% voting recorded in WB till 1 pm, while Hyderabad records 31 per cent polling till 1 pm. Punjab records 40 per cent polling till 1pm. Telangana records 49.7 per cent polling recorded in Telangana. Gujarat registers 33 per cent registered till 1 pm.
1.15 pm: Narendra Modi's wife Jasodaben casts her vote from Mehsana.
1.05 pm: Dadar and Nagar Haveli records 40 per cent polling till 11 am, Daman and Diu record 15 per polling in the first two hours.
1.00 pm: 32.48 voting recorded in Bihar till noon.
12.28 pm: 13.53 voting recorded in Srinagar till 11 am.
12.19 pm: 24 per cent voting recorded in Gujarat till noon
12.00 pm: People seem to be in awe of Narendra Modi-
11.52 am: 19.1 per cent voting in Gujarat till 11 am, Telangana records 31.5 per cent voting till 11 am. Punjab registered 25 per cent voting till 11 am.
11.50 am: BJP leader from Jhansi Uma Bharti casts her vote from Jhansi.
11.46 am: 22.5 per cent voting recorded in Lucknow while UP records 24.78 polling till 11 am.
11.38 am: AAP candidate from Lucknow Javed Jaffery casts his vote-
11.33 am: BJP leader LK Advani casts his ballot in Gandhinagar. Speaking to reporters, Advani said that he would be happy if the EC takes action against those who do not vote.
11.24 am: 40.84 per cent voting recorded in West Bengal, while Bihar records 26 per cent voting till 11 am. West Bengal voter turnout is as follows- Bolpur - 49.68%, Bardhaman East - 49.51%, Bardhaman Durgapur - 47.07%
11.13 am: Reports suggest that a CPM agent's ear has been chopped off allegedly by TMC goons in Serampore constituency.
11.10 am: BJP candidate Rajnath Singh casts his vote in Lucknow .
Went to the polling station in Lucknow and exercised my right to vote. Come out of your homes and vote. pic.twitter.com/cqL45AHZs3— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) April 30, 2014
10.58 am: BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu gives elections a miss, his wife casts her vote. Meanwhile, Union Minister Santosh Chawdhary too cast his vote.
He(Navjot Sidhu) is very busy today,otherwise he never misses voting-Navjot Kaur Sidhu after casting her vote pic.twitter.com/OVZZwN4xaM— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2014
10.54 am: TMC candidate from Serampore Kalyan Banerjee dismisses Modi wave, calling it a 'media creation'.
10.42 am: About 15 per cent polling recorded in Gujarat and 14 per cent polling recorded in Punjab till 10 am.
10.38 am: Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara casts his vote from Rajkot. He will be flying back to Dubai as he is playing in the IPL.
I've voted, I urge you all to cast your precious vote pic.twitter.com/H5DZh1Pmjb— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) April 30, 2014
10.34 am: 100 per cent polling recorded in a polling booth in Howrah constituency, West Bengal.
10.24 am: 18 per cent voting in Jhansi till 9 am.
10.23 am: Will examine complaint, check for legal violations: Election Commission sources on Narendra Modi flashing party symbol.
10.14 am: 4.99 per cent voting recorded in Srinagar till 9 am. Voting in Srinagar will end at 5 pm due to security reasons.
10.08 am: NC Chief Farooq Abdullah cast his vote from Srinagar and said: "Whatever I said, was from my heart. It was not to win votes.
10.05 am: BJP leader Amit Shah casts his vote in Gandhinagar."The country needs security, needs a relief from price rise, hence there is a wave in the entire country," says Amit Shah. According to him, 20 per cent voting was recorded in Gandhinagar.
9.58 am: Congress deaf and dumb to the concerns of Punjab says SAD's candidate from Bathinda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal to Times Now.
9.40 am: 12 per cent voting recorded in Amritsar while West Bengal records 24.39 per cent polling, Bihar registers 12.33 per cent meanwhile Rae Bareli records 10 per cent voting till 9 am.
9.32 am: Congress leader Shriprakash Jaiswal casts his vote in Kanpur whereas Parkash Singh Badal casts his ballot in Punjab.
9.29 am: Congress to complain to EC alleging violation of Model Code by Modi for trying to influence voters on poll day with speech and party symbol.
9.26 am: AAP leader Ashutosh takes on Narendra Modi and tweets-
Good morning.How come Modi be allowed to hold a press conference with party symbol on voting day. violation of EC guideline.Will EC react?— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) April 30, 2014
9.10 am: Narendra Modi urges people to go out and vote. "Everyone must join this festival of democracy and strengthen it. I want to apologise to the people of Gujarat for not being able to give them a lot of time recently," he said. He said I thank the voters that these elections have passed off peacefully.
He said: "I can say from a 1st person account, that the Ma-beta government has gone." Modi's mother Heeraben was also seen casting her vote.
Modi's mother who needed a little help at the polling booth travelled in an auto to reach the polling station.
8.59 am: Narendra Modi casts his vote in Gandhinagar. Earlier he had tweeted-
On my way to vote. I consider myself extremely blessed & fortunate to be a voter in Advani ji's Parliamentary Constituency.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 30, 2014
8.47 am: 10 per cent polling reported in Amritsar, 4.85 per cent voting reported in Bihar till 8 am.
8.43 am: BSP chief Mayawati casts her ballot, appeals to the people to cast their vote. "I appeal to all specially to the Dalits and other backward communities to go out and vote," she said.
Mayawati even dismissed the Modi wave saying that there is no wave.
8.29 am: Capt Amarinder Singh's son Raninder Singh casts his vote from Patiala.
8.28 am: Congress candidate from Bathinda says people in Punjab are voting for a change.
8.18 am: Shuttler Saina Nehwal casts her vote in Gachibowli, Andhra Pradesh.
I did my bit! Go vote pic.twitter.com/tAlTphShMt— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) April 30, 2014
8.15 am: Congress candidate from Lucknow Rita Bahuguna Joshi arrives at a polling booth in Lucknow, says she is confident of Congress' victory. Denying Modi wave in the country, Joshi said that there was no wave in Lucknow.
8.00 am: Congress candidate from Vadodara Madhusudan Mistry reaches polling booth.
7.47 am: SAD's Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa casts his vote in Sangrur, Punjab.
7.34 am: Long queues seen outside polling stations in Patiala.
Punjab : Queue of voters outside a polling station in Patiala pic.twitter.com/dTt5Qs0KWs— ANI (@ANI_news) April 30, 2014
7.20 am: Voting also on in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.
7.16 am: BJP candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley casts his vote from Amritsar. Jaitley said: "I appeal to the people to come out and cast their votes." After casting his vote, Jaitley headed to the Golden Temple to seek blessings.
7 am: Voting begins.
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