Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 3 Voting LIVE Updates: Voting in the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls 2019 took place today. Voters in 116 out of 543 Lok Sabha seats cast their votes. Stay tuned to this space as we bring to you live and latest updates on the development.
The third phase of polling in 116 Lok Sabha constituencies across 14 states and Union Territories took place today.
14 states voted on Tuesday in the third phase of Lok Sabha election 2019 for 116 Lok Sabha seats.
Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi are in fray from Gandhinagar and Wayanad respectively in the third phase of polling. Performance in the third phase will be crucial for both the parties. In Gujarat, the BJP had bagged all 26 seats in 2014 but is facing a tough competition from Congress this time.
Besides all seats in Gujarat (26) and Kerala (20), voting was held in four seats in Assam, five in Bihar, seven in Chhattisgarh, 14 each in Karnataka and Maharashtra, six in Odisha, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, five in West Bengal, two in Goa, and one each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura.
Polling for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be held in seven phases and the votes will be counted on May 23.
Stay tuned to this space as we bring to you live and latest updates on the developments.
Live updates : Lok Sabha polls, April 23: As it Happened
April 23, 20199:50 PM (IST)
Congress is confused: Amit Shah taunts Congress over reports of Priyanka Gandhi's candidature from Varanasi
BJP president Amit Shah played down reports of Priyanka Gandhi's candidature from Varanasi and said that the Congress is in a state of confusion.
"There is democracy in the country, anyone can contest. Congress is in confusion, not us," he said during his interaction with media.
Amit Shah on reports Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may contest from Varanasi: There is democracy in the country, anyone can contest. Congress is in confusion, not us. Our candidate has been declared, Narendra Modi will contest election from here. #LokSabhaElections2019pic.twitter.com/7wEBTCwo2M
Murshidabad poll violence: FIR filed against six persons, three arrested: Chief Electoral Officer
A man named Tiyarul Kalam lost his life in clashes between Congress and Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers in Baligram (Murshidabad).
Chief Electoral Officer (West Bengal) Ariz Aftab said that family of the deceased filed a complaint against 6 persons out of which 3 have been arrested.
The violence took place earlier today.
Ariz Aftab, Chief electoral officer (CEO), West Bengal, on death of a man Tiyarul Kalam in clashes between Congress and TMC workers in Baligram, Murshidabad earlier today: Family registered complaint against 6 persons. 3 arrested. #LokSabhaElections2019pic.twitter.com/HCmHJHZ46I
BJP fields Sunny Deol from Gurdaspur: 10 interesting facts about the actor with "Dhai Kilo ka Haath"
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Congress appeals EC to bar PM Modi from campaigning, claims he "violated Code of Conduct"
The Congress on Tuesday raised strong objections over what it said was "Code of Conduct violation" by PM Modi.
Congress' Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that PM Modi delivered a speech after casting his vote and hence violated the code of conduct.
A delegation from the Congress met Election Commission officers to appeal them to bar PM Modi from campaigning from 48-72 hours.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi after a Congress delegation met EC: Today after casting his vote, PM took out a long procession & delivered a speech. There has never been such a clear violation of MCC, he is a habitual offender. We appealed to EC to bar him from campaigning for 48-72 hours pic.twitter.com/KE8DLZyscS
Lok Sabha election 2019 Live Updates: 61.31% voters came out to vote in Phase 3 polling, says Election Commission
The Election Commission of India, in its estimated figures, said that 61.31% of voters came out to exercise their franchise in phase 3 of Lok Sabha elections today.
April 23, 20195:49 PM (IST)
BJP, Congress candidates file nominations on last day in Delhi
Several prominent candidates including former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri, Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh and cricketer-tuned-politician Gautam Gambhir filed their nominations for the May 12 Lok Sabha polls in Delhi on Tuesday, the last day to enter the fray.
Many of the candidates took out road shows in the scorching heat in their constituencies before filing their nominations.
All seven candidates of the Congress -- former Delhi minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, former Delhi Congress chief Jai Prakash Agarwal, former Union minister Ajay Maken, Delhi Congress working president Rajesh Lilothia, former Cong MP Mahabal Mishra along Dikshit and Singh filed their papers.
BJP candidates Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans, sitting MP from South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency Ramesh Bidhuri and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi filed their nominations besides Gambhir.
April 23, 20195:36 PM (IST)
Polling booth set up for a single voter in Gujarat's Junagadh
A polling booth has been set up for a single voter in Gujarat's Gir Forest.
Bharatdas Bapu, the sole voter, cast his vote and expressed gratitude for the Election Commission of India.
Strength of Indian democracy indeed!
Gujarat:A polling booth in Gir Forest has been set up for 1 voter in Junagadh.Voter Bharatdas Bapu says,“Govt spends money for this polling booth for 1 vote.I've voted&it's 100% voter turnout here.For 100% voter turnout everywhere,I request all to go&vote.” #LokSabhaElections2019pic.twitter.com/N0xYNKSK0S
Shettar was Chief Minister of Karnataka between 2012 and 2013. He is a senior BJP leader.
In Dharwad, BJP's Pralhad Joshi is facing-off Congress' Vinay Kulkarni.
April 23, 20195:14 PM (IST)
Bollywood superstars in politics: From Sunny paaji to Urmila Matondkar
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April 23, 20195:06 PM (IST)
Lok Sabha elections LIVE updates | People are not even turning up for Trinamool Congress rallies, says PM Modi in rally in West Bengal
Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his attack on Trinamool Congress and Mamata Banerjee. He said that the condition of the TMC has deteriorated to such an extent that they are being forced to invite actors from abroad just to lure the public to attend their rallies.
April 23, 20195:00 PM (IST)
Lok Sabha elections Live Updates | New India wants to see itself dominant across the world, says PM Modi in Asansol rally
Urging all citizens to vote, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the new India wants to see itself as a dominant force across the world. He was speaking at a public rally in Asansol in West Bengal.
April 23, 20194:38 PM (IST)
Lok Sabha election 2019 Live Updates: PM Narendra Modi slams Mamata in Asansol rally
PM Narendra Modi slammed West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee saying that the party is giving tough competition to Congress in corrupt practices.
April 23, 20194:37 PM (IST)
A polling agent found dead at his house in West Bengal
Priyanka Gandhi will definitely contest elections if party asks her to: Ahmed Patel
Congress MP and senior leader Ahmed Patel said that Priyanka Gandhi will definitely contest elections if party asks her to. Mentioning that she herself has made this clear in recent weeks, Patel said that the party will soon take a decision on Priyanka Gandhi's candidature
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on if Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would contest #LokSabhaElections2019 from Varanasi: She herself said that she'll definitely contest if party asks her to. Party will soon take a decision on it. Congress President will decide after consulting others. pic.twitter.com/tEcNYRYXRd
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: BJP workers thrash NCP worker for showing black flags to Pragya Singh Thakur
Madhya Pradesh: BJP workers thrash an NCP worker at SDM office in Bhopal after he allegedly showed black flags to Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, during her roadshow.
Madhya Pradesh: BJP workers thrashed an NCP worker at SDM office in Bhopal after he allegedly showed black flags to Pragya Singh Thakur, BJP LS candidate from Bhopal, during her roadshow. pic.twitter.com/WsbgIiThWD
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Naveen Patnaik's exit is certain in Odisha, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a direct attack on Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, saying that his exit was certain and that a handful of officers will not save him.
"I want to tell Naveen 'babu' that you are going and it is certain. A handful of officials cannot save you," the Prime Minister said while addressing an election rally in Barua under the Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency.
It was for the first time that Modi directly attacked Naveen Patnaik during electioneering in the state. Monday was also the last day that the Prime Minister was campaigning in Odisha.
April 23, 20192:51 PM (IST)
Gujarat Election Voting Latest Updates: 39.27 per cent voter turnout till 1 PM
An average 39.27 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 1 pm in Gujarat where polling was underway in all 26 Lok Sabha seats of the state. There were complaints of technical glitches in EVMs at some booths, an election official said.
The polling process was going on peacefully, he said, adding that no untoward incident was reported so far.
Following the commencement of polling at 7 pm, an average 39.27 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 1 pm, according to official figures.
April 23, 20192:35 PM (IST)
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Shalini Yadav to challenge Modi in Varanasi
The Samajwadi Party has fielded Shalini Yadav as the joint candidate of the SP-BSP alliance in Varanasi to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections.
A light-weight candidate, Shalini Yadav has unsuccessfully contested the Mayoral polls in Varanasi on a Congress ticket in 2017.
Shalini Yadav is the daughter of former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Shyamlal Yadav.
Samajwadi Party sources said that none of the senior party leaders in the region were willing to contest against the Prime Minister and the party then decided to field Shalini Yadav who joined the party on Monday evening.
April 23, 20192:33 PM (IST)
J&K Election Voting Latest Updates: Mehbooba Mufti casts her vote in Anantnag
Jammu and Kashmir: PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti casts her vote at polling booth number-37D in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district.
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: 37.89 per cent estimated voter turnout till now
Estimated voter turnout till now for the 3rd phase of the general elections is 37.89 per cent.
April 23, 20192:25 PM (IST)
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: PM Modi praises Balasore's anti-satellite missile history
"Balasore's name has been recorded in history; the anti-satellite missile was launched from this place," PM Modi says, while addressing a rally in Odisha's Balasore.
He adds, "The entire country is rejoicing the success of Mission Shakti, but it pinches 'mahamilawatis' [the Opposition]. The past governments were concerned about interest of a 'naamdar' family, not the country's security."
April 23, 20191:58 PM (IST)
WB Election Voting Latest Updates: Clashes between TMC, BJP supporters in North Malda
Clashes erupt between BJP and TMC supporters in West Bengal's North Malda; camp offices of both parties vandalised
April 23, 20191:55 PM (IST)
Gujarat Election Voting Latest Updates: Arun Jaitley casts his vote in Ahmedabad
Gujarat: Finance Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley casts his vote at a polling booth in Ahmedabad.
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: AIADMK announces candidates for 4 assembly seats
The ruling AIADMK today announced its candidates for by-polls to four Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu scheduled on May 19.
Party Coordinator O Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator K Palaniswami said in a statement that the decision to field the candidates to Sulur, Aravakurichi, Tirupprankundram and Ottapidaram (SC) was taken by the party's Parliamentary Board.
April 23, 20191:36 PM (IST)
Goa Election Voting Latest Updates: 45.11 per cent polling till 1 PM
Goa records 45.11 per cent voting till 1 PM
North Goa - 46.26 per cent
South Goa - 43.97 per cent
April 23, 20191:35 PM (IST)
Bihar Election Voting Latest Updates: 33.78 per cent polling till 1 PM
Bihar records 33.78 per cent voting till 1 PM
Jhanjharpur - 31.25 per cent
Supaul - 33 per cent
Araria - 39 per cent
Madhepura - 30 per cent
Khagaria - 36 per cent
April 23, 20191:27 PM (IST)
Gujarat Election Voting Latest Updates: LK Advani casts his vote in Ahmedabad
Gujarat: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote at a polling booth at Shahpur Hindi School in Ahmedabad.
Gujarat: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote at a polling booth at Shahpur Hindi School in Ahmedabad. pic.twitter.com/u5UoSPBCCA
UP Election Voting Latest Updates: Voter turnout till 1 PM in Bareilly
33.18 per cent voting recorded till 1 PM in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly
April 23, 20191:23 PM (IST)
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Azam Khan's son accuses BJP of tampering EVMs
Abdullah, son of Samajwadi Party candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Rampur, Azam Khan, today accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of tampering the electronic voting machines (EVMs) due to which he said voting in the region had slowed down.
Voting for 10 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh is underway in the third phase of the general elections.
Abdullah said more than 300 EVMs had been tampered with. "The (Bharatiya Janata Party) BJP knows that Azam Khan is going to win with a large number of votes and that is why they are using this tactics," he said.
Abdullah also accused the police of threatening the voters.
April 23, 20191:20 PM (IST)
Chhattisgarh Election Voting Latest Updates: 30 per cent polling till noon
Around 30 per cent voter turnout was recorded till noon on Tuesday from seven seats of Chhattisgarh during the third phase of Lok Sabha elections.
Initially, a low turnout was witnessed at the polling booths, but as the voting progressed, people came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise, despite the scorching heat, an election official said.
"Around 30 per cent voting has been recorded till noon," he added.
April 23, 201912:48 PM (IST)
Chhattisgarh Election Voting Latest Updates: CM Bhupesh Baghel casts his vote in Durg
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel casts his vote at polling booth number 55 in Durg.
"We have said what we had to say in favour of the party and our candidates, now voters will decide. They are the real judge," the chief minister said.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel after casting his vote at polling booth number 55 in Durg in the 3rd phase of polling of #LokSabhaElections2019: We have said what we had to say in favour of the party and our candidates, now voters will decide. They are the real judge. pic.twitter.com/bZOn9vdw68
The opposition Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today claimed that EVMs and VVPAT machines malfunctioned at some polling booths in Goa.
Leader of Opposition in Goa Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar alleged foul play by the BJP and said he will complain about this to the Election Commission.
Expressing concern over faulty EVMs in Cuncolim and Quepem Assembly segments, he said, "During mock polling, all votes were getting registered in the BJP's name despite pressing buttons of other parties. I will be filing a complaint with the Election Commission. This is foul play by the BJP."
April 23, 201912:26 PM (IST)
Bihar Election Voting Latest Updates: Polling percentage till 12 PM
April 23, 201912:20 PM (IST)
Odisha Election Voting Latest Updates: 18 per cent voting till 11 AM
An estimated 18 per cent of 92.56 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 11 am in six Lok Sabha and 42 assembly constituencies of Odisha.
Long queues of voters were seen outside the polling stations, even before the process commenced at 7 AM.
April 23, 201912:18 PM (IST)
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Vijender Singh to file nomination from Delhi as Congress candidate shortly
Boxer Vijender Singh to file his nomination from South Delhi Lok Sabha seat as Congress candidate shortly.
"I can't see any Modi wave anywhere. People have identified the real face. Youth just want employment, they say jumlon se peth nahi bharega," Vijender Singh said today.
April 23, 201912:16 PM (IST)
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Hans Raj Hans to contest from North West Delhi on BJP ticket
Singer Hans Raj Hans to contest from North West Delhi constituency on BJP ticket.
Udit Raj, the incumbent MP from North-West, had threatened to resign and contest as an independent if his candidature was not announced from the seat. This was one of the reasons behind the delay in announcing Hans' candidature, party insiders said.
Hans will take on Guggan Singh of the AAP and Rajesh Lilothia of the Congress.
April 23, 201912:12 PM (IST)
Goa Election Voting Latest Updates: 26.55 per cent polling till 11:30 AM
Around 26.55 per cent polling was recorded in Goa's two Lok Sabha constituencies by 11 AM.
The two parliamentary seats -- North Goa and South Goa -- recorded 26.52 per cent and 26.58 per cent polling respectively till 11 AM, with the average turnout recorded as 26.55 per cent.
Voting was underway at 1,652 polling booths across Goa since 7 AM.
April 23, 201912:04 PM (IST)
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Sunny Deol joins BJP
Bollywood actor Sunny Deol, son of veteran actor Dharmendra joins the Bharatiya Janata Party in presence of Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman.
The actor, after joining the BJP said, "The way my Papa worked with and supported Atal ji, I am here today to work with and support Modi ji. My work will do the talking."
Delhi: Actor Sunny Deol joins Bharatiya Janata Party in presence of Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman pic.twitter.com/QgXwv5OrBI
Chhattisgarh Election Voting Latest Updates: Polling percentage till 11:30 AM
Chhattisgarh records 27.29 per cent polling till 11:30 AM.
April 23, 201912:00 PM (IST)
Kerala Election Voting Latest Updates: Snake inside VVPAT machine holds up polling in Kannur
An unusual "visitor" in a polling booth in the Kannur Lok Sabha constituency, held up voting for a brief today. A small snake was found inside a VVPAT machine in a booth at Mayyil Kandakkai in the constitutency, which is witnessing heavy polling, triggering panic among officials and voters.
However, the reptile was soon removed and voting continued.
The Kannur constituency, where sitting MP PK Sreemathy (CPI-M-LDF), K Surendrdan (Cong-UDF) and CK Padmanabhan (BJP-NDA) are trying their luck, is witnessing brisk polling since morning.
April 23, 201911:59 AM (IST)
WB Election Voting Latest Updates: Polling percentage in first 2 hours
An estimated 16.94 per cent of over 80 lakh electorate exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling in five Lok Sabha constituencies of West
Bengal. Barring a few isolated incidents of violence, polling has largely been peaceful in Balurghat, Maldaha Uttar, Maldaha Dakshin, Jangipur and Murshidabad Lok Sabha seats.
"Two women voters were injured in an alleged incident of bombing in Murshidabad's Domkal area near a polling booth. Both of them have been hospitalized and we have sought report on the matter from the district magistrate. No one has been arrested or detained in the case so far," an official said.
April 23, 201911:57 AM (IST)
UP Election Voting Latest Updates: Polling percentage in first 4 hours
Uttar Pradesh records 22.64% voting in first four hours -
Moradabad - 23.2 per cent
Rampur - 26.8 per cent
Mainpuri - 20.2 per cent
Etah - 23 per cent
Budaun - 21.2 per cent
Aonla - 20.4 per cent
Bareilly - 23.2 per cent
Pilibhit - 25.2 per cent
Sambhal - 20.8 per cent
Firozabad - 22.4 per cent
April 23, 201911:43 AM (IST)
Karnataka Election Voting Latest Updates: Mallikarjun Kharge casts his vote
Karnataka: Senior Congress leader and Gulbarga candidate Mallikarjun Kharge casts his vote at polling booth number 119 in Gulabarga.
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Akhilesh Yadav alleges EVM malfunction across India
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Tuesday alleged that EVMs were "malfunctioning or voting for the BJP" across the country, terming it a criminal negligence.
"EVMs across India malfunctioning or voting for the BJP. DMs say poll officials untrained to operate EVMs. 350+ being replaced. This is criminal negligence for a polling exercise that costs Rs 50,000 crs. Should we believe DMs Election Commission, or is something far more sinister afoot?" Yadav said in a tweet tagging the Election Commission.
April 23, 201911:35 AM (IST)
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Sunny Deol to join BJP
Actor Sunny Deol to join the Bharatiya Janata Party shortly
April 23, 201911:35 AM (IST)
Kerala Election Voting Latest Updates: People queue up in Wayanad
People queue up to cast their votes at a polling booth in Wayanad's Sugandhagiri.
UP Election Voting Latest Updates: Election official thrashed for asking to vote for SP
BJP workers in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad beat up an election official at booth number 231. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers alleged that the officer, Mohd Zubair, was pressurizing women voters to press the ‘cycle button' of the Samajwadi Party.
The officer was later removed from the booth but no action was taken against the attackers.
#WATCH Moradabad: BJP workers beat an Election Official at booth number 231 alleging he was asking voters to press the 'cycle' symbol of Samajwadi party pic.twitter.com/FokdXCAJ1z
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Gautam Gambhir holds roadshow in Delhi
BJP MP candidate from East Delhi, Gautam Gambhir holds roadshow ahead of filling his nomination.
"I really want to contribute something to the country and whatever our PM has done in the last 5 years, I want to take that legacy forward," he says.
#Delhi: BJP MP candidate from East Delhi, Gautam Gambhir holds roadshow ahead of filling his nomination, says, "I really want to contribute something to the country & whatever our PM has done in the last 5 years, I want to take that legacy forward." pic.twitter.com/eiGz9mcLCd
Kerala Election Voting Latest Updates: Shashi Tharoor casts his vote in Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala: Senior Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram candidate Shashi Tharoor casts his vote at a polling booth in the city. He is up against BJP's Kummanam Rajasekaran and LDF’s C Divakaran.
Kerala: Senior Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram candidate Shashi Tharoor casts his vote at a polling booth in the city. He is up against BJP's Kummanam Rajasekaran and LDF’s C Divakaran. #LokSabhaElections2019pic.twitter.com/zJwnJ3nALC
Kerala Election Voting Latest Updates: NDA candidate from Wayanad demands re-polling
Thushar Vellappally, NDA candidate from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, has demanded re-polling after an electronic voting machine (EVM) malfunctioned at a polling booth.
“Let me draw your kind attention to an important matter. It is reported from booth number 79 - CMS Higher Secondary School, Arappatta in Mooppanad Panchayath that the voting machine is damaged. A vote is not being cast even after pressing twice,” a letter by Vellappally through Chief Election Agent Advocate Sinil Kumar G read.
“Please take necessary steps for re-polling as pressing the voting machine twice can make changes in the voting,” it added.
Vellappally is the chief of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), the political arm of the Sree Narayan Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP).
April 23, 201910:30 AM (IST)
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Moderate polling recorded in initial hours in Bihar, Kerala
Amid complaints of EVM glitches, moderate polling was Tuesday recorded in the first two hours of voting in 116 Lok Sabha seats, including all constituencies of Gujarat and Kerala.
Voting is also underway in four seats in Assam, five in Bihar, seven in Chhattisgarh, 14 each in Karnataka and Maharashtra, six in Odisha, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, five in West Bengal, two in Goa, and one each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura.
Kerala witnessed enthusiastic voters queuing up at several booths even before 7 am in all 20 Lok Sabha constituencies.
However, there were complaints of technical glitches in electronic voting machines in some polling booths.
Many polling stations witnessed heavy rush and long queues in the initial hours.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and Union minister, Alphons Kannamthanam are key contenders in the state.
Women, senior citizens and first-time electors turned up in large numbers to exercise their franchise.
The three major fronts-- ruling CPI(M)-led LDF, Opposition Congress headed UDF and the BJP-NDA have nominated 6 women candidates.
Wayanad constituency from where Rahul Gandhi is contesting, besides his pocket borough Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, has the maximum number of candidates-- 20 and the lowest are in Alathur in Palakkad district (6).
In Karnataka, polling began at 7 am in 28,022 polling stations that are mostly in the northern belt of the state, covering the entire Hyderabad-Karnataka and Mumbai-Karnataka regions, a couple of central districts and coastal Uttara Kannada.
April 23, 201910:30 AM (IST)
J&K Election Voting Latest Updates: 0 per cent voting recorded till now
In Jammu and Kashmir, voting began on a dull note in Anantnag district of Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, where polling will be held in three phases.
Residents in most parts of the district in restive south Kashmir are yet to venture out, officials said.
The Election Commission has curtailed the polling duration for Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency by two hours following a request from the state police to this effect. The voting will be held in south Kashmir areas from 7 am to 4 pm.
There are 18 candidates in the fray for Anantnag constituency including PDP president and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti.
The Congress has fielded state president Ghulam Ahmad Mir while former High Court judge Hasnain Masoodi is contesting on NC ticket. The other prominent candidate in the fray is former MLC Sofi Yousuf of BJP.
April 23, 201910:28 AM (IST)
Goa Election Voting Latest Updates: Entire set of EVMs replaced at polling booth
The entire set of EVMs has been replaced for AC 34, PS No 31 as per report from DEO South Goa.
April 23, 201910:12 AM (IST)
Chhattisgarh Election Voting Latest Updates: Polling percentage till 9:30 AM
Over 12 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the initial two-and-a-half hours of polling in seven Lok Sabha constituencies of Chhattisgarh today.
Voting for the third phase of Lok Sabha polls in the state began in Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Korba, Janjgir-Champa (SC), Surguja (ST) and Raigarh (ST) amid tight security at 7 am, an election official said.
"Around 12.08 per cent voting has been recorded till 9.30 am," he said.
April 23, 201910:08 AM (IST)
Gujarat Election Voting Latest Updates: PM Modi's mother casts her vote in Gandhinagar
Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother Heeraben Modi casts her vote in Gandhinagar's Raysan
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Polling percentage till 9 AM
Polling percentage recorded till 9 AM -
Assam - 12.36 per cent
Bihar - 12.60 per cent
Goa - 2.29 per cent
Gujarat - 1.35 per cent
Jammu and Kashmir - 0.00 per cent
Karnataka - 1.75 per cent
Kerala - 2.48 per cent
Maharashtra - 0.99 per cent
Odisha - 1.32 per cent
Tripura - 1.56 per cent
Uttar Pradesh - 6.84 per cent
West Bengal - 10.97 per cent
Chhattisgarh - 2.24 per cent
Dadra and Nagar Haveli - 0.00 per cent
Daman and Diu - 5.83 per cent
April 23, 20199:40 AM (IST)
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Sukhbir Singh Badal to contest from Punjab's Ferozepur
The Shiromani Akali Dal today announced its decision to field party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal from the Ferozepur seat while his wife and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has been again nominated from the Bathinda seat.
The announcement was made by party patron and Akali stalwart Parkash Singh Badal.
"It has been decided that SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal will contest from the Ferozepur seat and Harsimrat will contest from the Bathinda seat," Badal said.
April 23, 20199:31 AM (IST)
Gujarat Election Voting Latest Updates: Amit Shah casts his vote
Gujarat: BJP President Amit Shah and his wife Sonal Shah cast their votes at polling booth in Naranpura Sub-Zonal office in Ahmedabad.
After casting his vote at the booth located in Naranpura area of Ahmedabad city, which comes under the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, Shah appealed to people to come out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right.
"Your every vote can take the country forward, it can secure the country and it can lead the nation on the path of development," said Shah, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election for the first time.
Gujarat: BJP President Amit Shah and his wife Sonal Shah cast their votes at polling booth in Naranpura Sub-Zonal office in Ahmedabad pic.twitter.com/0lNdyv0XDp
Odisha Election Voting Latest Updates: Former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi casts her vote
Former IAS officer and BJP MP candidate from Bhubaneswar, Aparajita Sarangi, casts her vote at polling booth in Government Primary School, IRC village, Bhubaneswar.
She is up against former IPS officer and BJD candidate Arup Patnaik.
Odisha: Former IAS officer and BJP MP candidate from Bhubaneswar, Aparajita Sarangi casts her vote at polling booth in Government Primary School, IRC village, Bhubaneswar; She is up against former IPS officer and BJD candidate Arup Patnaik pic.twitter.com/ANXxRskUYJ
UP Election Voting Latest Updates: Polling halts due to EVM malfunction in Shikohabad
Voting process at booth number 20 of Shikohabad in Uttar Pradesh has been halted due to a faulty EVM machine.
April 23, 20198:57 AM (IST)
Bihar Election Voting Latest Updates: Polling percentage till 8 AM
Polling percentage till 8 AM in Bihar
Jhanjharpur - 4 per cent
Supaul - 4 per cent
Araria - 3 per cent
Madhepura - 5 per cent
Khagaria - 5 per cent
April 23, 20198:53 AM (IST)
J&K Election Voting Latest Updates: Polling beings on dull note in Anantnag
Voting in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir began on a dull note today, as residents in most parts of the district stayed indoors so far.
Polling in Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency will be held in three legs, amidst tight security measures.
April 23, 20198:42 AM (IST)
Maharashtra Election Voting Latest Updates: Supriya Sule casts her vote in Baramati
Nationalist Congress Party's Supriya Sule, along with her family, casts her vote at a polling station in Maharashtra's Baramati.
She is sitting MP and NCP MP candidate from Baramati.
Maharashtra: Nationalist Congress Party's Supriya Sule along with her family casts her vote a polling station in Baramati; She is sitting MP and NCP MP candidate from Baramati pic.twitter.com/iNVAP3QDAr
Gujarat Election Voting Latest Updates: PM Modi after casting his vote
After casting his vote in Gujarat's Ahmedabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he felt fortunate to have an opportunity to fulfill his duty in his home state.
"Today third phase of polling is underway, I am fortunate that I also got the opportunity to fulfill my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Like you feel pure after a holy dip in Kumbh, one feels pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy," the prime minister said.
Talking of voter ID, Modi said, "The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is voter ID."
"I can say with surety that the voter ID is much much more powerful than an IED, so we should understand the strength of our voter IDs," PM Modi said.
April 23, 20198:28 AM (IST)
Gujarat Election Voting Latest Updates: PM Modi casts his vote in Ahmedabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi casts his vote in Gujarat's Ahmedabad.
Karnataka Election Voting Latest Updates: Second phase polling underway in remaining 14 LS seats
Second phase of polling is underway in the remaining 14 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, where the contest is between the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine and the BJP.
Polling began at 7 am in 28,022 polling stations that are mostly in the northern belt of the state, covering the entire Hyderabad-Karnataka and Mumbai-Karnataka regions, a couple of central districts and coastal Uttara Kannada.
April 23, 20197:48 AM (IST)
Gujarat Election Voting Latest Updates: PM Modi meets people in Gandhinagar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets people outside his mother's residence in Gujarat's Gandhinagar. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly.
Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets people outside his mother's residence in Gandhinagar. He will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, shortly. pic.twitter.com/HhjPyB1c5F
Gujarat Election Voting Latest Updates: Amit Shah near a polling booth in Ahmedabad
BJP national president and party's candidate from Gandhinagar Parliamentary constituency, Amit Shah, near the polling booth at Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip in Gujarat's Ahmedabad.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to cast his vote at the polling booth, shortly.
Gujarat: BJP President and party's candidate from Gandhinagar Parliamentary constituency Amit Shah, near the polling booth at Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip, Ahmedabad. PM Narendra Modi will cast his vote at the polling booth, shortly. #LokSabhaElections2019pic.twitter.com/rSn96OTbiJ
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: States where voting is underway
April 23, 20197:15 AM (IST)
West Bengal Election Voting Latest Updates: People queue up outside polling booth
Voters queue outside polling booth in Kotwali Junior Basic School, in West Bengal's Malda.
5 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state are voting in the third phase of general elections today.
West Bengal: Voters queue outside polling booth in Kotwali Junior Basic School, in Malda; 5 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state are voting in the third phase of general elections today pic.twitter.com/MQpWKd8Hz7
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: Polling begins
Polling for third phase of Lok Sabha elections in 116 Lok Sabha constituencies across 14 states, UTs begins.
About 18.56 crore voters are eligible for voting in the third phase of the elections, for which 2.10 lakh polling booths/stations have been set up. The Election Commission has made elaborate security arrangements.
April 23, 20196:53 AM (IST)
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE Updates: PM Modi to vote in Ahmedabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took to Twitter and urged all those voting today for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections to vote in record numbers. The prime minister also said he will be voting in Ahmedabad in a short while.
Urging all those voting in today’s Third Phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to do so in record numbers. Your vote is precious and will shape the direction our nation takes in the years to come.
I’ll be voting in Ahmedabad in a short while from now.
Lok Sabha Election 2019 LIVE: Polling to begin shortly
Hello and welcome to our election live updates. The third phase of polling for the world's biggest election is set to begin shortly in India. Polling will be held across 116 constituencies in 14 states and Union Territories.