New Delhi: The second phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on Thursday recorded a voter turnout of 66.63 per cent, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha informed. Voting was held in 95 seats spread in 11 states and a Union Territory amid sporadic incidents of violence.
As per the figures shared by news agency ANI, on its Twitter handle, the overall voter turnout recorded by Assam is 76.22%, while for Bihar it is 62.38%. Jammu and Kashmir recorded 45.5% turnout and Karnataka 67.67%, Maharashtra 61.22%, Manipur 67.15%, Odisha 57.97%, Tamil Nadu 66.36%, Uttar Pradesh 66.06%, West Bengal 76.42%, Chhattisgarh 71.40% and Puducherry 76.19%. (Full coverage on Lok Sabha Elections)
Polling was held on 38 out of 39 seats in Tamil Nadu as elections were cancelled in Vellore constituency over fear of abuse of money power. In Jammu and Kashmir, Udhampur and Srinagar went for polls in the second phase.
Eight Lok Sabha seats namely, Mathura, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Nagina, Hathras, Aligarh, Amroha and Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh went to polls. The fate of Hema Malini and Raj Babbar among 85 candidates was sealed on Thursday.
The polling was also marred by glitches in EVMs. Speaking over the issue, deputy election commissioner Sudip Jain said, a total of 1,000 ballot units, 769 control units 2,766 paper trail machines were replaced.
Fourteen seats in Karnataka also went to polls along with 10 in Maharashtra, five each in Assam, Bihar and Odisha, three each in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal, two in Jammu and Kashmir and one seat each in Manipur and Puducherry.
Elections were also held in 35 assembly constituencies in Odisha while bypolls are being held in 18 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu.
Violence in West Bengal
In West Bengal, the convoy of CPI(M) candidate from Raiganj, Md Salim, was pelted with stones as he was visiting Patagora, Islampur, in Raiganj constituency to observe polling. Blaming Trinamool workers to be behind the attack, he said, “I came here after hearing reports that Trinamool Congress’ men were preventing people from casting their votes. When I confronted them, they attacked my vehicle. My driver and assistant were still inside the vehicle when it was attacked with stones and bricks. They had to flee along with the vehicle to save their life.” Meanwhile, reports of electronic voting machines being damaged in Uttar Dinajpur in the state were also received.
Stone Pelting in Jammu and Kashmir
Incidents of stone-pelting were reported in Srinagar parliamentary constituency on Thursday. “As polling for Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency was going on today, several incidents of stone pelting on security forces & polling staffs were reported. However security forces while dealing with such hostile stone pelting mobs exercised utmost restraint,” a statement issued by the J&K administration read.
For 543 seats, Lok Sabha polls are being conducted in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. The counting of votes is scheduled for May 23.