Polling concluded in the three states and two Union territories of western India in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday, 23 April, with Goa recording a voter turnout of 73.23 percent.
Meanwhile, the 14 seats in Maharashtra recorded a turnout of 58.98 percent, while Gujarat’s 26 seats saw 63.67 percent of the electorate exercising their franchise.
In the Union territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu, the turnout stood at 71.43 percent and 65.34 percent respectively.
Note that these are interim figures and are expected to rise.
PM Narendra Modi was among the voters in the third phase of polling. After casting his vote in Ahmedabad, he urged others to come out and vote, saying “the power of the voter ID is more than that of an IED”.
Out of the 117 seats that went to polls in the third and largest phase, 44 were in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
The total voter turnout for the third phase has been recorded at 65.61 percent till 8 pm.
Two LS Seats, Three Assembly Seats in Goa Go to Polls
Polling for two Lok Sabha seats and bypolls for three state Assembly seats in Goa will be held in a single phase on Tuesday, election officials said on Monday.
Over 1,600 polling booths have been set up for the elections in North Goa and South Goa Lok Sabha constituencies and Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem Assembly seats, they said.
There are 12 candidates in the fray for the two Lok Sabha constituencies and 18 for the three Assembly seats.
Around 11 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise.
The by-elections in Shiroda and Mandrem were necessitated after their sitting Congress MLAs resigned and joined the ruling BJP. The Mapusa seat fell vacant following the death of its sitting MLA.
14 Maharashtra Seats Polling Today
Altogether 249 candidates are in the fray in 14 constituencies in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra.
State BJP President Raosaheb Danve (Jalna) and NCP chief Sharad Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule (Baramati) are among the prominent candidates in fray.
Altogether 2,57,89,738 voters, including 1,33,19,010 men, 1,24,70,076 women and 652 members of the third gender, are eligible to exercise their franchise in the third phase
All 26 Seats of Gujarat Vote Today
370 candidates, including BJP President Amit Shah are in fray in 26 seats in Gujarat. The BJP had won all the 26 seats in the state in 2014 elections.
While Shah is contesting from the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat, Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Jaswantsinh Bhabhor is the BJP candidate from the Dahod seat.
Former minister Bharat Solanki of the Congress is contesting from the Anand Lok Sabha seat while Leader of Opposition in state Assembly Paresh Dhanani is the party's nominee from Amreli.
Gujarat has 4,51,52,373 eligible voters, including 10.06 lakh first-time voters. A total 2,23,775 personnel, including presiding and polling officers, and micro and sector observers, have been appointed for conducting the election process.
Voting Begins in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Two UT's
Voting for the third phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections for 117 seats across 13 states began at 7 am, 23 April.
PM Modi to Cast His Vote in Ahmedabad
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.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 23, 2019
I’ll be voting in Ahmedabad in a short while from now.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while urging voters to vote in record numbers, said that he will be voting in Ahmedabad in a short while.
“Your vote is precious and will shape the direction our nation takes in the years to come,” PM Modi said.
VIP Voter in Gujarat Today
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and former deputy PM LK Advani are the people scheduled to vote in Gujarat today. According to TV9 Gujarat, PM Modi will vote at 7:30 am, BJP President Amit Shah at 9 am, while Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is scheduled to vote at around 12:30 pm, along with LK Advani.
PM Modi Reaches his Mother's Residence Ahead of Polling
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at his mother's residence in Gandhinagar. PM Modi will cast his vote in Ahmedabad, at around 7:30 am.
Amit Shah Near Ahmedabad Polling Booth
BJP President and party's candidate from Gandhinagar, Amit Shah, was near the polling booth at the Nishan Higher Secondary School in Ranip, Ahmedabad. This is the booth where PM Narendra Modi will cast his vote.
PM Modi Seeks Mother's Blessings Ahead of Voting
Ahead of casting his vote in Ahmedabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his mother Heeraben Modi. The PM was seen sharing sweets and touching his mother’s feet during the visit.
EVM Replaced in Goa Polling Station
An entire set of EVMs has been replaced for AC 34, Polling Station No 31, as per reports from DEO South Goa.
Entire set of EVM has been replaced for AC 34, PS No 31 as per report from DEO South Goa. https://t.co/MNIwGUdAcU— CEO Goa Election (@CEO_Goa) April 23, 2019
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani Casts Vote
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, along with wife Anjali Rupani, cast his vote in Rajkot.
Maharashtra LS Polls Phase 3: NCP's Supriya Sule Casts Vote in Baramati
Nationalist Congress Party's Supriya Sule along with her family cast her vote at a polling station in Baramati. She is a sitting MP and NCP’s MP candidate from Maharashtra’s Baramati.
Gujarat LS Polls: PM Modi Casts Vote in Ahmedabad, Urges People to Vote
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after seeking blessings from mother Heeraben Modi, cast his vote in Gujarat's Ahmedabad.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after casting his vote, spoke to the media and urged voters to cast their vote with enthusiasm and responsibly.
"“I urge the people of India to cast their vote with enthusiasm, their vote will decide the fate of the country. Who to vote for, who not to vote for, the voter of India is smart enough to decide, everyone in the world knows that.”"
‘Power of Voter ID More Than That of IED’: PM Modi to Voters
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after casting his vote, spoke to the media where he urged the voters to cast their vote with enthusiasm, and responsibly.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after casting his vote, said that he felt cleansed like after taking a holy dip.
"“Today, the third phase of polling is underway. I am fortunate that I also got the opportunity to fulfil 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.”" - Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Goa Lok Sabha Polls Phase 3: CM Pramod Sawant Casts Vote
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant also cast his vote, along with his wife, in Goa’s Sakhali. Two seats in Goa are voting in the third phase of polling today.
MP Governor Anandiben Patel Casts Vote in Shilaj
Madhya Pradesh governor and former Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel cast her vote, along with family, in Ahmedabad’s Shilaj.
Gujarat Polls 2019: BJP President Amit Shah Casts Vote
BJP President Amit Shah, along with wife Sonal, cast his vote at a polling booth in Ahmedabad’s Naranpura Sub-Zonal office.
Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat Voter Turnouts Till 9 am
Among the three states of Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra, Goa voted the highest till 9 am, with a 2.25 percent turnout. The voter turnout in Gujarat was 1.35 percent while Maharashtra recorded the lowest voting among the three states in the first two hours of polling , at 0.99 percent.
PM Modi's Mother Heeraben Modi Casts Vote
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother, Heeraben Modi, cast her vote in Ahmedabad’s Raisan, a couple of hours after PM Modi cast his vote.
Modi had taken blessings from Heeraben before casting his vote, at her house in Ahmedabad.
Dadra & Nagar, Daman & Diu Voter Turnouts Till 9 am
Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara Casts Vote
Indian Cricket player Cheteshwar Pujara also cast his vote in Rajkot city’s Madhapar area in Gujarat.
Maharashtra Lok Sabha Polls: Anna Hazare Casts Vote in Ahmednagar District
Social activist Anna Hazare cast his vote in Ralegan Siddhi, Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra.
Goa Governor Casts Her Vote
Dr Mridula Sinha, Governor of Goa, cast her vote on Tuesday, 23 April.
Voter Turnouts Till 11 am
Congress Leader Hardik Patel Casts Vote in Surendranagar
Patidar leader Hardik Patel cast his vote at booth number 252/355 in Surendranagar constituency in Gujarat.
Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel Casts Vote
Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel has cast his vote.
Gujarat Lok Sabha Polls: Congress Candidate from Anand Bharat Solanki Casts Vote
Former Union Minister Bharat Solanki cast his vote at the Dedarda village of Borsad Taluka, Anand District in Gujarat.
The former Gujarat Congress president is contesting from Anand constituency.
BJP Leader LK Advani Casts Vote
Former Deputy Prime Minister and BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani cast his vote in Gujarat. Other BJP leaders like PM Modi, Amit Shah, Anandiben Patel and others had also cast their vote earlier in the day.
Voter Turnouts at 1 PM
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Casts Vote
Finance Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley cast his vote at a polling booth in Ahmedabad.
Congress Leader Ahmed Patel Casts His Vote in Gujarat's Bharuch
Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel has cast his vote at a polling station in Gujarat’s Bharuch. He had served as Lok Sabha MP from Bharuch from 1977 to 1989.
Gujarat Elections 2019: 39.27% Turnout Till 2:30 pm
Maharashtra Elections 2019: 32.36% Turnout Till 2:30 pm
Goa Elections 2019: 44.41% Voter Turnout Till 2:30 pm
Kejriwal Alleges Cong Candidate Openly Seeking Votes for BJP in Goa
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday hit out at the Congress over a media report claiming that its candidate in Goa has asked people to vote for the BJP instead of AAP.
“Is this the reason why Congress refused to do an alliance in Goa?” the Aam Aadmi Party chief said in a tweet and tagged a news report which quoted South Goa Congress candidate Francisco Sardinha.
However, the tweet which he quoted has been deleted now.
Congress candidate openly seeking votes for BJP? Is this the reason why Congress refused to do an alliance in Goa? https://t.co/LXbl8oT8qY— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 23, 2019
"The vote to BJP will at least be acknowledged but all know that the AAP has not even one percent chance of winning,” Sardinha was quoted as saying by the media report.
Kejriwal alleged that the Congress candidate was openly seeking votes for BJP.
Kejriwal Alleges Several Instances of Faulty EVMs in Polls in Goa
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday alleged that there have been several instances of faulty electronic voting machines in Goa during polling for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections.
In a series of tweets, Kejriwal tagged reports of alleged faulty electronic voting machines.
PM Modi's Wife Jashodaben Casts Vote in Gujarat's Unjha
PM Narendra Modi’s wife Jashodaben also cast her vote on Tuesday in Gujarat’s Unjha, reportedly saying, “Modi sahab has done a lot for the country, he will do more.”
Polling Booth in Gujarat's Gir Forest Set up For Just One Voter
A polling booth in Gujarat’s Gir Forest was set up for just one voter in Junagadh.
The lone voter, Bharatdas Bapu, told ANI, “The government spends money for this polling booth for one vote. I’ve voted and it’s 100 percent voter turnout here. For 100 percent voter turnout everywhere, I request all to go and vote.”
Gujarat Elections 2019: 57.69% Turnout Till 5 pm
Maharashtra Elections 2019: 54.52% Turnout Till 5 pm
Goa Elections 2019: 69.79% Turnout Till 5 pm
Gujarat Elections 2019: 60.21% Interim Voter Turnout
Maharashtra Elections 2019: 56.57% Interim Voter Turnout
Goa Elections 2019: 71.09% Interim Voter Turnout
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