Expressing pride and exuberance after casting their ballot, voters — young and not so young — have taken to the social media across India, flaunting their inked finger as proof of exercise of their democratic right and are urging others to vote.
03:36 PMVoter turnout till 3pm: Bihar – 37.44%, Haryana – 42.77%, J&K – 49.46%, Kerala – 54.24%, MP – 36.46%, Maharashtra – 30.88%. (Times Now)
03:32 PMVoting picks up in Haryana; brisk in Chandigarh
After a dull start in the morning, polling picked up in Haryana with nearly 40% of the electorates casting their votes in 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in the first six hours while brisk polling was recorded in Chandigarh with over 30 per cent voters exercising their franchise.
02:53 PMFormer President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam casts his vote in Delhi.
02:19 PM30% of electorate cast votes till noon even as Naxals open fire on security forces near 10 polling booths in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar seat
02:19 PMMollywood actor Mammootty could not vote as his name was not in the renewed voter list from Panampilly Nagar in Ernakulam constituency.
02:14 PMShazia Ilmi is immature and anti-national: VK Singh
02:09 PMWest Bengal: Supporters of TMC Malda south candidate attack Election Commission officials
01:33 PMPriyanka Gandhi leaves after casting her vote at a polling station in New Delhi
01:26 PM32% voting recorded in Haryana till 1pm
01:01 PMThiruvananthapuram records the lowest voter turnout till noon. Against the state average of 38.1%, poll percentage was 34.7% till 12pm.
12:56 PMEven BJP’s workers are not supporting Gen VK Singh here in Ghaziabad, Shazia Ilmi says (ANI Photo)
12:37 PMPolling in Kerala stalled at 40% till 12pm.
12:31 PMMedia obsessed with railgate: Pawan Bansal
12:30 PMRLD supporters clashed with BJP candidate Satyapal Singh and his supporters at Malikpur village in Baghpat. The former police commissioner of Maharashtra was assaulted and two of his supporters were injured in the incident.
12:28 PMPriyanka casts her vote, denies Modi wave
12:09 PMPriyanka Gandhi dismisses any ‘Modi wave’ in the country: Times Now
11:58 AMCongress candidate Ajay Maken shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote at Nirman Bhawan polling station in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)
11:58 AMVice President Hamid Ansari shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote at Nirman Bhawan polling station in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)
11:43 AMVoting picked up in Madhya Pradesh’s nine Lok Sabha constituencies as the day progressed. An Election Commission official said that in the initial three hours, over 15 percent balloting took place.
11:33 AM15% voter turnout in first 2.5 hours of polling in MP, polls boycotted at three places
11:29 AMLok Sabha polls: Politicos cast their vote
11:25 AMBJP will win all 7 seats in Delhi, Narendra Modi will be our next PM. Nation will have a stable govt: Meenakshi Lekhi
10:57 AMWe don’t believe there is any Modi wave: Raj Babbar, Congress candidate from Ghaziabad
10:48 AMCongress candidate from Chandigarh Pawan Bansal casts his vote. (ANI Photo)
10:25 AMCongress vice-president Rahul Gandhi casts his vote in Delhi
09:52 AMAn average 16 per cent turnout was recorded in the first two hours of polling in 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala.
09:50 AM12 per cent polling was recorded in the first two hours of polling in Gautam Budha Nagar Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh.
09:22 AMVoters queue to cast their vote in Jaula village in UP’s Muzaffarnagar. (AFP Photo)
08:59 AMMaharashtra: Voting for 10 Lok Sabha seats got underway here today. A total of 201 candidates, including 90 independents, are in the fray and they are vying for the attention of around 1.22 crore voters spread in the Vidarbha region.
08:59 AMMadhya Pradesh: Balloting began Thursday in 9 Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh, officials said. As many as 118 candidates are in the fray in the nine constituencies.
08:59 AMChhattisgarh: Voting began today amid tight security in the Maoist-hit Bastar parliamentary constituency of Chhattisgarh.
08:58 AMAndaman and Nicobar islands: Polling began today in the 386 polling stations spread across the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to elect the lone Lok Sabha member amid palpable enthusiasm among voters. An estimated 2,57,856 electorate will choose from the 15 contestants, five of them independents.
08:45 AMVoting begins for 91 seats in 11 states and 3 Union territories
08:40 AMOdisha: Polling began today for 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats in Odisha. Over 13 million electors will cast their ballot in the first phase of polling. There are a total of 2,88,80,850 voters in the state.
08:40 AMKerala: Polling began in all the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala today. Voting will take place in 21,424 polling stations and over 2.42 crore voters are expected to to exercise their franchise. The principal contestants in the fray include K V Thomas (Ernakulam) and Shashi Tharoor (Thiruvananthapuram) all of them from the UDF.
08:24 AMJharkhand: Amid tight security, polling began at 7am in Jharkhand’s four Lok Sabha constituencies that are Maoist affected. Voting began in Koderma, Lohardaga, Palamu and Chatra constituencies.
08:20 AMDelhi: Polling has begun for the seven Lok Sabha constituencies in the national capital where BJP, Congress and newbie AAP are engaged in a three-cornered electoral battle. The voting began at 7am at over 11,500 polling stations out of which 327 have been declared critical and 90 hyper critical. A total of 1.27 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise which include over 3.37 lakh first-timers. A total of 150 candidates are in the fray.
07:54 AMEleven bombs planted by Maoists in Gaya and Aurangabad Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar were found on Wednesday by security forces.
07:54 AMPolling officials sort EVM, stationery and other documents collected from a distribution centre ahead of the second phase of the general election at Muzaffarnagar.
07:50 AMBihar: Polling began today in six Lok Sabha constituencies in Maoist-affected districts of Bihar.The six seats have 80 candidates, including 10 women, in the fray.
07:48 AMHaryana, Chandigarh: Balloting began in all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana and one seat in Chandigarh. Nearly 1.61 crore people, including over 73.8 lakh women, are eligible to vote in Haryana to decide the fate of 230 candidates, including 10 women candidates. In Chandigarh, over six lakh voters will decide the fate of 17 candidates.
07:47 AMLakshadweep: Polling has begun in the Lakshadweep Lok Sabha constituency in the Lakshadweep. Six contestants are in the fray for the lone seat with a close fight between sitting Congress MP, Hamdullah Sayeed, son of former Union minister, late PM Sayeed and P P Mohammed Faisal of NCP. An electorate of 49,821, including 25,342 men will cast their votes.
07:47 AMUttar Pradesh: Voting begins for 10 Lok Sabha seats in western Uttar Pradesh, which are Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Kairana, Bijnor, Meerut, Bagpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Bulandshahr and Aligarh. The fate of 146 candidates will be decided by over 17 million voters.
07:43 AMJammu: Voting has begun in Jammu, the only Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir which has both the international border and the Line of Control. Around 1.7 million voters will elect their Lok Sabha member from 2,271 polling stations in the four districts of Jammu, Samba, Poonch and Rajouri.
07:37 AMThe 2014 election battle will truly begin on a large scale today as a large chunk of the country, accounting for 91 seats, goes to the polls. It includes all seats in Delhi, Haryana and Kerala and several in UP, Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra.