Voting ends for the 7th phase of LS polls in 7 states and two UTs. Huge voter turnout reported from across the regions which went to polls today. 06:26 PM54% polling recorded in Uttar Pradesh and 64% turnout in Punjab till 5pm in the 7th phase.
06:26 PMTwo FIRs registered against Narendra Modi for violation of model code for elections: Gujarat police chief.
06:21 PMWatch: Narendra Modi’s wife Jashodaben casts her vote in Mehsana
06:08 PMGujarat police file FIR against Narendra Modi on EC’s orders for poll code violation: Times Now
06:05 PMVadodara, where Narendra Modi is contesting against Madhusudhan Mistry, sees 70% turnout till 5 pm.
05:51 PM79.60% polling recorded in West Bengal till 4pm. 50.39% polling recorded in Bihar.
05:46 PMNarendra Modi’s mother travels in auto to cast vote.
05:43 PMNearly 75 per cent of the electors voted in Dadra and Nagar Haveli for the lone parliamentary seat in the Union Territory. Poll officials said 74.42 per cent voting was recorded till 3pm.
05:41 PMThe CPI-M has accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of booth capturing and vote rigging during the elections for the 9 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal and demanded a repoll.
05:15 PMNearly 46 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 3pm in Uttar Pradesh.
04:06 PM“There is no possibility of BJP forming the next govt in the country … the public mood appears in favor of a non-Congress and non-BJP formation in which, obviously, Samajwadi Party will have a major role to play”
– Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh chief minister
03:50 PMIt’s a technical issue, wasn’t an organized press conference: BJP on EC action against Modi
03:46 PMTotal voter turnout in Gujarat in 2009 was 47.90%. This year till 3pm it is 47.11%
Nearly 68% votes were cast till 2pm in West Bengal, where polling is underway in nine parliamentary constituencies in the third phase to decide the fate of 87 candidates.
The Election Commission asked the Gujarat chief secretary and director general of police to take action against Narendra Modi and others for violation of the model code of conduct.
03:18 PMA turnout of 55% was registered till 2pm in Punjab, where 253 contestants are in fray for 13 Lok Sabha seats.
03:08 PM“There is no doubt in saying that ‘Ab ki baar Modi sarkar’. People are fed up with Congress. They are seeing a ray of hope in Modi”
– Amit Shah, BJP leader
02:58 PMSaina Nehwal shows her inked finger after casting her vote
02:56 PMOver 50% voting in Daman and Diu till 1pm for the lone parliamentary seat in the union territory
02:52 PMChandrababu Naidu shows his inked finger after casting his vote
National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said if India becomes communal it will be a tragedy for the state.
02:47 PMElection Commission orders FIR against channels that showed Modi’s press conference.
02:46 PM“I have seen all the elections since 1947. I have seen the first election held in 1952 until now and I can say this is the most remarkable election ever held in the history of the country,” BJP leader L K Advani.
02:44 PMEC orders action against Modi for flashing BJP symbol
02:38 PMTelangana region of Andhra Pradesh where polling is being held simultaneously for 119 assembly and 17 Lok Sabha seats witnessed an impressive turnout of about 50% till 1pm.
02:30 PMThe CPM demanded repolling in nearly 100 booths in West Bengal’s Bolpur Lok Sabha constituency, alleging that the ruling Trinamool Congress was adopting unfair and intimidatory tactics.
02:29 PM“Today, people want Modi…people are showing interest. People are fed up with Congress, corruption and also leadership”
– TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu
02:24 PMEC asks Gujarat administration to furnish a compliance report by 6pm today.
02:24 PMJasodhanben Modi, wife of chief minister Narendra Modi voted at a booth in Unjha at 12.39pm.
02:17 PMVoter turnout till 1pm: Bengal 61%, Gujarat 37%, J&K 17%, UP 37%, Punjab 31%.
02:14 PMNarendra Modi has violated provisions of Sections 126(1)(a) and 126 (l) (b) of Representation of People’s Act. 1951: Election Commission on Modi’s speech and display of party symbol.
02:11 PMDespite scorching heat during the day, balloting continued on a brisk note in Punjab for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in a single-phased poll, the Election Commission said. Between 35 to 40% voting was recorded till 1pm, the commission said.
02:02 PM“Main Uma Bharti aur Baba Ramdev ko yeh kehna chahti hoon ki unhone bhagwa kapdo par kalank lagaya hai”
– Rakhi Sawant on Uma Bharti’s comment
01:56 PMElection Commission to take action against Narendra Modi for display of BJP’s election symbol while addressing media in Gujarat.
01:50 PM“I am 100% confident. There is no doubt. There is a tremendous wave. We will (win) closer to 90 (assembly seats)”
– TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao
01:43 PM“Unfortunate that a person aspiring to be PM is flouting rules,displaying party symbol outside polling booth”
– SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav on Modi
01:32 PMVoters stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station in Howrah district, West Bengal.
01:16 PMNearly 40% of the electors in Dadra and Nagar Haveli voted for the lone Lok Sabha seat in the Union territory in the first four hours of polling, officials said.
01:15 PMSwaminarayan Temple priests show their ID cards as they wait in a queue to cast their vote during Lok Sabha elections in Ahmedabad. (PTI photo)
01:12 PM“India’s development story is work in progress; lot of distance still to be covered”
– Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister
01:11 PMVoter turnout in important places of Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow 23%, Rae Bareli 20.80%, Kanpur 24.40%, Jhansi 30.20%, Hamirpur 23.30%, Banda 25.10%, Fatehpur 25.60% and Barabanki 26% till 11am
01:06 PMVoter turnout till 12 pm : Andhra Pradesh 26.96%, Bihar 26.14%, Gujarat 23.68%, J&K 10.72%, Punjab 24.47%, Uttar Pradesh 23.17%, West Bengal 38.30%
01:04 PMBrisk voting was today under way in most of the seven states and two union territories in the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections.
“Let me also tell now that all is over … Had he (Sidhu) been there, I would have had a difficult fight. At the moment there is no fight. Arun Jaitley is no candidate. He may be the nominal candidate but my fight is with Akalis on the ground,” Singh said.
12:58 PMWill win more than 300 seats: Rajnath Singh
12:54 PMPeople voting in favour of BJP for good governance: Uma Bharti
12:54 PM“This third party idea is an idea of a defeatist mind. Once they (Congress) know that they are not winning, now their leaders are suggesting that they will support (a third front).”
– BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar
12:48 PMI am not a CM or PM candidate for you, I am your servant: Narendra Modi says in a rally Samastipur in Bihar.
12:45 PM“Uma Bharti is like a migratory bird in Uttar Pradesh. She has a problem of speaking too much”
– Cong leader Pradeep Jain on Uma Bharti’s comment on Priyanka
12:44 PM“Rakhi Sawant bhi bolti rehti hai, thodi na main kuch bolungi”
– Uma Bharti when asked about Priyanka Gandhi’s comment on Modi
12:43 PMFight breaks out between Congress and BJP workers in Ahmedabad: Times Now
12:42 PMCongress candidate from Jhansi Pradeep Jain shows his inked finger after casting his vote.
Nearly 25% voters exercised their franchise in the first four hours in Uttar Pradesh, where polling is underway in 14 seats to decide the fate of 233 candidates. UP governor B L Joshi, BSP supremo Mayawati, Congress candidate from Lucknow Rita Bahuguna Joshi, BJP national president Rajnath Singh and party leader Kalraj Mishra were among those who exercised their franchise.
Polling started picking up in most parts of the central Kashmir’s Srinagar parliamentary constituency, but remained sluggish in the city which recorded 5.14% in the first four hours.
12:36 PMCongress complains to EC, demands FIR against Modi
With his fate being decided by voters in Madhepura, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav alleged that rival parties were using money power to influence the media.
12:29 PMPolling started picking up in most parts of the central Jammu & Kashmir’s Srinagar parliamentary constituency, but remained sluggish in the city which recorded 5.14% in the first four hours.
Paramilitary forces will be deployed at 148 polling centres and voting will be monitored live through webcasting at 154 booths in Anand on Wednesday.
Congress has sought an FIR against Narendra Modi for displaying his party election symbol and making a speech after casting his vote in Gandhinagar.
12:12 PMMukta Joshi, who is 104 years old, cast her vote in Diu
12:11 PMEC asks for report from Ahmedabad collector about Modi’s press conference
12:10 PMMaharashtra textile minister, Mohd Arif Khan sent bk from Vadodara airport on Tuesday by police under poll code of conduct
12:09 PMModi clicks a selfie after casting his vote
12:05 PMIt is a violation of law. Someone who can do such a thing can never be India’s PM : Kapil Sibal on Modi showing party symbol on polling day.
12:03 PM“It is true this was represented by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and I am hopeful that I will be able to win the elections from here.”
– Rajnath Singh, BJP president
11:58 AMThere is a wave of change, Modi will be PM, says Amit Shah
11:55 AMNearly 44% voters in nine parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal cast their votes till 11am in the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls in the state. “About 44% polling was recorded on an average in the first four hours of polling in nine Lok Sabha constituencies of Howrah, Uluberia, Serampore, Hooghly, Arambagh, Burdwan (East), Burdwan-Durgapur, Bolpur and Birbhum,” state’s Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta said.
11:54 AM21.2% voter turnout in Telangana till 11 am, 26% in Bihar.
Over 26 years, K Padmarajan has competed hopelessly for local assembly seats and parliament, often standing against big names such as prime ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee or Manmohan Singh.
11:52 AMIf India becomes communal, it will be tragedy for J&K: Farooq Abdullah
11:45 AMHe (Navjot Sidhu) is very busy today, otherwise he never misses voting: Navjot Kaur Sidhu after casting her vote
11:43 AMMeanwhile, Priyanka Gandhi campaigns for Rahul in his constituency Amethi
11:43 AMModi shows his ink-marked finger to his supporters after casting his vote in Ahmedabad. (Reuters Photo)
11:41 AMChief Electoral Officer seeks ECI guidance over Modi showing party symbol outside booth and talking to media.
11:40 AMAAP candidate from Lucknow Javed Jaferi after casting his vote.
11:39 AMSenior BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote in Gandhinagar
11:30 AM23% polling held in Amritsar till 11am.
11:29 AM“Aap jo hain complain pe complain aur hum jo hain campaign pe campaign kar rahe hain.”
– M A Naqvi, BJP leader on Modi showing party symbol on polling day
11:22 AM31.5% voter turnout recorded in 10 districts of Telangana till 11am
Union minister Chiranjeevi had to suffer ignominy at a polling booth at Jubilee Hills today as a voter objected when he tried to jump the queue to cast his vote.
11:19 AMBrisk polling was reported in parts of Telangana in the initial hours of election as an air of expectancy enveloped the region that is soon going to be 29th state of the country. Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal were among the first to cast their votes as polling began at 7am on a peaceful note in 17 Lok Sabha and 119 assembly constituencies across ten districts of Telangana, amid unprecedented security.
11:18 AMAbout 19% polling on seven seats in Bihar till 10am.
11:17 AMBJP president Rajnath Singh casts his vote from Lucknow
11:15 AMThere is a Modi wave. I don’t know if there will be a full majority but NDA will form govt: Keshubhai Patel
11:13 AMNarendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Vadodara witnesses 30% polling by 11 am.
11:06 AM15% voting in first 3 hours in Gujarat. However, voting was low in tribal dominated seats.
11:00 AMWatch: Chiranjeevi breaks queue, left embarrassed
10:57 AMPolling is under way for third phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal amid tight security. Elections is being held in nine Parliamentary seats at Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampur, Hooghly, Arambag, Burdwan East, Burdwan – Durgapur, Bolpur and Birbhum covering four districts of the state.
10:53 AMTRS will form the government in Telangana: K Chandrashekhar Rao to Times Now
10:49 AM14% polling in Telangana till 9am.
10:47 AMAround 14% voters exercised their franchise till 10am in 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab where minor clashes broke out between Akali Dal and Congress workers in Moga and Amritsar.
10:44 AMNo anti-incumbency factor in Punjab: Sukhbir Singh Badal
10:43 AMI never violate rules. Had just left queue to see if my name is there in voting list. Media is overreacting: Chiranjeevi. (ANI photo)
10:30 AMVillagers defied a separatist boycott call, while voters in cities and towns mostly stayed away from polling stations as balloting began in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency. Barely 15 votes were cast at two polling stations in Ganderbal district’s Kangan town in the first one hour of polling.
10:26 AMCongress candidate from Lucknow Rita Bahuguna Joshi after voting. (TOI photo)
10:24 AMPolitical parties like Trinamool Congress, Congress and the Left are eyeing a greater share of around 27% Muslim votes in West Bengal after Narendra Modi’s ascendance in national politics. The Muslim votes would be aligned against Modi and the Trinamool Congress and other anti-BJP parties would try to make capital of it, political analysts said.
10:23 AMVoters queued up at polling booths across Punjab in good numbers as polling started on all 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state in a single phase, officials said.
10:22 AMPolling started on a brisk note in most of Gujarat’s 26 Lok Sabha seats with long queues witnessed at some places even before the polling stations opened. According to state election officials, an average of 8-10% voting has been recorded in the first two hours since polling started 7am, with large turnout in Rajkot, Sabarkantha, Anand, Vadodara, Ahmedabad and Bardoli.
10:21 AMNarendra Modi tweets selfie
10:16 AMWe will win between 10-13 seats in Punjab: Sukhbir Badal, Punjab deputy chief minister.
10:11 AMGujarat Congress to complain to Election Commission against Modi for violating model code. He had flashed party symbol today.
10:10 AMI am very confident of winning, people won’t vote for PDP: Farooq Abdullah
10:07 AMBJP’s Amit Shah casts his vote in Gandhinagar. (ANI photo)
10:06 AM9.35% voter turnout recorded in Uttar Pradesh till 9 am.
10:02 AM9.77 % voting registered till 9am in Surat in Gujarat.
10:01 AM10% voter turnout for Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat.
10:00 AMKheda Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat registers 8% voting till 9am.
10:00 AMPanchmahal Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat registers 6.13% seat till 9am.
09:59 AMAnand Lok Sabha seat registers 11.43% till 9am.
09:59 AMVadodara recorded 15% voting till 9am.
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today cast his vote, clicked a selfie and criticized the Congress, saying the time is up for the “mother-son” government.
09:54 AMWe will win by greater margin: SAD’s candidate from Bathinda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal
09:48 AM10.94% voter turnout recorded in Kanpur till 9am.
09:46 AMTime’s up for the mother-son govt: Modi
09:42 AM20% voter turnout recorded in Vejalpur assembly constituency in Gujarat till 9am.
09:40 AM12% voter turnout recorded in Amritsar constituency till 9am.
09:40 AMNarendra Modi takes a selfie after voting in Ahmedabad (ANI photo)
09:37 AMIt’s Congress vs BJP in Lucknow: Rita Bahuguna Joshi
09:30 AMI am 100% sure of my victory. UPA will again form the govt: Congres leader Sriprakash Jaiswal after casting his vote in Kanpur (ANI photo)
09:24 AMI also apologize to people of Gujarat. This time I’ve barely given 2 days and about 18 hours. But still people took campaign in their hands: Narendra Modi
09:22 AMPolling began simultaneously for 17 Lok Sabha constituencies and 119 assembly seats in Telangana amid excitement of electing the first government of the new state that will formally come into existence on June 2.
09:21 AM“Vote for a glorious future of India. This nation has a lot of strength and I have faith in people of India and youth of India.”
– Narendra Modi, BJP’s prime ministerial candiate
09:20 AMNarendra Modi’s mother, Heeraben casts her vote in Gandhinagar. (ANI photo)
09:17 AMModi wave in media only, Mayawati says
The key contestants for the Lok Sabha are Union ministers S Jaipal Reddy, Sarve Satyanarayana and Balram Naik, Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrasekhara Rao, Lok Satta Party chief Jayaprakash Narayan and Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi.
More than 40 million people are eligible to vote in all 26 constituencies where voting is being held in a single phase.
09:03 AMBJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi casts his vote in Ahmedabad. (ANI Photo)
08:49 AMCongress will win convincingly: Madhusudan Mistry
As many as 11 candidates are in the fray in the lone Lok Sabha seat of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Just four candidates are in the fray for the lone lone parliamentary constituency of Daman.
08:42 AMTechnical glitch in EVM at Hyderabad poll both
Over 12 lakh voters are eligible to cast votes for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, which has seen low voter turnout since eruption of militancy in 1990.
Polling for 14 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh began in the fourth phase of elections in the state to decide the fate of 233 candidates including BJP chief Rajnath Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
08:09 AMGujarat all set to break previous polling records as all 26 Lok Sabha seats go to polls today
07:57 AMPeople should come out in large numbers and cast their vote: Arun Jaitley. (ANI Photo)
The prominent candidates in the fray are JD(U) President Sharad Yadav from Madhepura, who is being challenged by RJD’s Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, former central minister and BJP leader Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav from Madhubani and cricketer-turned-BJP leader Kirti Azad from Darbhanga who will contest against former Union minister and RJD leader M A A Fatmi.
07:24 AMHere is an infographic on UP polls.
07:23 AMBJP veteran LK Advani is seeking re-election from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
07:14 AMModi is seeking to make his debut in Lok Sabha by contesting from Vadodara, which is among the 26 seats in Gujarat going to polls in a single phase tomorrow. He is pitted against Madhusudan Mistry of Congress.
07:09 AMVoters wait for their turn outside a polling station in Howrah, West Bengal. (ANI Photo)
07:05 AMVoting begins for 89 seats in seventh phase of LS polls.
07:05 AMInfographic on Gujarat
07:04 AMYet again, Congress and BJP have big stakes in Wednesday’s elections with 35 and 23 seats in their bag respectively which were won in the last elections.
06:56 AMJudgment day for top guns
06:54 AMTelangana, the new state-to-be, will also elect its first assembly along with representatives to Parliament when elections will be held in 119 assembly constituencies and 17 Lok Sabha seats in that part of Andhra Pradesh.
06:44 AMElections are already over in 349 constituencies in the first six phases.
06:41 AMA total of 13.83 crore people will vote in the 7th phase of LS polls in 7 states and two UTs that will in all elect 89 MPs. Stay with TOI Live Blog for latest news and updates.