India General Elections 2024 Phase 6 updates | 59.6% polling recorded at 7.45 p.m.

As of 5p.m., West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout (77.99%) followed by Jharkhand (61.41%), Uttar Pradesh (52.02%), Odisha (59.60%), Jammu and Kashmir (51.35%), Bihar (52.24%), Haryana (55.93%), and Delhi (53.73%)

Updated - May 25, 2024 08:58 pm IST

Published - May 25, 2024 06:15 am IST

People wait to cast their votes during the 6th phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Bankura, on May 25, 2024.

People wait to cast their votes during the 6th phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Bankura, on May 25, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

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The Election Commission of India said that the sixth phase of the General Elections 2024 today saw a voter turnout of 59.6% as of 7.45 p.m.

Among the States, West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout (77.99%) followed by Jharkhand (61.41%), Uttar Pradesh (52.02%), Odisha (59.60%), Jammu and Kashmir (51.35%), Bihar (52.24%), Haryana (55.93%), and Delhi (53.73%), as of 5 p.m., the ECI said.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Electoral Officer P C Pole said that the polling process for the five parliamentary seats in the Union Territory ended and Anantnag-Rajouri constituency registered 53% voter turnout.

Also read: Delhi Lok Sabha Election 2024 LIVE updates, May 25, 2024

He also said that the overall polling was 58% in the five seats and that it was the highest turnout in 35 years, marking a nine-per cent rise over the previous highest recorded in 2014.

Polling was underway in all seven constituencies in Delhi, 14 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, all 10 seats in Haryana, eight seats each in Bihar and West Bengal, six seats in Odisha, four seats in Jharkhand and one seat in Jammu and Kashmir. Simultaneously, polling is being held for 42 Assembly constituencies in Odisha and the Karnal Assembly bypoll in Haryana.

Also Read: EC releases data on number of votes cast in first five phases of Lok Sabha polls

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti, who is contesting from the Anantnag-Rajouri seat in Jammu and Kashmir, staged a sit-in outside Bijbehara police station on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in Anantnag district against alleged detention of her party workers and polling agents.

Ms. Mehbooba’s daughter and PDP leader Iltija Mufti alleged polling was being deliberately slowed down at a booth in the Anantnag-Rajouri constituency, a charge denied by the administration.

The last phase of polling will be on June 1 for the remaining 57 seats with counting of votes scheduled on June 4.

Also read: Lok Sabha elections highlights on May 24

  • May 25, 2024 20:17
    Overall voter turnout at 59.6% as of 7.45 p.m.

    According to the Election Commission of India, the sixth phase of polling saw 59.6% voting as of 7.45 p.m.

  • May 25, 2024 20:09
    J&K CEO hails ‘highest turnout’ in 35 years

    Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Electoral Officer P C Pole said that the polling process for the five parliamentary seats in the Union Territory ended and Anantnag-Rajouri constituency registered 53% voter turnout.

    He also said that the overall polling was 58% in the five seats and said it was the highest turnout in 35 years, marking a nine-per cent rise over the previous highest recorded in 2014.

    - PTI

  • May 25, 2024 19:04
    57.7% voter turnout recorded till 5 p.m., West Bengal leads with 77.99%

    The sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections for 58 parliamentary constituencies saw a cumulative voter turnout of 57.7% till 5 p.m., as per the data shared by the Election Commission.

    West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout (77.99%) followed by Jharkhand (61.41%), Uttar Pradesh (52.02%), Odisha (59.60%), Jammu and Kashmir (51.35%), Bihar (52.24%), Haryana (55.93%), and Delhi (53.73%).

    - ANI

  • May 25, 2024 18:34
    Odisha logs around 60% voter turnout till 5 p.m. in 6 parliamentary seats, 42 Assembly seats

    Odisha recorded 59.60% voter turnout till 5 p.m. in the six Lok Sabha constituencies and 42 Assembly segments, officials said.

    Voting was held in Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri parliamentary constituencies along with 42 Assembly segments within the jurisdiction of these Lok Sabha seats.

    Till 5 pm, 59.60% of the over 94.48 lakh electorate exercised their franchise, officials said, adding that the highest 65.91% voting was recorded in Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat followed by Keonjhar (62.43%), Puri (61.17%), Dhenkanal (60.88%), Cuttack (54.36%) and Bhubaneswar (53.54%). 

    Among the 42 Assembly segments, Pallahara Vidhan Sabha recorded the highest 73.86% voter turnout while the lowest 42.10% was registered at Barabati Cuttack segment as of 5 p.m., officials said.

    - PTI

  • May 25, 2024 18:05
    Voter turnout at 5 p.m. in Bihar, Jharkhand

    Jharkhand saw a voter turnout of 61.41% as of 5 p.m. while in Bihar, the turnout was 52.24%, according to officials. 

    Giridih in Jharkhand registered the highest polling at 64.75%, followed by Jamshedpur (64.30%), Dhanbad (58.90%) and Ranchi (58.73%).

    In Bihar, 56.11% was recorded in Vaishali, 55.78% in Purvi Champaran, 55.22% in Paschim Champaran, 54.37% in Sheohar, 54.09% in Valmiki Nagar, 49.15% in Maharajganj, 47.49% in Siwan and 46.77% in Gopalganj.

    - PTI

  • May 25, 2024 17:40
    Delhi reports 53.73% voter turnout as of 5p.m.

    Constituency-wise voter turnout in Delhi as of 5 p.m. -

    Chandni Chowk: 53.27%

    East Delhi: 53.69%

    New Delhi: 50.44%

    North-east Delhi: 57.97%

    North-west Delhi: 53.17%

    South Delhi: 51.84%

    West Delhi: 54.15%

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  • May 25, 2024 16:55
    Election Commission releases absolute number of voters for all completed phases

    The poll panel came out with the absolute number of voters on its own a day after the Supreme Court refused to issue directions to it on an NGO’s plea for uploading polling booth-wise voter turnout data on its website.

    The EC said it has decided to further expand the format of turnout data to include the absolute number of voters in every parliamentary constituency.

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  • May 25, 2024 16:48
    EC releases LS seat-wise data on number of votes cast in first five phases

    The Election Commission on May 25 came out with Lok Sabha constituency-wise data on the number of votes cast in the first five phases of the elections and asserted that there is a pattern in creating false narratives and mischievous design to vitiate the electoral process.

  • May 25, 2024 16:39
    Over 70% votes polled in Bengal till 3 p.m.

    West Bengal registered a voter turnout of 70.19% till 3 p.m. in eight Lok Sabha constituencies that went to polls in the sixth phase on May 25, an official said.

    Bishnupur (SC) recorded the highest polling at 73.55%, followed by Jhargram (ST) (72.26%), Tamluk (71.63%), Kanthi (71.36%), Ghatal (71.34%), Medinipur (67.91%), Bankura (67.41%) and Purulia (66.06%), he said. - PTI

  • May 25, 2024 15:43
    Akhilesh Yadav mocks BJP over its ‘400 paar’ slogan, says it will yearn to win even 140 seats

    Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on May 25 claimed the BJP’s “400 paar” slogan for the Lok Sabha polls would fall flat and the party would yearn to win even 140 seats.

    Addressing a joint rally in Deoria in support of the Congress’ Deoria Lok Sabha candidate Akhilesh Pratap Singh and SP candidate Ajay Kumar Singh from Kushinagar, Yadav claimed that a “wind of change is blowing in Uttar Pradesh”. - PTI

  • May 25, 2024 15:06
    SP, Congress allege INDIA bloc’s Ambedkar Nagar candidate put under house arrest

    The Congress and the Samajwadi Party Saturday alleged that SP’s Ambedkar Nagar Lok Sabha constituency candidate Lalji Verma has been put under house arrest at the behest of the ruling BJP. Polling is underway in Ambedkar Nagar in the sixth phase of elections.

    SP leader Arvind Kumar Singh wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer alleging the Ambedkar Nagar administration is influencing the elections by keeping the SP candidate under house arrest.

  • May 25, 2024 14:45
    Nearly 55% votes polled in 8 seats of West Bengal till 1 p.m.

    West Bengal registered a voter turnout of 54.80% till 1 p.m. in the eight Lok Sabha constituencies that went to polls in the sixth phase on May 25, an official said.

    Bishnupur (SC) recorded the highest polling at 58.64%, followed by Tamluk (57.64%), Ghatal (57.31%), Jhargram (ST) (56.95%), Bankura (54.21%), Kanthi (51.66%), Medinipur (51.57%) and Purulia (50.34%), he said. - PTI

  • May 25, 2024 14:17
    Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is ours and we will take it: Amit Shah

    Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is a part of India and “we will take it”, Home Minister Amit Shah asserted on May 25 as he castigated the Congress for trying to “frighten us” by saying that the neighbouring country possesses atom bombs.

    “The Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) hamara hai, hamara rahega aur hum ise lekar rahenge (PoK is ours and it will remain ours. We will take it),” Mr. Shah told a rally at Amb in Una district in support of Union minister Anurag Thakur, the BJP candidate from the Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat.

  • May 25, 2024 14:16
    Brisk polling in Anantnag-Rajouri, 35.22% turnout till 1.00 pm

    More than 35% of the 18.36 lakh electorate in the Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency of Jammu and Kashmir exercised their franchise on May 25 till 1 p.m., officials said in Srinagar.

    They said Rajouri Assembly segment recorded the highest turnout of 52.74% while Noweshera recorded a poll percentage of 47.31. 

    Anantnag, Anantnag-West and Kulgam Assembly segments were the only three areas where the voter turnout so far was below 25%, the officials said. - PTI

  • May 25, 2024 14:08
    Sporadic incidents of violence reported in Bengal from some LS seats

    Scattered incidents of violence were reported from some areas in the eight Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal, where polling is underway for the sixth phase on May 25, officials said.

    The Election Commission has received 954 complaints until 11 a.m. from different political parties, alleging EVM malfunctions and agents being stopped from entering booths, they said.

    Clashes reportedly broke out between supporters of the ruling TMC and BJP in the Ghatal constituency over stopping polling agents from entering the booths.

    - PTI

  • May 25, 2024 14:03
    PM Modi raises reservation issue for SC/ST/OBC, promises free electricity to everyone, slams Opposition in Bihar’s Patliputra

    On the day poll on eight seats in Bihar was going on, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 25 addressed a public meeting at Bikram in Patliputra Lok Sabha constituency and assured Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Class (OBC) people that he would not let anyone snatch their quota of reservation. PM Modi also promised that everyone would get free electricity in the country and slammed Opposition INDI (Indian National Development Inclusive) alliance leaders for being known as “communal, castiest and dynastic” people.

    “Our constitution says no reservation can be given on the basis of religion but this INDI alliance people have snatched the SC/ST/ OBC reservation and gave it to their vote bank who do vote jihad”, PM Modi said while, adding, “in West Bengal 77 Muslim castes were given benefits of OBC reservation in government jobs. Rights of OBC/ EBC families were snatched for those practicing vote jihad.

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  • May 25, 2024 13:22
    Uttar Pradesh | Polling underway in Zafrabad
  • May 25, 2024 13:21
    Over 25% voter turnout recorded till 11 a.m.

    A voter turnout of 25.76% was recorded till 11 a.m. on May 25 in 58 constituencies in six States and two Union territories where polling is underway in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

    West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout in the first four hours of polling at 36.88% while Odisha recorded the lowest at 21.30%, according to the Election Commission

    Meanwhile, Jharkhand recorded a voter turnout of 27.80%, Uttar Pradesh 27.06%, Bihar 23.67%, Jammu and Kashmir 23.11%, Haryana 22.09% and Delhi 21.69%, the EC data showed.

  • May 25, 2024 13:18
    INDIA bloc performing ‘mujra’ for its vote bank: PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 25 vowed to thwart alleged attempts to rob Dalits and backward classes of reservations by the INDIA bloc which he accused of “enslavement” and performing “mujra” for Muslim vote bank.

    “Bihar is the land which has given a new direction to the fight for social justice. I wish to declare on its soil that I will foil the plans of INDIA bloc to rob SCs, STs and OBCs of their rights and divert these to Muslims. They may remain enslaved and perform ‘mujra’ to please their vote bank”, said the PM.

  • May 25, 2024 13:16
    NDA govt. will provide free electricity to all in next 5 years, says PM Modi in Patliputra

    Out of three public meetings in Bihar on May 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the first rally at Bikram in Patliputra constituency and took on Opposition RJD-Congress and INDIA alliance on the issue of reservation and announced that NDA government would provide free electricity to everyone in next five years.

    - Amarnath Tewary

  • May 25, 2024 13:03
    Haryana records 22.09% turnout till 11 a.m.

    Haryana recorded a voter turnout of 22.09% in the first four hours of polling for its 10 Lok Sabha constituencies on Saturday.

    According to Election Commission data, after polling began at 7 a.m., the overall turnout till 9 a.m. was 8.31%, rising to 22.09% at 11 a.m.

    Officials said polling is going on smoothly across the state.

    According to data, Kurukshetra had the highest turnout till 11 am at 26.10% while Gurugram registered the lowest at 17.42%.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 12:58
    Where have Patna’s Smart City, Namami Gange funds disappeared: Congress jabs BJP

    Hitting out at the BJP, the Congress on May 25 asked where Patna’s Smart City and Namami Gange funds disappeared and why Patna University has been denied Central university status.

    Congress leader Jairam Ramesh posed several questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his rally in Pataliputra.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 12:47
    Polling deliberately slowed at a booth in Anantnag-Rajouri seat: PDP’s Iltija

    PDP leader Iltija Mufti alleged polling was being deliberately slowed down at a booth in the Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency, a charge denied by the administration.

    PDP president and her mother Mehbooba Mufti is contesting the poll from the Anantnag-Rajouri constituency.

    “Polling is deliberately being slowed down in Khanabal polling station number 26. Request @DCAnantnag @ECISVEEP to look into it,” she said in a post on X.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 12:32
    J&K | Brisk polling in Anantnag-Rajouri, 23% turnout till 11 am

    Brisk polling is underway in the Anantnag-Rajouri Lok Sabha constituency with more than 23% of the 18.36 lakh electorate exercising their franchise till 11.00 am, with the Rajouri assembly segment recording the highest 34.93%, officials said here.

    Anantnag and Kulgam assembly segments were the only two areas where the voter turnout so far was below 15%, the officials said.

    They said that barring an isolated incident in Bijbehara, polling was going on smoothly across the Lok Sabha constituency which comprises 18 assembly segments and is spread over five districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian, Pooch and Rajouri.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 12:29
    Uttar Pradesh | 27.06% turnout till 11 am

    A turnout of 27.06 % was recorded till 11 am in Uttar Pradesh where polling is underway in 14 constituencies in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

    Polling began at 7 am and is scheduled to go on till 6 pm.

    According to the Election Commission, Ambedkar Nagar has recorded the maximum turnout of 30.02 %, Basti 29.80 %, Azamgarh 28.60 per, Lalganj 28.40 %, Sultanpur 28.05 %, Domariaganj 27.74 % and Sant Kabir Nagar 27.35 %.

    The turnout was 27.18 % in Machhlishahar, 26.81 % in Jaunpur, 26.69 % Shrawasti, 26.35 % in Pratapgarh, 25.51 % in Bhadohi and 23.88 % in Allahabad. The turnout in in Phulpur 22.85 %, The polling percentage in the Gainsari assembly bypoll was recorded at 26.04 percent till 11 am.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 11:59
    Delhi CM Kejriwal casts ballot, says people voting against dictatorship

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cast his vote along with wife Sunita Kejriwal and other family members at a polling station in the Civil Lines area under the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency.

    Talking to reporters after casting the ballot, Mr. Kejriwal asserted people are voting in large numbers against “dictatorship, price rise and unemployment”. He appealed to them that they should reach polling booths despite intense summer heat to vote against these issues.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 11:45
    Watch | Who will win Lok Sabha elections? We asked people of Delhi

    Do the people of Delhi feel Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest was fair? What do they think about the prospects of Mr. Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party? And, is the BJP led by PM Narendra Modi going to sweep the polls in the country once more? The Hindu finds out.

    Watch the video here.

  • May 25, 2024 11:37
    10.82% voter turnout recorded till 9 a.m.

    A voter turnout of 10.82% was recorded till 9 a.m. on Saturday in 58 constituencies in six states and two Union territories where polling is underway in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

    West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout in the first two hours of polling at 16.54% while Odisha recorded the lowest at 7.43%, according to the Election Commission (EC).

    Uttar Pradesh recorded a voter turnout of 12.33%, Jharkhand 11.74%, Bihar 9.66%, Jammu and Kashmir 8.89%, Delhi 8.94% and Haryana 8.31%, the EC data showed.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 11:17
    Will form solid government in Odisha: CM Naveen Patnaik after casting vote

    bjd naveen patnaik voting.jpeg

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik exuded confidence in the Biju Janata Dal, saying that his party will be forming a solid government in the state to serve the people.

    “I encourage all our people, particularly the young people of our state to exercise their democratic franchise and to vote. I expect a great victory for the Biju Janata Dal both in the Assembly and the Parliament elections. We will form a solid government in the state to serve the people,” the Chief Minister said.

    -ANI

  • May 25, 2024 11:01
    Vice-President Dhankhar casts vote

    Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar and his wife Sudesh cast their votes in the Lok Sabha elections.

    Mr. Dhankhar reached the polling station at the CPWD service centre in Delhi’s North Avenue to exercise his franchise.

    “Proud to cast my vote for Lok Sabha 2024 elections. Urge everyone to exercise their right to vote and fulfil their constitutional duty,” he said in a post on X after casting his vote.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 10:31
    West Bengal | Over 16% votes polled in 8 LS seats till 9 a.m.

    West Bengal registered a voter turnout of 16.54 % till 9 am in the eight Lok Sabha constituencies that went to polls in the sixth phase on Saturday, an official said.

    Polling began at 7 a.m. in Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur constituencies. It would continue till 6 p.m.

    Tamluk recorded the highest polling at 19.07 %, followed by Bishnupur (18.56 %), Ghatal (18.27 %), Bankura (17.69 %), Jhargram (16.22 %), Kanthi (15.45 %), Medinipur (14.58 %) and Purulia (12.68 %), he said.

    “Voting has been peaceful so far. There are no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere,” the poll official said.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 10:22
    Uttar Pradesh | 12.33% voter turnout recorded till 9 a.m.

    A voter turnout of 12.33% was recorded till 9 a.m. in Uttar Pradesh where polling is underway in 14 constituencies in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

    Polling began at 7 am and will go on till 6 pm.

    According to the Election Commission, Allahabad recorded a voter turnout of 9.37% till 9 am, Ambedkar Nagar 14.61 %, Azamgarh 14.17 %, Basti 14.26 %, Bhadohi 12.84 %, Domariaganj 13.38 %, Jaunpur 12.91 %, Lalganj 10.95 %, Machhlishahar 13.33 %, Phulpur 7.45 %, Pratapgarh 12.89 %, Sant Kabir Nagar 12.73 %, Shrawasti 9.95 % and Sultanpur 14.11 %.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 10:02
    Odisha | “EVM not working, waiting outside my polling booth,” says BJP leader Sambit Patra in Puri

    BJP candidate for the Puri Lok Sabha seat Sambit Patra voiced serious concerns on Saturday regarding malfunctioning Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) at multiple polling stations in Puri and urged the Election Commission to take immediate action.

    Mr. Patra highlighted that voters, including senior citizens, were facing significant delays, with some waiting for up to two hours to cast their ballots.

    “For 2 hours people are waiting here to cast their vote, they are going back. Up till now, the EVM machine is not working. The Election Commission should definitely take action on this and give an extension of time,” Mr. Patra stated.

    “I am still waiting outside my booth, senior citizens are going back. People think that this is strategically being done. This is not the right thing in this festival of democracy. The Election Commission wants people to vote. It must take action on this”, he added.

    -ANI

  • May 25, 2024 09:39
    Jammu and Kashmir | Police say detentions due to potential security threat

    Following claims by PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti that party workers were being detained during polling for the Anantnag-Rajouri seat, the Jammu & Kashmir police has reacted saying that the detentions were based on inputs of potential threat to law and order on the polling day. 

    “Claims were made by a political party that their workers have been detained. Firstly, detentions are very few and restricted only to those who have a tainted past and based on credible inputs of potential threats to law and order and security on polling day.

    “Mostly they are OGWs (over ground workers) and are taken into preventive custody for ensuring a safe and peaceful election,” an official said.

    -Peerzada Ashiq

  • May 25, 2024 09:29
    Watch | President Murmu casts vote in Delhi
  • May 25, 2024 09:26
    Vote against politics of hatred: Congress chief Kharge

    Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge urged people to cast their ballot in the sixth phase and vote against the “politics of hatred, rhetoric and distraction”. Mr. Kharge said that in the last five phases, the “dictatorial forces” were “deeply shaken”.

    In a post in Hindi on X, Mr. Kharge said this struggle to secure democracy and the Constitution has reached the last two phases.

    “Today is the sixth phase of voting and you have to vote. Vote for unity, justice and important everyday issues. Vote against the politics of hatred, rhetoric and distraction,” the Congress chief said.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 09:17
    Odisha | “Everyone should participate in festival of democracy”: BJD leader V.K. Pandian

    BJD leader V.K. Pandian arrives in an autorickshaw to cast his vote. Picture: Special Arrangement

    BJD leader V.K. Pandian cast his vote for the ongoing sixth phase of Lok Sabha Elections and third phase of Odisha Assembly elections, at a polling booth in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.

    After casting his vote, Mr. Pandian said India is known for its vibrant democracy and appealed to the people to come together and increase the voting percentage.“Everyone should participate in the festival of democracy and exercise their vote. You have to be part of a vibrant democracy. India is known for its vibrant democracy, let’s all join together and increase the voting percentage and come in large numbers and cast your vote. I’m very happy to exercise my choice,” the BJP leader said.

    When asked why he came in an auto rickshaw to cast his vote, Mr. Pandian said, “Everyone is equal in a democracy. The auto association requested me, so I came in an auto-rickshaw.”

    -ANI

  • May 25, 2024 09:00
    AAP’s Atishi casts her vote in Delhi, alleges voting could be slowed down in INDIA bloc strongholds

    Delhi Minister and AAP leader Atishi on Saturday cast her vote in the sixth phase of the general elections and alleged that the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi V.K. Saxena, held a meeting with Delhi Police to slow down the voting process in areas which are strongholds of the INDIA bloc.

    “We have received official information that last evening, LG had called a meeting of Delhi Police officials and instructions were given to Delhi Police that in all the areas which are strongholds of the INDIA alliance, voting should be slowed down in those areas. If this happens then it will be a violation of free and fair elections. So we hope that the Election Commission will take cognizance of this,” Atishi alleged.

    Atishi cast her vote in New Delhi’s Kalkaji area. The New Delhi constituency is seeing a fight between AAP’s Somnath Bharti and BJP’s Bansuri Swaraj.

    -ANI

  • May 25, 2024 08:38
    Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini, wife cast vote in Mirzapur

    Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini along with his wife Suman Saini, on Saturday cast their vote at a polling booth in his native village Mirzapur in Haryana.

    Addressing the media after casting his vote, Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini lauded the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attributing India’s recent strides in development to his governance.

    “I appeal to the people of Haryana to strengthen the democracy and they should come out and vote in large numbers. Under the leadership of PM Modi, India has entered a new era of development. Today in the whole world, India has got recognition, it has reached new heights,” Mr. Saini said.

    -ANI

  • May 25, 2024 08:27
    “Delhi’s voters will once again support PM Modi and Viksit Bharat”, says EAM S. Jaishankar as he casts his vote

    External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar was one of the first at his designated polling booth to cast his vote in Delhi. The Minister expressed his confidence that the Voters of Delhi would once again support the Modi government and Viksit Bharat.

    EAM Jaishankar, while showing his inked finger after casting his vote for the sixth phase, highlighted that he was the first male voter in the booth.

    “We have just cast our vote and I was the first male voter in this booth. We want people to come out and cast their votes as this is a decisive moment for the country,” he said.

    “I believe that the voters in Delhi will once again support Viksit Bharat and the Modi government,” he said.

    -ANI

  • May 25, 2024 08:25
    Mehbooba Mufti’s phone service snapped: PDP

    According to a People’s Democratic Party spokesman, party chief Mehbooba Mufti’s cellular phone service was abruptly snapped ahead of the polls. 

    “Yesterday evening and in the early hours today, scores of PDP workers and polling agents were detained across polling belt,” the spokesman added.

    -Peerzada Ashiq

  • May 25, 2024 08:12
    Jharkhand Governor C.P. Radhakrishnan votes in Ranchi

    Jharkhand Governor C.P. Radhakrishnan displays his finger after casting his vote in Ranchi today. Special Arrangement

  • May 25, 2024 07:58
    Former Haryana CM Khattar casts his vote, says “Congress candidate is not a challenge for me”

    Former Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar cast his vote in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls and said that the Congress candidate is not a challenge for him.

    Manohar Lal Khattar is in the electoral fray from Haryana’s Karnal seat against Congress candidate Divyanshu Budhiraja.

    Mr. Khattar said, “I have cast my vote. I appeal to the people to participate in this festival of democracy and also appeal to vote for the BJP party. The Congress candidate is not a challenge for me...”

    “I will visit all the 9 assembly segments at the end of the day,” he added.

    -ANI

  • May 25, 2024 07:42
    Every vote counts: PM Modi as voting begins in Phase 6
  • May 25, 2024 07:42
    Uttar Pradesh | Voting begins for 14 Lok Sabha seats

    Voting for the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha election, which will seal the fate of several high-profile candidates, including former Union minister Maneka Gandhi, began on Saturday in 14 seats of Uttar Pradesh.

    The bypoll for the Gainsari assembly seat in Balrampur is also being held.

    Chief Electoral Officer Navdeep Rinwa said 162 candidates, 146 men and 16 women, are in the fray from the parliamentary seats while seven hopefuls are contesting in Gainsari.

    Voting began at 7 am and will end at 6 pm.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 07:28
    Odisha | Polling begins for 6 Lok Sabha constituencies, 42 assembly seats

    Polling began on Saturday morning for six Lok Sabha constituencies and 42 assembly seats in Odisha amid tight security arrangements, an official said.

    Voting started at 7 am in Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri Lok Sabha seats along with 42 assembly segments that make up these Lok Sabha constituencies.

    Polling will continue till 6 pm but in certain remote and critical booths voting will conclude earlier, the official said.

    More than 94.48 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 10,581 booths in the third round of simultaneous elections in the State.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 07:26
    West Bengal | Polling begins for 8 Lok Sabha seats, actor Dev, ex-judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay in fray

    Voting began for the eight Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal in the sixth phase on Saturday morning amid tight security, an official said.

    The polling began at 7 am in Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura, and Bishnupur constituencies. It would continue till 6 pm, he said.

    A total of 1.45 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in this phase across around 15,600 polling stations, he added.

    Among the notable candidates in fray in this phase are Bengali superstar Dev, who is seeking a third term as TMC MP from Ghatal, former Calcutta HC judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay, the BJP candidate in Tamluk, Union Minister Subhas Sarkar in Bankura, and fashion designer Agnimitra Paul, a BJP legislator, who is pitted against TMC MLA and actor June Malia in Medinipur.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 07:22
    Polling begins for Haryana’s 10 Lok Sabha seats, Karnal Assembly by-election

    Polling began on Saturday morning for the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in Haryana and the by-election to the Karnal Assembly seat.

    More than two crore voters are eligible to cast votes to decide the fate of 223 candidates, including former chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, two Union ministers and Congress stalwart Kumari Selja, in the fray for the 10 Lok Sabha seats.

    Voting began at 7 am amid tight security arrangements and will continue till 6 pm, officials said.

    -PTI

  • May 25, 2024 07:00
    Analysis of candidates contesting in phase 6

    For the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and The National Election Watch analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 866 contenting candidates and found that 180 (or 21%) of them have declared criminal cases against themselves, 141 of which have serious criminal cases against them. 24 candidates have cases related to crime against women and 21 have cases related to attempt to murder.

    Read the Data story here.

  • May 25, 2024 06:50
    Sibal urges SC to direct EC to preserve EVM logs for 2-3 years, put out voting records before counting

    Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal on May 24 urged the Supreme Court to direct the Election Commission to keep the logs of EVMs safe for at least two to three years and declare the records of every phase of voting before counting so that no member is elected “illegally”. 

    Mr. Sibal also said if the Election Commission cannot upload Form 17C — which gives the number of votes polled in a polling station — the state electoral officer could upload the data. 

    “Every machine has an operating system, so do the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). This log of EVMs should be kept safely. This will tell us what time the voting ended and how many votes were invalid. It will tell us what time the votes were cast. So, this is the evidence that should be kept safely,” he told a press conference. 

    Mr. Sibal said the Election Commission usually keeps this data for 30 days and asserted this is “crucial” data which must be preserved by the poll body. - PTI

  • May 25, 2024 06:35
    35,000 security personnel deployed for third phase LS, Assembly polls in Odisha

    Around 35,000 security personnel including 121 companies of central armed police force (CAPF) and 106 platoons of Odisha armed police and 19,865 civil police personnel have been deployed for the third phase of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections to be held in Odisha on May 25, a senior police officer said.

    Paramilitary forces outside the EVM distribution Centre on the eve of the sixth round of multi-phase Lok Sabha elections, in New Delhi on May 24, 2024. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

    Six parliamentary constituencies - Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Puri and Sambalpur - along with 42 assembly seats coming under these Lok Sabha segments will go for polls in the third phase in Odisha and phase-six in India.

    Lok Sabha and Assembly elections are being held simultaneously in Odisha.

    Voting will be held at 10,551 polling booths at 7,646 locations in 10 districts of Odisha on Saturday. At least 20 per cent of the total booths have been identified as sensitive or critical booths and one to half of section CAPF will be there in all sensitive booths, Odisha DGP, Arun Sarangi said here on Friday. - PTI

  • May 25, 2024 06:35
    Lok Sabha constituencies and States going to polls in Phase 6

    The sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections will take place on May 25, when 57 constituencies from seven States/Union Territories will go to the polls.

    Here is the full list of constituencies that go to poll on May 25, 2024:

    1. Bihar: Valmiki Nagar, Paschim Champaran, Purvi Champaran, Sheohar, Vaishali, Gopalganj, Siwan, Maharajganj

    2. Haryana: Ambala, Kurukshetra, Sirsa, Hisar, Karnal, Sonipat, Rohtak, Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, Gurgaon, Faridabad

    3. Jharkhand: Giridih, Dhanbad, Ranchi, Jamshedpur

    4. Odisha: Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri, Bhubaneswar

    5. Uttar Pradesh: Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Phulpur, Allahabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Shrawasti, Domariyaganj, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Lalganj, Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Machhlishahr, Bhadohi

    6. West Bengal: Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura, Bishnupur

    7. Delhi: Chandni Chowk, North East Delhi, East Delhi, New Delhi, North West Delhi, West Delhi, South Delhi

  • May 25, 2024 06:34
    Over 11 crore voters to decide fate of 889 candidates

    Over 11 crore voters will decide the fate of 889 candidates contesting in the penultimate phase of the Lok Sabha elections across 58 seats. 

    Polling for the Anantnag-Rajouri seat in Jammu and Kashmir will also be held on Saturday. The election there was postponed from phase three to six due to logistical issues owing to adverse weather conditions.

    In a statement issued on Friday, the poll panel said the India Meteorological Department has predicted “no adverse impact” of cyclone in poll-going constituencies. But it gave no details.

    Some Lok Sabha and assembly seats in Odisha along with some parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal would also go for polls on Saturday in phase six.

    Over 11.13 crore people, include 5.84 crore men, 5.29 crore women and 5,120 third gender electors, are eligible to vote in the sixth phase. - PTI

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