Phase 2 Lok Sabha elections 2024 LIVE | Over 60.7% voter turnout recorded till 5 p.m.

Tripura continues to lead the voter turnout charts in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections with 77.53% voting till 5 p.m., while Uttar Pradesh has registered the lowest turnout with 52.74%.

Brisk voting in 88 constituencies across 13 States in the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls is underway. 

A voter turnout of over 60.7% was recorded till 5 p.m. in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections which was underway in 88 seats across 13 states amid complaints of EVM glitches and bogus voting in some booths in Kerala and West Bengal. Voters in four villages of Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura, Rajasthan’s Banswara and Maharashtra’s Parbhani boycott polls; Bru voters from Tripura exercised their franchise for the first time. 

In this round of polls, 1,202 candidates, including 1,098 male, 102 female and two transgender contestants, are vying for a seat in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian parliament. 

Visual story:Lok Sabha results and voting trends

Polling took place in Kerala (for all 20 seats), Karnataka (14 of the 28 seats), Rajasthan (13 seats), Maharashtra (eight seats), Uttar Pradesh (eight seats), Madhya Pradesh (six seats), Assam (five seats) and Bihar (five seats). Voting is also taking place in Chhattisgarh (three), West Bengal(three), Manipur (one), Tripura (one) and Jammu and Kashmir (one).

Voting in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul, which was scheduled to be held on April 26, was shifted to the third phase on May 7 following the death of Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Ashok Balawi.

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Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar of the BJP, and actor-turned-politicians Hema Malini and Arun Govil were among some of the prominent candidates on the ballot today.

Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy accused the ECI of not ensuring transparency in parliamentary elections in the Bengaluru Rural constituency and alleged that the Congress candidate had distributed gift coupons with QR codes to voters. He also claimed that Janata Dal (Secular) and BJP workers were attacked when they tried to prevent distribution of the material.

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Meanwhile, the Election Commission had issued notices to BJP chief J.P. Nadda on complaints of poll code violations by PM Modi during his election rally speech. A similar notice was also issued to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge over complaints by the BJP against Rahul Gandhi.

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Mr. Kharge also wrote to Modi, after the PM’s repeated attacks on Congress manifesto, saying that Modi was being “misinformed” and offered to meet him in person to explain the manifesto. Click here to know the latest updates from the polling in Kerala and KarnatakaHere are the latest updates:

  • APRIL26,202419:29Maharashtra records 53.71% voter turnout until 6 p.m.The second phase of the Lok Sabha elections in eight constituencies in Maharashtra concluded peacefully without any major untoward incidents. The voter turnout averaged at 53.71% until 6 p.m.Maharashtra, which has 48 Lok Sabha seats, the second highest after Uttar Pradesh, will vote in three more phases between May 7 and May 20.Abhinay Deshpande
  • APRIL26,202419:18LS polls phase-2 has been ‘too good’ for NDA: PM ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi said on X, “Phase Two has been too good! Gratitude to the people across India who have voted today. The unparalleled support for NDA is going to disappoint the Opposition even more.” “Voters want NDA’s good governance. Youth and women voters are powering the strong NDA support.” The prime minister had made a similar assertion after phase one of voting on April 19, saying the ruling alliance has seen a great response.It is clear that people across India are voting for the NDA in record numbers, he had said. – PTI
  • APRIL26,202419:09Tripura leads with 77.53% voter turnout till 5 p.m.; UP at lowest with 52.74%Tripura continues to lead the voter turnout charts in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections with 77.53% voting till 5 p.m., while Uttar Pradesh has registered the lowest turnout with 52.74%, according to the data released by the Election Commission of India.Manipur – 76.06%West Bengal – 71.84% Chhattisgarh – 72.13% Assam – 70.66% Maharashtra – 53.51% Bihar – 53.03%Madhya Pradesh – 54.83%Rajasthan – 59.19%Kerala – 63.97%Karnataka – 63.90%Jammu and Kashmir – 67.22%– ANI
  • APRIL26,202418:49UP records over 52% voting in 8 constituencies till 5 p.m.A voter turnout of 52.74% was recorded till 5 p.m. in the eight parliamentary constituencies of Uttar Pradesh where voting was held in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 26, officials said.The polling was slated to continue till 6 p.m. The constituencies that went to polls in this phase are Amroha, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Bulandshahr, Aligarh and Mathura.According to the Election Commission (EC), 61.89 per cent polling was recorded in Amroha till 5 p.m., followed by 55.49% in Meerut, 52.74% in Baghpat, 48.21% in Ghaziabad, 51.66 in Gautam Buddh Nagar, 54.34 in Bulandshahr, 54.36% in Aligarh and 46.96 in Mathura.There are more than 1.67 crore voters, 7,797 polling stations and 17,704 polling booths in these eight parliamentary constituencies. – PTI
  • APRIL 26, 2024 18:32PM to address rally in Pune on Apr 29, two lakh persons to attendThe ruling alliance comprising the BJP, Shiv Sena and the Ajit Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party on April 26 held a meeting to review preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha poll rally in Pune on April 29.A massive crowd of two lakh will attend the rally to hear the PM’s speech, senior Maharashtra BJP leader Chandrakant Patil said.Mr. Patil, who is state higher and technical education minister, attended the meeting along with Deputy CM Pawar, Rahul Kul and Vijay Shivtare.“PM Narendra Modi will hold a rally in Pune on April 29 at Race Course. We are expecting 2 lakh people for the rally. Party functionaries from Pune, Maval, Baramati, Shirur will be present on April 29. We held a meeting today to review preparations.” “PM Modi will stay at Raj Bhavan in Pune on April 29. There are no plans about the PM’s roadshow. MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s son Amit will also attend the rally,” Mr. Patil said. – PTI
  • APRIL 26, 2024 18:29Nearly 60% voter turnout recorded on 13 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan till 5 p.m.Nearly 60% voter turnout was recorded till 5 p.m. in 13 Lok Sabha seats of Rajasthan where polling is underway under the second phase on April 26.Barring a few incidents of confrontation and complaints of fake voting in Barmer-Jaisalmer, the voting is being held peacefully.According to the official data, 59.19% voter turnout was recorded in 13 constituencies of Barmer-Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jalore, Chittorgarh, Banswara, Kota-Bundi, Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Pali, Udaipur, Rajsamand, Kota and Jhalawar-Baran.At the same time, 73.25% voting took place in the byelection for Bagidora assembly constituency of Banswara district. – PTI

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