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61.5% Voting in Third Phase, Assam Records Highest Polling at 75.30%

61.5% Voting in Third Phase, Assam Records Highest Polling at 75.30%

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NEW DELHI, May 7: An average provisional voter turnout of around 61.5% has been recorded on Tuesday when 93 constituencies in 11 states and union territory went to the polls in the third phase of the Lok Sabha polling. The election in the Anantnag-Rajouri constituency in Jammu and Kashmir has been postponed to May 25 while there was no polling in Surat in Gujarat where the BJP candidate has already declared elected unopposed.

The highest polling was witnessed in BJP-ruled Assam (75.30%) despite overcast skies and light rainfall in most areas. While the official time for voting to end is 6 pm, it can go beyond fixed polling hours to enable voters in the queue who have come well in time to exercise their franchise. West Bengal registered around 73.9% voter turnout, with largely peaceful polling in four constituencies of two Muslim-majority districts.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi voted this morning at a polling booth in Ahmedabad. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, too, voted on Tuesday. A turnout of 61.45 per cent was recorded as of 8 pm, according to the Election Commission. The figure is provisional and is likely to be updated.

Today’s election brings to an end polling on more than half of the 543 parliamentary seats and could mean that the country has already delivered a verdict. The Phase 3 election was in areas that are BJP strongholds. In 2019, the party won 72 of the 92 seats that went to the polls today, 26 of them are in Gujarat alone.

The other state where the BJP had done extremely well, Karnataka, could be a dark horse given the massive sex scandal that has hit BJP ally Janata Dal Secular. The BJP has tried to distance itself from the scandal.

Maharashtra, where 11 of 48 seats went to polls, has proved harder to read given the seismic political shifts the state has seen over the last few years. The key battles were Pawar versus Pawar in Baramati — with the factions led by uncle Sharad Pawar and nephew Ajit Pawar trying to establish dominance.

The states that voted in phase 3 included Assam (4 seats), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (7), Goa (2), Gujarat (25), Karnataka (14), Madhya Pradesh (8), Maharashtra (11), Uttar Pradesh (10), West Bengal (4), Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (2).

Polling also took place in Betul, Madhya Pradesh, where the election due in Phase 2 was postponed following the death of a candidate from Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party. Election in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag-Rajouri constituency was postponed after the BJP flagged concern about the weather, which was forcing shut a tunnel connecting the two ends of the constituency. It was proving a huge hurdle in campaigning, said the BJP, which is not contesting from the seat.

Over 1,300 candidates, including around 120 women, are in the fray in the third phase. Key candidates for this phase included Union ministers Amit Shah from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar, Jyotiraditya Scindia from Guna, Madhya Pradesh, Pralhad Joshi from Karnataka’s Dharwad and former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh.

The key Opposition members in the fray included Samajwadi Party’s Dimple Yadav from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh; Congress’s Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury from Baharampur, West Bengal, and Digvijaya Singh from Rajgarh, Madhya Pradesh and NCP’s Supriya Sule from Maharashtra’s Baramati. Perfume baron Badruddin Ajmal of AIDUF contested from Assam’s Dhubri. The next phase of the election is due on May 13.

In Chhattisgarh, seven of the 11 Lok Sabha seats that voted on Tuesday, a voter turnout of 66.99% was recorded. Polling was held in Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Korba, Janjgir-Champa, Surguja and Raigarh parliamentary constituencies.

A voter turnout of 63.19% was recorded across nine constituencies in Madhya Pradesh that went to the polls in the third phase while in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat, the response was on a rather low key with a mere 56.83% voters casting their votes. 11 out of the 48 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra witnessed a voter turnout of 54.98% in the third phase while five seats in Bihar recorded 56% turn out.

(Manas Dasgupta)


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