BJP President Amit Shah fought his first Lok Sabha election from BJP stronghold Gandhinagar in Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi contested from Wayanad in Kerala, his second seat besides Amethi and Mulayam Singh Yadav was in the fray from his family stronghold of Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh.
Voter enthusiasm for the festival of democracy was palpable in all the 4 corners of the country. Voters irrespective of age, gender and class came out of their homes in large numbers to exercise their franchise.
Long queues of voters were seen outside polling booths…since the morning. Voting started on 117 parliamentary seats on Tuesday morning…and ended at most places at 6 PM barring sensitive areas.
Voting continued beyond the scheduled time to allow voters queued up in polling booths to cast their votes. The117 Lok Sabha seats where polling concluded on Tuesday were spread across 13 states and 2 Union Territories.
There were 18 crore and 85 lakh registered voters in this phase who sealed the fate of 1640 candidates in EVM machines. The Election Commission had made arrangements for free and fair polls.
Central and state police forces were deployed, besides lakh of poll officials. In Gujarat, polling concluded for all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat peacefully in the third phase.
In Kerala too, polling was peaceful on all the 20 Lok Sabha seats and voters voted in large numbers. 14 seats each of Maharashtra and Karnataka also witnessed polling in the third phase.
Long queues of voters were seen in the two states. 10 seats of Uttar Pradesh saw peaceful polling at 20,116 polling booths in 12,128 polling stations in the third phase.
People braved the scorching summer heat in the state to cast their votes. Polling was smooth, barring few instances of complaints of EVM malfunctioning in Rampur and Badaun.
Polling took place for a few seats in West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Odisha. Complaints emerged of malfunctioning of EVMs from some places in Assam which led to the EVMs being replaced.
Polling concluded on 6 Lok Sabha seats and 42 assembly seats in Odisha in the third phase. Voting took place for the 3rd phase of polling in Bihar on 5 Lok Sabha seats.
In Goa, people voted for both the Lok Sabha seats in the state besides three assembly seats where bypolls were held. In J&K, Polling took place for the first phase of Anantnag Lok Sabha seat amid extensive security arrangements for free and fair polling.
In the north east, polling concluded on the Tripura East parliamentary seat. Besides, voting took place on 1 Lok Sabha seat each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.
High-profile candidates in the fray in the third phase were BJP President Amit Shah, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, SP patriach Mulayam Singh, Union Ministers Santosh Gangwar, Anant Kumar Hegde, and Ramesh Chandappa.NCP candidate Supriya Sule, Congress candidate Mallikarjun Kharge, SP candidate Azam Khan, BJP candidates Jaya Pradesh and Varun Gandhi, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party candidate Shivpal Singh Yadav.
Voting has concluded on 302 Lok Sabha seats by the end of polling in the third phase on Tuesday. Anantnag will be voting in 2 more phases.
With curtains coming down on the 3rd phase, all eyes will be on whether there is similar voter enthusiasm in the subsequent phases of polling as well.
VOTER TURN OUT ACROSS STATES
Uttar Pradesh 60.76%
West Bengal 79.36%
Assam 80.74 %
Jammu & Kashmir 12.86%
Dadra & Nagar Haveli 71.43%
Daman & Diu 65.34%
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