Lok Sabha Election 2019, Phase 2 Voting Live Updates: Tepid voting has been reported till afternoon on 95 parliamentary constituencies where polling is being held in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019. Amid reports of sporadic violence from West Bengal. A BJP worker was found hanging from a tree in Purulia. In Raiganj, CPM candidate Mohammad Salim’s convoy was attacked by unidentified men.
Earlier in the day, Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his tweet urging voters to utilise their voting right during the ongoing Phase 2 of Lok Sabha election has mentioned his ambitious minimum income guarantee scheme ‘Nyay’ raising a few eyebrows. “When you vote today, remember that you vote for Nyay. Nyay for our unemployed youth; for our struggling farmers; for the small traders whose businesses were destroyed by Demonetisation; for those who were persecuted because of their caste or religion,” the Congress president said in his tweet.
Amid voting for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Amroha candidate Kanwar Singh Tanwar also triggered a controversy alleging fake voting in his constituency. Tanwar told a television channel that men wearing burqa were casting vote in some of the booths.
Prominent faces in the fray in second phase of Lok Sabha elections are Union ministers Jitendra Singh, Jual Oram, Sadananda Gowda and Pon Radhakrishnan; former prime minister H D Deve Gowda; DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja and Kanimozhi; Congress leaders Verappa Moily and Raj Babbar; National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and BJP’s Hema Malini.
After polls in Vellore were cancelled, Tamil Nadu will see 38 constituencies go to polls. Apart from Tamil Nadu, constituencies from other states that will vote on Wednesday include Chhattisgarh (3), Bihar (5), Maharashtra (10), Assam (5), Karnataka (14). Jammu and Kashmir (2), Uttar Pradesh (8), West Bengal (3), Puducherry (1), Manupur (1) and Odisha (5).
This is the first time that Tamil Nadu is going to polls since the demise of former chief ministers J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi. The polls in Vellore were cancelled after reports of seizure of large amount of cash, gold and other precious articles. The poll body has also shifted polling in Tripura East seat to April 23 because of law and order situation in the region.
The Lok Sabha polls are being held in seven-phases for 543 seats on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19, and counting will be on May 23.