Around 66 pc voting in III phase, EVM glitches reported from all states
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Around 66 pc voting in III phase, EVM glitches reported from all states

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New Delhi, Apr 23 : Amid one killed in Bengal, sporadic violence, technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines and around 11 natural death while voting in Kerala, 66.76 per cent polling was recorded in 117 parliamentary constituencies spread across 13 states and two Union Territories in the third-phase of ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

According to the available information from the Election Commission of India, till 1900 hrs, Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a 12.86 per cent polling, Chhattisgarh registered 64.03 per cent voting, West Bengal 78.97 per cent, Assam 79.16, Bihar 54.95, Goa 70.97, Gujarat 59.01, Karnataka 60.42, Kerala 69.48, Maharashtra 55.95, Odisha 58.18, Tripura 79 pc, Uttar Pradesh 56.57, Dadar and Nagar Haveli 71.43, Daman and Diu 65.34 per cent.

In Gujarat all the 26 seats, Kerala all 20, Goa all two, lone seat Tripura went for voting. In Uttar Pradesh, polling was conducted on 10 seats, Assam four, Bihar five, Chhattishgarh seven, Jammu and Kashmir one, Kartanaka 14, Odisha six, Maharashtra 14, Bengal five. In Union Territories, the lone seat of Daman and Diu and single constituency of Dadra and Nagar Haveli went for voting.

In Tripura East parliamentary constituency, the polling was rescheduled from second phase to third phase due to security reasons. In militancy-hit Anantnag parliamentary constituency polling was conducted in 16 assembly segments. The rest assembly segments will go to polls in other two phase due to security reasons.
Violence
At least one person was killed and another seriously injured in Bengal.
One person, namely Piarul Abul Kalam, was killed in Murshidabad Lok Sabha constituency of Bengal in poll violence.In another incident, in the same constituency, husband of TMC councillor was injured in a blast. Presiding Officer was removed following the incident.

Eleven people including died and four polling officials fainted in various incidents during the Lok Sabha election for 20 seats in Kerala on Tuesday. In Kerala, violent incidents were reported in Kasargod district during the final hour of voting when activists of LDF and UDF clashed at each other. An IUML worker was stabbed by miscreants in connection with the incident.

Moreover, tension prevailed in Vadakara when Congress candidate V Muralidharan was stopped by LDF activists from visiting a booth in the constituency. Similar incident was reported in Kannur where Congress candidate K Sudakaran was blocked by LDF workers. In Anantnag (J&K), few incidents of stone pelting were reported amid strike called by the Separatist. However, the polling, though low, was by and large peaceful.
Star fare
Prime Minister Narendra Modi cast his vote at Nishan School booth in Ranip area of Ahmedabad which falls under Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat.
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his wife Gurcharan Kaur cast their vote from Guwahati Lok Sabha seat. Bhartiya Janta Party president Amit Shah cast his vote at a booth in Naranpura. Veteran BJP leader L K Advani and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley exercised their franchise in Ahmedabad city. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik cast his vote at Aerodrome colony ME school booth near his residence in Orissa.

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