Around 62.56 per cent polling was recorded across 15 states and union territories in the third and the largest phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019. After casting his ballot earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters to turn up in large numbers and exercise their franchise.
Malfunctioned EVMs were reported from a number of seats in Kerala, Odisha, Karnataka and Bihar. Following this, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh slammed Election Commission and alleged that EVMs were “malfunctioning or voting for the BJP” across the country.
Poll violence has been recorded in both West Bengal and Odisha. A man standing in a queue to vote has been killed in clashes between Congress and Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers in Murshidabad’s Baligram in Bengal. In Kerala, nine senior citizens died at different polling booths in the state while waiting to cast their vote.
Earlier, in Murshidabad, at least three people were injured after unidentified men hurled a crude bomb at them in Domkal municipality. Soon after that, a bomb was hurled near polling booth no-27,28 in Rani Nagar which was later closed by the authorities.
In Dakshin Dinajpur’s Buniadpur, a polling agent named Babulal Murmu was found dead at his house. In Odisha, a polling official at booth number 41 in Kantapal village in Dhenkanal died after collapsing while on duty.
In Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters reportedly thrashed a National Conference (NC) polling agent at Bijbehara polling station of Anantnag district, alleging bogus voting. BJP workers thrashed a polling booth presiding officer in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad stating that he was urging people to vote for the Samajwadi Party (SP).
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged that central forces were working for the BJP, asking people to vote for the saffron party.