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Midday News

1400 HRS
19.05.2019

THE HEADLINES:

  • Voting underway for the final phase of Parliamentary Elections in Seven states and Union Terrirory of Chandigarh; around 42 per cent polling recorded till 1 p.m.

  • Polling disrupted at some places in West Bengal following incidents of clashes, explosions and technical snags in EVMs.

  • Trinamool Congress complains to Election Commission alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Kedarnath is violation of the poll code; In Uttar Pradesh, BJP complains against Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav for poll code violation.

  • Telugu Desam Party leader Chandrababu Naidu meets Congress President Rahul Gandhi and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar in a bid to form post poll alliance.

  • And in Badminton, Sudirman Cup Mixed Team Championship begins at Nanning in China. 

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Polling is underway for the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in seven states and Union Territory of Chandigarh. Of the 59 constituencies going to polls today, 13 each are from Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, nine in West Bengal, eight seats each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, all four constituencies of Himachal Pradesh, three in Jharkhand and lone seat of Chandigarh. Around 42 per cent votes have been polled, so far.

Till 1 p.m., 37 per cent votes were cast in Uttar Pradesh; 38 per cent in Punjab; 50 in West Bengal; 32 in Bihar; 46 per cent in Madhya Pradesh; 45 in Himachal Pradesh; 53 in Jharkhand; and 37 per cent in Chandigarh. Elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure free, fair and peaceful polling. Voting will end at 6 PM.

Prominent candidates in this phase include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Manoj Sinha, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri. Besides, fate of Mahendra Nath Pandey, Kirron Kher, Sunny Deol and Ravi Kishan of BJP, Sukhbir Badal of Shiromani Akali Dal, Meira Kumar and Shatrughan Sinha of Congress and Shibu Soren of JMM will also be decided in this phase.

In West Bengal, polling was disrupted at some booths due to technical snags in EVMs. Reports of explosions have been received from Deganga under Barasat Parliamentary Constituency. More from our correspondent:

"A clash between ruling Trinamool Congress and BJP supporters took place at Baduria in Bashirhat Lok Sabha seat. A presiding officer under Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat has been removed by the Election Commission for negligence of duty. The car of the BJP candidate of the Diamond Harbour was damaged during polling. Voting in South Kolkata Parliamentary seats is by and large peaceful while bombs were hurled near a polling booth at Rabindra Sarani under Kolkata North Parliamentary seat. Prominent candidates in the fray include former Union Minister and Trinamool Congress nominees Sudip Bandopadhyay, Sougata Roy, CM Jatua, former Mayor of Kolkata and CPI(M) Candidate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacherjee, Rahul Sinha and Anupam Hajra of BJP and Mita Chakraborty of Congress. Arijit Chakaraborty, AIR News, Kolkata".

In Uttar Pradesh, elaborate security arrangements have  been made for peaceful polling.

We now go over live to our correspondent Sushil Chandra in Varanasi.

Q.1 :- How is the polling progressing there ?

Ans.   Well,

I am right now at a polling centre at primary school in Ravindrapuri area of Varanasi constituency and I can see here polling is a bit slow due to high temperature. In the morning, there were long queues at polling booths, but as the day progressed and temperature rose, the lines became shorter. Barring some sporadic incidents, polling is going peacefully on all 13 seats Poorvanchal. 

Q.2 :-Tell us about the prominent candidates and the main issues.     

Ans. Senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting from Varanasi. So, this seat becomes very high profile, and Gorakhpur seat is also important as Bhojpuri fim star Ravi Kishan Shukla is the party candidate there. Along with Union Ministers Manoj Sinha, Anupriya Patel, state presidents of BSP and BJP RS Kushwaha and Mahendra Nath Pandey and former Minister R P N Singh's fate will be decided in this phase. Unemployment, water and electricity problem, development of  Poorvanchal are big issues here.

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In Bihar, polling at ten Naxal affected assembly segments of Pataliputra, Sasaram and Karakat will end at 4 pm. Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Ara, Buxar and Jahanabad are the other constituencies going to polls today. Over one crore 52 lakh voters will decide political fortune of 157 candidates including 20 women. Our correspondent reports that border along UP and inter district borders have been sealed. Patrolling has been intensified to avert untoward incidents. Water patrolling is being done in riverine areas. Live webcast facility is available at 273 booths. 

In Madhya Pradesh, polling is progressing peacefully for 8 Lok Sabha seats. We have a report from our Bhopal Correspondent:

"Polling is peacefully underway in more than 18 thousand polling booths of 8 Lok Sabha seats Indore, Ujjain, Dhar, Ratlam, Mandsaur, Dewas, Kharguna and Khandwa in the Malwa Nimar region. Seven out of these 8 seats are with the BJP. About 1.5 crore voters are deciding the fate of 82 candidates including 6 women. The main candidates include former Union Minister Kantilal Bhuria and Arun Yadav, former BJP President Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan and Meenakshi Natarajan. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

In Jharkhand, polling is taking place for three Parliamentary constituencies of Dumka, Gudda and Rajmahal. There are 42 candidates in the fray but the main contest is between the BJP and the coalition of JMM, JVM, RJD and Congress.

In Himachal Pradesh 45 candidates are in fray for four Lok sabha seats of Kangra, Mandi, Hamirpur, Shimla. Here is more from our Shimla Correspondent:

"Polling began amidst tight security at 7:00 am. However at a few places voting was delayed due to faulty EVMs. Maximum voting was carried out at Hamirpur constituency 31% followed by Shimla 27 %. In Lahol Sphiti great enthusiasm can be seen among people despite cold. Special arrangements were made by election department for Divyaang, senior citizens and women. More than 53 lakh electorate in the state exercise their right to franchise to decide the fate of the candidates including five sitting MLAs. It may be recalled that BJP swept all four seats of the last Lok Sabha election. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Shimla."

Repolling at a booth in the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency of Delhi is also being held today. The presiding officer had forgotten to the test votes that were cast during a mock poll before actual polling commenced last Sunday.

Voting is also taking place for by-polls to Darjeeling, Islampur, Habibpur and Bhatpara Assembly Constituencies in West Bengal, Sulur, Ottapidaram, Thirupparankundram and Aravakurichi Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu and Panaji Assembly seat in Goa.

Counting of votes for the Lok Sabha and four state assemblies of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim will be taken up on Thursday. The News Services Division of All India Radio has made elaborate arrangements to provide authentic and latest results. For the first time, AIR, the biggest radio network of the country, will continuously broadcast special programme on election results for 40 hours.

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The Trinamool Congress today complained to the Election Commission alleging that the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kedarnath is a violation of the model code of conduct. In a letter to the poll body, party spokesperson Derek O'Brien said, Mr Modi's visit is being covered and widely televised for the last two days in all the national as well as local media. Mr O'brien described it as absolutely unethical and morally incorrect.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid obeisance and performed puja at Badrinath temple on the second day of his two-day visit to Uttarakhand. He reached Badrinath after spending around 20 hours in the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath.

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BJP has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against BSP Chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav for violation of model code of conduct. BJP leader and party's State election management incharge JPS Rathore said, the two leaders posted tweets to influence voters after campaigning ended for the final phase of Lok Sabha elections on Friday. According to the complaint, the first tweet was posted by Mr Yadav criticising the Prime Minister on Friday night. The second tweet came yesterday morning by Ms Mayawati who said the Gujarat Model has failed.

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu held a second round of talks with top opposition leaders, including Congress President Rahul Gandhi and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, in New Delhi today. Mr Naidu has been meeting with leaders of different parties to rally support for a non-BJP government at the Centre.

Yesterday, Mr Naidu had met Mr Gandhi and Mr Pawar before flying to Lucknow to hold talks with Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP President Mayawati. He also met Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav and leaders of the Communist Party of India.

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In Sri Lanka, four-day celebrations began today to mark the completion of ten years of victory over LTTE. Army Commander Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake said a series of ceremonies are being held under the theme, ‘Decade of Peace’ to commemorate the soldiers who laid down their lives during the three decade long war. More from our Colombo correspondent:

"The day marks an important chapter in Sri Lankan history as it denotes the end of three decade long civil war which killed thousands of people. Sri Lankan army has planned for a series of programmes all over the country while some Tamil minority organisations are commemorating the death of their close relatives and friends. The war ended ten years back but several issues in the aftermath remain. Human Rights Watch said government has failed to provided justice for the war victims. It said successive governments have failed to investigate atrocities by both LTTE and military and provide truth and reparation to the victims. SANTOSH KUMAR, AIR NEWS, COLOMBO."

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's centre-right Coalition has been re-elected in a shock result at the federal polls. Thanking his supporters, Morrison said, he had always believed in miracles as partial results showed the Liberal-National Coalition close to a majority. Opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has announced his resignation, accepting the defeat. Exit polls had suggested a narrow Labor win for the first time in six years. The final result of the elections is yet to be announced, however, with more than 70 percent of votes counted the Coalition is ahead in 74 seats in its quest for a 76-seat majority, with Labor on just 66 seats. 

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The Sudirman Cup Mixed Team Badminton Championship began at Nanning in China this morning. Indian team, comprising PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth, has been placed in Group 1D alongside hosts China and Malaysia. India will play its opening game against Malaysia on Tuesday, before taking on China on Wednesday.

India has never won a medal in the tournament. It had reached the quarterfinals in 2011 and 2017, but failed to cross the last-eight stage. South Korea are the current defending champions.

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