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  • Elections for 17th Lok Sabha concludes successfully.

  • Around 63 percent polling recorded in seventh and final phase.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on his victory in federal elections.

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May promises a new deal to save her controversial Brexit agreement.

  • Sports, Czech Karolina Pliskova wins Italian Open Women's singles title; Men's title clash between Noval Djokovic and Rafael Nadal underway.


Elections for the 17th Lok Sabha concluded successfully today. The election for 542 seats was held in seven phases.  Overall around 70 percent polling was recorded in all the phases. Briefing media in New Delhi, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said that people, including women and senior citizens, came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise. He said polling was by and large peaceful barring some incidents of violence. He added that this year's general elections were more peaceful as compared to the 2014 edition.

"The Elections in India conducted in the scale and magnitude are  unparalleled  in the world. This is a colossal exercise of 2019 which had an electorate size of over 1900 million electors of which about 438 million female electors and 441 male electors. There were about 39,000 electors who were from the third gender. The national election was conducted in seven phases with first phase on April 11th and last phase today."

With completion of the polling process, the fate of 8,049 candidates, who were in fray for 542 Lok Sabha seats, has been sealed into the EVMs.  Counting of votes for Lok Sabha and assembly elections will be done on Thursday.


Voting for the seventh and final phase ended this evening. Fifty-nine constituencies went 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 the lone seat of Chandigarh.

Around 63 per cent polling was recorded till 6 PM.  57 per cent votes were cast in Uttar Pradesh; 60 per cent in Punjab; 73 in West Bengal; 53 in Bihar; 70  per cent in Madhya Pradesh; 66 in Himachal Pradesh; 71 in Jharkhand; and 64 per cent in Chandigarh.

Himachal Pradesh recorded higher polling as compared to the last Lok Sabha election. A report

"Polling was by and large peaceful except reports of EVM malfunction in some polling stations. Braving the cold at world’s highest polling station Tashigang of Lahol Sphiti voters came wearing their traditional attire with great enthusiasm.India's "first" voter 102 years old Shyam Saran Negi of kinnaur district also reached to exercise his franchise at the Kalpa booth in Mandi Lok Sabha seat.It may be recalled that  Forty-five candidates are in the fray for the the four loksabha seats--Shimla, Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra, however direct contest is between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Shimla".

Our Uttar Pradesh Correspondent reports that people came out in large number to vote: A Report.

Barring some incidents of glitches in EVMs overall polling was peaceful in the last and final phase of elections. Heavy security arrangements were in place on all the polling booths of 13 seats.  Especially in Varanasi people were very enthusiastic in using their franchise, some even came to polling station amidst much fanfare . In those areas of Sonbhadra district which were earlier naxal affected, people voted in large numbers without any fear. First time voters were very enthusiastic to cast their votes. Today's polling will decide fate of many political stalwarts including senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, bhojpuri fim star Ravi kishan shukla, Union Ministers Manoj sinha, Anupriya patel, state presidents of BJP and BSP  Mahendra nath pandey, and RS Kushwaha and former union Minister RPN Singh. With today’s polling the election extravaganza completed peacefully in the state which saw a high voltage campaigning from almost 2 months and a rigorous seven phased polling on a total of 80 constituencies.  SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, VARANASI .  


In Bihar voting was held in Nalanda, Patna Sahib, Patliputra, Ara,Buxar, Sasaram, Karakat and Jahanabad Lok Sabha constituencies. Our Correspondent has filed this report.

In comparision to 2014 elections this time 2.06 percent more  voting was recorded.In rural areas comparatively  more electorates  excercised their right of franchise .Like previous phases of elections  percent of  women voters  was more than male. Important candidates whose political fortune  have been sealed in EVMs are four  Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ramkripal Yadav, Ashwani  Kumar Choubey and R.K.Singh.Besides Shatrughan Sinha of Congress ,former Speaker Meera Kunar, are also trying their luck. WITH K K Lal's Report from Patna This is Anuja Bhardwajan AIR News.

In Jharkhand large number of people today cast their vote on three parliamentary constituencies, Godda, Dumka and Rajmahal. A report:-

"Three parliamentary constituencies of Jharkhand- Godda, Dumka and Rajmahal have seen heavy pool today which is higher than 2014. Two of the three seats were won by the JMM in 2014 while Godda was won by the BJP. But this time BJP has shown initiative to establish itself in the strong hold of JMM on one hand, whereas JMM has forced coalition with the Congress, JVM and RJD  to check the BJP. What does today's heavy poll indicate, is a matter of  political speculation and analysis until final results comes out on 23rd May. Rajesh Sinha, AIR  News, Ranchi."

In West Bengal, polling was marked by violence. More from our correspondent.

"Ruling Trinamool Congress and opposition BJP supporters indiscriminately used bombs, opened fire during series of clashes at Kakinara under Bhatpara assembly constituency where voting for bye elections took place. Two persons received bullet injuries and 3 vehicles of police were damaged during the clashes. Clashes and bomb throwing incidents were also reported from Deganga, Baduria, Diamond Herbour, Raidighi, Jadavpur and Kolkata. The Election Commission removed 3 presiding officers under Jadavpur and Diamond Harbour parliamentary seats for negligence of duties. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata". 


Voters have exercised their franchise for 483 out of the total 542 parliamentary seats in the previous six phases. The election on Vellore seat, which was slated for the second phase, was cancelled. Along with the general election, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal pradesh, and Sikkim also underwent assembly elections.

Voting for the Panaji assembly bypoll was conducted peacefully today. North Goa collector R. Menaka informed that around 75 per cent votes were polled.

Around 17,000 voters voted to determine the fate of six candidates in the bypoll, which was necessitated by the demise of former Goa Chief Minister and Panaji MLA Manohar Parrikar. BJP has been holding the seat since 1994. 


In Tamil Nadu, around 78 per cent polling was recorded in the four assembly constituencies where bypolls where held today. Around 79 percent polling was recorded in Sulur, 84 percent  in Aravakurichi, 74 percent in Thiruparakundram and 72 percent in Ottapidaram.


Most exit polls have predicted a return of BJP led NDA government at the Centre in the Lok Sabha polls. Majority of news channels have predicted between 276 to 306 seats for NDA, 118 to 164 for Congress led UPA and 104 to 138 for others.

However, some channels predicted that the National Democratic Alliance could fall short of majority. Two channels have predicted 242 to 267 seats to NDA, 127 to 164 for UPA and 135 to 148 for other political parties.


The BJP today urged the Election Commission to order the presence of central armed police forces in West Bengal till the Model Code of Conduct period ends. The party also expressed concern that the state's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) may target a section of voters after polling is over.

Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, BJP leader and Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, elections in six of the nine seats, which have undergone elections today, were marred by violence.


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.


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.


In a move to rally support for a non-BJP front at the Centre, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu continued to reach out to Opposition leaders ahead of Lok Sabha poll results. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr Naidu held second round of talks with top opposition leaders, including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, and CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury in New Delhi today. Mr Naidu met Rahul Gandhi for the second time in two days. He also held a meeting with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence.


News Services Division of All India Radio will bring you a special bilingual programme on "Overall Analysis of the General Elections” Tune into the FM Gold Channel of AIR at 9.30 tonight to listen to this special discussion.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his victory in the elections. In a tweet, Mr Modi wished the people of  Australia all success under Mr Morrison's  dynamic leadership. He said, as strategic partners, he is looking forward to continue working together closely to further strengthen the  relationship between India and Australia.


British Prime Minister Theresa May today promised a new and improved deal to save her controversial Brexit agreement through Parliament when it comes up for a fourth vote next month. In a write up in The Sunday Times, Ms May said when the Withdrawal Agreement Bill comes, it will represent a new, bold offer to MPs across the House of Commons, with an improved package of measures that can win new support. Ms May said that she was open to holding a series of indicative votes in Parliament in a last-ditch effort to try and see her deal through.


Saudi Arabia has said that it wants to avert war in the region but stands ready to respond with 'all strength', telling Iran that the ball was now in its court. Speaking at a press conference, minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir today said that the kingdom wants peace and stability. He, however, added that in the event the other side chooses war, the Saudi Arabia will respond with all force and determination and will defend itself and its interests.


In Tennis, Czech fourth seed Karolina Pliskova swept past Britain's Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA Italian Open in Rome today. She clinched her 13th career title, in the final major warm-up tournament on clay before French Open starts on Sunday.

And Men's summit clash in progress between World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia and defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain. Nadal won the first game 6-0. Djokovic had reached the final after a 6-3 ,6-7 , 6-3 victory over Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the semi-finals. Defending champion Nadal reached his 50th Masters 1000 final with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. Djokovic had won the last of his four Italian Open titles in 2015, while Nadal is bidding for a ninth trophy at Rome.


In Nepal, the bodies of two Indian mountaineers, who died due to high altitude sickness near the summit of Mount Kanchenjunga during an expedition have been recovered and flown to Kathmandu.

Biplab Baidya and Kuntal Karar died on Wednesday night above Camp IV after they were unable to continue their descent from near the 8,586-metre peak due to hypothermia and snow blindness.


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