LS polls 2019 LIVE | Voter turnout at 6 PM: 60.21%

The seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, one of the most bitterly fought in recent memory, will come to a close on Sunday when polling will be held in 59 constituencies including in Varanasi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking to retain the seat. Over 10.01 crore voters are expected to decide the fate of 918 candidates. The Election Commission has set up more than 1.12 lakh polling stations for smooth conduct of polls. Counting of votes will be taken up on May 23. Follow Deccan Herald for all the latest updates.
  • 18:12

    Voter turnout at 6 PM: 60.21%

  • 17:58

    Expel Pragya Thakur: Nitish tells BJP

    Hours before the seventh and last phase of election was over, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked the BJP to expel leaders like Pragya Thakur for making "highly objectionable remarks" against Mahatma Gandhi.

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  • 17:09

    Amrinder terms Sidhu's recent actions as 'ambitious'

    The simmering tension between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu was out in the open again with the former accusing the cricketer-turned-politician of damaging the Congress with his "irresponsible actions" just before polls.

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  • 17:04

    Voter turnout at 5 PM: 53.03%; Jharkhand shows 66% turnout

  • 16:34
  • 16:04

    Voter turnout at 4 PM: 52.89%; Jharkhand shows 64.81% turnout

  • 15:58

    Patna: Show inked fingers, get discounts at restaurants

    Some of the restaurants in Patna have decided to offer discounts to those customers who have voted in the last phase of the general election.

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  • 15:46

    Polling in full swing at Tashigang, the highest Polling station of India.

  • 15:38

    TMC alleges central forces 'intimidating' voters

    The Trinamool Congress (TMC) alleged that the central forces were "brutally torturing" and "intimidating" voters in West Bengal and acting as per orders of BJP leaders.

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  • 15:28

    BJP wants central forces in Bengal till MCC ends

    The BJP on Sunday urged the Election Commission to order the presence of central armed police forces in West Bengal till the Model Code of Conduct period ends, as it expressed concern that the state's ruling TMC may target a section of voters after polling is over.

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  • 15:18

    Political ad spend on Facebook, Google tops Rs 53 cr

    Political parties have spent over Rs 53 crore on digital platforms like Google and Facebook between February and May, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accounting for a lion's share of the spending.

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  • 15:09

    Voter turnout recorded till 3 pm

  • 14:59

    Conjoined sisters cast their votes in Patna

  • 14:52

    UP: SC members allege being prevented from voting

    Residents of an Uttar Pradesh village in Chandauli Lok Sabha constituency, near Varanasi, alleged on Sunday that some people forcefully applied ink on their fingers in a bid to prevent them from voting.

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  • 14:35

    India's first voter, Shyam Saran Negi, casts his vote

    Notwithstanding his failing vision and aching knees, India's "first" voter Shyam Saran Negi on Sunday reached his polling booth in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district to exercise his franchise.

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  • 14:21

    Ghoramara island residents vote with sinking hearts

    Residents on Ghoramara fear that the votes they cast Sunday in India's election may be the last before their island sinks into the Bay of Bengal -- a victim of climate change's growing toll.

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  • 14:11

    Voter turnout recorded till 2 pm

  • 14:03

    World's highest polling station with 49 voters records 53 pc voting in two hours

    The world's highest polling station at 15,256 feet, Tashiganag village in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday took little more than two hours to climb up to 53 per cent voting, a state electoral officer said.

    There are total 49 registered voters in Tashigang polling station in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district, State's Assistant Chief Electoral Officer Harbans Lal Dhiman said.

    The polling began at 7 am when the temperature was below freezing point. Voters came to the polling station wearing their traditional attire to beat the chilly weather.

    It recorded voter turnout of 53 per cent till 9 am, he said.

    Dhiman said that nearby Hikkim polling station used to be the world's highest polling booth earlier but it was replaced by Tashigang during the 2017 assembly election due to some technical reasons.

  • 13:51

    An elderly couple takes a selfie after voting in Indore, MP

  • 13:42

    Election verdict to set market trend: Analysts

    Exit poll trends will set the tone for the equity markets in the initial part of the week, while the final outcome of the general elections on May 23 would build the road ahead for stocks, analysts said.

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  • 13:24

    Naidu holds second round of talks with Gandhi, Pawar

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu Sunday held the second round of talks with top opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Pawar, in an apparent bid to rally support for a non-BJP government at the Centre.

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  • 13:16

    Voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

  • 13:08
  • 12:59

    Voters boycott polling at six booths in MP

    Voters boycotted polling at six booths in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday over some local issues, a senior election official said.

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  • 12:46

    TMC writes to EC over PM's Kedarnath visit

    The Trinamool Congress Sunday wrote to the Election Commission complaining that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the media at Kedarnath shrine was "unethical" and that the coverage of his visit was in "gross violation" of the Model Code of Conduct.

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  • 12:36

    West Bengal: BJP candidate for Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha constituency, Nilanjan Roy's car vandalised in Dongaria area of the constituency.

  • 12:30

    Rahul hails women for playing key role in LS polls

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday hailed women for playing a key role in the general elections and said the voices of"mothers and sisters"must be heard.

    His remarks came as polling began for the final phase of the polls in 59 seats to decide the fate of 918 candidates including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking to retain the Varanasi seat in Uttar Pradesh.

    "Today is the 7th and last phase of polling. Our mothers and sisters have played a key role in these elections, not just as candidates, but also as committed voters whose voices must be heard. I salute them all," Gandhi said.

    Earlier,Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted:"Do vote in the last phase of the general elections to make the country liberal and progressive."

    "One vote, will make the future of the youth empowered. One vote, will take the farmers towards loan waiver. One vote, will take small traders towards profit. One vote, will get the deprived 'Nyay' (justice)," he said.

  • 12:20

    Voter turnout recorded till 12 pm

  • 12:15

    EVM glitches at many poll booths in last phase of polls

    Amid reports of EVM glitches, an average 10-14 per cent polling was recorded in the first two hours of voting on Sunday in 59 seats in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections to decide the fate of 918 candidates including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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  • 12:10

    Tension at Kamarhati area of Dum Dum Lok Sabha constituency after Central forces allegedly vandalised a TMC camp office.

  • 12:06

    Shyam Saran Negi, Independent India's first voter given a warm welcome as he casts his vote in Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh.

  • 11:57

    Bombs hurled near a polling booth at Rabindra Sarani area in Kolkata.

  • 11:47

    Women TMC workers with covered faces casting proxy votes: BJP

    “Women TMC workers with covered faces are casting proxy votes, it is difficult to establish their identity. When we raised objection to it, they created a ruckus at the polling station,” alleged BJP MP candidate Anupam Hazra inJadavpur.

  • 11:40

    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan casts her vote at a polling booth in Indore.

  • 11:30

    TMC workers are not allowing people to cast their vote: BJP MP candidate from Basirhat, Sayantan Basu

  • 11:11

    Voter turnout recorded till 11 am

  • 11:00

    Modi thanks EC for giving nod to his visit to Kedarnath

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked the Election Commission for granting him permission to visit the Kedarnath shrine at a time when the model code of conduct is in force.

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  • 10:47

    West Bengal: Voters protest outside polling station number 189 in Basirhat

  • 10:38

    Summer season not right for holding elections: Nitish

    Questioning the long drawn polling in intense heat conditions, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday suggested that Lok Sabha elections should be held in two or three phases.

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  • 10:26

    TMC writes to EC on Modi's Kedarnath yatra

    'Election campaign for last phase of polling for Lok Sabha polls is over, surprisingly Narendra Modi's Kedarnath Yatra is being widely covered by the media for the last 2 days. This is a gross violation of model code of conduct,' Trinamool Congress to EC.

  • 10:20

    Voters greeted with flowers at a polling station in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

  • 10:07

    14.33% voter turnout till 10 AM in West Bengal

  • 09:55

    Manish Tewari cast his vote at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana.

  • 09:34

    Voter turnout recorded till 9 am

  • 09:24

    Elections are a festival in a democracy: Yogi Adityanath

  • 09:08

    West Bengal: Reports of EVM malfunction coming in from some polling booths in Dum Dum Lok Sabha constituency

  • 08:57

    Ravi Shankar Prasad casts his vote at booth no. 77 in Patna Women's College.

  • 08:45

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kedarnath

  • 08:33

    State wise break down of polling today

  • 08:05

    EVM malfunction reported at booth no.6 in Pant Nagar of Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency.

  • 08:05

    Cricketer Harbhajan Singh waits in queue to cast his vote

  • 07:46

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar casts his vote at polling booth number 326 at a school in Raj Bhawan, Patna.

  • PM Modi ends mediation and emerges out of holy cave

  • 07:32

    PM Modi urges citizens to go exercise their right to vote

    Today is the final phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. I urge all those voting in this phase to vote in record numbers. Your one vote will shape India’s development trajectory in the years to come. I also hope first time voters vote enthusiastically.

    — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2019

  • 07:32
  • 07:30

    Uttar Pradesh CM casts his vote

  • 07:29
  • Voting begins for last phase Lok Sabha polls

    Polling began Sunday morning for 59 Lok Sabha seats in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha polls to decide the fate of 918 candidates including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking to retain the Varanasi seat in Uttar Pradesh.
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  • 02:54

    ‘BJP may be restricted to 200 seats’

    Ajay Bose, a political analyst and author of BSP chief Mayawati’s biography, has a keen eye on Indian politics.

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  • 02:52

    Pawar Play: Maratha strongman could be dark horse

    Twenty years ago, on April 17, 1999, to be precise, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee lost the confidence motion in the Lok Sabha by just one vote, Sharad Pawar was Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

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  • 02:49

    Who could be the next PM?

    As voting for the last phase of Lok Sabha polls concludes today, unlike in 2014, there is so much uncertainty this time over who will form the next government and who will be the next prime minister.

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  • 00:21

    10 crore people to decide fate to 918 in Phase VII

    Over 10.01-crore voters are expected to cast their votes in about 1.12-lakh polling stations as 59 constituencies are set to go to polls in the seventh and the final phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections on Sunday.

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