The much awaited moment of the nation finally arrived on Thursday, when the citizens of India cast their votes for the Lok Sabha election 2019. As per the planned schedule, the polling booth allowed the voters to cast their votes as soon as the clock showed 7am on Thursday. The news update started surfacing on television and on internet since then, reporting violence, technical glitches and zero turn out in some parts of the nation.
Amid these disturbing news, there were reports of successful execution as well as record breaking polling in the major parts of the country. The states which went into for the first phase of polling included Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. The Union Territories which went into for the poll included Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshwadeep. The polling took place as a part of first phase polling for 91 seats out of 543 total Lok Sabha seats across the nation. The counting of the votes will begin on May 23.
The voter turn out list is stated as below
Andhra Pradesh: 74%
Arunachal Pradesh: 58.26%
Jammu and Kashmir: 54.49%
Uttar Pradesh: 63.69%
West Bengal: 81%
Andaman and Nicobar: 70.67%
#IndiaElections2019 voter turnout: Arunachal Pradesh (2 seats) – 66%, Bihar (4 seats) – 50%, Lakshadweep (1 seat) – 66%, Maharashtra (7 seats) – 56%, Meghalaya (2 seats) – 67.16%, Odisha (4 seats) – 68%, Uttar Pradesh (8 seats) – 63.69%. Final turnout is expected to rise. pic.twitter.com/c8AR8OSx5q
— ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2019
Amid record breaking polling at the above places, there came reports of violence at many places in Andhra Pradesh. A political clash broke out between the ruling party Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress workers made everyone worrisome.
Andhra Pradesh: A YSRCP worker has been taken to a hospital after he was injured in a clash which broke out between YSRCP and TDP workers at a polling station in Jammalamadugu Mandal of Kadapa district today. #IndiaElections2019 #AndhraPradeshElections2019 pic.twitter.com/JTQ0c7AnWL
— ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2019
The clash resulted in 3 death which included one election commission official. The rest of the two deceased were identified to belong to TDP. As many as 15 Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were damaged by some angry voters over the glitches in the machines, reported Washington Post.
A report also drew our attention after a dalit person was reportedly not allowed to cast his vote in Uttar Pradesh. Immediately, the SDM was asked to investigate the matter and after he reached there, the dalit man was found with no valid identity proof and hence, he was asked to present it in order to vote. “We had asked that man to come again and we will wait 5-10 mins more even after the polling time ends,” said the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of Shamli, quoted First Post.
Another report disturbed the nation after Border Security Force (BSF) personnel had to fire to stop the residents of Rasoolpur Gujran village in the jurisdiction of Kandhala police station from trying to forcibly cast their votes without valid identity proofs. “BSF personnel fired in air for security reasons after some people without voter ID tried to cast vote. Voting has resumed now,” said the district magistrate, quoted ANI.
#WATCH Security personnel fired shots in air after some ppl tried to cast vote without voter ID at a polling station in Shamli. District Magistrate says,“BSF personnel, fired in air for security reasons after some ppl without voter ID tried to cast vote. Voting has resumed now." pic.twitter.com/iXRkS6xFaD
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 11, 2019
Another disturbing report came from Odisha where 15 polling booths in Chitrakonda and Mathili block recorded zero voting. The zero voting was a result of naxalists’ warning to the people and their fear among the people.